METREX Conference – Stuttgart

11-13 September 2019

Modern Infrastructures for Growing Metropolitan Regions

Hosted by Verband Region Stuttgart

In providing the necessary infrastructure for citizens, companies, universities and many other actors to thrive, metropolitan regions and areas can play a crucial role. Infrastructure nowadays does not only entail basic needs like a functioning system for transport, energy supply, and the conditions for proper education or housing. It also includes a well-developed digital infrastructure and the attractive development of green infrastructure to protect and upgrade the environmental landscape.

In recent years, Europe’s metropolitan regions have experienced a huge influx of citizens. Already more than 70% of the EU population lives in urban areas and the number is rising. Due to this influx of new residents, European cities will not just grow vertically but in fact horizontally. Therefore, a well-functioning and well-planned rural-urban partnership is becoming even more important. To meet these growing demands, the metropolitan infrastructure needs to be constantly expanded. Such investments and improvements of the metropolitan infrastructure must be made during ongoing operations in densely populated areas. This is why, in order to stay competitive and sustainable in the future, metropolitan regions also have to promote and implement innovative technical solutions so that an overload of the infrastructure can be prevented.

Over three days in Stuttgart, we will gain insights from our host, the Verband Region Stuttgart, METREX members and other actors including Arlington Economic Development in the US – who have secured the new Amazon HQ and its 25,000 jobs – on how they provide modern infrastructure for growing metropolitan regions and how this can create the conditions for positive ‘social infrastructure’.

The conference will feature a series of plenary sessions covering green, digital and transport infrastructure, as well as study tours to two key projects from within the region – the Stuttgart 21 transport project and the Remstal Garden Show.

Promoting the metropolitan dimension on EU level is a central task of METREX. Therefore, the second day of the conference will focus on European instruments regarding the development of the metropolitan dimension. As engines of Europe’s competitiveness and innovation capability, functional urban areas are enormously important for the future of Europe. The EU has realised this crucial role of metropolitan regions and recently launched the Urban Agenda of the EU. The conference will thus examine the status quo of the Urban Agenda whereby METREX members will also give an overview of their involvements in the different partnerships of the Urban Agenda. The key question will be, whether the dimension of metropolitan regions could be included within the respective partnership.

© Verband Region Stuttgart/G. Stoppel

Besides, the German government announced to amend the Leipzig Charta on Sustainable European Cities during the German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020. During the conference, key actors responsible for the revision of the Leipzig Charta will present first ideas for its renewal. This gives METREX the chance to get involved in the formulation of a New Leipzig Charta to ensure that the cooperation between a city and its surrounding area is explicitly addressed in it. Finally, the revision of the Territorial Agenda of the EU will also be a key topic of the conference. All in all, the conference will deal with important metropolitan issues on EU level and constantly raise awareness for a metropolitan dimension in Europe.

METREX and Verband Region Stuttgart look forward to seeing you in September!

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Verband Region Stuttgart

Verband Region Stuttgart is the political entity for the Stuttgart Region. The Stuttgart Region comprises the city of Stuttgart and its five surrounding districts. It has a population of 2.8 million and consists of 179 municipalities. Verband Region Stuttgart came into being in 1994 following legislation adopted by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. The region is the first in Germany to have its own directly elected parliamentary assembly, making for fast, effective decision-making on regional issues.
The mandatory tasks given to the Verband Region Stuttgart by law include key issues such as regional planning, regional public transport, regional transport planning, landscape planning, business and tourism development. In terms of voluntary activities, the Region can get involved in sports and culture, among others. Verband Region Stuttgart plays an active role in German and European networks, in competitions and projects.

