Information about the project and the participation process

Collaboration for the city’s neighbourhoods and their inhabitants

The harmonious co-existence in Zurich’s neighbourhoods is one of the city’s distinguishing characteristics, largely due to the initiative and voluntary commitment of numerous people and many civil society organisations in the quarters and neighbourhoods.  The city administration welcomes and supports this commitment and seeks to involve the neighbourhoods in projects that affect them. For the city and its inhabitants, it’s important to have a well-functioning and collaborative interface between the city and its neighbourhoods. 

Planning for the city’s increasing diversity

The City of Zurich is in a state of flux and its quarters are growing. New neighbourhoods have emerged, various areas are becoming denser and the population is getting increasingly diverse. This diversity is a hallmark of the city. In recent years, beside the neighbourhood associations (Quartiervereine) additional local organisations have been set up. This is why the city administration wants to analyse its interface with the city quarters and, if necessary, optimise it. The main focus of this project is thus to ask the question: How could and should a modern system for the inclusion of local concerns and the promotion of lively neighborhoods look, and how can that system best reflect the diversity of the city and its inhabitants?

Open inclusion of all interested parties

In a fully transparent participatory process with the neighbourhood associations and other local organisations, the City of Zurich is seeking to understand if and how to improve its collaborative interface with the neighbourhoods. This will involve assessing the current situation, identifying improvement opportunities and developing the consequent measures. In the process, electronic participation will be a tool. Information about the project is provided actively and regularly – for example on this website.

Current situation and policy recommendations

The analysis of the current situation, as well as the discussion and development of possible measures will be carried out in a participatory and collective process. The outcome is open-ended. It should reflect the growing and changing City of Zurich and the diversity of its population. Based on the results of the participation process, the City Council and City Parliament will decide which possible changes will be implemented at the interface between the City Administration and its quarters. In principle, the process neither involves an increase of the available city funds nor a reduction, but it may change the way funds are distributed.

FAQ

What can I do on this website?

You have the opportunity on this platform to view and comment upon the initial findings of the first large-group conference from the 18th and 19th of January, 2019. You can find these results on our homepage.

What is the purpose of this participatory process?

An examination of the interface between the city and its neighbourhoods is important to many civil-society organizations as well as to the city administration. Correspondingly, there is a large diversity of needs, expectations, and perspectives to respect and attend to. In order to bring together these various interests and to make their activities, needs, and standpoints apparent, this project is designed as an open and participatory process.

The goal of this participatory evaluation is to integrate the standpoints and needs of various interest groups and to present recommendations to the local and municipal councils concerning the future configuration of the interface between the city and its neighbourhoods.

The process is concerned not with the expansion or reduction of available city resources, but rather with the possible reorganization of resource allocation.

How can I participate?

This platform is open for everyone. All those who are interested may participate and comment on the findings from the large-group conference on the 18th and 19th of January, 2019.

Why should I register?

Only registered users may participate in this online dialogue. The registration ensures that only “real” people post on the platform and that bots or other malware cannot create content. You may choose a username and password of your choice upon registering- only your username will be displayed when you post. Any personal data, such as your email address or place of residence will not be given to third-parties or shown to other users on the platform. You can read exactly how your data will be handled in the data privacy statement (available only in German).

Why is the examination of the interface between the city and its quarters necessary?

The City of Zurich is in a state of flux. The population has grown significantly and continues to do so, increasing the diversity of the city, making neighbourhoods denser and creating entirely new ones. The main focus of this project is thus to ask the question: How could and should a modern system for the inclusion of local concerns and the promotion of lively neighbourhoods look, and how can that system best reflect the diversity of the city and its inhabitants?

What exactly will be discussed on this website?

The City of Zurich is implementing an expansive participatory evaluation of the interface between Zurich and its neighbourhoods. Members of neighbourhood associations (Quartiervereine), other local organizations, and the city administration will be invited to participate in various public events to discuss the possibilities for collaboration between the city and its neighbourhoods. All interested persons also have the opportunity to use this platform to participate by commenting on the findings from the first large-group conference on the 18th and 19th of January, 2019.

How will the city of Zurich analyse and implement the results from these participatory processes?

The participatory process is comprised of two large group conferences, the online participation and the work sessions of the so-called investigative and development groups (Spurgruppe and Entwicklungsgruppe). All events, work sessions, and other parts of the process will be documented on the project website. The goal of these processes is to integrate the standpoints and needs of various interest groups and to present recommendations to the local and municipal councils (Stadtrat and Gemeinderat) concerning the future configuration of the interface between the city and its neighbourhoods.

The municipal and local councils will use these recommendations when deciding whether and in which regards the interface between the city and the inhabitants of the various neighbourhoods will be modified.