City & Region

RMA Stadtentwicklung

Urban and regional agglomerations are becoming increasingly complex and require specific technological, organisational and spatial solutions concerning material and energy flows.

The RMA develops and implements urban and regional development concepts based on holistic systems analysis.

 Key areas

  • Urban Future
  • Smart City
  • Ecological Footprint
  • Energy- & Resource Management
  • Material-, Substance- & Energy Balance


Reference projects

ReGe Strat - Resource efficient municipality

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The project aims at providing information and awareness among the Austrian municipalities regarding the issue of "resources" in three focal areas (sustainable procurement, inter-communal cooperation, sustainable land use). The project lays the basis of a strategy towards a stronger, long-term focus on this issue in the municipalities.

Vision Step I - Realising Villach's Smart City VIsion


The goal and purpose of the project ist to develop and realize a holistic and integrated Smart City Concept in a district of Villach. In two test areas in Villach a series of co-ordinated activities are implemented. The essential part of the concept is the upgrad of the power grid into a "smart grid". Additionally the energy users should be motivated and supported in reducing and optimizing their energy consumption. New finacing and business models for decentralised power plants should encourage privat investors and citiziens to invest in local renewable energy.

This project is sponsored by the climate and energy fond (Klima- und Energiefonds) and realized as part of the program "SMART ENERGY DEMO - FIT for SET".

VIsion 2050 - Smart City Villach


Project goal

The main goal of this project is to form a consortium of stakeholders and to develop a common vision of Villach as a smart city. Central to this process will be a sequence of stakeholder workshops. The outcome of the workshops will be transferred into strategy documents, implementation plans and binding agreements between stakeholders.

City Dialog - Dialog about the "City of the Future"

City Dialog

Project goal  

The goal of the project "City Dialog" was the evaluation of future research topics for the “city of the future”. Several studies and research projects have yet investigated relevant research topics for the “city of the future”. The setting of priorities in these studies, mainly reflects a science perspective. Goal of the project was to complete and contrast the scientific perspective with the perspective of other relevant stakeholders.

Urban Future - Research questions regarding the city of the future

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Project goal

The project goal is to raise and develop research questions on the "Resource-efficient city of the future". These questions should build the foundation for the strategic orientation of future agendas of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit).