Development of strategies for implementing urban living lab: European case studies

Hyunsik Son, Byunghak Min, Jooseok Oh, Seiyong Kim

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This study examined the strategies for implementing urban living labs through an analysis of the ways in which the concept of urban living lab is portrayed through theoretical discussions, and an analysis of European cases based on the key components of urban living lab. Results of analytical implications of the three cases, including De Ceuvel, Living Lab Vuores, NBS City Lab showed that urban living lab is used to develop urban spaces or solve urban problems based on citizen participation, not user participation, and the role of public sectors such as legal and policy support, and financing is emphasized in contrast with traditional living lab. In order to guarantee the success of an urban living lab, various participation methods for social inclusion and educational programs to strengthen the capabilities of participants are required. The nuances of the urban context and local demands should be taken into close consideration and a wide-area network is necessary for spatial expansion of individual project outcomes. In addition, there should be a regulatory sandbox system focusing on urban living lab, a cooperative system between public departments and a strategic approach to financial support. This study contributes to the literature by expand the discussion on urban living labs in Korea through an analysis of urban living lab projects that are attracting global attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Architectural Institute of Korea
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

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  • Citizen Participation
  • Living Lab
  • Urban Governance
  • Urban Living Lab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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