SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+

How does the city of tomorrow looks like? This question is in the focus of the competition “City of the Future 2030+“, which was started by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Technology in the “Science Year 2015”. Selected cities, municipalities and counties will develop together with their citizens, academia, local government, business and administration a holistic and sustainable vision for their municipality 2030+.

The contest shall show how citizens and research can already today contribute to make cities sustainable and livable. Citizens, science, business, politics and administration will jointly develop visions for the future of their communities and test them on-site: Topics are e.g. secure and environmental-friendly energy, climate-adapted building, affordable housing, work, leisure, culture, education, mobility and more.

Until March 27th 2015, German cities, municipalities and counties could apply with a concept for the development of a sustainable vision 2030+. 52 municipalities (including the City of Karlsruhe) have been selected from 168 applications by an independent jury of experts. In the first phase of the competition (during the “Science Year 2015 – Future City”), the municipalities will develop (within the scope of a citizen participation process) a vision with the time horizon 2030+ for their municipality as well as action or implementation recommendations.

In the second phase (from 2016), up to 20 selected municipalities examine these ideas scientifically and develop an implementation-ready concept. In the third phase (from 2018), finally up to eight selected municipalities will implement first innovative ideas in so-called “living labs” into practice.

The targeted vision: Karlsruhe 2030+ – a city in which information and communication technologies and resource-saving technologies are systematically used in order to reduce the consumption of resources, to enhance the quality of life of citizens and the competitiveness of the local economy permanently.

Based on this goal, a “SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+” will be developed at district level, which is supported by a broad acceptance among the citizens and transferable to other city districts. On the basis of two reference districts of Karlsruhe, “Knielingen” and “Mühlburg”, different approaches of citizen participation for the vision development are exemplarily carried out and evaluated under scientific supervision.

Suggestions, ideas and wishes of the citizens will be identified within the framework of two large World Cafés (one per district) and several complementary participation offers for different target groups within the district population (senior citizens, adolescents, etc.) and other relevant actors (eg. broader community of the city, local business in the districts)(follow the correspondent link for more information about the workshops). Based on this input, individual district-visions will be developed and visualized with a time horizon 2030+ by a consensus for each of the participating districts. These district-visions then serve as a basis for applying for funding in phase 2 of the competition. In phase 2, a feasibility study on the visions will be carried out, resulting in an implementation plan for the realization of the respective vision.

SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+ is a joint project of the City of Karlsruhe, CyberForum, the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER). The project runs from July 2015 to March 2016.