BAER - Bodensee/Lake Constance-Alpine Rhine Valley Energy- and Climate Region

October 2009 to October 2012

Project Institution:
Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research:
Sustainable Planning and Construction

Field of Research:
Spatial Planning

Applied research to develop renewable energy to address regional climate change and energy risks: an initiative of theUniversity of Liechtenstein, the University of St Gallen, the Hochschule Konstanz, the Hochschule for Technology in Rapperswil as well as ZHAW Winterthur. The project is supported by the Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule IBH.

Reference to Practice:
Development-oriented goals -
1. The goal of the project is to build on the research and teaching capacity of the Lake Constance universities and, to be sure, employ knowledge areas related to energy resource risks and climate change. As such, the project will strive for the development and growth of a research and communications network.

2. Throughout the course of the project, the public should be informed about project milestones, results and directions through goal-focused communications strategy.

3. Date and information collection should take place so as to enrich the specific knowledge areas and contribute to the overall capacity {of participants to reduce their environmental footprint}.

Content Goals -
1. The framework of the project should allow for the Lake Constance region to explore technical, organizational and economic possibilities for shifting to dependence on renewable energy. This includes preliminary inquiry into the social, economic and ecological potential, benefits and costs represented by new economic, technological and institutional development possibilities. Special attention should be given to the alternatives for regional development, city development and architecture.

2. Further, regional and local effects/ consequences of climate change in the Lake Constance region should be evaluated using the most robust science. Likewise, the effects of generating renewable energy shall be thoroughly investigated.

3. Moreover, the risks and possible effects of the global oil shortage, from oil dependency risks and climate change and from the advisable reduction of coal-supplied electricity for the Lake Constance region, would be modeled/ portrayed.

- Renewable energy
- Market research
- Sustainable design
- Regional development planning
- Solar architecture

Anticipated beneficiaries:
- Scientific community
- InternationalUniversity of Lake Constance
- Participating universities
- Society in general
- Interested groups worldwide