ULM/GER | 26.09.2019

Urban Land Conference N°1

A large segment of Europe’s population lives outside traditional urban cores in small and medium-sized cities, suburban agglomerations, or the fringes of metropolitan areas. They cover large areas, are home to millions of people and full of economic development. In the urban land, infrastructures, agriculture and production, businesses and housing merge in a fascinatingly operational, albeit fragmented landscape. To date it falls short of its potentials and does not receive the attention it deserves.

The first Urban Land Conference investigated on how to shape the future of urbanized territories across municipal boundaries. The conference provided a platform for the exchange of policy makers, urban planners, business leaders, academics and community groups. Speakers came from a wide range of disciplines. Together we explored how new governance and finance models can work across municipal boundaries, support joint action and lead to sustainable societies.

Photography: Hannes Kutza

The Urban Land Conference is a project within InnoSÜD, a university network with the goal to enable a sustainable exchange between science, industry and society with innovative transfer formats. As part of the initiative Innovative Hochschule, the Universities of Applied Sciences Biberach and Neu-Ulm, the University of Technology Ulm and Ulm University have joined forces. The networks aim in the medium term is to create a dynamic innovation system whitch positions the Donau-Iller-Riß region as a link between the metropolitan regions of Stuttgart and Munich among Europe’s most competitive and innovative regions. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the federal states are funding the project over a period of five years.