October 24, 2013
Lecture at the 1st Ukrainian Mobility Conference in Kiev
The German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) invited 200 mayors and communal traffic planners from all parts of the Ukraine to a conference. German ambassador Dr. Christof Weil welcomed the international experts from Copenhagen, Dublin, Mannheim, Offenbach and Freiburg and wished them a lively exchange of ideas with the Ukrainian traffic experts. Innovation Academy Director Hans-Jörg Schwander introduced Freiburg's Green City Concept with a focus on the current planning for bicycle speed trails. He explained how with a financial budget of 30 million euros the entire bicycle network of a city with 220,000 inhabitants can be significantly improved compared to only a few kilometers of roadwork.
September 17/18, 2013
High-Level Visitor from London: Minister Nick Boles
The British Minister for Planning, Development and Deregulation and two of his colleagues visited Innovation Academy to inform themselves about development measures related to Freiburg's town planning. Nick Boles was impressed by the Rieselfeld and Vauban model city districts, which were initiated by designating land parcels of entirely different sizes to building cooperatives and investors and that were developed by a large number of architects. Nick Boles intends to restructure property laws in England to make alternatives to solely investor-controlled construction like the ones he learned about in Freiburg possible in his own country. Freiburg's former town planner Prof. Wulf Daseking explained the "Charter of Freiburg" to the minister which he had developed for British city planners and architects.
June 25 -July 17, 2013
University of North Carolina Summer School discovers the Freiburg Region
During a nearly four week visit to Freiburg, 26 students and two professors from the renowned University of North Carolina participated in five excursions offered by Innovation Academy. The program for the interdisciplinary group included aspects of city and traffic planning, waste management, renewable energies and sustainable practices in regional industrial companies. On their way to Scandinavia, the group stopped in Hamburg where a branch of Innovation Academy accompanied them on a tour of the highly interesting International Building Exhibition and the inner harbor city.
July 1, 2013
Innovation Academy introduces ambassadors from around the world to the Vauban model city district
As part of this year's summer trip, German Federal President Joachim Gauck and 150 ambassadors and politicians visited the city of Freiburg and its surrounding region. Innovation Academy led several delegations from this group through the Vauban city district. They also met some of the residents there who talked about citizen involvement and quality of life in Freiburg's model city district. The diplomats, largely from Asia and Africa, were particularly interested in concepts about planning sustainable city districts, mobility, green belts and open spaces and also social structures.