The Economic Development Space was the venue for the meeting of the partners of the International Project EO4GEO, which aims to promote access to spatial data, including satellite data and its use among stakeholders involved in the development of the city. The involvement of Warsaw in the WP5 “Testing and validating the strategy based on case-based learning scenario’s”, and in particular the Smart City sector will allow data usage solutions to be gathered in the economic and spatial development of the city. It is also important to have a context for the dissemination of knowledge and thus for the efficient use of the data resource for the development of the city.

ZODIAK held a press conference, during which the results of the latest PwC report were presented, as well as the latest data on the #Warsaw Strategy 2030 monitoring system and information of the activities undertaken in this area, were presented by Paulina Nowicka, Plenipotentiary for City Development Strategy. According to the recent study of PwC Poland „Report on Polish metropolises: Warsaw”, indicates that the capital even tripled its investment potential towards other large Polish cities.


The purpose of the event cycle is to promote data visualization in the context of the architecture and urban space. The workshop for a closed group of participants provided an opportunity to move through the process of data gathering, processing and visualization. The workshop is aimed at students and young professionals in urban development and research in the area such as architecture, spatial management, sociology, anthropology of culture and others. The program is enriched by lectures and meetings that present theories of visualizing urban data and highlight examples of modern data-collection projects. The organization of the cycle provides an opportunity to exchange experiences and network of representatives from different professions and to demonstrate good practice in managing urban data and ways it can be used in different areas of the city.

“Green (eco)Minecraft, in other words, how to face urban challenges?” are workshops organized by the Air Protection and Climate Policy Department of the City of Warsaw along with the UNEP / GRID-Warsaw Center and the Veolia Polska Foundation. During the meeting, participants draw inspiration on how to meet the ecological calls identified in the city strategy (Staretegia2030) for adaptation to climate change for the City of Warsaw up to 2030 with a prospect up to 2050. A new, green, energy-efficient and inhabitants-friendly version of selected areas of Warsaw were designed together. Ecocraft was used for this project – the green version of the popular Minecraft game. Workshop participants were high school students, university students, and members of non-governmental organizations.

The City of Warsaw with the Academic Initiative at the University of Warsaw started diagnostic work on a research project aimed at Warsaw scientists at a meeting in the Economic Development Space. The study aims to gather information on researchers’ expectations on creating the best conditions for generating and implementing new solutions, attracting specialists with unique knowledge and promoting achievements of Warsaw researchers internationally.
The goal of planned studies is to help systematize the knowledge that is scattered and fragmented at the city hall, which makes it unsufficient to form the right actions.

We would like Warsaw to be a metropolitan area that inspires other cities, which provides a favorable environment for the development and cooperation of creative environments. Warsaw universities have a fundamental role in this respect as a place for developing new ideas, innovative solutions and engaging creative potential in the social, economic and spatial creation of cities.

The Economic Development Department of the City of Warsaw in partnership with the Envisio Foundation organized the third workshop Smart City = Smart Warsaw, regarding investment issues contributing to the context of the development of our city. The goal is to develop, systemic solutions with representatives of the business world, scientific units and organizations of the industry, which in the future will help to create guidelines for initiatives taken by the City Council. Warsaw is increasingly becoming part of the concept of a Smart City, but it still faces many challenges. Issues in the area of ​​the smart city require cooperation between various partners: the public side, enterprises, startups, investment funds. By strengthening cross-sectoral dialogue, we try to generate a better future for our city.

We have hosted another meeting of the Branch Social Dialogue Commission for Digitization, an industry wide consultative committee, set up by interested non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and the City of Warsaw. Their nature, which is the cooperation between the NGO and the government, makes them the primary partner in the development of solutions in specific areas of public tasks that belong to the City of Warsaw.

By the initiative of the Economic Development Department of the City of Warsaw, in cooperation with the Envisio Foundation, a second meeting was held in a series of workshops devoted to investment issues in the context of the development of the city entitled Let’s be together for a climate in Warsaw, i.e. how to jointly improve the air quality in the city. The aim of the cycle is to develop future systemic solutions that provide guidance for initiatives undertaken by the local government.

