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Future Cities

More than ever, cities are the site and engine of innovation, growth and economic transformation in equal measure, as well as the hotspots of societal change and an increasingly pronounced variety of types of work and income possibilities, lifestyles, and housing options.

Cities need to quickly find sustainable answers to these challenges – the requirements specification of urban policy and administration is changing just as quickly.


Analysis of trends and developments

The Future Cities team analyses current international trends and local developments, drafts innovative concepts for urban issues, and offers policy-oriented expertise and advice. At the interface of various policy and subject fields, Future Cities works together with international experts from research, economics, urban policy, and planning to learn from successful models and contribute to the global specialist discourse with Viennese know-how.


Conception and consulting

The analyses, conceptions and consultations of Future Cities focus on several strategic questions concerning urban development, housing and location policy, sustainable governance and controlling models for the city and metropolitan region, or challenges in terms of diversity and social inclusion. In collaboration with urban institutions and the economy, Future Cities develops sectoral strategy documents (such as recently, the Viennese 2025 Urban Development Plan or the Viennese 2020 Tourism Strategy) and coordinates monitoring processes with the city’s existing programmes (Diversity, Smart City Monitoring, etc.). 


Information and Communication

Future Cities organises specialist dialogues and public information events on various subject areas – from the annual Vienna Housing Research Days to international trade conferences such as “Future City Logistics 4.0” or “We grow together – together we grow” within the scope of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Urban Think Tank
Trends, analysis and know-how on future topics of metropolitan development. read more
Development Zones
Development zones - a new urban development tool? read more
Visitor Economy Strategy 2025
In order to adequately prepare for new challenges and opportunities in tourism, Vienna launched a strategy process in 2018 to develop a destination strategy for 2025. read more
Shifts in citizens-participation
Ideas for further developing the participation and cooperation culture in Vienna. read more
Cities in the Age of Climate Change
International symposium on 28/11/2017: Urban development in light of the Paris Climate Agreement. read more
Smart City Wien Framework Strategy Monitoring
How close is Vienna to becoming a Smart City? The Smart City Wien framework strategy undergoes comprehensive monitoring for the first time. read more
CORE – Integration in the Centre
“Integration in the Centre” – under this motto, CORE is taking new paths in the empowerment and integration of refugees. read more
Eurocities Working Group Housing
A network of major European cities for social living. read more
DBS Gateway Region
Regional and transport development in the Danube-Black Sea Region towards a transnational cross-port gateway region. read more
CapaCity – Urban Competences
In 2016, the CapaCity – Urban Competences programme was established as a follow-up project of the DonauHanse cities network. read more
Tourism Strategy: Global.Smart.Premium
Created with our expertise, Vienna’s tourism industry and the Vienna Tourist Board as a marketing agency for the destination have set ambitious goals with the 2020 Tourism Strategy. read more
The Big Transformers
“Sharing” and “on-demand economy” on the rise. read more
Vienna Integration and Diversity Monitor
Is Vienna suited to the demands of a migration society? – The Integration and Diversity monitor has the answers. read more
Housing Research Days
Vienna sets international standards in residential construction. Since 2005 the Viennese professional community has its jour fixe. read more
The integration and development capacity of the European Union is based on the effective interaction of European, national, regional and local policies. read more
Vital Nodes
Building a lasting expert network that delivers evidenced-based recommendations for Vital Urban Nodes along TEN-T Corridors. read more