Around Europe the concept of ‘Living Labs’ has emerged as an instrument to integrate these different aspects to deliver sustainability improvements, through engaging multiple stakeholders in all of these areas, and through the co-creation of projects to improve the sustainability of the campus environment and operations, and to link these to the education, research, and wider community missions of the institution.
DASBE seeks to create a National Digital Academy the enables the Construction Industry, SMEs, Manufacturers and Workers to upskill and gain new knowledge in a cost effective, worker centric learning environment. The DASBE approach is to develop individual living labs within each campus, but working collaboratively to ensure frameworks and implementation are cohesive and addresses the needs in education and the wider community across all campuses.
As a living shared, framework and learning system, the Living Labs framework will adapt and develop over time and within different contexts and needs.
It is envisaged that physical living labs are to be established across all 3 campuses sharing information, collaborating on themes and informing students and educators on:
The Living Lab approach aims to use research conducted within DASBE and each educational campus to advance sustainability and digital principles across different levels of impact: the TU’s estate and operations; the educational curriculum; across the technological university and wider community; and society. We must have a deeper understanding of what works and what does not work, to successfully move forward and integrate the sustainability and digital principles across all campus operations and the built environment.