The Demo Day of the Academic Startup League was held at the Economic Development Space at ZODIAK. It is an accelerator that looks for engineers, innovators and visionaries whose concepts primarily affect the social, ecological and technological environment. The program was developed through the cooperation of the following organisations: MOST, StartUp Hub Poland and Digital Knowledge Observatory.

The policy of the digital transformation of Warsaw – a seminar that summarized the project took place, with the participation of the City Clerk, Mr Marcin Wojdat, representatives of numerous departments of the City of Warsaw, City units, the world of science and non-governmental organizations. The first stage was completed, it required a support provided by an external contractor to the City’s Digitalisation Department, which is the leading office in the project. The next stage will be subjecting the draft document to a public consultations.

The inauguration of the second edition of the Academy of Young Architects, a program addressed to Warsaw high school students (students from 30 high schools have applied for the previous edition), which combines workshops with the most interesting Warsaw (and not only), architects, urban exploration of the city, also a theory and the practice of the participatory planning of space – with real effects.

One of the most attractive places to invest in Europe, attracting high-class specialists and modern, ecological office space. This is how Warsaw will present itself at the prestigious Munich Expo Real 2019.

Warsaw at Expo Real 2019 will present data indicating that it is currently one of the most attractive places to invest. What is confirmed by numerous, prestigious international rankings:

“FDi’s Polish Cities of the Future 2019/2020” – 1st place;

“Emerging Europe’s 2019 Business Friendly Perception” – 1st place among the cities of Central and Eastern Europe;

“Mapping the World’s Prices 2019” – 1st place in Europe in the cost of living category according to the Deutsche Bank report;

“FDi’s Eastern European Cities of the Future 2018/2019” – 2nd place;

“PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate” – 2nd place among the cities of Central and Eastern Europe;

“FDi’s Major European Cities of the Future 2018/2019” – 3rd position in the category of business friendliness.

City partners

Warsaw is already present for the 19th time at Expo Real. During this year’s edition, 10 partners will present their offers with the city: BBI Development, Bird & Bird, cmT, Ghelamco, Golub GetHouse, HB Reavis, Karimpol, Tetris, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Yareal.

Warsaw supports the creative sector, therefore at the stand you will traditionally be able to see creative gadgets designed by young local entrepreneurs. Among them will be both already presented at the fair brands such as Hellowawa, LovePolandDesign, Mama Studio and Manufaktura Czekolady, as well as completely new. The Kabak brand has designed a mermaid pin, the Moomi brand has created a unique graphic that has been placed on bags and pillow cases, and the BeePack brand has proposed an ecological alternative to food packaging – wax wraps – it has created a dedicated pattern for Warsaw.

For several years, the City of Warsaw has also been promoting startup activities, after this year’s edition of the contest, innovative IT technologies for the construction and real estate industry implemented by ProperGate will be promoted.

Investment offer

This year’s offer of the city at the Expo Real fair is five investment plots at J. Słowackiego (3271 m2) and Krzemieniecka (6152 m2) in Bielany (single-family or extensive multi-family housing with services or downtown buildings), Dobra (2112 m2, construction) multi-family residential building with services on the ground floor or construction of a service building with a hotel function with an underground garage) and Mariańska (1027 m2, construction of a hotel building) in Śródmieście and Burakowska (8259 m2, downtown buildings of services, trade and offices) and al. Solidarności (6975 m2, office and service buildings) in Wola district. Expo Real in Munich is one of the world’s largest international real estate and investment events. In 2018, over 2,000 exhibitors presented themselves at the fair, and over 44,500 participants from 72 countries from around the world. This year’s twentieth edition will take place on October 7-9th, 2019.


The Representatives of the Stockholm City Property Development Office chose Warsaw for a study visit to learn about the capital’s experience in city management. The Economic Development Space in the ZODIAK Pavilion was a place of workshops with the participation of representatives of several offices of the City of Warsaw, whose purpose was to share knowledge and experience in the field of city development, urbanization, land management and climate protection.

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The City of Warsaw organizes a series of open meetings entitled “Technological Reviews”. The purpose of the meetings is for companies to present innovative and technological solutions in the smart city area to representatives of the City of Warsaw (deputy mayor, secretary, directors and employees of key substantive offices competent in the thematic areas) and other participants: representatives of institutions, organizations, investment funds, corporations and startups. The meetings are an important forum for dialogue between the environment of innovative entities and the local government and are an opportunity to exchange knowledge, present innovative ideas and prototypes, discuss technologies and prospects for their application in the city space.

