The city of the future Project (Germany)

The German case study builds on research of the German future looking project City of the Future, which serves as an agenda setting platform. The overall goal is to make cities CO2-neutral, energy efficient and climate adapted. Major stakeholders in this process are city administrations, research institutes, companies and central government. Among the drivers for system innovation are citizen pressures, the strong increase of transition city contests and local agendas. Nonetheless, pressures through financial problems, traditional industries and the lack of transparency of existing projects hamper the system transition noticeably. Enabling technologies are attributed as being an important force behind system innovation, but their adaption is still seen as problematic. Strategic PPPs to boost long-term investments in infrastructure and co-creation for smart devices pose potential solutions, but there is considerable skepticism towards technology. Hence key questions revolve around social versus technological innovation. The case showed the result of governance in transition should be the focal point of analysis, but rather the process that the discussion is embedded in. With regard to measurement indicators should be dynamic and transparent to increase civil society involvement.
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