The Urban Nature Labs project will demonstrate innovation nature-based solutions in cities that are facing challenges of climate change and urbanisation. Through the project locally-attuned innovative water management systems will be co-create and demonstrated in the context of an integrated urban ecological approach: the Urban Nature Lab (UNaLab).
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Cities around the world are undergoing significant transformations and are facing substantial challenges in the form of urban densification and extreme weather conditions, due to climate change and the ongoing urbanisation. Nature-based solutions (NBS) present an approach to address urban challenges through working with nature, in order to achieve ecological and resilience objectives, while creating opportunities for social and economic innovation concurrently.
The UNaLab consortium is comprised of 28 partners from 10 cities across Europe and beyond, including municipalities, research, business and industry. The UNaLab partner cities commit to addressing climate and water related challenges within an innovative and citizen-driven paradigm. The UNaLab cities aim to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable societies through innovative nature-based solutions
UNaLab’s three demonstration cities, Tampere, Eindhoven and Genova, will implement urban living lab demonstration areas within the cities. They will address identified urban climate and water related challenges by co-creating nature-based solutions with local stakeholders and end users, using an innovative systemic decision support tool. The project aims at using the feedback from the urban living lab demonstration areas to create a widely applicable toolbox consisting of user-friendly handbooks, models and instruments to guide cities across Europe in developing and implementing their own co-creative nature-based solutions.
The UNaLab project sets out to provide a framework for future upscaling of nature-based solutions in the demonstration cities, as well as replicate the solutions in seven replication cities. The European replication cities Cannes, Prague, Başakşehir, Castellón and Stavanger, as well as the non-European replication cities Buenos Aires and Hong Kong, will therefore work in collaboration with the demonstration cities to develop individual NBS roadmaps in a co-creation approach. The city Guangzhou and the Network of Brazilian Intelligent Cities will serve as observers and actively learn from the European NBS approach, which will enable the creation of a global NBS marketplace.
ENoLL is leading a Work Package on co-creative tools and methods, with the help of UNALAB partners. To facilitate and develop trainings, ENoLL is engaging experts from the network.
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Urban Living Lab Playground: The Game
By playing the game, participants will learn how an ULL functions and how it can bring in city stakeholders together to fight a given climate challenge. The gamified approach aids creative thinking and helps challenge solvers to look at the problem from a different perspective / with a fresh set of eyes. By bringing together a diverse mix of participants, the game helps to break down barriers of communication through a storytelling approach.
By playing the game the participants learn:
1. What is an ULL and how does it function in a simulated real-life environment
2. How can a city employ an ULL to connect with the quadruple helix stakeholders, including citizens
3. Wide range of co-creation tools and methods that can be used to work together with the citizens
4. How does co-creation work when addressing complex urban challenges and developing NBS and PCS
5. How can the gamified approach facilitate shared understanding and storytelling
9 October 2019, 09WS498 – Urban Living Lab Playground The Co-Creation GamerBelgium – Brussels – October 2019r© EU/UE
ENoLL Members participating in the project
Botnia Living Lab, Basaksehir Living Lab, Espaitec, Brainport Eindhoven