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Why does JPI Urban Europe not only fund but also develop the urban living labs approach? If the added value of co-creative and experimental methods has been underlined and proven, how can we integrate it better into mainstream urban development processes? In other words, how can we make experimental approaches the ‘new normal’? Read this article in full on the Urban Voices Blog by the European Urban Knowledge Network.
During the recent decade, about half of the over 100 projects funded by the JPI Urban Europe applied experimental co-creative methods, mainly in the form of urban living labs. We discussed the approaches and potential to do things differently with experimental methods with urban actors around the world: from Europe to Beijing, Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis in Brazil, and Durban in South Africa. On a conceptual level, we learned a lot about how urban living labs and experimental models can lead to more sustainable cities, more economic opportunities and a better quality of life for city-dwellers.
Through stakeholder dialogues, conference session, projects’ results and outputs, etc., JPI Urban Europe has derived seven specific consideration points which should be addressed to take the next steps towards mainstreaming urban experimentation: