In June 2023, the global community of urban shapers will meet in Stuttgart, Germany. This charming Swabian city is one of the largest cities in the country and the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which can be found in southern Germany.
Stuttgart is one of the most innovative and rapidly changing cities in Europe. Join us in 2023 to experience Stuttgart’s unique transformation process – be it urban mobility, energy, circular economy, housing or social interaction. Feel the energy of a sustainable development!
ECONOMY IN TRANSITION
Modern, creative and yet still down-to-earth: the Stuttgart region is one of the most innovative economic areas in Europe – with a balance of global brands and medium-sized enterprises, the hidden champions. This makes Stuttgart a hot spot in the automotive cluster, in the electronic and information technology industry and in mechanical engineering. The established structures are however, changing: the transformation of the economy can be seen all over, opening up unique opportunities. A flagship project at the University of Stuttgart is the “Arena 2036”, a research factory, working on the development of automobile manufacture for the future.
THE BIG CITY WITH A GREEN LUNG
Stuttgart is one of the large cities that nature has been kind to: green corridors, parks, woodlands and vineyards are characteristic to the cityscape and play a crucial part in the quality of life. A very popular place with both locals and tourists is Queen Katharina’s mausoleum on the Württemberg Hill, which offers a wonderful view over the Neckar valley. Another special feature of Stuttgart is its long tradition of bathing culture: every day up to 44 million litres of mineral water bubble up to the surface, making Stuttgart a spa with 13 state-recognised medicinal, mineral springs.
COSMOPOLITAN AND INTERNATIONAL
The coat of arms of the State capital shows an upward horse affectionately known as the “Rössle”, which reflects its origins as a stud farm before it became the residence of counts, dukes and kings of Württemberg for centuries. Nowadays, Stuttgart is one of the world’s leading industrial centres and here migration, which has long been a growth driver, plays an important part. People from more than 180 nations live together peacefully in Stuttgart and get on with their day-to-day life together. This is what makes the city so special. Stuttgart’s model for integration is so successful that it is considered as a model worldwide. Even the New York Times has reported on it.
LIFE ON THE RIVER
Stuttgart is a city situated on a river. The Neckar inland port is an important logistics hub for the region, connecting the companies located here with their global customers. At the same time, the area around the River Neckar is also an important local recreation area. And with the master plan “City on the River” the aim is by 2035 to increase this appeal even more. Gradually, the riverbank areas will be redesigned as a welcoming place where the city’s residents can rest and relax, and to provide ecologically valuable habitats for fauna and flora.
Full speed ahead into a sustainable future – in Stuttgart, there are many ways to be environmentally mobile. The blue e-scooters from the public utility services “Stadtwerke” are just one example. And more and more road users are switching to electric drives, whether it’s for cars, e-bikes or cargo bikes. The city administration is actively promoting this shift towards sustainable mobility to improve a long-term quality of life and a climate-neutral future. For its long-standing commitment, the City was awarded at the German Sustainability Award 2022 as the “Most Sustainable City”.
STUTTGART 21 RAIL MOMENT
High speed ahead through Europe, from Paris to Budapest: Stuttgart 21 is the biggest expansion project for public rail transport in Baden-Württemberg since the 19th century. The future rail hub in Stuttgart will also mean faster travel times for regional lines. An architectural highlight is the 28 unique chalice-shaped pillars that will certainly characterize the image of Stuttgart’s main station in the future. Once the new rail hub is completed at the end of 2025, the old tracks will be removed – for the new “Stuttgart Rosenstein” urban district.
CITY DISTRICT OF THE FUTURE
Green, diverse and productive and right in the middle of the city centre, a completely new district over 85 hectares will be built. Stuttgart Rosenstein is to be experimental ground for new ways of living and working with a view to forward-looking mobility, urban farming and a strong sense of community. At the same time, it should be green, climate-friendly and provide affordable living space for people from all backgrounds. Come the International Building Exhibition 2027 (IBA’27), first ideas should be on display – the chance of the century for Stuttgart!
Thinking, shaping and deciding together – the City of Stuttgart actively encourages its citizens to become involved. What the community thinks, counts. Being involved is therefore more the rule than the exception. The urban community should have a say in whether a school continues to exist, whether a swimming pool is built, and how a new neighbourhood should look. This way, living together is shaped in a social and sustainable way, as can be seen here in the public participation for the “Leonhardsvorstadt” project, where two neighbourhoods are to grow together again.
PIVOT FOR IDEAS
Messe Stuttgart, the trade fair centre, is at the heart of Europe and the Urban Future Conference 2023 will also take place here. Messe Stuttgart has been climate-neutral since 2020 and its commitment to sustainability is also reflected in its outward appearance – with more than 50 per cent of its total area greened, it is considered the greenest trade fair centre in Europe. The trade fair grounds can be reached from the city centre in around 30 minutes by bus or train – stress-free and environmentally friendly.
Publication: "Stuttgart – Livable City"
Stuttgart has set itself the task of incorporating the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into everyday life. Since 2019 the report “Stuttgart – Livable City. The global Agenda 2030 at a local level” has been providing information on the status of the Sustainable Development Goals. The State Capital is the first large city in Germany to carry out an appraisal every two years on the basis of the SDG indicators and to submit this Voluntary Local Review to the United Nations. The last report, complete with practical examples, was published in 2021.