About Us

The Sustainable Neighborhood project of Kochi Municipal Corporation aims to demonstrate a transformational change of the urban systems through the analysis, identification, and development of sustainable cross‐sectoral solutions to optimize urban infrastructures, processes or services and to improve the urban climate. The initiative shall support the city increase it’s resilience to climate change impacts and support it’s GHG emission reduction. This project is part of Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) – interdisciplinary project in Kochi.

Under the Indo-German cooperation in Smart Cities, the University of Stuttgart and Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), Stuttgart have partnered with the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (C-HED), the research and development wing of the Kochi Municipal Corporation for the “Sustainable Neighbourhood” project under the Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) for Kochi. The other prominent institutions of this project are Frankfurt School of Finance and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Government of India.

Pilot implementation

As a starting point for the development of the Sustainable Neighbourhood, pilot installations has been realized within the framework of the MGI project. They are structured into demo installations that will bring additional benefit for the integration of these different infrastructure elements through interdisciplinary exchange.

The pilot implementation of the project has been done in the wards of Elamakkara North and Puthukkalavattam. The demo installation is the first step towards the sustainable transformation. The intention is to demonstrate how buildings are energetically renovated, receive a photovoltaic system, and serve Green Infrastructure elements, and sustainable sewage treatment.

The holistic approach of the Sustainable Neighbourhood project showcases how the inter-sectoral and integrated planning and implementation can be used for the transformation of neighbourhoods in the future.

  • Photovoltaic System
  • Nature Based Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Green Infrastructure

Challenges Addressed

  • Heavy rainfall and stormwater
  • Water pollution
  • Urban Heat Island
  • Change in Biological system
  • Carbon and green house gas emissions

Contribution to SDGs


Climate Risk and Resilience Assessment

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City Lab Kochi, India

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Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI)

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