Research Department: Dynamics of Economic Spaces
Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert
Funding Organization: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Duration: 08/2015 - 10/2017
The research focusses on the significance and potential of Open Creative Labs (OCL) as places of innovation and participation. The term Open Creative Labs refers to organizations that provide workspaces and technical infrastructures on a flexible and temporary basis. In doing so, they demonstrate a high degree of social openness and consciously bring together users in order to encourage and promote collaborative processes with creative outcomes. Furthermore these organizations particularly accentuate citizen involvement in the problem defining phases of research and development processes.
The research seeks to capture significant features of Open Creative Labs and scrutinizes their spatial distribution across the eleven metropolitan regions in Germany. The aim is to develop a typology of Open Creative Labs based on a differentiated description of their characteristics as well as an enhanced understanding of the socio-spatial requirement for their development. Further, the research addresses the time-spatial process of the unfolding of innovative ideas in Open Creative Labs in order to analyze the societal impact of Open Creative Labs. Simultaneously the researchers examine the structures and practices that allow Labs to become centers of participatory-driven innovation. Hence, it is the aim of this research phase to trace and identify the benefits and added value of utilizing Labs from a user’s perspective.
On the basis of findings from all three research phases the scientists will provide policy recommendations concerning the further dealings with the development of Open Creative Labs.