Edible Seestadt - Green Seestadt - Learning for the Edible City of the Future

"Edible Seestadt" ("Essbare Seestadt") identifies which contributions an edible city provides for a climate-neutral resilient district and how this contribution can be sustainably stabilized and optimized.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

Aspern Seestadt, one of the largest Smart Cities model regions in Europe and the green flagship project of Vienna, has higher costs for green space design than most other urban development areas. Nevertheless, apart from the generous lake park facility, asphalt, pavement and concrete dominate the image of public areas, which offer hardly any refuge from the heat islands created by these materials in the summer.

In general, the large-scale greening of city quarters often fails due to the construction costs, but especially to the maintenance costs. In contrast, there is a high willingness of local residents to engage in gardening (approx. 300 waiting positions for vegetable patches in communal gardens). There are no findings on the challenges and potentials of urban gardeners in the context of city districts in terms of optimization of costs, care and climate impacts.

Contents and goals

In cooperation with residents and initiatives, "Essbare Seestadt" ("Edible Seestadt") explores the effectiveness of food supply from own production in urban areas (private and public open spaces, rooftops, faces of buildings) with regard to climate change adaptation, self-supply potential and resource efficiency.

The spatial potential for urban food production is correlated with social capital. The project examines which prerequisites and incentives "operators" need for an edible district. It is being researched which contributions an edible city provides for a climate-neutral resilient district and how this contribution can be sustainably stabilized and optimized.


Resources and potential of the Seestadt are raised on a socio-spatial level. Structural, cultural, technical, legal, social, economic and procedural prerequisites are being framed in a participatory manner with interested residents and stakeholders into a "construction kit system for the green city" and its potential analyzed for the reduction of heat islands, economic savings through participatory green space design, maintenance and utilization of biomass by Urban Food 2.0.

Expected results

"Essbare Seestadt" is intended to show if and how high costs for urban greening can be reduced via the participation of local residents, while social, ecological and environmental benefits are created through inclusion, awareness raising and participation.

It shows how the Seestadt and comparable quarters can be transformed into a "Sustainable District" in which climate-friendly urban development, local resilience, citizen involvement and education, networking and local supply as well as long-term economic efficiency, work together synergistically.

Project Images

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Project Partners

Project management

United Creations

Project or cooperation partners

  • BOKU - Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP)
  • Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL) Österreich
  • Institut für partizipative Sozialforschung (IPS)
  • Gartenpolylog
  • Seestadtgarten
  • PlanSinn Planung und Kommunikation GmbH

Contact Address

Mag. David Marek
Schopenhauerstraße 17/6
1180 Wien
Tel.: +43 (676) 473 64 70
E-mail: david.marek@unitedcreations.org
Web: www.t-base.org
Web: www.essbareseestadt.at