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A platform for digitising inner-city development potential

May 2020
Gallery aREAL® 1
Gallery aREAL® 1


Despite numerous approaches, it has not yet been possible to sustainably reduce the land consumption of ecologically valuable areas. At the same time, cities and municipalities have great inner-city development potential that could be tapped quickly. These potentials are managed by different departments. Urban planning, real estate office, building authority, green space office, economic development, housing department, each department manages its own data management, often in different formats.

aREAL® is a platform that combines all these different data sources. It digitises the entire process of recording, digitising, qualifying and activating inner-city development potential such as vacancies, brownfield sites, unused areas, redensification areas and potential for expansion. aREAL® enables map-based presentation of development potential from a variety of data sources and formats of a municipality. By activating these inner-city areas, it helps to reduce land considerably.

Label Date May 25, 2020
From Germany
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization

Implementation Stories

aREAL® by Immovativ GmbH
Implemented by City of Hanau in Hanau (Germany) in 2019

The City of Hanau has run the aREAL® platform since 2019. They digitalized the complete inner city with the software and the Ipad App and 63 development areas were identified, corresponding to a size of 17 hectares.


600 apartments were built without using any new land


The environmental benefits

  • In 3 years, it activated more than 13 development areas and developed 600 apartments without expanding the city limits and using green fields, of an area with a size of 17'000sqm

The Financial benefits

  • In average the payback time is less then 12 months

Activity Region

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Germany, Austria,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile

Immovativ GmbH

Reducing landconsumption - fighting climatechange with digital instruments for urban development

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Headquarters 63450 Hanau, Germany

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