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Innovative solutions for a resource-efficient, resilient and liveable city of tomorrow

The Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) contributes to a low-emission, environmentally conscious and innovative urban development of the project cities Kochi (India), Saltillo (Mexico) and Piura (Peru) as well as to the achievement of International Sustainability Goals (especially UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11)).

02 / City Lab
Conducting an in-depth analysis of the three pilot cities, during which researchers develop a city profile in collaboration with important local actors over the course of several weeks.
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03 / City Profile
06 / Project Implementation
01 / Kick-off Event
On the 18th of November 2019 the official Kick-Off Event with representatives of the three pilot cities, partners from the Morgenstadt Network and external experts as well as experts from the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft took place in Barcelona.
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04 / Strategy Roadmap
05 / Study visit
07 / Final Conference

Mission statements + goals

Climate change poses a global challenge that can only be tackled through international cooperation. MGI’s primary objective is to mitigate the consequences of climate change in the pilot cities, to increase their resilience towards climate risks and to ensure the preservation of their natural resources.

The close international cooperation with partners from research, economy and politics, the exchange of knowledge and experience between the pilot cities as well as the expertise of the Morgenstadt Network are therefore the key to success.

International Climate Initiative

The MGI is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI). As the central funding instrument for climate and biodiversity projects of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), since 2008 the IKI has been financing projects with a focus on contributing to climate protection, adapting to the impacts of climate change and protecting biological diversity.

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The City Lab

For each of MGI’s pilot cities, the transformation path starts with the City Lab, which was developed by the Morgenstadt Initiative and consists of an in-depth analysis of the respective city. For this purpose, researchers develop a city profile in terms of sustainability, conducting on-site visits, meetings and workshops in collaboration with important local actors over the course of several weeks. The profile presents strengths, weaknesses and areas of need of the urban system and identifies potentials, opportunities and risks based on three levels of analysis:

Performance Indicators: what is the current status of the sustainability performance?

Action Fields: how is the city currently coping with sustainability requirements?

Impact Factors: why do some strategies work and others do not?

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Implementation and Results

The Morgenstadt framework is adapted to the specific impact factors of each city in order to create a comprehensive sustainability profile. An important aspect is the identification of key local stakeholders and the integration of the process into local policy making.

Based on the data analysis and in co-operation with local stakeholders, a strategic roadmap is developed, according to which innovative measures and projects are devised and their implementation and financing initiated.

Capacity building and knowledge management benefit from the expertise and experience of the Morgenstadt Network with more than 40 partners from business, research and local authorities as well as the access to Morgenstadt tools


The project has nine partners representing the local and national government, academia, research, and technology sectors.


University of Stuttgart IAT in cooperation with Fraunhofer IAO

University of Stuttgart IAT in cooperation with Fraunhofer IAO

Project Coordinator

M. Sc. Catalina Díaz
Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart

Deputy Project Coordinator

M. Sc. Trinidad Fernandez
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Implementing Partners

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Coordination Piura
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Coordination Kochi
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Coordination Saltillo
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National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India
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Municipality of Piura, Peru
Saltillo Municipal Institute of Planning (IMPLAN), Mexico
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University of Piura (UDEP), Peru
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Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (FSFM), Germany

The project also receives political support from important actors on the local level, these are

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Expert Network, Mexican Office, Mexiko
Municipality of Saltillo, Mexico
Senate of the Republic of the United Mexican States, Climate Change Commission, Mexico
Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), General Directorate of Climate Change and Desertification, Peru
Government of Kerala, Local Self Government (DC) Department, India