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The Nürtingen Living Lab


Our partners include:

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Who is Involved?

  • Staff, students (Bsc, Msc, MA, PhD) and volunteers from the university


Main Theme of the Living Lab

The LED2LEAP Living Lab is Nürtingen is part of the university’s outreach activities in the field of social innovation and education for sustainable development. Our focus is on sustainable neighbourhood development. The activities are closely linked to existing community-building projects at neighbourhood level steered by the town hall’s social department. In summer 2020, our activities focussed on the neighbourhood of Klein-Tischardt which is a very centrally located quarter with a mixed population and many unused open space potentials. Engagement methods very difficult to implement because of the pandemic but the students involved invented creative interventions which were well received by the residents. The activity is currently followed up within the framework of a master thesis analysing the neighbourhoods’ potential for self-governance and community management. Currently, we are transferring the concept to another neighbourhood, Braike, of which the campus building is part of.



Project Impacts

  • Project Managers: We're learning a lot and gaining more confidence in the process, realizing that this is a long-term process and that we have to be patient. It's important to always keep on going.
  • Colleagues: Three colleagues worked more closely with me over the summer and everyone found the engagement with the community very enriching.
  • Students: They were really proud of themselves and created excellent output, but they missed face to face engagement with the community. They also experienced conflicting values and critical voices, which were also an important lessons to take away.
  • The Community: The community is still very diverse and fragmented and it's hard for them to get self-organised. We are working on it.

Project Location & Dissemination

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Location of the Living Labs in Nürtingen include the Klein-Tischardt district in 2020, and the Braike district in 2021.

  • Social media sites - facebook, instagram
  • We were given an empty shop to use for a temporary exhibition which is still going on, the shop is on a central square and has two large shop windows. The place was supposed to be demolished, but that plan is delayed, which is why our exhibition is still there.
  • Open air exhibition of living lab results on an open space in the neighbourhood from July 10-24, 2020 & posters advertising the exhibition
  • Digital presentation of results on July 9, 2020, with community participation
  • Press information in the local newspaper, university newsletter and annual report of the university