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It works! But now what? Upscaling smart city experiments


The city as lab People and organizations everywhere are working to make the city more sustainable, more circular and climate-proof. Sustainable innovations are not for sale, we have to make them ourselves by trial and error to find out whether a new approach works or not.

Major cities around the world haveembraced experimentation as a way to discover future directions: the city as a living laboratory where new technologies and concepts are tested in the fields of mobility, sustainable energy,
sustainable construction, logistics, and so on.

Such experimentation projects are supported by governments through a wide array of subsidies and other measures.

Reference van Winden, W. (2020). It works! But now what? Upscaling smart city experiments. In Conference proceedings of the Urban Economy Forum 2020