"District Future" Work report and Brainstorming Workshop on 22 June2013 at KIT [26.07.2013]

The "District Future – Urban Lab" project, based at ITAS, presented its first work report and held a brainstorming workshop on 22 June 2013 in Karlsruhe. The aim of the event was to present the current state of the project to the public, to generate ideas together with the participants in workshops on different topics of sustainable urban development for further development of the District Future, as well as to strengthen the network of stakeholders of sustainable urban development of Karlsruhe. About 40 participants from civil society, local initiatives, science, and city administration followed the invitation.

The main issue of the first part of the event was the work report on the current state of the "District Future". The project leader, Dr. Oliver Parodi, presented the status quo of the project development and answered questions in a lively discussion. The central questions addressed were: objectives, main characteristics of the concept, topic areas, theoretical foundation and methodology, financing, as well as questions concerning the project area, project duration, and forms of participation. Another central concern of the presentation was to outline possible connecting points for partners from Karlsruhe's stakeholder community in the form of individual projects in the "District Future" project development.

Following the work report, various workshops were held on selected topics of the "District Future" concept. The workshop topics were as follows: Loop City, Healthy City, Value Shift towards Sustainability, and Mobile City. Based on key questions, project ideas to be implemented in "District Future" were developed in small groups during the workshops.

Impressions of the event can be seen in the Gallery at www.quartierzukunft.de/en. The event was part of the Science Festival "Effects 2013".

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