AMS Kris Gyselle Steen

Urban Living Labs

Kris Gyselle Steen

Delft University of Technology
Management in the Built Environment
Researcher Urban Living Labs

Urban living labs have become a popular phenomenon in today’s cities. The Living Lab approach would provide real life research with its multiple stakeholders in a co-innovating inclusive setting, crucial in creating metropolitan solutions with impact, that will be adopted smoothly and swiftly by all involved, and thus help achieve prosperous living environments that are more liveable, sustainable, resilient and just. But what does this development approach entail? How do urban living labs work? How can they contribute to a more sustainable environment? And how can you set up a successful urban living lab?

Research Fellow Kris Steen and principal investigator Ellen van Bueren aim to answer these questions with a research project focused on developing a methodology to facilitate systematic achievement of the living lab goals and ambitions in practice. The final methodology is a mix of the theoretical methodological components of living labs, the conditions identified through case studies, and general recommendations and tips encountered throughout the research on how to tackle the various challenges associated with these phases.

The results of the research project are summarized in the publication ‘Urban Living Labs: A living lab way of working’.

Prof. Ellen van Bueren

Kris Steen Kris Steen is a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and the Chair of Urban Development Management at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where her academic work focuses on the design of concepts and strategies that produce and promote an urban environment that meets the demands of sustainability, such as “urban living labs”. In 2016, she graduated Cum Laude in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences at the Delft University of Technology.