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As part of the panel discussion organized by Poland Today INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TOUR, mayors of three Polish cities – Warsaw, Łódź and Poznań, aimed at enabling the exchange of views and experiences with the participation of a group of foreign business journalists. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the biggest challenges currently faced by urban agglomerations regarding, inter alia, the economic development of Polish cities, raising the standard of living of their inhabitants and developing transport infrastructure.

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The implementation of the principles of the circular economy in construction has a chance to enable the sustainable consumption of natural resources also in construction, it will only be possible through careful joint implementation of integrated activities of all stakeholders of the construction process at the design, building, operation, final recovery and reuse of previously used raw materials. The experts discussion panel organized on the initiative of SARP was attended by representatives of the City of Warsaw, representatives of construction companies and developers of specialists for sustainable development, architects and universities. The discussion aimed to raise awareness of the importance of the topic by opening a public discussion on the topic.

photo Klaudia Świątek / Oddział Warszawski SARP

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On 9th September, 2019, in ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilon of Architecture there was held a seminary entitled: “The development of telecare in Poland – local authorities experiences”. All participants of the event, representatives of cities implementing telecare in Poland, were warmly welcomed by Paweł Rabiej – Deputy Mayor of the City of Warsaw. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to develop good practice guidelines and exchange experience in the field of telecare among local authorities. These actions sought to create the best model of telecare which, in connection with implementing by the City of Warsaw a project entitled “Budowa i wdrożenie zintegrowanego systemu wsparcia usług opiekuńczych opartego na narzędziach TIK na terenie Warszawskiego Obszaru Funkcjonalnego (E-Opieka)” co-financed with the funds of the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme for the Mazowieckie Voivodeship 2014-2020, will be implemented up to 2022 and will cover at least 7000 inhabitants.

The European Open Lecture of the Creative Europe program – the Media component, attracted people interested in the subject of increasing access to culture and audiovisual works. Conducting meetings at ZODIAK that broaden knowledge in this area enables the inhabitants of Warsaw to develop in the media industry, reach out to the community and funds that support their activities.

During the meeting, matters related to the potential of obtaining funding, including audiovisual projects and video games, film education, distribution and organization of events and trainings were discussed.

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University of Chicago students came to Warsaw as part of the Career Trek program. During the visit, they became acquainted with the city’s offer, its various sectors of the economy as well as with potential employers, which enabled them to learn about business culture and gain first experience related to the possibility of developing a professional career in Warsaw.

They also had the opportunity to learn about the rich history and culture of the capital and personally experience the values of our city.

Warsaw supports initiatives that strengthen and develop business cooperation and allow the exchange of experience in the field of education between Poland and the United States.

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On July 19th, a meeting of representatives of the city authorities and companies renting e-scooters took place. Together they discussed how the regulations governing the scooter market should look like and what to do to ensure the safety of their users and pedestrians. It was one of the series of meetings that is to help to develop a common position and accelerate the creation of regulations.


We spend most of our lives in buildings. What materials are made of, whether or not we have green outside the window affects not only our well-being, quality of life but even health (physical and mental). How to design a city to heal us, and not to make us sick? The lecture discussed specific ideas for the design of healthy housing estates and public spaces, especially in the context of combating the consequences of climate change. How to fight with pervasive concrete? What to look for? The meeting also touched on the issue of closed economy in architecture and its impact on design trends.

The debate in the cycle #ZODIAK_inspiruje was hosted by Martyna Obarska cultural expert, journalist, vice-editor’s of “Magazyn Miasta”.

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On July 10th an open meeting was held on the subject of “Environmental protection and climate”, during which innovative and technological solutions in the field of smart city and sustainable development were presented.

The meeting was an opportunity to exchange knowledge, present innovative ideas and discussion about technologies and perspectives of their application in the city space. Fifteen companies and organizations presented their technological solutions supporting the fight for environmental and climate protection, ecological innovations related to air protection, energy efficiency, transport, renewable energy sources or photovoltaics.

