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The role of urban living labs in a smart city

Bastiaan Baccarne (UGent) , Dimitri Schuurman (UGent) , Peter Mechant (UGent) and Lieven De Marez (UGent)
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In a rapidly changing socio-technical environment cities are increasingly seen as main drivers for change. Against this backdrop, this paper studies the emerging Urban Living Lab and Smart City concepts from a project based perspective, by assessing a series of five Smart City initiatives within one local city ecosystem. A conceptual and analytical framework is used to analyse the architecture, nature and outcomes of the Smart City Ghent and the role of Urban Living Labs. The results of our analysis highlight the potential for social value creation and urban transition. However, current Smart City initiatives face the challenge of evolving from demonstrators towards real sustainable value. Furthermore, Smart Cities often have a technological deterministic, project-based approach, which forecloses a sustainable, permanent and growing future for the project outcomes. ‘City-governed’ Urban Living Labs have an interesting potential to overcome some of the identified challenges.
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Urban Transition, Sustainable Innovation, Innovation Ecosystems, Socio-technical Innovation, Quadruple Helix, Smart Cities, Urban Living Labs

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Baccarne, Bastiaan, Dimitri Schuurman, Peter Mechant, and Lieven De Marez. 2014. “The Role of Urban Living Labs in a Smart City.” In XXV ISPIM Innovation Conference, Proceedings.
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Baccarne, B., Schuurman, D., Mechant, P., & De Marez, L. (2014). The role of urban living labs in a smart city. XXV ISPIM Innovation Conference, Proceedings. Presented at the XXV ISPIM Innovation Conference.
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Baccarne B, Schuurman D, Mechant P, De Marez L. The role of urban living labs in a smart city. XXV ISPIM Innovation Conference, Proceedings. 2014.
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Baccarne, Bastiaan, Dimitri Schuurman, Peter Mechant, et al. “The Role of Urban Living Labs in a Smart City.” XXV ISPIM Innovation Conference, Proceedings. 2014. Print.
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  abstract     = {In a rapidly changing socio-technical environment cities are increasingly seen as main drivers for change. Against this backdrop, this paper studies the emerging Urban Living Lab and Smart City concepts from a project based perspective, by assessing a series of five Smart City initiatives within one local city ecosystem. A conceptual and analytical framework is used to analyse the architecture, nature and outcomes of the Smart City Ghent and the role of Urban Living Labs. The results of our analysis highlight the potential for social value creation and urban transition. However, current Smart City initiatives face the challenge of evolving from demonstrators towards real sustainable value. Furthermore, Smart Cities often have a technological deterministic, project-based approach, which forecloses a sustainable, permanent and growing future for the project outcomes. {\textquoteleft}City-governed{\textquoteright} Urban Living Labs have an interesting potential to overcome some of the identified challenges.},
  author       = {Baccarne, Bastiaan and Schuurman, Dimitri and Mechant, Peter and De Marez, Lieven},
  booktitle    = {XXV ISPIM Innovation Conference, Proceedings},
  isbn         = {9789522655912},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Dublin, Ireland},
  pages        = {16},
  title        = {The role of urban living labs in a smart city},
  url          = {http://ispim.org/files/2014\_dublin\_proceedings/584221976\_Paper.pdf},
  year         = {2014},
}