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Living Labs

Design and Assessment of Sustainable Living

  • David V. Keyson
  • Olivia Guerra-Santin
  • Dan Lockton
  • Includes a Suslab Methods Toolbox

  • Includes a compilation of methodologies to design for sustainable living

  • Includes case studies of Living Labs in four different countries


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Arjan van Timmeren, David V. Keyson
      Pages 3-7
    3. Natalia Romero Herrera
      Pages 9-22
    4. Marco Hasselkuß, Carolin Baedeker, Christa Liedtke
      Pages 23-34
    5. Carolin Baedeker, Christa Liedtke, Maria Jolanta Welfens
      Pages 35-52
  3. Research Methods for Living Labs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. David V. Keyson, Gregory M. Morrison, Carolin Baedeker, Christa Liedtke
      Pages 55-61
    3. Paula Femenias, Liane Thuvander, Cecilia Holmström, Lina Jonsdotter, Madeleine Larsson
      Pages 89-99
  4. Sustainable Living Labs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Shea Hagy, Peter Selberg, Larry Toups, Paula Femenias
      Pages 103-111
    3. Peter Elfstrand, Gregory M. Morrison, Larry Toups, Shea Hagy
      Pages 113-129
    4. Justus von Geibler, Carolin Baedeker, Christa Liedtke, Holger Rohn, Lorenz Erdmann
      Pages 131-154
  5. Living Labs and User Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Natalia Romero Herrera
      Pages 157-167
    3. Shea Hagy, Gregory M. Morrison, Peter Elfstrand
      Pages 169-178
    4. Flora Bowden, Dan Lockton, Rama Gheerawo, Clare Brass
      Pages 179-190
    5. Carolin Baedeker, Marco Hasselkuß, Johannes Buhl
      Pages 191-203

About this book


This book presents the results of a multi-annual project with sustainable Living Labs in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

Living Labs – as initiated by the authors – have proved to be very promising research, design, co-creation and communication facilities for the development and implementation of sustainable innovations in the home. The book provides an inspiring introduction to both the methodology and business modelling for the Living Lab facilities. Understanding daily living at home is key to designing products and services that support households in their transition to more sustainable lifestyles. This book not only explores new ways of gaining insights into daily practices, but also discusses developing and testing design methods to create sustainable solutions for households. These new methods and tools are needed because those available are either ineffective or cause rebound-effects.

Intended for researchers and designers with an interest in the transition to sustainable lifestyles, it also appeals to company leaders interested in new ways of developing sustainable innovations and offers suggestions for effectively applying Living Labs for sustainable urban development.


Living labs Sustainable living Co-creation smart systems Social practices Research methods SusLabNWE Built environment Smart technologies smart homes domotics augmented reality internet of things

Editors and affiliations

  • David V. Keyson
    • 1
  • Olivia Guerra-Santin
    • 2
  • Dan Lockton
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Industrial DesignDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Industrial DesignDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.School of DesignRoyal College of ArtLondonUnited Kingdom

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