Transforming Cities in Grand Places for Life – Sharing urban Innovations
Teaming up with colleagues from Vienna Solutions, a network of experienced urban experts from Vienna I work with rapidly growing cities worldwide mastering complex challenges, developing urban transformation strategies and solutions, managing transition processes and delivering successful projects
“Grand cities are places where people live because they want to – not because they have to”.
I love cities. They can be grand places for life, diverse and inclusive. They can be innovative, lively places of myriad opportunities, providing inspiration, education and the chance for everybody to make the most of themselves. Through times cities have been magnets full of promises for prosperity, freedom and “better lives”.
Rapidly growing cities of the 21st century face complex challenges: informal settlements, growing inequalities, physical and social barriers, climate change, extreme heat or other wether phenomena, congestion, air pollution and environmental degradation, lack of green and open spaces.. At the same time limited decision powers, lack of capacity and budget limitations are only some of the governance challenges to overcome in delivering ambitious transformative urban agendas on the basis of the 17 UN SDGs.
Working in teams of local and international experts to develop strategies for systemic change tailored to the specifics of cities is a thrilling and rewarding task – what proves to be the most challenging art is the” How“
- How can policies be transformed into agendas, into step-by-step processes?
- How can we overcome obstacles and manage risks along the way?
- How can we ensure quality and measurable success?
- How can we deliver within time and budget frames?
- How can we build adequate capacity?
..are only some of the crucial questions cities are confronted in the process of turning plans into reality.
We offer long-term, on-site support: From cooperative strategy and policy design to funding, financing and agenda setting, from innovative governance structures to capacity building and staff training, from process management to quality monitoring, from measuring and reporting to successful project delivery. We are there for the “HOWs“.