15 years and still living: The basel pilot region laboratory and switzerland’s pursuit of a 2,000-watt society

Gregory Trencher, Achim Geissler, Yasuhiro Yamanaka

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Abstract

The effectiveness of global and national responses to climate change largely hinges on the collective contributions of individual cities (Bulkeley, 2015; Trencher et al., 2016). Accordingly, cities are increasingly expected to pave the way by experimenting with and demonstrating innovative technologies and social arrangements addressing sustainability challenges. Urban living laboratories (ULL) are a powerful enabling paradigm to this end (Voytenko, McCormick, Evans and Schliwa, 2016). Historically, scientific experimentation was limited to the confines of laboratories or field observations (Evans and Karvonen, 2011). In ULL however, messy, uncontrollable and “living” urban environments are targeted by ambitious cross-organisational collaborations to trial and deploy cutting-edge technical and social solutions to advance societal progress towards greater sustainability and prosperity (Evans, Karvonen and Raven, 2016; Voytenko et al., 2016).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Living Labs
Subtitle of host publicationExperimenting with City Futures
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages167-188
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351862684
ISBN (Print)9781138714724
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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