Italy's First
Timber Living Lab

LIVING LAB

Living Labs are defined as user-centred, open innovation ecosystems, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings.

 

They can include practice-driven organisations that foster open, collaborative innovation, as well as real-life environments where both open innovation and user innovation processes can be studied and subject to experiments and where new solutions are developed (definition by ENoLL - European Network of Living Labs).

Thanks to the “Perceptions of Timber” initiative and the network of stakeholders from the Italian timber industry gathered through the workshops we are building the conditions for the development of the first Timber Living Lab in Italy.The purpose of this Living Lab is to support stakeholders in the exchange of their knowledge and expertise and to enable them in the joint experimentation of solutions that can empower the Italian market.

To improve participation, the Timber Living Lab will exist both physically and virtually. A digital space will enable stakeholders to discuss and exchange knowledge; while the physical space, built around the MIND Prototype, will host joint experiments and showcase innovations.

Physical Living Lab:
A place where Italian timber stakeholders can gather, build experiments and showcase innovations.

Physical Living Lab:
A place where Italian timber stakeholders can gather, build experiments and showcase innovations.

The purpose of the Timber Living Lab is to create a network of stakeholders from the construction industry, to allow for the sharing of innovation and expertise in building with mass timber. The project will collect and structure best-practice with the aim to improve the uptake of timber construction methods in Italy.

The Physical Living Lab is an embodiment of this ambition. A series of workshops have been set up to introduce stakeholders and host discussions around the challenges of using timber in the Italian market. These workshops seek to establish clear solutions to the challenges of building in timber. The findings will be shared through the “Perceptions of Timber” exhibition.

It’s all co-created!

Facilitated by the “Perceptions of Timber” team, interest groups were formed by some of the workshops’ participants. The Timber Living Lab will unite key industry stakeholders, inviting them to collaborate in order to achieve a shared vision. The solutions emerging from the “Timber Perception” workshops will form the basis of the first joint experiment.

Want to contribute in the creation of the first Timber Living Lab in Italy?
Join the interest group and take part in the co-creation sessions:

Wed 19 October | h17-19
Online

Defining the mission and operation strategy

Wed 16 November | h17-19
Online

Defining the first experiment

Virtual Living Lab:
a virtual space where Italian timber stakeholders can discuss, exchange knowledge and innovate.

Virtual Living Lab:
a virtual space where Italian timber stakeholders can discuss, exchange knowledge and innovate.

The beta version of the Virtual Living Lab is hosted by the “Build in Wood community”, a result of the European Horizon 2020 project Build-in-Wood, where 21 partners are working together to develop new solutions for building with wood and to remove the barriers that exist today when it comes to wood construction. Access to platform is free so that everyone from the industry can interact, share resources, and keep up to date on relevant news and events.

Want to join the conversation in the Virtual Living Lab?
Register to the Build-in-Wood Community and join the group.

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Want to join the conversation in the Virtual Living Lab?
Register to the Build-in-Wood Community and join the group.

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Want to join the conversation in the Virtual Living Lab?
Register to the Build-in-Wood Community and join the group.

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Workshops

In order to improve the perception of timber construction in the Italian context, we have organized a series of workshops to establish challenges and propose methods to overcome them.

Barriers

In the first workshop, stakeholders prepared a list key barriers which are limiting the uptake of structural timber in the Italian context. The initiave seeks to overcome these barriers.

Best Practices

The ‘call for best practice’ outlines a selection of case study projects which feature innovative timber buildings selected for their quality in design and construction.

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