Living Labs – cooperation for sustainable products
Living Labs – Co-operation for sustainable products
... 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
Sustainable economy: targets for 2050
Source: Wuppertal Institute
We need sustainable innovations – but
Conscious consumers can‘t Sustainable innova.ons o/en
ﬁnd what they want and fail in the market
A European Infrastructure of Living Labs –
Fostering sustainable innova8ons around the home
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
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Living Lab: Research Agenda
1. Flexible homes
2. Building integrated systems
4. Sustainable lifestyles
5. Customized products and services
LIVING LAB will provide the necessary expertise,
facilities and research methods.
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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.
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Phasing of infrastructure development
design LIVING LAB network LIVING LAB infrastructure
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
Academic partners and network members locations under construction
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Now it’s your turn:
Which kind of questions Living Lab research
should focus on?
How should CSO be involved?
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Thanks for your interest!
Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption,
Living Lab Coordinator: Prof. ir. Daan van Eijk
Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
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