City of Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most attractive and successful regions within Central Europe. The combination of its rich cultural and historical heritage and its unique architectural and urbanistic value creates a phenomenon even on a global scale. Prague is the home and everyday living space for approximately 1.27 million inhabitants and concentrates approximately 12% of the Czech population. Prague generates approximately 1/4 of the national GDP and is approximately 50% above the national average in GDP per capita. Major universities and a number of research institutes (2/3 of public research institutions) are to be found in Prague, as well as the majority of businesses active in research and development.

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As the Strategy of Prague, which among other documents consists of the Strategic Plan and the Metropolitan plan, is currently being upgraded, the key strategic goals are being formed. Also for this purpose, the City of Prague and the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) are taking part in the Morgenstadt City Lab, a research project coordinated by the Fraunhofer-Institute. The aim of the project is to create a complex sustainable city profile and put relevant strategic recommendations in the agenda of Smart cities. It is therefore the ambition of the City of Prague represented by IPR to actively build on the Morgenstadt City Lab in the Triangulum project, to contribute through active cooperation within the Follower Cities, to share best practices and make every effort to replicate Lighthouses solutions according to Prague’s conditions.

The IPR will also cooperate on developing the implementation plan with the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), a selected partner in the project. CTU conducts basic and applied research in numerous scientific projects with great emphasis on industrial use and applications and cooperates closely with both domestic and foreign-based institutions. CTU is also in disposition to scientific expertise of different solutions together with the independent assessment of their applicability and efficiency to establish a chain of research needs.