Success Factors of Participatory Processes in Urban Development

Steiner, Marianne (2016) Success Factors of Participatory Processes in Urban Development. REAL CORP 2016 – SMART ME UP! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life? Proceedings of 21st International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 699-708.

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More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. In 2050, it will be even two thirds. Global problems such as climate change and scarcity of resources constitute new challenges especially for cities. The City of Vienna is meeting these challenges with the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy (SCWR) – a long-term umbrella strategy for the period up to 2050 with objectives regarding three dimensions: resources – quality of life – innovation. The City of Vienna considers participation crucial for implementing the SCWR. The requirements for this are still very general and need to be put into concrete terms. The realisation of participation within the SCWR is closely linked to the development and implementation of relevant programmes and projects of urban planning. This paper addresses the question of what the key success factors are in drawing up participatory processes within the context of these programmes and projects. The methodological approach was to combine available results of research and data analyses with analyses of case studies. The method of evaluation chosen is a summary analysis of the criteria deduced. The major findings of this thesis are the following: in order to achieve high-quality municipal programmes and projects, essential success factors need to be considered: - division of the process into separate phases - paying special attention to the initial phase - involvement of relevant stakeholders - openness to ideas - simultaneity of product and process - attractiveness of process design - external communication - conducive attitude and values. High-quality participatory processes entail particular benefits for the implementation of the SCWR. For instance, they can help to activate the innovation potential more efficiently and contribute to getting closer to the citizens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: participation, participatory processes, Smart City, Smart City Wien Framework Strategy, urban development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 14:20
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 14:20

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