Re-designing and re-imagining livable urban space – Insights from a real-world lab Authors Alexandra Palzkill Karoline Augenstein DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.43 Keywords: urban real-world labs, livable urban space, civil society initiatives, experiments and reflexivity Abstract Cities as places of sustainability transformation are becoming increasingly important in sustainability transition research. One of the key questions here is how to proactively promote an upscaling of urban sustainability niches. Linear strategies for increasing these are often not feasible, because they do not take into account the complexity of transformation processes. Therefore, this paper focuses on the complex relationships between non-sustainable and sustainable structures via the concept of institutional logics, which describes structural rules and can be made visible with the help of narratives. In order to make these explicit and to initiate a reflexive learning process, a temporary experiment was implemented in the real-world lab of Wuppertal and discussed in an illustrative casestudy. The common research and practical question of the experiment was, how to develop livable urban open space. It was examined what constitutes the specific quality of the place from the perspective of its users, which narratives are used, and which institutional logics can be deduced from them. This casestudy will be used to discuss key methodological features and the specific understanding of experiments in the context of real-world labs. The experience gained in the real-world lab in Wuppertal can help to analyse whether an urban area can be developed in an experimental process, what tensions can arise in this process, and what kind of tensions can be expected. Downloads PDF (Deutsch) HTML (Deutsch) Published Issue publication date 2021-08-31 (version 2)Published online first 2021-04-28 (version 1) Versions 2021-08-31 (2) 2021-04-28 (1) How to Cite Palzkill, A. ., & Augenstein, K. (2021). Re-designing and re-imagining livable urban space – Insights from a real-world lab . Raumforschung Und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning, 79(4), 382-395. https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.43 (Original work published April 28, 2021) More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Vol. 79 No. 4 (2021) Section Article License Copyright (c) 2021 Alexandra Palzkill, Karoline Augenstein This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planing are published under a Creative Commons license. Until Vol. 79 No. 1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, redistribute, or adapt these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited and the contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.