Products from Siemens sp. Z o.o., Teraz Energia sp. Z o.o., EdtechHub Akcelerator Sp. z o.o., AIRROR, Foundation for the development of eco-energy and sustainable development “green phoenix”, Solhotair sp. z o.o., BS Group Sp. z o.o., Feniks Software Corporation sp. o.o., Spot Parking, BIOVALLEY social cooperative, ProperGate, Foundation Festival of Electromobiloty and przesł The meeting was attended by the City of Warsaw Clerk, directors of City of Warsaw Departments, organizational units also representatives of companies and NGO’s.

Subsequent meetings from the series “Technology reviews” in the range of thematic paths that fit into the concept of a smart city are planned in the following months, the nearest at the end of September of this year.

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The Institute of Public Affairs and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Warschau organized a debate about the future of the labor market in the era of the digital revolution in peripheral economies, new opportunities created by new technologies and new forms of organizing work while maintaining solid social protection. The following experts took part in the debate:

– dr Agata Chełstowska from the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Warsaw
– Adriana Rozwadowska, a journalist at Gazeta Wyborcza
– Marcin Bartosz Wiśniewski, member of the National Board of OPZZ Confederation of Labor

The report of the Institute of Public Affairs on new forms of work in Poland was presented by Małgorzata Koziarek, an ISP analyst, the discussion was moderated by Dominik Owczarek, director of the Social Policy Program at the Institute of Public Affairs.

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More and more elderly, more and more heat, or how do we want to live in the times of climate crisis? – lecture by Marta Żakowska (Magazyn Miasta / Cities Magazine) Two facts – aging and a serious climate crisis – are the most important frameworks of our current times and our future. The more so because the heat waves are the hardest for older people. It will get worse. But we can still shape the character of this “worse” in cities, including Warsaw, to do our best.

 👉 What valuable do we do in this direction and what we don’t do?

👉 How can architecture and space help us?

👉 What can other European cities teach us about this topic also their inhabitants, architects and investors?

👉 How to reduce spatial discrimination due to the age and the effects of Warsaw’s denial of the scale of the climate crisis?

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Innovative design was the topic of the meeting from the series #ZODIAK_inspiruje. Monika Wróbel and Grzegorz Gądek who represents the Foundation Urban Sports Square talked about their experiences with innovative projects in Warsaw.
Among many others, following activities were discussed, those by the Świętokrzyski bridge, the Emilia pavilion, the Aleja Sportów Miejskich, revitalization of Ząbkowska street and about the Cichociemnych Spadochroniarzy AK park.

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ZODIAK hosted the meeting of the authorities of the City of Warsaw with representatives of CITI Bank as well as the management and pupils of the Secondary School of Economics No. 1 in Warsaw, aimed at summarizing the tripartite educational program. The purpose of the project was to raise the competencies of future staff by creating dedicated workshops, in the field of introduction to finances, business English vocabulary and preparation for participation in recruitment processes.

A discussion between young activists and experts, organised by the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre and UNICEF Poland as part of the “Green Ribbon #ForThePlanet” campaign took place on June 4th in the ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture.

Young people discussed reasons for their interest in environmental protection and issues, related to air quality and the global climate.

The “Green Ribbon #ForThePlanet” campaign, focusing this year on the #BeatAirPollution topic, is co-organised by the City of Warsaw.

European volunteering, internships and traineeships in the EU and partner countries, starting work in international institutions are topics that were raised during the European Open Lecture – the initiative of the European Information Centre Europe Direct – Warsaw. The event took place on June 4 in ZODIAK Warszaw’s Pavilion of Architecture and was addressed to youth (people between 18 and 30 years old). The meeting in the form of a short lecture and workshops was leading by the Eurodesk Poland representative Mr. Łukasz Smogorowski.

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ZODIAK hosted representatives of government administration, business, NGOs and science during the meeting with the representative of the Finnish Sitra Mr Jyri Arponen on the subject of CIRCULAR ECONOMY
In 2015 the European Commission adopted an action plan the so-called CIRCULAR ECONOMY. In other words, it is a regenerative economic system where the use of raw materials, the amount of waste as well as emission and energy loss are minimized by creating a closed loop processes in which waste from one process is used as raw material for others, which minimizes the amount of production waste. The Finns were the first to create a document that is a road map in the subject of CIRCULAR ECONOMY as early as 2016, thus becoming the ambassador of this issue.
Meeting was organized as part of the NEXT STEP Poland project #PARP Polska Agencja Inwestycji i Handlu – PAIH Polish Development Fund.

