Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in the heart of Germany with approximately 550,000 inhabitants (2014). After years of population decline and an above-average unemployment rate, Leipzig started to regain popularity during the last years and is successfully turning from a post-industrial into a modern, knowledge-based economy.
Leipzig as Follower City will actively participate in the activities of Triangulum in order to benefit from the experiences existing and emerging during the implementation processes in the Lighthouse Cities. The cooperation between the Follower Cities will provide additional support to the local actors. The main focus is to establish a real integrated approach (powered by the development of a Smart City Implementation Plan), a stronger recognition of the use of renewable energy resources as well as a rethinking of multimodal traffic/logistic/ICT system solutions.
A second important point is to attract SMEs to become involved in future investments in the development of smart city districts – as investors, users and developers. With the help and knowledge transfer of the Lighthouse Cities they could give a big boost on Leipzig´s smart development, which can encourage further advancements in other parts of the city.
A local cooperation partner is the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Leipzig University with the Department for Planning, Engineering and Management (DPEM). This department comprises three research institutes with focus on urban development issues, building construction management, infrastructure and resource management.
The activities are focused on a former industrial urban area called “Leipzig West” which represents deprived areas and neighbourhoods in terms of the social, economic and structural situation. Integrative and participative strategies have been implemented in the area during the course of the last 15 years, which helped to establish strong connections between the local economy, private house owners and civil actors. The resulting networks form valuable structures for the development and the realisation of the Smart Cities Implementation Plan in the next three years.