INCUBATORS Conference. Urban Living Labs for public space. A new generation of planning?

The Incubators conference will explore the potential of urban participatory design through the role urban living labs to mediate between the everyday practice, including the innovation of digital tools, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding in the (re)design of public spaces.

We are interested in questions such as:

– What role can crowdsourcing play for public spaces?
– What happens when urban planners are no longer the only ones holding the pen and citizens become empowered to self-organize?
– What communication is needed to support participation processes?
– How are structures, ideas and proposals visualized and applied in urban living labs?
– Can new technological means empower civic self-organisation and how does this impact the authority of the public power in planning?

We especially welcome all types of actors in participation: from researchers in academia to practitioners, public institutions, civic associations, and citizens involved in a living lab or participation process.

10-11 April 2017

KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas, Paleizenstraat 65-67, B-1030 Brussels

First deadline:
Submission of abstract for peer review: November 15, 2016

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