Manifesto – Goals and concept

Why City in Transition Festival?

We need a change now. Immediately. Our Planet Earth is crying for help and even immediate change could be too late for humanity. We must get from climate change to radical transition! We need changes in our thinking and in our actions! We have to analyse the current problems in a complex way, through the Sustainable Development Goals, to be able to give long-run and sustainable answers for the local and global problems. 


How are we going to achieve our goals?

We will bring different disciplines together with a great mix of nationalities, cultures and languages to develop a new sustainable and inclusive city. In our case, this city is Zürich. If we succeed, we can adapt the ideas and actions to further cities all around Switzerland, Europe and globally. Many of the problems are already defined on different levels and some institutes, firms, organisations and communities are already taking actions, but these actions are still very isolated. We will bring all these local and global developments together during the festival in Zürich to create an interdisciplinary and intercultural melting pot for new sustainable and inclusive action-based developments. 


What will we do together?

Everyone is invited: Every question, idea and action will be discussed throughout the 5 days. Following the festival, our local and global communities will continue to utilise the gained knowledge. We have no more resources to waste, and this includes time and energy. The festival aims to be zero waste, from top to bottom. We have a responsibility to be sustainable. The festival is for everyone with an unwritten open door policy. All events are free and, most importantly, accessible for every human being throughout the city. Sponsoring, donations and an enormous amount of voluntary energy will provide the resources to make the festival – and its impact – happen. 


Join us to transform our city, and society, into an inclusive space, community and place for everyone. We are not alone on this planet. We need radical change now. 

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– Abed Azizi
– Anca Alius – Art & Play
– Andi Rupf – Urban Shorts
– Andres Lepik – Architekturmuseum TU München
– Andrina Beuggert – Powercoders
– Architecture for Refugees, Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and Architecture for Refugees USA
– Arts in Transition team
– Beatrice Fontana – Hoffmann Fontana Architekturen
– Cabaret Voltaire
– Charles Ganz – world-architects
– City in Transition Festival team
Clarissa Hurst – Art & Play
Didiér Meziéres
– DJ David Suivez
– DJ Oona
– Domenico Ermanno Roberti
– Emergency Architecture & Human Rights
– FOGO areal
– Fuada Hatkic
– Haile Kassa
– Hans Rufer
– Hoffmann Fontana Architekturen
– Jafar’s Kitchen
– Jordan Kouto – Baubio Swiss
– Jorge Lobos – Emergency Architecture & Human Rights
– Karin Meier – Zum guten Heinrich – Die Cuisine
– Karl der Grosse
Lavinia Gabriela Pop
– Mari Flor – Co-LOVEvolution
– Martin Joos – Renggli International
– Matteo Masserini – Velorution Suisse – Velokino
– Medina Altiok
– Nadja Schnetzler
– Natalia Sierra Poveda
Naveen Shamsudhin – Kaleido community
– Nicolas Ziesel – KOZ architectes
– Pascal Angehrn – Baubüro in situ
– Pecha Kucha
– Quartierzentrum Bäckeranlage
– Raphael Seebacher – Genossenschaft NeNa1
– Roshan Silva
– Sabeth Tödtli – Urban Equipe
– Simon Tsüri Jacoby – tsüri.ch
– Stefan Kurath
– Stefania Koller – Neustart Schweiz
– Theater Gessnerallee
– Tina Saaby
Wohnen magazine – Wohnbaugenossenschaften Schweiz


Leading voices and informal partner cities

We are inviting important city makers and forces of change from Aleppo, Asmara, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, München, Paris, Port, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Tirana, Zürich and Vienna to share their knowledge and to collaborate with the citizens of Zürich to develop a sustainable and inclusive city together. 

Guests attending include: Tina Saaby, former Chief City Architect of  Copenhagen; Andes Lepik, Director of Architecture Museum TU München; Nicolas Ziesel, co-founder of KOZ Architectes in Paris; and Jorge Lobos, Director of Emergency Architecture & Human Rights in Copenhagen.