There is no successful urban development without a strong component of economic development. A city needs an innovative and inclusive economy in order to provide sufficient and good jobs for its residents, and to get adequate tax income for providing quality social and technical infrastructure including schools, affordable housing, energy supply, waste management, public administration, public transport, and street networks, etc. The approach of “Integrated Urban Development,” developed in Europe over the past three decades, comprises all policy fields relevant for cities. Most important are clear political targets and well structured strategies coordinating all policy fields in a coherent way.
In his lecture, independent political consultant Mathias Kuhlmann will show the conception and reality of this approach in major cities across Germany and other European countries, particularly in terms of economic development. Furthermore, he will present some outstanding highlights in this context, such as HafenCity Hamburg and the legacy of the Olympic Games in London, Paris, Barcelona, and Munich, particularly in terms of long-term economic and social effects.
Mathias Kuhlmann has been a social scientist, consultant, and journalist since 1994 within European strategies and programmes comprising a wide range of policies such as building, housing, regional and urban development, economic development, employment, education, migration, and social integration. Mathias was and is involved in many transnational exchange activities funded by the EU and the OECD, such as ESF Innovative Actions, EQUAL, ESF Learning Networks, INTERREG, LEED Forum on Partnerships, URBAN and URBACT. When his hometown Hamburg applied in 2015 to host the Olympic Games in 2024, he started his work on mega events and urban development, including other major projects such as HafenCity Hamburg which so far represents the highlight of his career.
The lecture will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Russian.
This event is organized by Strelka Institute and Strelka KB's Centre for Urban Economy.
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