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#ZODIAK_inspires is a series of lectures organized by the City of Warsaw. As part of eight public meetings, we would like to present how different approaches can influence and shape a modern city in the context of sustainable development. The lectures are involving various participants and stakeholders of the Warsaw’s economic ecosystem, creating a bridge between designers, developers, architects, investors, startups and business environment institutions. The series of meetings is open to anyone interested in modern city modeling, establishing relations, exchanging knowledge and experiences.

On the 23rd of May ZODIAK hosted trainings for Warsaw teachers responsible for student councils and school pupils, who participate in the project “Samorządy mają moc” (“Students council empowerment”). The project is carried out by the Civis Polonus Foundation in cooperation with the City of Warsaw. It’s aiming to develop a cooperation between teachers, school directors, students and parents also to increase a students impact of students on the schools in which they learn.

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Mr Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of the City of Warsaw met with representatives of New York University. During the Poland visit, group of 55 graduates of financial and management studies – were presented with Warsaw’s offer in fields of entrepreneurship and innovation development. The moderated discussion focused on few of the city’s crucial topics – its social structure, the impact of “Brexit” on developing Warsaw potential, the position on the international urban arena in the field of finance and investments with the participation of EU funds.

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ZODIAK held a press conference inaugurating this year’s edition of the Varsiavian of the Year is a competition in which we appreciate women who have contributed to the development and promotion of the City of Warsaw in a special way through their social or professional activities. It is important for them to promote openness, tolerance, equality and democratic values. They are people who can boast of achievements in their fields, work for the transformation of civil society, for building community and integrating society in terms of EU values. They are innovative and enterprising.

Applications for candidates for the Award can be sent by everyone! The jury will select 10 women nominees from the applications sent. In the autumn, we will invite Warsaw residents to vote. The winner of this year’s Award will be announced during a gala on October 9.


We already know what the new Polonia stadium will look like together with the hall and the youth sports center. Architectural and urban competition for the concept of development of the facility at ul. Konwiktorska 6 was settled and its results announced on May 13 at a press conference in ZODIAK. A post-competition exhibition presenting the awarded and commanded works can be seen on the square in front of the ZODIAK Pavilion.

The goal of the competition was to obtain the best architectural and urban solution that stood out due to its spatial, architectural and functional-utility qualities. The architects’ task was to develop a concept that takes into account both the nature of the complex, fitting into the neighboring buildings and the surroundings, as well as taking into account economic conditions

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A press conference inaugurating the 5th edition of the Architectural Award of the Warsaw`s Mayor took place in the ZODIAK Pavilion. Warsaw. The best objects and events of 2018 will be chosen by a jury composed of experts and city authorities as well as residents. Candidates for the prize can be submitted from May 10 to June 21 this year.

Architectural Award of the Warsaw`s Mayor promotes new buildings, as well as historic and revitalized public spaces, such as squares, streets or walking routes. There are also events devoted to broadly understood architecture and art, including exhibitions, books or temporary installations.

In connection with the ongoing work on the new financial perspective for 2021-2027, a meeting of representatives of the Warsaw metropolis was held, during which issues regarding opportunities and risks for the Warsaw Capital Region after 2020 were discussed, including concepts of the draft of the National Strategy for Regional Development 2030 and concept of draft regulations for cohesion policy for 2021-2027.

We hosted a meeting with entrepreneurs and representatives of the offices of the City of Warsaw, Welfare & Social Projects Department and Economic Development Department who had an opportunity to present the urban development program for children’s nurseries in Warsaw.

The niche in the market of service premises is a challenge, therefore the City of Warsaw creates networking space for dialogue between entrepreneurs running nurseries and companies operating in the residential and commercial premises market. As part of these activities, we invite interested parties to submit tenders in the recruitment.

