Investigating the effects of the heat island effect on public space using the example of Munich

Research Project at the Chair of Landscape Architecture and Public Space, TUM, in cooperation with the Assistant Professorship for Participatory Technology Design, MCTS, TUM

Duration: 10/2016 - 09/2019


Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Regine Keller, Prof. Dr. Ignacio Farías, M.Sc. Markus Riese (landscape architect), M.A. Felix Remter (cultural and social anthropologist), M.Sc. Elisabeth Rathjen (former employee)

Cooperation Partners:

Subproject of the Center for Urban Ecology and Climate Adaptation (ZSK), TUM, financed by the Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

Research Aim

Investigation of the impact of the urban heat island effect on public space using the city of Munich as case study

Short Description

The interdisciplinary research project 100Places:M investigates both the effects of climate change and heat island effects, and the design, use and occupancy of public places by different actors in Munich. The consequences of global warming and the temperature differences between city and landscape (Heat Island Effect) are complex and become clear in extreme weather conditions, in a changing species composition in the ecosystem of the city, and in the discourse on sustainability, aesthetics, health and safety in societal coexistence. On the basis of in-depth case studies and of systematic recording of 100 places in Munich, the following questions are investigated within the framework of the project:

  • What must or can public places achieve in order to counteract these secondary phenomena?
  • How do space design, use and occupancy influence each other by human and non-human actors and how do they influence (city) climate?
  • What recommendations for the future planning of public places can be made on the basis of this research?