Streets of the future

In the joint project "Streets of the future", partners from science and industry as well as local authorities are researching sustainable and climate-friendly concepts for urban and transport development. Fraunhofer IGB contributes its expertise in the field of urban water management in order to conserve and efficiently use the resource water.

With its water management expertise, Fraunhofer IGB is participating in the scenario development as well as in the conceptual design of the model roads. However, the focus is on the monitoring and evaluation of the model roads. The method of stakeholder interaction analysis will be further developed for municipal infrastructure planning and applied to the example of Ludwigsburg in the context of the model road.

Future bicycle road.
Future bicycle road.

Environmental monitoring

As part of a complex urban structure, planning and designing street spaces for the future is essential, especially regarding its adaptation to climate change, urbanization, digitalization, resource scarcity and growing energy demand.

The aim of the “Future Streets” research project is to support municipalities in planning and implementation of resource-efficient model streets in a modern and efficient manner. For this purpose, future demands and the possible uses and requirements of the street space are evaluated from different perspectives (mobility, ecology, economy, social affairs, technology, infrastructure, governance). The two partner cities Ludwigsburg and Erlangen serve as real laboratories for testing this sustainable street design.

In the work package “Environmental Monitoring”, Fraunhofer IGB supports the planning and piloting of the model streets. We will determine pollutant concentrations in the air and in rainwater. The results will shed light on the interactions between pollutants in the air and in rainwater. With the help of sensors and information technology the effects of the innovations on the model streets will be evaluated. Particular attention will be paid to the use of street rainwater, aiming to develop a multiplication effect for the sensible use of rainwater.

Project information

Project title

Streets of the future – The future of street space in the modern neighborhood


Project duration

April 2019 – March 2022


Project partners

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart (Coordination)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
  • Drees & Sommer Infra Consult und Entwicklungsmanagement GmbH, Stuttgart
  • City of Ludwigsburg
  • City of Erlangen
  • Siemens Real Estate AG, Stuttgart


We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for funding the project "Streets of the future" within the framework of the initiative "Resource-efficient urban quarters for the future (RES:Z)", promotional reference 033W112A.