ICIS has joined the Eurbanlab network as strategic partner. Eurbanlab is a research and network organisation aimed at accelerating innovations for Sustainable Cities in Europe. They enable our community members to gain visibility, learn from others, meet other professionals and monetize their solutions on the European market. Through Showcasing we increase the exposure of innovative solutions and increase business opportunities for solution providers. Eurbanlab offers an assessment method assisting stakeholders to improve – and learn from – sustainable construction projects. As a collaborative platform, Eurbanlab shares examples of innovative solutions, lessons learned, and connects solution providers with sustainable city initiatives.
ICIS expects special synergies between the Eurbanlab network and its research projects URB@Exp, SmarterLabs, and other future projects on urban sustainability.
On 2 and 3 June the 11 partners of the SmarterLabs project consortium met for a Kick-off meeting in Brussels. ICIS coordinates this new project that studies the effectiveness of ‘Smart City Living Labs’, an emerging approach in European cities. Living Labs bring together citizens, policymakers, businesses, and researchers to test smart, ICT-based solutions to urban problems in real-life contexts. However, for urban mobility problems, solutions that ‘work’ in the particular reality of a Living Lab may not be adopted at a large scale. Urban infrastructure is interwoven with the daily lives of citizens and therefore difficult to change, and large groups may not even have access to ICTbased solutions. The SmarterLabs project develops a novel approach that anticipates such problems in upscaling, and tests the approach through smart mobility Living Lab experiments in four cities: Bellinzona, Brussels, Graz and Maastricht. For more information, see: http://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/smarterlabs/.
MUNPOP (Maastricht-Utrecht-Nijmegen Program on Partnerships) is a joint program of researchers from Maastricht University, Utrecht University, and Radboud University Nijmegen on the topic of Partnerships for Sustainable Development, based at ICIS. More information can be found on the website www.munpop.nl. MUNPOP produces an annual newsletter, and the latest version of May 2016 includes information about ongoing projects, new publications and an editorial reflection of doing research in Indonesia. The newsletter can be found here.
From 20-22 of April, the URB@Exp consortium came together for a project meeting in Antwerp. The first day was devoted to an exchange between the city partners in the form of an inspiring “learning journey” through the city centre along places connected to the City Lab Antwerp. During the second day, the co-creation of city and academic partners focused on the guidelines and a pilot version of the inspiration kit, two of the envisioned outputs of the URB@Exp project. Both focus on giving inspirational guidance to (future) urban lab practitioners. On the last day, the team of academic partners planned the next steps until the project meeting in Lund in November. Several papers about the action research in the cities are on the way. Two academic partners (ICIS, Maastricht University and Malmö University) will present at the Eu-SPRI conference in Lund, June 7-10, 2016.
For more information on this project, visit: the URB@Exp website.
Prof. Marc Davidson, endowed professor ‘philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective’, gave his inaugural speech April 15.
“Our excessive individualism is at the root of the unwillingness to solve environmental problems. Scientific insights and technical ingenuity are no longer limiting factors. The essential impediment to sustainable development is mainly a lack of identification with future generations.” Thus stated Prof. Marc Davidson in his inaugural speech, in which he accepted his appointment as endowed professor of the philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective.
From March 31st till April 6th ICIS organized a workshop in Bogor, Indonesia. We discussed the third fieldwork conducted by each of the SPIN PhDs and their planning for the next fieldwork. With the presence of Indonesian and Dutch supervisors (Bustanul Arifin, Ari Darmastuti, Pieter Glasbergen, Fadhil Hassan, Surip Mawardi, and Astrid Offermans) we made good progress in developing the fourth research designs of the PhDs. Part of the SPIN project team visited UNCAPSA (Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture) and several departments within Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). More information about the 3rd and 4th fieldwork of the PhDs can be found at this website.
At the Urban Futures Conference in Graz (Austria), Christian Scholl presented first results of the ongoing URB@Exp project. The URB@EXP project is coordinated by ICIS and examines urban labs as new form of urban governance. The conference was attended by 1,600 visitors and focused on topics such as urban mobility, waste management and communication with citizens. In his presentation, Christian Scholl focused on the development of the Maastricht-LAB for an experimentation space to a platform for co-creation of urban development.
In recent years Roermond, like many cities in the Netherlands, increasingly suffered from the trend of paving domestic gardens. In order to contribute to an increased quality of life in the city, the municipality of Roermond started to involve its citizens in the greening of the city. In this context, the municipality was curious about the way private gardens potentially contribute to a sustainable living environment. With the 2015 edition of the annual municipal garden contest “Toon je Groene Tuin” (show your green garden) the city aims to contribute actively to increase the knowledge and awareness of its residents of the overall importance of a green and biodiverse private garden.
To assess the relationship of the contest-participants with their gardens, and gain more insight into their sustainability-contribution, the municipality of Roermond asked ICIS to interview the participants and to analyze the gardens with the BIMBY method (acronym for Biodiversity in My Back Yard).
Read the study report.