Alive and KIC-ing identified two living labs concepts as having potential for enhancing the efforts towards sustainable cities: Urban Transition Lab, for city developers and Urban Citizen Lab, for end-users.
Urban Citizen Lab
The Urban Citizen Lab is an initial study on the ways of involving end-users of the WAIFER Energy Service Company concept into the process through:
- Online IT based data exchange with citizens (linking urban data)
- Open innovation based knowledge generation from smart city pilots
In the Urban Citizen Lab the Alive & KIC-ing project is looking for means to integrate end-user feedback in concepts such as the intelligent street lighting and WAIFER, a developing concept in the Netherlands. Within WAIFER, an energy service company offers to renovate existing residential buildings, financing those adaptations with the generated energy savings. Alive & KIC-ing investigates how users and potential new customers can provide feedback to improve the use of WAIFER and make it more accurate. Also, Alive & KIC-ing explores options to introduce new ‘social’ services, such as maybe health services for elderly or security services.
Urban Transition Lab
In the Urban Transition Lab urban decision tools are combined in a flexible toolbox, to be used by urban developers, cities, project developers and engineering companies. It provides an integrated approach to city planning as a bottom-up service, addressed to city developers. The possibility of an integrated multi-criteria energy impact analysis for urban district investments (scenarios of land use, emissions related information, air quality information etc.) should enable the effective decision process.
A number of models and tools have been identified within ALIVE & KIC-ing that can be part of the initial package of tools for multi-criteria impact analysis. The potential of this service for the transition process toward smart and efficient buildings and cities can be significant, as it will ensure that sustainability principles are taken into account for city development.
This package of tools is looking at addressing problems mainly at district level, with focus on sustainable district investments with strong integration of urban planning, multi-criteria impact (bottom-up approach).
More and more city stakeholders are taking engagements towards CO₂ neutrality. The necessary large scale district investments need to fit in the medium and long term plans of the city. Priority setting, sustainable design, urban planning and multi-impacts to the urban environment are essential in this context. Alive and KIC-ing creates a self-learning process within an common experience platform on urban energy system solutions, for city stakeholders to take investments decisions in an efficient and inclusive way.
Unique Selling Proposition:
An integrated approach to city planning as a bottom-up service, addressed to city developers. The possibility of an integrated multi-criteria energy impact analysis for urban district investments (scenarios of land use, emissions related information, air quality information etc.) should enable the effective decision process.
Under the Alive & KICing project all activities have been finalised. Any additional development will continue under different projects:
- Further development of the Urban Citizen Lab will be done via a master’s thesis with the University of Eindhoven.
- The Urban Transition Lab is looking for a pilot project in order to do a real life proof of concept of the developed package of tools.
- Individual users
- City planners
- Project developers