About 74 percent of all Germans will be living in cities by 2050. If we want to be able to meet the related challenges in the fields of supply, resource consumption, infrastructure or housing, ideas for sustainable and future-oriented urban living space need to be developed now. That is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is organizing the ZukunftsWerkStadt competition, in which cities and districts are called upon to develop concepts related to sustainable municipal development. The most promising concepts will be implemented.
As part of its High-Tech Strategy (HTS), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is pursuing an integrative approach under its ZukunftsWerkStadt funding measure. It brings together innovation policy topics in the area of sustainable urban development across all Federal Government departments.
ZukunftsWerkStadt is a multi-level process. 27 cities and counties in Germany that are particularly committed to sustainable urban development applied for funding. A jury has selected 15 cities and counties that will receive a maximum of
250,000 Euros each.
The successful candidates are:
All in all, the BMBF has earmarked 3.5 million Euros for
In the first step, the cities and counties will develop project ideas for greater sustainability in their municipal structures. Together with representatives from politics and science, citizens are encouraged to develop regional measures or implement existing ideas which will make their cities fit for the future – in terms of traffic, nutrition, air quality, education or energy supply. Everything goes, from urban gardening, i.e. the greening of unused space, to the enhancement of public transport to recycling projects.
To discuss these and many other ideas, the cities and counties will bring together citizens and representatives of science, politics and business. Universities and research institutions will facilitate a public discussion and review the feasibility of the ideas. Initial results that have been developed together with the citizens will then be presented at the 9th BMBF Forum for Sustainability in autumn 2012 and will be discussed with the science community.