iSCAPE Living Labs

Through the Living Labs approach, iSCAPE partners will develop different experimental interventions in six cities, assessing and tackling the air pollution issue from different perspectives

  • Bologna (IT): a first intervention in Bologna will estimate the role of trees as a Passive Control System to control the air quality inside the urban environment, relying on two field in situ measuring campaign during winter and summer. Results will be shared with local authorities to introduce new interventions, while stakeholders will help us involving citizens during the experiments. In Lazaretto, a second intervention will allow to estimate the impacts of the use of photocatalytic coatings on a campus building. The test will be conducted estimating pollutants concentrations pre and post application of coats. Each part of the project will be shared between students and campus employees.
  • Bottrop (DE): for the iSCAPE intervention in Bottrop, trees will be traveling around the city: The potted “Wandering Trees” will temporarily green inner-city streets. For the implementation of the living lab, a broad involvement of local stakeholders and the general public is planned.
  • Dublin (IE): by conducting a long-term study, Dublin living lab aims to provide evidence on the effectiveness of a low boundary wall (LBW). During this study, they will deploy a sensor network to assess impact of an already LBW, as well as will consult city stakeholders and engage the general public to assist in aesthetic and functional design of a new LBW trough participatory events and playful approaches, for example, using large Lego-like bricks.
  • Guildford (UK): iSCAPE results in Guildford are envisioned as a portable, insightful, and user-interactive platform for raising citizens’ awareness about air pollution issues in their neighbourhood and the use of green infrastructural interventions (such as such as trees and hedges) to combat pollution exposure, thereby improving community’s health and well-being.
  • Hasselt (BE): the intervention will trigger and analyse behavioural changes by providing a dedicated app to a population sample for observing their travel patterns. Intervention will be in the form of customized information to participants in relation to their exposure to pollutants, contribution in CO2 emissions and physical activity level.
  • Vantaa (FI): the intervention ‘Influence of green roofs and parks on air quality and human well being’ will establish a platform for stakeholder like city authorities and inhabitants to combine their common effort for better city planning.

For a more in depth description of the work in the Living Labs, please visit the dedicated website.