Living Labs – cooperation for sustainable products

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  • 1. Living Labs – Co-operation for sustainable products
  • 2. ... as if we had four planets ... "The industrial countries act as if there were several earths available. Thus, without a radical increase in resource productivity there will be no sustainable development." Schmidt-Bleek (2009): The Earth. Source: Wuppertal Institute 2007
  • 3. Sustainable economy: targets for 2050 Source: Wuppertal Institute
  • 4. Resource consumption of households
  • 5. We need sustainable innovations – but ? Conscious
consumers
can‘t
 Sustainable
innova.ons
o/en
 find
what
they
want
 and
 fail
in
the
market

  • 6. A
European
Infrastructure
of
Living
Labs
–

 Fostering
sustainable
innova8ons
around
the
home
 www.livinglabproject.org

  • 7. Need for a user-centred approach Sustainable innovations often fail in the market •  technology push •  lack of user understanding > rebound effects > mismatch between societal & individual benefits A user centred approach is needed to better predict commercial value and sustainable impact 7/21 LIVING LAB • Introduction
  • 8. User-centred innovation
  • 9. Living Lab: Research Agenda 1.  Flexible homes 2.  Building integrated systems 3.  Virtualisation 4.  Sustainable lifestyles 5.  Customized products and services LIVING LAB will provide the necessary expertise, facilities and research methods. 9/21 LIVING LAB • Introduction
  • 10. Development of the infrastructure Core part of physical research infrastructure at partner locations will be: Flexible, modular dwellings for •  user observation •  longitudinal research •  co-creation and prototyping Each location has a similar set-up adapted to local culture, climate and research interests. 10/21 LIVING LAB • Introduction
  • 11. Phasing of infrastructure development design LIVING LAB network LIVING LAB infrastructure study Note that this map is indicative: locations of ICO, facilities, etc. are not yet defined 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 International coordination office (ICO) locations with research infrastructure Industrial partners Academic partners and network members locations under construction 11/21 LIVING LAB • Introduction
  • 12. Now it’s your turn: Which kind of questions Living Lab research should focus on? How should CSO be involved? 12/21 LIVING LAB • Introduction
  • 13. Thanks for your interest! Michael Lettenmeier Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute michael.lettenmeier@wupperinst.org www.wupperinst.org Living Lab Coordinator: Prof. ir. Daan van Eijk Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology d.j.vaneijk@io.tudelft.nl www.livinglabproject.org 13/21 LIVING LAB • Introduction