Innsbruck, Austria

Episode#13 Innsbruck: Citizen Participation or "The People being Smart" 

GuestsElisabeth Meze, the former Head of Citizens' Participation of Innsbruck


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Summaries of Key Takeaways:

  • Climate Saloon Initiative: A series of small-scale events focused on sustainable living, ranging from bicycle workshops to climate theaters.
  • Public Space Retrofit: The transformation of the first park in Innsbruck into a climate-fit outdoor area, including the implementation of green and blue infrastructure to create a cooling oasis.
  • Challenges Overcome: Difficulties such as legal hurdles in public installations, highlighting the complexity of integrating innovative projects into public spaces.
  • Community Impact: The initiative's success in engaging thousands of residents and fostering a sense of community through sustainable living practices.


“To you, what is a Smart City?”:

Elisabeth Meze: “A city can never be smart. It's only the people being smart.”