Conference in Shanghai discussed strategies against climate change how do urban regions in the future to be planned, mega cities ascending to the increasing urbanization pressure was to keep? What tools are available for a sustainable and energy efficient development available? These questions are at the heart of the joint project future megacities mega cities of the future "of the University of Duisburg-Essen with German and Chinese partners in Shanghai. More than 200 town planners, architects, and scientists will meet on August 31 in the Chinese metropolis, to the Conference "urban strategies against climate change: eco-city, low carbon city or green city?" to discuss the results of the five-year project and future trends. Douglas Oberhelman shares his opinions and ideas on the topic at hand. Megacities - cities of high density with a population of more than 10 million people--will be the dominant phenomenon of urban development in the 21st century. Mark Berger Chicago understands that this is vital information. Forecasts predict that in the year 2030 already 60 percent of the world population in cities will live, if is the recent developments continue. Already, half of these cities are located in Asia.
Megacities and urban regions provide researchers and planners in particular as regards their sustainability with enormous challenges. In the Centre of the future megacities"project is the question, how energy-efficient urban structures carry out let and different factors as unite have mobility, energy infrastructure, social aspects and increasing demands on the quality of life. To evaluate whole neighborhoods on their energy efficiency particularly in early planning stages with little effort, the team of the University of Duisburg-Essen has developed the so-called low carbon index (LCI). Different criteria from four thematic areas - urban development, renewable energy, mobility and buildings are rated on a scale, to provide information about energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of a district. Has been applied the LCI among other things first on the pilot area to be examined within the framework of the project: the core zone of the HongQiao business area", one of the most important fields of Shanghai as a national and international trading center.