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The international negotiation tournament Warsaw Negotiation Round 2019, under the patronage of the Mayor of the City of Warsaw, hosted on the first floor of the ZODIAK Pavilion. The event organized by the Negocjator Students Scientific Association of the Warsaw School of Economics is attended by students representing leading law and business schools from around the world and experts in the field of negotiation. The tournament is attended by representatives of such universities as London School of Economics, American University Washington, University of Connecticut, National Law School of India, University of

In the ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture took place the inauguration of the 3rd edition of the Warsaw Academy of Young Leaders. Young project participants had opportunity to meet each other for the first time and gain some knowledge about how much impact they can have thanks to being active in students councils, youth councils and other informal groups.

The project will last until the December 2019 and is implemented as part of the urban program “Young Warsaw. City with climate for young people 2016-2020 “.

Startup Art. Is a business support program addressed to students and graduates of Warsaw art schools organized by the City of Warsaw Culture Office in cooperation with Startup Academy.

As part of the cycle, on the first floor of the Zodiak Pavilion, a meeting and workshops were organized to network startups, Startup Academy trainers, experienced entrepreneurs and experts from various industries.

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The H & M Challenge Accepted event, whose partner was the World Wide Fund for Nature, touched on topics related to the sustainable development of the fashion industry and innovation in the production of eco-friendly fabrics (eg from orange peel and pineapple). During the event, workshops were held for Warsaw startups.

Modern fashion and design is one of the key industries supported by the City, with a high growth potential and significant export potential.

“During the conference a number of thematic discussion panels, presentations and workshops were organized for young entrepreneurs and people wanting to start their own business and making it more sustainable. The best specialists in the industry were invited to conduct the meetings, including Enrica Astra, co-founder of the innovative company Orange Fiber, producing materials from waste after the production of orange juice, also Axel Buchholz, CEO of SOEX Group and I: Collect GmbH, the world’s leading company dealing in textile recycling. Among the guests of the conference was Anja Rubik to whom theme of ecology and sustainable fashion is particularly close.“


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On March 30-31, the Final of the 17th edition of the Student Negotiation Tournament took place. During four negotiation rounds, the best of 16 teams from all over Poland, checked their negotiating skills on the basis of previously received scenarios. It was a two-way “case study” developed by students from SKN Negotiator operating at the Warsaw School of Economics.

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Members of the French-Polish Chamber of Commerce visited the meeting with representatives of the offices of the Capital City of Warsaw. The purpose of the meeting was the opportunity to discuss and get answers to the questions and problems of local investors, regarding investments in Warsaw and cooperation with the City. The Economic Development Office organizes regular meetings with representatives of companies associated in chambers of commerce, aimed at providing information on tools for entrepreneurs’ support, investment plans and conducting a dialogue with investors.

The Danish Embassy Warsaw in cooperation with the City of Warsaw and the Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects (OW SARP) and the Mazovian Regional Chamber of Polish Architects (MaPIA RP) organized a seminar and workshops on sustainable architecture and urban planning in the context of the implementation of 17 UN sustainable development goals (UN 17 Sustainable Goals).

The 17 sustainable development goals (17 UN SDG) – reflects the community’s drive to create a more sustainable future. Those objectives define the challenges that societies face, including those that also affect climate and environmental degradation. Urban planning, architecture and the natural environment are linked to each of the goals of sustainable development. Architectural solutions can take into account current environmental challenges: energy consumption, changing climate, increased amount of waste and health of the residents.

From the Danish side, the Conference was attended by Ms. Sofie Stilling from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), representatives of architectural offices SLA and Urban Power, implementing projects that fit into the concepts of achieving sustainable development goals.

Warsaw’s Pavilion of Architecture the European Open Lecture called “Creative Europe Program – Your support in the implementation of a cultural project” was held for the second time this year. The Lecture was organized by the Europe Direct Information Centre – Warsaw. The meeting was led by Mrs Ewa Kornacka who is responsible for the CULTURA component in the Creative Europe Program. The topic of the meeting included: the possibility of co-financing cultural and audiovisual projects, application procedures and substantive and formal requirements of projects. The meeting was very popular within the cultural sector – over 40 people took part in the meeting. Next meeting with Creative Europe already in autumn.

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On the first floor of the ZODIAC press conference was held with the participation of the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, inaugurating Warsaw’s attendance at the most prestigious real estate trade show in Europe – MIPIM 2019 which  is taking place in Cannes.

