In order to work successfully on the project, thematic foci are planned. In 2017 (natural hazards and events: floods, climate change) the focus will be on identifying and understanding natural hazards and extreme events as well as their impacts on infrastructures, settlement structures etc.. At first, the primary aim is to become aware of the challenges of handling extreme weather events and other hazards. The second step is to understand and analyse possible planning actions regarding (local) uncertainties. Following, integrated planning measures for sustainable and resilient development of cities will be developed.
In 2018, the focus is set on the economic, social and demographic change and the financial crisis. Just as in the first topic, the first step is to identify and understand the phenomena in order to develop planning and steering methods to handle economic, social, and demographic change as well as a financial crises. Then again, integrated planning strategies for sustainable and resilient urban development will be derived. In 2019, communal participation cultures / new governance arrangements will be regarded. Resilient cities are more resistant towards different kinds of risks and hazards and allow for integrated approaches. Resilience as a cross-sectoral topic is based on integrative approaches and overall guidelines (combination of the strategies of the first two foci), which have to be developed commonly and bring together political, economic and civil stakeholders. The main objective is to development new governance structures, meaning new forms of cooperation and participation as well as resilient institutional structures, which will increase resilience and the adaptive capacity of cities.