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Research in the urban transition lab District Future means research right in the middle of real life. It is a science which counts on the citizens and turns its attention to exactly the space all this is about: the living environment of the people. Science, politics, citizens, the private sector, and initiatives try to discover and practice something together which we are all not yet completely familiar with. An urban transition lab is understood as a defined area for societal research and development where a large variety and number of sustainability experiments is carried out. The primary societal goals are initiating and promoting a culture of sustainability in a joint process of science and local actors. The knowledge on systems, goals, and actions which has been gained through the experiments should be made accessible for other areas and contexts (model character).

An urban transition lab is characterized by five elements:

  1. Urban transition labs do not only describe and research the things like they are. They want to set society in motion – towards sustainability. They are explicitly geared to the general principle of sustainable development. (Normativity)
  2. Since urban transition labs have a clear goal in mind, they do not only gain new scientific knowledge but also shape society and initiate change. For example, by providing experimental contributions to sustainable development. (Transformativity)
  3. The future is of concern to all of us – therefore an urban transition lab wants to involve everyone. Urban transition labs bring science and practice together and research, beyond the borders of the individual subjects, complex questions of sustainable development together. (Transdisciplinarity)
  4. Urban transition labs involve citizens and civil society right from the beginning in their work as strong partner and decision maker. The real experiments which take place in the urban transition lab are always developed by scientists and citizens together. (Orientation towards civil society)
  5. Urban transition labs are long-term research institutions which are planned for 15 to 50 years. (Long-term basis)

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