How do the cities of our future look like?
Which problems do the municipalities face and how can we learn from each other?
These questions are not only discussed in the These questions are not only discussed in the SMARTilience project, but also at the conference Zukunftsstadt 2019 in Münster, which took place in December under the motto "Climate - active, innovative, digital". The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invited various actors from municipal administration, politics, science, business and society to discuss measures in the context of sustainable urban development. About 400 participants were able to take part in various workshops in addition to speeches from politics and urban planning (including Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Michael Meister ((BMBF), Prof. Dr. Jan Gehl, urban planner and architect from Copenhagen) and marvel at over 70 different projects focusing on climate mitigation and adaptation on the market of possibilities.
SMARTilience was one of these 70 projects. Together with visitors to the Zukunftsstadt conference, new ideas and the current status were discussed critically. In this context, the conception of the toolbox and the peer-to-peer process were central components of the discourses. The goal is not simply to bring another tool onto the market, but to implement what already exists and integrate innovation. Through this event many more projects could be identified which can be embedded in the context of SMARTilience or can use aspects from SMARTilience. It is important to generate, structure and share knowledge together. Workshops have also shown how important it is for municipalities to learn from each other and to be able to use platforms for exchange.
In the aftermath of the event, some participants have already been contacted for a possible form of cooperation and the aim is to win more cities for the peer-to-peer process. In addition to Halle (an der Saale) and Mannheim, which are part of the consortium of SMARTilience, practical experiences and solutions will thereby be exchanged between cities.
If you, as a city or municipality, are interested in participating in our Peer to Peer Process (free of charge) and thereby gaining insights into other cities, please feel free to contact us via the contact form on our website.