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Following the Smartness. Leipzig as a Follower City in a Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Project

: Lopes Azevedo, Andreia; Stöffler, Sonja; Fernandez, Trinidad

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Schrenk, Manfred (Ed.) ; Competence Center of Urban and Regional Planning -CORP-, Schwechat-Rannersdorf:
REAL CORP 2020. Shaping Urban Change. Online resource : Livable City Regions for the 21st Century; Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Inion Society; 15-18th September 2020, Virtual conference
Wien: CORP, 2020
ISBN: 978-3-9504173-9-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-9504173-8-8 (CD-ROM)
Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society (International Conference) <25, 2020, Online>
European Commission EC
H2020; 646578; TRIANGULUM
The Three Point Project / Demonstrate. Disseminate. Replicate
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IAO ()

For the European Union, smart cities are cities socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, preparing to be the catalysts of innovative changes for the world. Accordingly, the European Commission (EC) has a series of programmes to support the transition from cities to smart cities, such as the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. The Triangulum project is one of the first projects in this programme, which trusts on the idea of replicating solutions to reduce the risks for decision-makers and business alike. The goal of replication within these projects is to enable the Follower Cities to replicate the implementation of smart solutions done in the Lighthouse Cities. Triangulum developed the concept and framework of an extensive replication process that relied on workshops, city assessments, on-site visits and other tools, with dedicated personnel, time and budget. Through the funding possibilities of these programmes, the EC mobilises the smart city policy, providing the chance for cities to embark on the smart city world. Leipzig (Germany) is currently a Follower City within the project. It has changed from a shrinking city to the fastest growing city in Germany and now faces the challenges to accommodate the growing population, secure a new economy while improving its liveability and sustainability, with its ageing infrastructure and financial limitations. By seizing the momentum of growth, Leipzig seeks to overcome its restraints, especially the limited financial resources, exploring its potentials and thus following a new sustainable path through the smart city idea. This paper aims at identifying the real benefits of the 'replication' process designed within the project. By looking closely at Leipzig as a Follower City in Triangulum, it is possible to reflect on the meaning of replication in the European smart city context.