Dienstag 19.10. 19.00 Uhr

Sustainable Cities – American and German Approaches


Location: Zoom
Admission: Free
Language: English
Registration: Please register for the event here

One of the main factors that influences where people live is the location of their jobs. With the unexpected shift to working from home for a large part of the workforce since early 2020 came the freedom for many to move where they want to be not where they work. So what makes cities attractive places to live and how do we create sustainable, innovative cities for the future? What measures shape the livability of our cities? How are aspects such as traffic and education related to quality of living in urban spaces?

We will talk about best practices and see what Germany and the United States can learn from each other. For discussing these questions, we are honored to have Isabel Fezer and James Brainard as our guests who both submit interesting perspectives on the relevant issues at hand. We cordially invite you to this interactive web talk. 

With: James Brainard, mayor of Carmel, USA; Isabel Fezer, deputy mayor of the City of Stuttgart
Moderated by: Dr.-Ing. Sigrid Busch, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Department of International Urbanism

In cooperation with: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit Landesbüro Baden-Württemberg / Reinhold-Maier-Stiftung

James Brainard

is Carmel’s first seven-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to 102,000 in the last 25 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park. The development of an Arts & Design District, a downtown called City Center and a new Midtown project joining the two together, has helped in the creation of a vibrant, thriving walkable city. Mayor Brainard is frequently asked to speak around the world about city planning, climate change, and redevelopment.

Isabel Fezer 

worked at the Free University of Berlin and the Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Bonn before becoming mayor of the City of Radolfzell in 1996. In 2008, she started to work at the State Office of Baden-Württemberg in Berlin, the permanent representation of the state of Baden-Württemberg to the Federal Government. Since 2010, she has been a deputy mayor of the City of Stuttgart. First, she was responsible for social affairs, youth and public health. Since 2016, she has been in charge of youth and education. In this position, she is responsible for the Schools Administration Office, the Youth Welfare Office and the Stuttgart Partnership for Education.