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Urban Transition


Urban Transition – Re-thinking urban quality of life


Ingolf Schädler – Head of Division Innovation, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)


Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg – CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Michael Cerveny – tina vienna
Ernst Rainer – University of Technology Graz
Helmut Strasser – Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen (SIR)

Panel chairs:

Claudia Dankl – Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)
Hannes Warmuth – Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)



Short description:

The world in the 21st century is an urbanised world. Urban regions increasingly house the majority of the population and generate the greater part of our wealth. They are in worldwide competition for quality of life, productivity and communication and advertise about investments and the ‘best minds’. The transformation of current energy systems to a post-fossil-fuel, CO2-free society presents enormous challenges for cities, partly due to the fact that the use of renewable energy providers in urban regions is of course more complicated than in rural areas. The successful design of urban transformation processes to develop future-oriented cities and to overcome boundaries in our way of thinking in this respect is therefore the central question which this workshop will seek to address.
The panel of top-class experts uses practical examples in different cities, success factors and drivers of development (including the implementation of the ‘Smart City’ concept) and simultaneously changing social and economic demands to shed light on this situation. Challenges here are the scarcity of housing in quickly-growing cities, the links between energy planning and town planning, the building of new districts with sustainable (energy) infrastructures, stakeholder engagement or the development of new funding and business models, among others. As examples Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg and Graz will be considered, where aspirations to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions via innovative projects will be introduced and scrutinized for their impact. There will also be a focus on the feasibility of such initiatives within the scope of district and housing estate developments.

Organised by:

Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)