What is a living lab?

A living lab is an experimental environment, physical or virtual, where users are part of a creative, social space where they can shape and experience their own future. Nowadays, living labs are often used for research into and marketing of innovative systems and new technologies. The idea is to make users into active co-creators of new ideas and innovative concepts.

3rd generation living lab

While the 1st and 2nd generations of living labs focused on materials, technologies and systems with limited interaction with users, the aim of the 3rd generation is to optimise the interface with people in a reality-based situation. 3rd generation living labs require specific processes and infrastructures for integrated research thinking and systems to be built into an inhabited building. Co-creation and open innovation promote and create new models and procedures for collaboration with a view to increasing innovative thinking in the built housing environment.

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Published: Tue 27 Oct 2015. Modified: Mon 13 Mar 2017