Anchors aweigh! CliSAP exhibit goes on tour with the MS Wissenschaft

16.04.2015

Yesterday the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft (“MS Science”) departed for its nationwide tour, under the motto “the city of the future.” One of the exhibits on board: the multi-touch game “Urban Climate Architect,” developed by CliSAP. The ship will visit 38 German cities through mid-September.

The exhibition "the city of the future" stopps in 38 harbors.
Design your own city: Climate Urban Architect on board, developed by CliSAP
Exhibition opening: Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka and Mayor of Dresden Dirk Hilbert

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, officially opened the exhibition in Dresden. On board the ship, 30 scientific institutes share their latest findings on the future of our cities. Spotlight topics include sustainable energy production, living in megacities, mobility and traffic, and new housing concepts.

In CliSAP’s “Urban Climate Architect” game, visitors can use a multi-touch tabletop to build their own virtual metropolis. The goal is to optimally adapt the new city to future climatic conditions, and there are three types of city to choose from: Europolis, Asia Town and La Americana, each of which is based on the actual regional conditions. Players can build houses and green areas, and have to create jobs and plan the infrastructure. At the same time, they need to keep an eye on what climate change will mean for urban spaces: these effects tend to be more palpable in metropolitan areas – like when there are heat waves, or when the water from heavy rains can’t be sufficiently channeled away.

“Urban Climate Architect” was developed by researchers at Universität Hamburg’s Cluster of Excellence CliSAP. The CliSAP research group “Urban Systems” investigates climate impacts and works to provide the scientific basis for new approaches to urban planning.
Drop by – you’ll be glad you did!

Information on the tour:

Events on board the MS Wissenschaft
May 8, 2015 Tweetup with David Grawe, Berlin
July 3, 2015 “Dialogue on the Deck” panel discussion with Prof. Heinke Schlünzen on urban climates / urban development, Bonn

Opening hours for the exhibition
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. With advance registration, school groups can tour the ship starting at 9 a.m.

The ship
The MS Wissenschaft is a modified river freighter with ca. 600 square meters of exhibition space. As part of the respective Science Years, it has visited cities throughout Germany as a floating Science Center every summer since 2002.

Sponsors and partners
Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD) provided the conceptual work on and implementation of the exhibition, on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The exhibits were provided by member institutes of the Fraunhofer Association, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association and Max Planck Society, and by DFG-sponsored projects, university institutes and further partners.

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