Blue City – Integrated Urban Solutions

Economy, ecology and engineering combined with high-quality living and environment

Demographic trends, migration, digitisation and climate change mean that cities and local government authorities, along with private project developers, must come up with new ideas for developing urban districts. Drees & Sommer can develop and plan the technical infrastructure for an entire city, district by district, as well as for individual buildings.

We therefore need new, interdisciplinary approaches to urban development to master the challenges that lie ahead. With the ‘Blue City – Integrated Urban Solutions’ suite of services, Drees & Sommer bundles its comprehensive urban development expertise for the development of specific solutions for the future.

To be future-proof, these solutions have to include holistic concepts to deal with a wide range of stress factors. This includes taking the economic, ecological, functional, social and esthetic aspects of urban spaces into account:



How do we generate, transport and store energy? How can we save energy with the help of efficient technologies? How do we take economic efficiency and safety into account? Which locations do we use to generate energy?


How do we control global warming? How do sustainable buildings contribute to the solution with a minimised carbon footprint and a "Beneficial Footprint" in the medium and long term? How do we use climate-adapted building?


How do we handle resources efficiently - in terms of land consumption or the use of ecological materials in interior design? How do we organise material flows in cycles - such as with Cradle to Cradle®? 


Mobility is becoming increasingly important: How can different modes of transport be sensibly linked into mobility networks? How can we build the necessary infrastructure for electromobility?


How do we ensure functioning transport routes - including cycle highways? What measures are needed in street and parking space design? What contribution can urban gardening make to a food supply close to the city?


How do we answer questions of data connection and networking of large-scale structures and everyday objects? Entire neighbourhoods and buildings, individual rooms, components or objects are migrating into the "Internet of Things". Many new business models are emerging.


It plays a major role in urban developments to clarify their economic viability and feasibility as early and reliably as possible and to obtain information about potential funding in good time.


Numerous trends impact our life and the urban environment. Will we still visit shopping malls in the future or receive deliveries by drones? Will we still work in offices tomorrow or only from home?


Urban districts play a key role in the transformation of society as it moves towards greater sustainability. They form the space in which people live and work. This is where social networks are created, urban infrastructures operate, and urban development and architectural visions are developed.

So the ultimate goal must be to achieve effects and synergies that promote sustainability in urban development. Solutions are required that combine economy, ecology and technology, and that meet the requirements for an excellent quality of life and environment.

How can this be achieved? Urban districts can be restructured and optimized through innovative approaches. New projects involving densification or the development of disused sites offer an opportunity to implement pioneering solutions. Equally, established neighborhoods must be upgraded, for example by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

Blue City-Referenzen

SQUARE, Mannheim

Die GBG Mannheim plant im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts SQUARE (smart quarter and urban area reducing emissions) zwei baulich identische Wohngebäude zu sanieren. Die Objekte befinden sich in der militärischen Konversionsfläche Benjamin Franklin Village in Mannheim.

IFC Moskau

Im Westen der Metropolregion Moskau will die Sberbank auf 460 Hektar Land ein neues Quartier für 65.000 Einwohner und 70.000 Arbeitsplätze schaffen. Drees & Sommer steuerte und vertrat das internationale Planungsteam, plante die Versorgungsinfrastruktur und erarbeitete das Finanzmodell für das International Financial Center (IFC). Dabei kam auch BIM zum Einsatz.

Maidar EcoCity+

Mitten in der mongolischen Steppe soll eine neue Stadt entstehen, die ökologische Maßstäbe setzt: die Maidar EcoCity+. Die Entwicklungsberater von Drees & Sommer bringen ihre Managementkompetenz ein.

Stadtquartier Möckernkiez, Berlin

Ein zukunftsweisendes Stadtquartier: Rund 420 Wohnungen sowie 7.000 Quadratmeter gewerbliche Flächen für ein Hotel, soziale Einrichtungen und die wohnungsnahe Versorgung wurden auf einem 30.000 Quadratmeter großen Areal an der Yorckstraße, Ecke Möckernstraße realisiert. 

Hilfreiche Tools: Digitalisierung meets Stadtentwicklung