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Smart Urban Management

Rapid urbanisation and globalisation, demographic shifts and changing market dynamics, climate change effects and regulation, as well as digitalisation and innovation are transforming cities and urban regions, creating enormous challenges for municipalities, developers, investors, citizens and other stakeholders.
Today’s cities face a multifaceted challenge of sustaining or improving quality of life, providing a stable infrastructure, and boosting the economy while facing tight budgets, climate change and population growth. There is also growing pressure on developers to reduce their environmental impact and to collaborate with municipalities, planners, technology providers and citizens in creating smart, liveable and sustainable cities.
But first and foremost, creating smart cities is about people who denkstatt sees at the centre of its approach to smart urban management. Here, sustainable, transdisciplinary solutions need to combine technological and social innovation and include citizens as residents, users, and creators in urban environments.

Come on, let´s take some important steps for the future development of our cities and regions.

Your benefit

  • Creating long-term value for municipalities, real estate developers and investors, property owners and residents
  • Supporting developers in developing better and more sustainable/liveable projects
  • Understanding the city as a system and developing interdisciplinary solutions for buildings, energy, transportation, infrastructure and other areas
  • Addressing sustainability on all scales (building, district, city, and region) and integrating different stakeholders’ needs
  • Combining technological solutions with social innovation, stakeholder engagement and sustainability communication
  • Sustainability facts for reliable consumer communication (B2C)
  • Positive signals to investors by improving scores in ESG ratings and sustainability indices



Our Services

Reducing energy and resource consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions is at the heart of sustainable urban development. In the light of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities, denkstatt works with public and private sector stakeholders to tackle climate change, to achieve their carbon targets and contribute to the development of sustainable, inclusive and resilient low-carbon cities.

Energy efficiency, renewable energy and integrated energy solutions including energy management and storage are the building blocks of a sustainable and secure urban energy future. denkstatt’s solutions integrate technological expertise with social innovation and address the challenges of the building, transportation, infrastructure and other sectors at different levels (buildings, districts, cities and regions).

Compliance with internationally recognised standards helps construction engineers, architects and building owners to develop sustainable buildings that meet the tests of both environmental and user friendliness. denkstatt gives clients the benefit of its technical expertise and experience throughout the various phases of the building design work and project implementation. This includes the systematic consideration of the environmental, economic and socio-cultural dimensions as well as DGNB, TQB, klima:aktiv, LEED and BREEAM sustainable building and district certifications.

denkstatt supports cities on their way to becoming a smart city with a systemic approach and interdisciplinary solutions for buildings, energy, transportation and logistics, infrastructure and other areas. At the core of denkstatt’s smart city services are the development of a smart city (or district or region) strategy with a vision, strategic goals and implementation programs as well as the systematic implementation, evaluation and monitoring of smart city strategies.

Politics, administration, real estate developers, construction businesses, energy utilities, transportation providers, businesses and citizens/users of the city are our main clients and partners in creating smart and sustainable cities. Our vast experience in stakeholder engagement and sustainability communication allows us to speak the language of these different stakeholders and develop collaborative solutions for cities and districts.

Municipalities and utilities face tremendous challenges in developing and implementing low-carbon energy supply concepts both in new and existing urban districts. At the same time, new players are disrupting energy markets with innovative energy technologies and business models. denkstatt supports stakeholders in developing low carbon energy supply concepts by developing sustainable and holistic solutions and taking advantage of new technologies and market developments.

If you take sustainability reporting seriously you have to put some data behind your material topics. These indicators help to give sustainability a tangible meaning, set concrete goals, and track progress and change processes. They make it easier to take account of factors besides those measured by conventional financial performance indicators – aspects that are also crucial to your company’s business success and its benefits to society.
Setting up the right indicators and measurements isn’t done in a day. Getting there is a process, and a system is essential if the move to sustainable practices is to be more than a one-off effort that soon fizzles out. To make sustainability a permanent part of your company’s operations, you need to systematically address the issues involved. At the heart of this is risk minimisation, and action to tap potential value added along the “triple bottom line”.
We can help you by setting up the right process to manage your data by providing you with different software solutions and coordinating relevant departments. Furthermore, we can assist in checking and evaluating your data.

Defining the right indicators and setting up a structure to measure them is not the end of the story. Creating an appealing graphic account facilitates your internal and external communication.

SEAP/SECAP is a strategic document in which a municipality which is a Covenant of Mayors signatory outlines how it intends to achieve its commitments regarding energy efficiency and climate change. It defines mitigation and adaptation actions to achieve the targets, together with time frames and assigned responsibilities.

The aim is to identify and develop actions in the short, medium and long term for the improvement of quality of life in local communities, thus assuring their prosperity, environmental protection and social cohesion. It is important to build resilience between the city administration and the city itself as the basis of most important investments at city level.

Our Stories

  • District Development Railway Station District Amstetten
  • Sustainability Guidelines for Viertel Zwei Plus
  • Smart City Guidelines for Seestadt Aspern
  • Evaluating the Quality Criteria and Instruments of Seestadt Aspern
  • Seestadt Aspern District Monitoring
  • Smart.Monitor
  • BUWOG Sustainability Strategy
  • Sustainable Logistics 2030+ Lower Austria – Vienna
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  • Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe for Buildings
  • DGNB Sustainability Certification ERSTE Campus
  • Green Strategy for Arad – developed together with the Municipality of Arad
  • Sustainable development strategy for Resita
  • Development of the SEAPs for 15 municipalities 
  • Inventory of GHG emissions of the city of Sofia 2007-2011 and 2015
  • Elaboration of Climate adaptation strategy of Sofia Municipality
  • Third party statement on the Air quality program 2020 of Sofia Municipality

Our Customers

City of Vienna
Wien 3420 Aspern Development 
Viertel Zwei Entwicklung GmbH
Economic Chambers of Lower Austria
Economic Chambers of Vienna
ÖBB Immobilienmanagement GmbH
Industriegebiet Liesing

ERSTE Group Immorent
Province of Lower Austria
City of Timisoara
City of Arad
City of Resita
City of Lugoj
Sofia municipality



Clemens Rainer – Austria

Andreas Lindinger – Austria

Ivan Paspaldzhiev – Bulgaria

Adina Nenicioiu – Romania

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