Evaluating urban living labs for modernisation and social upgrading of suburban areas in Finland and Sweden

Riikka Holopainen, Maija Federley, Pekka Tuominen

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    Across Europe, some 200 million people live in suburbs in great need of modernization and social uplifting. The JPI Urban Europe SubUrbanLab project has examined how these suburbs can be modernized and socially uplifted together with the residents and other stakeholders using the Urban Living Lab approach. This paper proposes a plan for the evaluation of six Urban Living Labs. The Urban Living Labs were real life development actions implemented in two suburban areas using different Urban Living Lab methods: Alby in Sweden and Peltosaari in Finland. The evaluation plan is divided into two sections 1) evaluation of the Urban Living Lab methods and 2) evaluation of the implemented modernization and social upgrading actions. The evaluation of methods provides insights into the appropriateness of using an Urban Living Lab approach for involving users and stakeholders in less valued suburbs. This evaluation is designed to include the whole process of developing, planning, implementing and following-up an Urban Living Lab. The evaluation of actions is carried out using both quantitative (e.g. CEA, physical indicators) and qualitative (e.g. online questionnaires and interviews with residents, municipal representatives, practitioners and other experts) methods. The evaluation focuses on how the implemented actions have contributed to these suburbs' attraction, sustainability and economic viability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016
    Subtitle of host publicationEnvironmental Opportunies and Challenges, Constructing commitment and acknowledging human experiences
    EditorsMatthijs Prins, Hans Wamelink, Bob Giddings, Kihong Ku, Manon Feenstra
    PublisherTampere University of Technology
    Pages654 - 665
    ISBN (Print)978-952-15-3740-0, 978-952-15-3742-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventCIB World Building Congress 2016: Intelligent Built Environment for Life - Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland
    Duration: 30 May 20163 Jun 2016
    Conference number: 20

    Publication series

    SeriesTampere University of Technology: Department of Civil Engineering: Construction Management and Economics. Report


    ConferenceCIB World Building Congress 2016
    Abbreviated titleWBC16


    • modernisation
    • urban living labs
    • neighbourhood
    • people involvement


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