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Projects Infrastructure Development

Stadtsicherheit 3D: Strengthening perceived safety in public spaces

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The perception of personal safety in public spaces varies individually, however specific factors of urban design may limit or support it. Within the project "Stadtsicherheit 3D” ("urban security 3D”), inter 3 supports the development of a 3D planning tool by analyzing the context of its implementation....more


FLEXIBLE UTILITY – Climate resilience and efficiency in urban infrastructures

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How can the proper functioning of infrastructure systems under changing climatic conditions be ensured? The research project "FLEXITILITY” searches systematically for new ways to introduce flexible strategies of infrastructure operation. In this context, inter 3 is responsible for the development of societal approaches for flexible resource consumption as well as for the innovation management of holistic approaches for flexible infrastructure operation....more


Elimination of micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (ZeroTrace)

WWTP Buchenhofen © Wupperverband

Worldwide, 50 million organic chemical compounds are circulating, 5,000 of which are regarded as potentially harmful to the environment. Germany has a lot of industrial agglomerations, and wastewater and water bodies are often heavily contaminated. Almost every household and industry is connected to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), but these are often not designed to handle contamination with pharmaceutical residues and organic trace substances. The BMBF-funded ZeroTrace project aims at developing new processes for eliminating micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial WWTPs....more


Welcome perspectives - Migrants4Cities: Migrants design the sustainable city of the future in Mannheim

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How would migrants design a (more) sustainable city of Mannheim? Would the city benefit from intercultural perspectives? inter 3, the city of Mannheim and the TU Berlin create an urban design thinking process, focusing on the idea of a climate-friendly and livable city....more


ZiBiKli: Target group-specific education modules for implementing climate change adaptation measures in river basins

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Torrential rain, severe storms, or long-lasting heat-waves: Local effects of climate change have become more and more noticeable and pose manifold challenges for involved parties and local decision-makers. In comparison with climate protection, climate adaptation attracts less public and municipal attention. With the aim of strengthening the implementation of existing adaptation concepts and recommended actions, inter 3 develops target group-specific education modules....more


The re-productive town – strategies for sustainable transformation of urban areas

The research project "Die re-produktive Stadt” (the re-productive town) aims at identifying new ways to use secondary resources for the benefit of the community. In this context, inter 3 is responsible for innovation management and the institutionalization of re-use concepts in the partner region....more


CIRMin: Increased Resilience of Critical Infrastructures

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How does a blackout impact on water supply systems and how can their complete breakdown be avoided? These questions are in the focus of the research project "KIRMin – Kritische Infrastruktur-Resilienz als Mindestversorgungskonzept” (CIRMin – Critical Infrastructures Resilience as a Minimum Supply Concept)....more


FlussHygiene

Public bathing areas are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to public pools. According to the EU Bathing Water Directive, however, bathing water quality is monitored only once a month. This means sudden pollution of waters cannot be detected. This is the starting point of the FlussHygiene (Hygiene in Rivers) project that started in June 2015. In this project, inter 3 analyses possible conflicting interests using the Spree in suburban Berlin as an example, where the opening of public bathing areas is envisaged....more


Addressing the shortage of qualified workers by employing highly skilled migrants

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The project "Highly Qualified Migrants for Small and Medium Enterprises" analyzes how small and medium enterprises (SME) can recruit migrants as young employees, using a three-fold strategy: by illustrating the advantage of employing highly qualified migrants for the company, by preparing highly qualified migrants for a career in an SME and by developing support tools for both sides....more


Wastewater treatment plants as service providers in the energy sector

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In the course of the energy transition sewage treatment plants can serve as energy consumers, producers and storage and thus contribute to the load management of energy networks. Necessary technical approaches and planning tools are being developed by inter 3 and its partners using the example of the city of Darmstadt (Hessia)....more


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