Innovation in urban environments has become increasingly
important as many of the great challenges of our
societies are underpinned by dynamics in urban
surroundings. The challenge with innovations in urban
environments is that many of them do not diffuse easily.
This is typically due to the nature of urban innovations:
they comprise complex entities consisting services,
technologies, physical assets, and social practices - all
these linking together a heterogeneous set of actors.
Many types of partnerships between firms, authorities,
and other actors are often needed.
This report introduces and concentrates on one particular
case project Renewable Energy Solutions in City Areas
(RESCA). The project was located in the city of Oulu in
Northern Finland. RESCA attempts to generate reasoned and
reliable concepts to guide and help builders, developers
and planners in choosing and combining renewable energy
sources for single-family homes. Adopted solutions and
concepts had to be simple to use, effective and they
needed to be applicable to be used in the Building
Supervision Office's quality guidance process.
Additionally, concepts needed to be applicable in other
cities as well.
The objectives of this report are to identify the
challenges related to urban innovation processes and
their scaling-up, using RESCA project as an empirical
case. In addition, the aim is to find the key points
where innovations actually took or could have taken
place. Findings implicate that one of the most important
hotspot was the role and attitude of the local building
administration when they acknowledged that the national
building code standard did not offer the quality level or
the functionalities that were aspired by the local
building administration and supplied already by the
market as ready-to-used applications or technologies. The
other hot-spot was that the administration quite
genuinely allowed market actors (suppliers) to take steps
and present their ideas, and furthermore, to actually
realise these ideas without any risk that
administrational or regulatory standards could be made to
work against these ideas.
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||44|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|MoE publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
- innovation processes
- urban innovation