Globalisation, structural change and demographic change seriously affect our living environment. These changes effect, among other things, the shrinking number of numerous cities and regions, accompanied by an even economic contraction process that also strains the labour market, business and local budget. Well-functioning mechanisms fall apart.
Shrinking cities, desolate landscapes and vacancy rates in many city districts characterise the image in many places.
How to deal with these changes is not only an architectural or structural issue, but also a social, economical and creative. In a society that is geared for growth, processes that cause reduction and deconstruction are perceived as loss and crisis. But the shrinkage also opens up new design possibilities, supports creativity and awakens ideally a optimistic atmosphere of departure: Off of growth thinking to a different way of dealing with the living environment and a new understanding of living, working and life.
First and foremost, this is an ideal process in which ILI can act as an interdisciplinary ‘Thinktank’ and catalyst. We develop innovative concepts that drive a sustainable development of cities and districts, communities and regions – always directed towards the special situation and the needs of residents and local stakeholder.
To solve complex issues and to develop new approaches we use – preferably under consideration of all parties involved – the ‘Theory U’ to uncover and use future projections. Like that, collaborative models can be developed that are designed from a future perspective and that ensure a sustainable development, which can also be used as a positioning tool for cities, municipalities and regions. Altogether, ILI relies on participation and cross-linking of local stakeholders and relevant social groups, also to identify and integrate divergent interests at an early stage – a criterion of social sustainability by itself.