16 December 2014 - 2:45pm • Ecologic Institute

Creating a vision of a desired future is one thing, but how do you identify the steps to actually get there? That was the theme of the second POCACITO workshop organized by UNDP Croatia in HUB Zagreb on December 2. It came barely two weeks after the first workshop with the vision narratives that were created in the first workshop still fresh in participants' minds. During the first part of the workshop, heated discussions worked to define the final vision of the City of Zagreb. Although almost every participant had their own view on the most important aspects of the vision, eventually they came out with a narrative which pleased them all.

The backcasting method was used to identify the structures and institutions needed to make the vision a reality, examining questions like where the city should start and what it has already done that might be useful. In the first round, key drivers that may influence the anticipated vision such as climate change were presented. After this was done, the backcasting began in two stages. Firstly, workshop participants made ‘The Transition Timeline’ – a long board showing a line running from 2015 to 2050, onto which people were invited to post opportunities, challenges, milestones and objectives written on Post-it notes. Secondly, workshop participants were invited to backcast in groups, exchange ideas and work together to identify the strategic objectives and measures in the journey towards the future they had envisioned. Participants expressed their satisfaction with the process of shaping low carbon pathways for the City of Zagreb, hoping that this process will lead to real actions that will turn the vision into a reality.

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16 December 2014 - 2:30pm • Ecologic Institute

Supporting public transportation and cycling infrastructure, more jobs and recycling are among the top priorities for citizens of Zagreb. Those are the key results of a 350 participant survey conducted as part of the development of a low-carbon vision for the City of Zagreb by 2050. The results were used as an input for the first POCACITO workshop in Zagreb on November 19th which was organized by UNDP Croatia at HUB Zagreb. The workshop expanded the ongoing process for creating a Roadmap for the Post Carbon City of Zagreb which involves a diverse interdisciplinary team of experts and activists such as urban planners, architects, engineers, energy experts, political scientist, sociologists, social economists, social workers and health workers. Zagreb is currently without an active strategic plan. Therefore, participation from the City Office for the Strategic Planning and Development of the City was very important. The majority of participants already knew each other from the related event entitled Shifting towards low carbon cities, organized in May 2014 during the Zagreb Energy Week.

Workshop participants were asked to unleash their creativity by making drawings and mental maps of how they would like to see Zagreb by 2050, the results of which were organized in a few main areas. After this exercise, group work helped participants to shape their vision narratives. These narratives were seen as the main output of the workshop that is going to be used further in the process of creating a vision for the city for 2050.

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15 December 2014 - 10:30am • Ecologic Institute

By unanimous vote, the jury for this year's International Highrise Award (IHP) named Milan's residential highrise Bosco Verticale the most innovative highrise in the world. It was selected as an example of green architecture that could be an inspiration to other cities around the world. The prize statuette and prize money worth €50,000 was accepted by the firm Boeri Studio, now Stefano Boeri Architetti and Barreca & La Varra, and the building's developer Manfredi Catella (Hines Italia SGR S.p.A.) at Paulskirche in Frankfurt. Prof. Felix Semmelroth, the City of Frankfurt Deputy Mayor for Culture, and Member of the Board for Real Estate and Finance at DekaBank, Dr. Matthias Danne presented the award.


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