Campus areas, such as often found at large schools or universities, place special demands on urban planning, traffic development and energy and water management. Sustainability, resilience and quality of life are new goals that currently determine the development of campuses.


In the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the state government has launched a programme to support universities in developing concepts for achieving a climate-neutral campus. The Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is one of the supported universities and is currently working on the KATZE project (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences: Zero Emission), which stands at the interface between mobility and urban planning:

Mobility and Campus – A sustainable unit in the cycle:

The campus of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was built in the 1960s and is representative of many university facilities of that time. A structural overhaul is necessary to take into account aspects such as energy, fire protection or changed usage requirements. In this context, there is the opportunity to plan holistically and to integrate changed mobility concepts into the cycle. Mobility, the campus with its open spaces, the existing buildings and the associated building technology form a unit. The energy required to drive the vehicles and operate the buildings is generated regeneratively and used as required in the cycle between mobile (vehicles) and stationary (buildings) use.

The campus has cellular, recyclable storage facilities whose energy is transferred to the batteries and tanks (H2) of the vehicles in a fast charging process. Resource-saving and reusable materials are used for buildings. The tree population binds CO2 and improves the microclimate.

Consolidate and re-compact campuses:

Like many other universities, the HSKA is spread over several locations: With long distances between the locations and to the university infrastructures. Part of the campus master plan is therefore to retrieve the relocations to the post-compacted main campus. This enables short distances to be covered on foot or by bike without emissions. Mobility planning is therefore an integral part of the campus master plan.

Social strengthening:

The campus is thus understood as a physical and socially active place of encounter with enhanced qualities of stay on paths, central locations and at the transitions to the city. All structural measures are visibly used as crystallization points for spatial and social qualities on the campus. Consciously placed and designed, they promote deceleration, personal togetherness and thus communication beyond faculty boundaries and initiate networking between the various subject areas.

Contact Person: Jan Riel


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