City and Environment

Panel with Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, Rosemarie Heilig und Dr. Dietrich Schmidt

By 2050, at least two-thirds of the population will live in cities. On the one hand, global urbanization poses enormous challenges to sustainable development and, on the other, offers great opportunities – such as the realization of sustainable transport and area concepts. The concentration of urban settlements can also help limit environmental consumption through the efficient use of land. In the theme evening »City and Environment«, the Luminale poses the ecological questions of our time. How successful is the balance between environmental protection and urban growth? What are the effects of global climate change and what effects are visible in our urban environment? What can we do to adapt to climate change, and what can we do to stop it? And, in the face of projected population growth, what strategies are Frankfurt and Offenbach pursuing to keep air and water clean, provide meaningful green spaces and reduce noise?

Discussion in german language.


Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius is a marine biologist and professor at the University of Bremen. Since November 2017 she has been the director of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. She has conducted over 45 deep-sea and polar expeditions and explores the ocean's biodiversity.

»The Arctic is the region on earth, which changes faster than any other due to global warming. Climate models indicate that the disappearance of sea ice in summer can be expected in just a few decades. Antje Boetius will report on her observations in the ice-covered Artic Sea and from the effects it has on life in the Artic.«

Rosemarie Heilig is a biologist and department head of the City of Frankfurt for environment and women. The focus is on climate protection and the promotion of green urban districts by reducing noise and street traffic.

»The impact of global climate change is particularly severe in densely populated urban areas. Implementing climate-protecting measures lies in the hands of municipal policymakers. Frankfurt’s climate plan atlas takes into account the rise in temperature by 2050 and illustrates the importance of green spaces in and around the city for the creation of cold and fresh air.«

Department for Energy Economics and Energy Systems Technology, IEE in Kassel. His academic work focuses on energy-efficient buildings/districts and their supply systems.

»The energy revolution represents a huge challenge for cities and municipalities, since global climate protection is implemented at local levels! For the development of renewable energy sources, e. g. for heat supply, districts or quarters are the suitable yardstick. Here, utilities and energy users must be seen more strongly as integral systems and corresponding business models must be implemented.«


hr-iNFO is pleased to be a partner of the Luminale 2018. The theme evenings on city and architecture, city and people and city and environment at the Instituto Cervantes will be moderated by the hr-iNFO editors Christoph Scheffer and Petra Boberg. Petra Boberg is an editor in the hr-iNFO research editorial office.


Panel Discussion

City and Environment

23. März 2018, 20:00 – 22:00 Uhr


Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstraße 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

Das Projekt wird unterstützt von

Polytechnische Gesellschaft