Smart Future Graz

Smart Cities require both new (energy) technologies and a paradigm shift in the understanding of urban planning and development. Among the key challenges for realizing sustainable cities are not only the integration of technology areas and the acceptance by citizens and relevant players (multi-stakeholder involvement), an interdepartmental/interdisciplinary process control (smart governance) and innovative financing measures for urban (infrastructure) projects.

Smart City Project Graz Mitte

The starting point for the Smart City Project Graz Mitte is exceptionally good. Stakeholders in the field of energy research have in previous projects developed new energy technologies that are now ready to proceed to demonstration status. A previous project, I LIVE GRAZ, which was developed under the framework of the program Smart Energy Demo – FIT for SET, was created with the goal of sustainable development strategies and formed the basis for the present pilot project. The City Council of the City of Graz has taken a multi-year financial decision in favor of the project.

Goal: Zero Emissions

Smart City Project Graz Mitte is a project to demonstrate urban technologies for the use of renewable energy sources, but is also a spatially integrated, networked urban development project, which is located in the presently heterogeneous and multi-use urban district close to the main train station.

The goal is the innovative implementation of these technologies to obtain a sustainable, livable and intelligent district with the lowest possible emissions (zero emissions as the target) and low resource consumption, which not only uses sustainable energy, but also aims for sustainable mobility and social mixing.

Project content

  • Demonstration and testing of technology components
  • Integration of these technology components during the implementation of concrete demonstration construction projects and neighborhood concepts
  • Implementation of an integrated planning process that considers a smart urban development from a holistic perspective and makes this visible and perceivable for all relevant stakeholders and citizens
  • The development of innovative funding models, scientific monitoring and evaluation, and regular exchanges with participating and cooperating national and international partner cities are just some of the further cornerstones of the project

Expected results

  • Implementation of each planned demonstration project as the basis for sustainable district – as far as possible
  • Specification and securing of finance for further phases of construction
  • New insights and models for integrated and holistic urban planning and development processes that can be transferred and applied to other districts and target areas
Project Data – Implementation Project of the 2nd Call 2011
Project start: 01.07.2012
Project end: 30.06.2017
Approved funding: € 4.192.324,–
Total project costs: € 8.833.215,–
Stadt Graz Stadtbaudirektion
AVL List GmbH
Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH
Energie Steiermark AG
Hans Höllwart – Forschungszentrum für  integrales Bauwesen AG
SFL technologies GmbH
Energie Graz GmbH & Co KG
Technische Universität Graz – Institut für Städtebau
ECO WORLD STYRIA Umwelttechnik Cluster GmbH
Alfen Consult GmbH
DI Markus Pernthaler Architekt ZT GmbH
SOT Süd-Ost Treuhand Gesellschaft m.b.H.
StadtLABOR GRAZ – Innovationen für urbane Lebensqualität

Graz in den Medien 2014

Science Tower Baufortschritt

Project results


Project lead

DI Kai-Uwe Hoffer
Municipal Office Graz – Urban Development Directorate

Tel: +43(0)316 872-3503