Project background

Nowadays, urban sustainability is threatened by global changes and challenges that comport among others:

  • Economic changes
  • Rapid technological and social changes
  • Scarcity of resources
  • Impact of environmental and climate changes

Therefore, mayors, municipal authorities and city planners throughout the world are confronted with a number of pressing issues, among which comes as a most important and urgent question:

How can cities improve their quality of life and competitiveness as well as protect the environment and conserve resources at the same time?

Cities are certainly to be seen as a major contribution to environmental degradation and a representation of immense ecological burdens. Nevertheless, they also present an opportunity to be models of environmental efficiency that should be well invested in. In that sense, e.g. increased density and better management can reduce the costs of mobility and service delivery, promote innovation and enable prosperity through economic development. More sustainable cities will be the best option to provide a better quality of life and to reduce net pollution.



The Rapid Planning Project (RP) comes as a measure of creativity and originality going in such direction. RP is an action oriented scientific project that addresses the actual and foreseeable upcoming issues of dynamic city development and their related challenges. It aims at developing urban sustainability solutions that marry successfully with local implementation contexts.


Focus Fields

Rapid Planning seeks to develop a rapid trans-sectoral urban planning methodology with a focus on urban basic services infrastructure, specifically targeting supply and disposal infrastructure, which include:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste water
  • Solid waste
  • Urban agriculture

Case cities

The research work is based on the practical experiences in Africa and Asia, and Frankfurt as a reference city in Germany:


Da Nang, Vietnam

Kigali, Rwanda

Assiut, Egypt

Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Michael Peterek
Head of degree course: Environmental Management and Urban Planning in Metropolitan Areas (M. Eng.) and Urban Agglomerations (M. Sc.)
Building 1, Room 506
  • Architect and Urban Planner
  • Professor of Urban Design
  • Course Director of International Master Programme “Urban Agglomerations” (M.Sc.)
Ulrike Reichhardt
Building Kleiststr. 1, Room E 84
Fax : +49 69 1533-2374
  • Research and Innovation Manager at FFin Institute and Faculty 1
  • Project coordination and management
  • Lecturer in research methodologies
Yaman Hebbo
Building Kleiststr. 1, Room E 81
  • Architect and Urban Planner
  • Architect and Urban Planner
  • Eng. Deborah Machado Ayres
  • M.Sc. Elvia Erosa Mercado
  • M.Sc. Olga Korovina
  • M.Sc. Monica Salazar Duenas
  • M.Sc. Carlos Guerra Bustani

Rapid Planning Project Office

Visitors address:

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Nibelungenplatz 1
Building Kleiststr. 1, Room E 81
D-60318 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. +49 69 1533-3617
Tel. +49 69 1533-3694

Website editorial teamID: 4406
last updated on: 11.28.2019