Main feature image: © Verband Region Stuttgart/G. Stoppel

Day 1 – Wednesday 11 September 2019 Modern Infrastructures for Growing Metropolitan Regions
Venue Verband Region Stuttgart, Kronenstraße 25, 70174 Stuttgart

METREX Expert Group Meetings (open to Members only)

Venue: Verband Region Stuttgart, Kronenstraße 25, 70174 Stuttgart

Nordic Network

Snack lunch

Parallel Expert Groups + Managing Committee meeting

Visit and Reception

Visit to Television Tower Stuttgart (the world’s very first television tower)

Reception at Gutbrod
Venue: Gutbrod, Friedrichstraße 10, 70174 Stuttgart

Day 2 – Thursday 12 September 2019

Venue: Sparkassenakademie Stuttgart, Pariser Platz 3 A, 70173 Stuttgart (room 4)
Moderator: Henk Bouwman, Secretary General of METREX


Opening of the conference
Dr. Nicola Schelling, Regional Director, Verband Region Stuttgart and President of METREX

Green infrastructure: Remstal Garden Show
Thorsten Englert, Director, Remstal Garden Show 2019 GmbH
Peer review: City of Amsterdam: Metropolitan landscape planning in Amsterdam

Digital infrastructure: Gigabit-Region Stuttgart
Hans-Jürgen Bahde, Director, Gigabit Region Stuttgart GmbH

Peer review: Thierry Petit, Ile-de-France: Broadband project in Ile-de-France

Digital infrastructure: Smart Cities: Living Lab Ludwigsburg
Dr. Andrea Bräuning, Director Smart Cities, Robert Bosch GmbH

Coffee break

Transport infrastructure: Stuttgart 21 and railway project Stuttgart – Ulm
Manfred Leger, Director, Deutsche Bahn Projekt Stuttgart–Ulm GmbH

Peer review: Metropolitan Region Rheinland: Urban Node Cologne

Infrastructure for new Amazon Headquarter in Arlington, Northern Virginia
Victor Hoskins, Director, Arlington Economic Development

Summary: Infrastructure Financing and Governance
Thomas Kiwitt, Planning Director, Verband Region Stuttgart


Study Tours

Tour 1: Stuttgart 21, construction site railway station
Tour 2: Remstal Garden Show

Conference Dinner
Before the Conference Dinner Andreas Hofer, Director, IBA CityRegion Stuttgart 2027, will give a short presentation: Housing infrastructure: International Building Exhibition (IBA) CityRegion Stuttgart 2027

Day 3 – Friday 13 September 2019


Theme: European instruments regarding the development of the metropolitan dimension
Venue: Sparkassenakademie Stuttgart, Pariser Platz 3 A, 70173 Stuttgart (room 4)
Moderator: Henk Bouwman, Secretary General of METREX


Welcome to the conference
Dr. Nicola Schelling, Regional Director Verband Region Stuttgart and President of METREX

Status Quo of the Urban Agenda and its Partnerships
Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament

Reports from the Urban Agenda Partnerships:

Key question: Are we, as involved METREX members, able to include the dimension of metropolitan regions within the respective partnership? Why is this dimension important in each partnership?

  • City of Helsinki/Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY: Air Quality (to be confirmed)
  • Ile-de-France: Urban Poverty (to be confirmed)
  • Stuttgart Region: Land Use (to be confirmed)
  • City of Vienna: Housing (to be confirmed)
  • City of Amsterdam: Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees (to be confirmed)
  • City of Oslo: Circular Economy (to be confirmed)

Coffee break

New Leipzig Charta and connection to urban development processes and policies at EU level
Christian Huttenloher, General Secretary, Deutscher Verband für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Raumordnung e.V.

New Leipzig Charta
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silke Weidner, BTU Cottbus, City Management

Feedback from METREX concerning the New Leipzig Charta and discussion about its content with the persons responsible for its formulation

Revision of the EU Territorial Agenda
Dr. Rupert Kawka, Department of European Spatial and City Development, Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung


METREX internal members session – to be confirmed

For all hotels, when booking please use the code: “METREX 2019”

Kronenstraße 48, 70174 Stuttgart
30 rooms until 15 June 2019
Price per night: 115,00 Euro incl. breakfast
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Hotel Unger
Kronenstraße 17, 70173 Stuttgart
10 rooms until 31 July 2019
Price per night: 101,00 Euro incl. breakfast
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BEST WESTERN Hotel Stuttgart 21
Friedhofstrasse 21, 70191 Stuttgart
25 rooms until 14 August 2019
Price per night: 109,00 Euro incl. breakfast
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Motel One Stuttgart (4 metro stops away from the venue)
Heilbronner Straße 325, 70469 Stuttgart-Feuerbach
Price per night: 80,50 Euro incl. breakfast

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