Smart Neighbourhood Lab Munich

Munich Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement

General facts

Description & main goal

Smart neighbourhood lab (Stadtteillabor) – home of the citizen engagement process (event location, exhibition hall) and citizen centre.

Category
Citizen engagement
Deployment area
Neuaubing-Westkreuz / Freiham
Involved actors and their role

MGS 
plans and operates the lab 
www.mgs-muenchen.de 

Key-contact person

Specific facts

Target groups

The smart neighbourhood lab is directed at the following target groups:

  • Residents of the project area and other interested citizens
  • Local businesspeople, social and cultural communities / initiatives and representatives of institutions in the project area
  • Owners of real estate in the project area (mostly owner communities [WEGs])
  • Local policy makers
  • Local opinion leaders
Location

The lab was located in an interim used building next to a centrally located square, The building and square will be refurbished in the course of the district development programme. In 2018 the lab moved to a new location.

Urban Lab Strategy

A stationary approach was chosen for the smart neighbourhood lab. The lab should host most citizen and stakeholder engagement workshops, exhibitions and other related events. To generate an additional benefit for the district and increase awareness, the lab should also be opened to the residents for social and cultural activities, because there is no meeting point or citizen centre up to now. A highly modular interior design had been implemented in order to allow for and adapt to such a diverse range of activities.

Comm target groups
Residents of the project area and other interested citizens
Local businesspeople, social and cultural communities / initiatives and representatives of institutions in the project area
Owners of real estate in the project area (mostly owner communities [WEGs])
Local policy makers
Local opinion leaders
Local specifics in communication

The lab was located in an interim used building next to a centrally located square, The building and square will be refurbished in the course of the district development programme. In 2018 the lab moved to a new location.

Implementation status

In which phase is the project?
Operation phase

What is the current implementation status/ what is the current activity step?

  • Interim use building scouted and contracted and visually branded.
  • Ongoing operation according to annual usage plan 2017: Hosting of citizen engagement activities, co-creation and design thinking workshops, events, exhibitions. 
  • Open for social and cultural activities, meeting point and citizen centre.
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Which risks & challenges is the project currently facing?
  • The lab needs to be promoted to attract the necessary attention
     
  • The operator does not have the necessary staff taking care of the lab and ensuring regular opening hours
Which are critical or seem invincible? Please provide a detailed description

The presence of a “care-taker” is critical.

Which previously identified risks and challenges have you managed successfully and how

None

Which lessons learned can be derived up to this point from the implementation process?

Cooperation with external partners to run events in the Lab can create valuable synergies.

What could be done better in comparable future projects (what needs to be done and what needs to be prevented)?

The lab needs to be funded to allow a permanent care-taker to secure permanent opening hours and to coordinate events.

Next steps & To Do ́s

Please shortly outline the next steps planned for the implementation of the project.

  • Increased outreach into neighbourhood and to local stakeholder groups in particular
  • Children & Youth activities
  • Targeted consultations of real estate owners
     
Implementation status

In which phase is the project?    
Operation phase

What is the current implementation status/ what is the current activity step?    

  • Increased outreach to neighbourhood and to local stakeholder groups in particular children & youth activities with cooperation partner “Netzwerk Interaktiv"
  • Targeted consultations of real estate owners i.e. Smart-Home events, etc.
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Which risks & challenges is the project currently facing?
  • Rental agreement for current lab runs out soon: Find new location(s) for lab
Which are critical or seem invincible? Please provide a detailed description

None

Which previously identified risks and challenges have you managed successfully and how

None

Which lessons learned can be derived up to this point from the implementation process?

Co-operations with external partners running events in the Lab create valuable synergies.

What could be done better in comparable future projects (what needs to be done and what needs to be prevented)?

The lab needs to be funded  to allow for a permanent “Kümmmerer” to secure permanent opening hours and to coordinate events.

Next steps & To Do ́s

Please shortly outline the next steps planned for the implementation of the project.    

  • Continued outreach to neighbourhood and local stakeholder groups in particular Children & Youth 
  • Targeted consultations of real estate owners
  • New location(s) of lab in 2018
Implementation status

In which phase is the project?
Operation phase

What is the current implementation status/ what is the current activity step?    

  • New location since January 2018.
  • Public access to the Smarter Together knowledge carrier (with touchscreen) after January P2P workshop
Complete 100%
Which risks & challenges is the project currently facing?

Lab will be closed with end of 2018

Which are critical or seem invincible? Please provide a detailed description

None

Which previously identified risks and challenges have you managed successfully and how

None

Which lessons learned can be derived up to this point from the implementation process?

Co-operations with external partners running events in the Lab create valuable synergies.

What could be done better in comparable future projects (what needs to be done and what needs to be prevented)?

The lab needs to be funded  to allow for a permanent “Kümmmerer” to secure permanent opening hours and to coordinate events.

Next steps & To Do ́s

Please shortly outline the next steps planned for the implementation of the project.    

  • Continued outreach to neighbourhood and local stakeholder groups in particular Children & Youth 
  • Targeted consultations of real estate owners