emergenCITY the resilient digital city

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How can the functionality of cities with digitally networked infrastructures be ensured in extreme situations, crises, and disasters?

In 2050, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities. Their citizens are increasingly using digital infrastructures in all relevant areas: energy, transport, health, and administration. This makes us dependent on these systems and, at the same time, makes them vulnerable to natural disasters, human or technical failure, crime, and terrorism. The LOEWE Center emergenCITY is working on solutions that make our cities safe, even in crises. The solution concept is interdisciplinary and includes modern information and communication technology as well as the historical, legal, social, and structural aspects of urban planning. emergenCITY wants to create robust infrastructures that guarantee help during and after a crisis, to enable a return to normality as quickly as possible.

LOEWE Research Centre


  • Technical University Darmstadt (lead management)
  • University Kassel
  • Philipps-University Marburg

Fields of study

  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Architecture and urban planning
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Historical sciences

Funding period

2020 to 2023

Project Coordinator

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick (Technical University Darmstadt)


  • Darmstadt
  • Kassel
  • Marburg

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