M:CI – A research approach for systems research in urban development

The biggest part of economic activity worldwide is already happening in cities, and the share of urban dwellers is rising continuously: by 2030 almost 5 billion people will be living in cities. Prof. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, the former president of the Fraunhofer Society said: “Cities are responsible for up to eighty percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Whoever is the first to find the key to Morgenstadt [future cities], in other words a system approach to redesigning existing and newly emerging cities that are sustainable and enhances the quality of life, will chart the way for what may be the largest future market for the next few decades.”