The sustainable development of cities is a high priority for the European Union. The aim is to be equipped to face the challenges of the future. In the face of climate change, demographic change and shifting population structures, the foundations need to be laid today to ensure a liveable environment for citizens now and in the future. Smart integrated solutions are intended to improve quality of life in cities.

This is precisely why "Smart City" is such an important topic for the City of Munich. A "Smart City" is made up of various different components – it combines urban planning with technology, research, social and economic affairs. Thematic guidelines on "Digital Transformation and Smart City" are currently being created in Munich as part of the urban development concept. The EU project "SMARTER TOGETHER" is the first major building block of this concept for the City of Munich, where the project is being managed by the Department of Labour and Economic Development. Over 40 city consortia applied for a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission – the SMARTER TOGETHER consortium came second in the final process and received funding as one of four successful projects. The EU Commission praised the joint project proposed by the cities of Munich, Lyon (France) and Vienna (Austria) for finding the right balance between innovative technologies and social aspects. 

The "lighthouse cities" of Lyon, Vienna and Munich are taking the lead in the SMARTER TOGETHER project. All three cities have one thing in common: They are growing rapidly and provide a proper framework for the development of renewable energy. The Neuaubing-Westkreuz district, which needs refurbishment, and the neighbouring new housing development area of Freiham are the model city districts in Munich. Neuaubing-Westkreuz covers 350 hectares. 30,000 people with a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds live there and many of the existing buildings date from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. A new city district of 350 hectares is being created in Freiham; up to 20,000 people will live and 7,500 people will work there. With the help of innovative business models, SMARTER TOGETHER is planning to create the city district of the future in cooperation with its citizens, in order to achieve maximum energy efficiency and interconnected mobility. The project started on 1 February 2016 and will end in January 2021.

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