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Seed Living Lab

Seed Living Lab

The LL was born from the long experience of Consorzio ARCA that hosted the Territorial Living Lab for the Sicilian Region, with the objective to use ICT to develop innovative means of participatory strategic co-planning and territorial self-governance, under the assumption that citizen co-responsibility and ownership, awareness of context and implications of choices, and monitoring of the impacts of decisions taken can together finally generate models for sustainable spatial development.

Through its experience in TLL, ARCA has developed and implemented the model of two thematic Living Lab initiatives, the Solar Lab (SoLL) and the Textile & Clothing Living Lab.

  • SOLL, in front of the premises of Consorzio ARCA, in Palermo, within the University campus, with its 3000 sqm of extension, is the first pilot plant in Europe developed in urban settings, based on the concentrating mirrors technology, which is able to provide electricity, heat, and cooling for multiple uses. The field is mainly devoted to the demonstration and testing of new solar components and technologies; it is open to all the citizens for visits, in order to let them access the site, receive explanations about the technologies applied, and raise social challenges for which they would need solutions
  • T&C LL  aims to reduce the gap between SMEs and R&D issues. It addresses to the issues of Fashion Technology with a more inclusive and co-design approach that aims to produce a lasting and sustainable impact on the territory, offering a space where exploring the emerging opportunities of the new “Making Economy” (e.g. personal robotics, home production, etc.); redirecting the capacities of “old artisans” and family workers (or “fasonists”) and re-connecting their knowledge with e.g. new entrepreneurs, young and creative people; and taking full advantage of the benefits of Future Internet technologies for the T&C global supply chain (diffused e-commerce networks, IoT tracking systems, virtual warehouses, customer engagement, etc.) in the light of a new customer-driven approach based on market intelligence.

Both of them gathered the competence achieved at the local and international level in the two sectors, the multi-actor partnership involved and the supply chain players sensitized and empowered.

 

The expertise of the Living Lab

 

Seed LIVING LAB distils past experiences through the knowledge and the network of its staff for a fresh, new start. It is part of an overall strategy to promote the birth and development of entrepreneurial initiatives that enhance the results achieved by the research centres operating in Sicily and, more in general, to favour innovation and technology transfer towards the Sicilian production system and society. The approach adopted is that of a multilevel network capable of providing, in addition to logistical support, targeted support actions, and access to industrial and financial relations. Seed Living Lab is a physical space where encouraging and make possible to discuss ideas and projects, meet people and collaborators, with formal and informal cooperation methodologies. The Lab provides also a unique testbed for testing and tuning systems through the teamwork of professionals from the research, professional and industrial world.

 

Eu Projects Living Lab has worked on:

STS-Med (ENPI CBC MED),

ZERO-PLUS (Horizon 2020),

TCBL (Horizon 2020)

ReFREAM (Horizon 2020),

CreativeWEAR (Interreg MED)

CWEAR+ (Interreg MED)

EIT HEALTH

CO.ART ( Interreg Italie Tunisie)

ALLER( Interreg Italie Tunisie)

 

Networks

TCBL Association

 

Current  EU Projects

 

Textile revolution (Erasmus+)

 

 

 

Contact:
Luca Leonardi [javascript protected email address]
Country:
Italy
Address:
Postal address Via XX Settembre, 70
Post code 9041

City Palermo

Country Italy
Agriculture & Agri-foodCulture & CreativityEnergyEnvironmentHealth & WellbeingSocial Inclusion & innovationEducationIndustries & manufacturing
Seed Living Lab

Methologies

The site works as an ‘educational lab’, serving both the academic community and the productive system for the co-design and testing of innovative small scale energy solutions for the urban environment, collaborating with other EuroMediterranean twinned infrastructures, experimenting with the same integration of technologies from the solar sources with different levels of optimization and customized technical choices on climatic conditions and settlement requirements.

 

Tools

The Art/Tech manual consists in the creation of a collaborative methodology that inspires, guides and documents each project´s development from start to finish, in which tools were provided to facilitate the Co-Research and Co-Creation processes.

Created and tested for Re-FREAM, this methodology builds a cross-sectoral common space; an “unlearning-to-learn” environment that enables co-research and co-creation by means of a new mindset that strikes a balance between art design and technology. Within this new a dimension of equality, the artist must re-envision his/her initial idea together with a technologist.

During the two waves of co-creation the Re-FREAM project provide a seed bed able to show how art and technology collaboration can work and contribute to an innovative process in research, industry and society. The process is based on the design thinking concepts and tools and has been tested in two different environments: in the first wave artists had the chance, as set in the DOA, to spent a residency period in the selected Hubs but as the Covid-19 pandemic spread the newly selected artists has been forced to experiment the virtual mode. This model has stems from integrating artists/designers in research and innovation processes by nurturing their practices in very specific and clearly identified technological context .such as our hubs.

The model shows also that crucial role of facilitating bodies such as mentors, project managers etc that are able to channel the disrupted forces of co-creation.

A de-codification process was set up to analyze every essential feature of each project, integrating both points of view, and provoking a dialogue between the two. This requires them to take on a collaborative attitude, where both must listen, share, and learn from the other. Participants are encouraged not only to think “outside of the box,” but to understand “outside of the box.”

Historically Labelled Living Labs

 

Since its formation in 2006 ENoLL has labelled 440+ Living Labs. See the full list of Labelled Living Labs who are not active members of the network.

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Health and Wellbeing Living Lab symposium

Tuesday, 20 Feb 2024
Brussels, Belgium
The VITALISE consortium together with ENoLL are glad to announce the organization of the event entitled “Health and Wellbeing Living Lab symposium” that will be held in Brussels, Belgium on the 20th of February 2024.
  

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