Smart Lab Design Sprint

Making tomorrow’s cities safer and more liveable with international research partnership.


Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas. In a few years, two out of three people in the world will have taken up residence in cities, consuming far more energy and resources than cities can provide. What is the best way to deal with this development? How can we turn cities into viable, resilient and sustainable living areas?

‘Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow' is the latest marketing campaign of Germany´s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which aims at promoting professional exchange between scientists, practitioners and further experts from architecture and sustainable urban development. Its mission is to share visions for sustainable, energy-efficient and attractive cities of tomorrow and to develop viable solutions for urban development by inviting research collaborations with ten top ranking smart city research networks based in Germany.

The research and development projects pursued by these German researches are targeted at developing cities worldwide in a sustainable and efficient manner, thus making them safer and more liveable. Their innovative solutions, all "Made in Germany”, aim for example at shortening commuting times and periods of traffic congestion in major cities, using energy and raw materials more efficiently, and increasing the acceptance and effectiveness of urban change by means of integrative planning.

In 2017 and 2018, 10 top-ranking research networks from Germany specializing in smart city solutions are touring the world to forge international bonds with strong partners engaged in urban development.

In October 2017, Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was pleased to greet the German delegation in Malaysia and organize a Design Sprint in Kuala Lumpur with the aim at promoting professional exchange between German and Malaysian scientists, practitioners and further experts from architecture and sustainable urban development from private and public sector, to share and reflect their ideas and innovative technologies.

The participants gained insights into ongoing projects of the campaign, learned more about current perspectives of urban development in Malaysia and jointly developed proposals to solve specific urban challenges in the Malaysian context. The Design Sprint focused on the topics mobility, resource efficiency and housing. Through the dialogical arrangement of the event, all participants were encouraged to directly contribute with their respective experience backgrounds and research findings. In this way, within a very short period of time, they stepped into an intense and direct exchange, which established connections for future cooperation.