Information about Ludwigsburg

Situated within the region of Stuttgart the City of Ludwigsburg is affected by extreme weather events such as storm, hail and heat in particular.
[Photo: Stadt Ludwigsburg]

Situated within the region of Stuttgart the City of Ludwigsburg is affected by extreme weather events such as storm, hail and heat in particular. Beyond that Ludwigsburg is a growing city with an ever-high demand for space. ZURES will strengthen the City to master these challenges in line with the goals of a sustainable urban development. Findings of the project will concern informal and formal planning instruments as well as their linkage.

Together with the involved research partners, the goal is to develop new methods and solutions that address the adaptation to climate and social change within the framework of urban-land use planning.

As a main result ZURES will provide climate analysis and projections on macro and micro scale in conjunction with socio-economic trend analysis. The evaluations serve as the basis for recommendations for measures and thereby contribute to a climate resilient development of Ludwigsburg. The results will be fed directly into the process of updating the land-use and development plans.

Moreover, the developed scenarios will serve as guiding principles for the climate change adapted design of urban neighbourhoods (density, urban green and open spaces). Recommendations for a better linkage of informal and formal planning instruments are of central importance, especially with regard to the City of Ludwigsburg’s concepts of an integrated urban development, the development of open spaces and the concept of climate adaptation.

Profiles of the anticipated focus areas for the city of Ludwigsburg

Ludwigsburg´s Western industrial estate

Initial situation:

The industrial estate of western Ludwigsburg with its high density of buildings and large parking-areas holds a high degree of soil sealing. In conjunction with insufficient supply with vegetation and green spaces, it is one of the hotspots of summer heat stress.

Concerning the urban planning development or rather the transformation of the area, it is necessary to adapt to climate change adequately in order to make both working and living in the area bearable even on hot days and thus making the area attractive to new company settlements.

The need for action arises primarily due to the expansion of industrial estate, with is coupled with the assurance and creation of jobs. A former barracks area (ca. 5,5 ha), which is currently used as an allotment garden, is to be rededicated into an industrial estate in the course of further development and transformation. Here, the climatic impact must be investigated and considered with care.


Area: approx. 90 ha
Population: approx. 1,129

Ludwigsburg´s City center

Initial situation:

The baroque center of Ludwigsburg is shaped by its spacious market square. Being continuously paved and lined with buildings, the square generates a heat island on hot days which stresses the inner-city climate and has a negative impact on the quality of stay. All in all, the historic and narrow building development has a share in the high vulnerability of the city center concerning climate change.

At the same time, the constructional pressure on the partly still green inner courtyards is growing. If they are overbuilt any further, the result would be an impairment of the climatic situation.

Just as in the western part of the city, the matter of climate change and heat stress has to be taken into consideration which implies that reducing adjustment measures are obligatory.


Area: approx. 90 ha
Population: approx. 8,183

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