>> Urban heat islands´emerge particularly where dense developement and little ventilation are present. But there are simple, natural andidotes that have been tried out and tested for thousands of years: plants and water. <<
Lila4Green Project Team
Living Lab for Adapting to Climate Change in Innerfavoriten
In the research project LiLa4Green, researchers and residents work together on how to better deal with increasingly hot summers in the city. They are looking for solutions to keep streets and squares usable even on the so-called dog days, for example through the clever use of plants and water.
Creating oases in the city.
The project LiLa4Green seeks the conversation between experts and the population on the topic heat in the city. LiLa4Green stands for "Living Lab for Green". Starting in 2018, these Living Labs have been exploring how more green space and water in the city can help combat the increasing summer heat. At LiLa4Green, researchers and residents jointly think up, discuss and evaluate measures that create cooling and thus quality of life. These can be facade greening, water and green areas, tree planting or other elements of city oases.
Participatory and low-threshold.
The participation of the residents and decision makers plays a central role, because the local population knows best where it gets hottest in the neighborhood. The area Quellenstraße East serves as research area for LiLa4Green. It is a so-called existing structures area, densely built-up with Gründerzeit buildings and housing estates and little green in the streets. The need for measures to counteract the development of urban heat islands is high in this area, but the financial power of the individual residents is low. Thus, this test area is also a good example for other districts of Vienna (e.g. along the Gürtel beltway).
Testing together-deciding together.
Between 2018 and 2020, residents have been able to participate in four events - the "Green Workshops" - to help shape measures against the heat. Some concrete measures are also being implemented in practice. For an initial measure, the 2019 research project has provided a sum of around € 2,500. In 2020, around € 25,000 will then be available for several and more extensive measures, respectively. In this way, the public space should remain attractive for everyone and should also be well usable in all seasons. The findings of the research project will be processed and disseminated so that other districts and cities can benefit from the results.
Scientifically speaking, a Living Lab-a lively lab dealing with living & housing-helps different stakeholders (research institutions, planning offices, city administrations) together with citizens to experimentally and cooperatively develop and test new products, services, technologies and social innovations. In practical terms, it means that researchers do not look for solutions on their own, but do so together with users and decision makers.
2018 to 2021