During this year’s investment exhibition, Warsaw will present it’s development plans. The MIPIM trade expo this year will be held for the 30th time and Warsaw will present it’s investment attractiveness in Cannes for the 21st time. This year 13 partners will present their offers together with the City of Warsaw: BBI Development, CMT Sp. z o.o., Ghelamco, Golub Gethouse, HB Reavis, Immobel Poland, Liebrecht&wooD Poland, Mayland Real Estate, Modlin Sp. z o.o., OKAM Capital, Skanska Property Poland, Unibail Rodamco Westfield and Vastint.

As part of Warsaw’s support for start-ups and the creative sector, their representatives will get a chance to present themselves at MIPIM. At the Warsaw stand, company Whirla will be representing the prop-tech industry, supporting a platform enabling digital interaction with users via a network of smart mobile chargers for smartphones. Cannes will also feature creative gadgets designed by Warsaw’s young local entrepreneurs.

The premiere of the report on the investment potential and the situation on the real estate market in the capital – “Warsaw your place to invest” will take place at the event. The study was created in cooperation with the City of Warsaw and nine agencies: BNP Paribas, CBRE, Colliers, Cushman & Wakefield, JLL, Knight Frank, Randstad, Reas and Savills.

At the Warsaw stand, you will also be able to see the report “Revitalization – Brave New Warsaw” regarding revitalization operations of the City in Praga-Północ and Praga-Południe District also the ABSL latest report “Business Services in Warsaw 2018”.

The first edition of the participatory budget (PB) has recently ended in eight Warsaw schools. It’s main rules were developed by pupils together with their parents, teachers and other school employees. On Wednesday, March 6th, they all met at ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture in order to summarize their projects and develop the guidelines for other educational entities in Warsaw willing to conduct their own PB. Thanks to the guidelines, subsequent PB processes in schools will be even more effective for strengthening pupils’ entrepreneurial spirit, civic engagement and concern for the common good – their school.

The “Participatory budget in school” project is implemented by the “Pole Dialogu” Foundation and the “Stocznia” Foundation and financed by the City of Warsaw.

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Deputy Mayor of the City of Warsaw’s Renata Kaznowska participated in the inauguration ceremony of the 4th edition of the Start-up JUMP project held in the Zodiak Pavilion, the project was dedicated to the development of entrepreneurship and creativity of Warsaw’s high and secondary school students.

Start-up Jump participants in the first stage (Youth Business Semester) visited municipal institutions supporting entrepreneurship, such as the Smolna Enterprise Center, Center of Creativity Targowa, Warsaw Centre for Socio-Educational Innovation and Training, FabLab powered by Orange or the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Management of Warsaw University of Technology.

In the next – practical stage – students have the opportunity to create their own projects, but also to establish direct contact with the business community and potential employers. At the workshop young Varsovians consult with mentors, deepen their knowledge about 2D and 3D design, the basics of electronics, programming and prototyping and teamwork.

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In the space of the first floor workshop meeting “Warsaw the city of startups” took place, where the Deputy Mayor of City of Warsaw Michał Olszewski and the Director of the Economic Development Department Piotr Sawicki met representatives of the startup ecosystem. The purpose of the meeting was to learn about the needs of the environment in terms of mutual cooperation and building the potential of Warsaw as a city actively supporting the development of entrepreneurship.

A training meeting for representatives of Warsaw agglomeration communities was held in the Zodiak Pavilion, aimed at raising awareness of social participation and involving residents in joint urban space planning.

ZODIAK hosted Open Lecture called “Creative Europe Program – Your support in the implementation of a cultural project” was held for the first time this year. The Lecture was organized by the Europe Direct Information Centre – Warsaw. The meeting was led by Mrs Ewa Kornacka who is responsible for the CULTURA component in the Creative Europe Program. The topic of the meeting included: the possibility of co-financing cultural and audiovisual projects, application procedures and substantive and formal requirements of projects.

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How to build an effective cooperation among local authorities? How does cohesion policy help this now and in the future? What lessons can be drawn at local level on the benefits and challenges of metropolitan cooperation?

Representatives of cities from all over Europe have met in Zodiak to discuss these burning questions during a EUROCITIES Seminar: Fostering metropolitan cooperation through cohesion policy.

Warsaw and its neighbouring communes share their unique story of cooperation for a better, more comfortable life of the residents.