Salzburg’s Economic Development Strategy

In the academic year 2016-2017 Salzburg was the focus of the Diploma work of the Academy of Architecture (Università della Svizzera Italiana) – the final design exercise with which Academy’s students end their learning path after six years of training. In the winter semester 2016-17 I taught a class on the societal development strategy of Salzburg, highlighting its relationships with the city’s spatial development strategy. I conducted the research on Salzburg’s development strategy in collaboration with Francesca Mazzoni.

Few European cities have had the same strategic capacity that Salzburg displayed in the two decades following the Eastwards enlargement of the European Union. It was an inspiring experience to reconstruct the conceptual framework on which the city’s development strategy is grounded. A strategy that is clearly outlined in a number of background reports, which make the strategy accountable.

Accountability is a key issue in a city where different political cultures with clear profiles are competing in shaping the city’s developmet strategy.

At the Museum der Moderne Salzburg the exhibition ‘New Salzburg. Between Memory and Contemporaneity’ was organized. It presented the results of the project that the Academy of Architecture and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg have launched with the support from the City of Salzburg with the aim of promoting a reflection on the urban future of this UNESCO World Heritage–protected city.

With the assistance  of Tommaso Fantini and Stefano Gariglio – who have recently obtained a MSc from the Academy – I synthetized Salzburg’s development strategy in the infographic shown in the photograph that appears in this page (taken by Tommaso Fantini).