UT launches Living Smart Campus

Campus a 'living lab' with six pilot projects

What is required to make better use of the University of Twente campus as a living lab, with experiments in which campus users play a primary role? UT students and staff were challenged to come up with ideas for the Living Smart Campus. Six pilot projects were selected from 50 entries: from health assessments by ‘Healthy Heroes’ to a competition for the most energy conscious student flat.

The campus, as a compact society, lends itself perfectly to experiments. Every day, thousands of people work and study there, and some of them live and engage in recreational activities there too. Innovating, experimenting and pioneering need not be restricted to the laboratories and lecture rooms, the campus itself can serve as a driver for new developments. Living Smart Campus denotes: scientifically challenging projects that are high profile and society oriented. These are not inward looking projects; preferably, they will involve participation by external parties, so that external perspectives are directed inward. Six pilot projects were outlined and pitched at the DesignLab, UT’s multidisciplinary design environment.