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Selection of Urban Living Labs in Alby and Peltosaari: SubUrbanLab project

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This report describes the selection process of the above modernization and social upgrading actions for which Urban Living Labs will be developed and set up in Alby (Sweden) and Peltosaari (Finland).


Across Europe, some 200 million people live in suburban areas in great need of modernisation and social uplifting. The SubUrbanLab project (2013-2016) aims to examine how these areas can be modernised and socially uplifted together with the residents and other stakeholders in order to turn them into more attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas. To do this, the project will develop and set up so called Urban Living Labs (ULL), i.e. arenas for innovation and dialogue that focuses on solving challenges in the urban area by involving residents and other stakeholders, in connection to needed modernization actions in two suburbs, one in Sweden (Alby in Botkyrka municipality) and one in Finland (Peltosaari in the City of Riihimäki).

In Alby, three ULL will be developed and set up in connection to needed modernization actions. The first ULL “Shape your world” focuses on involving youth in urban gardening in order to increase their knowledge about gardening and sustainability while renewing the urban environment. The second ULL “New light on Alby Hill” will examine on how to use new LED-technology and involve residents in order to turn a passage way for pedestrians in Alby, currently perceived as unsafe, into a more attractive and frequently used passage way. In the last ULL “Vacant Space Alby” ideas for temporary activities for a 9000 m2 vacant space in Alby Centre will be developed together with residents and other stakeholders.

Three ULL’s will also be developed and set up in Peltosaari. The first ULL “Energetic co-operation” focuses on improving energy-efficiency of the buildings through resident-oriented energy saving, together with the residents. The second ULL “Sustainable decisions” will involve municipality decision-makers in the development of better decisions and enforcement related to energy efficiency and sustainability of building and renovation. In the third ULL “Together more” the focus is on creating services in an existing commercial building and in the outdoor environment in Peltosaari, together with residents.