YMS-70324 Amsterdam Living Laboratory


Credits 24.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)drs. Toine Andernach (TUD)
JM Wreyford
N (Nina) Bohm (AMS institute)
drs. JA Andernach
Examiner(s)prof. dr. PJ den Brok
prof. E (Ellen) van Bueren (TU Delft)

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

First year MSc MMD courses

Continuation courses:

YMS-60312 Metropolitan Solutions


In the final year of the MSc MADE programme, students will engage in a living lab project in collaboration with a partner from the AMS network. Over the course of 6 months, students will work in-house at an organisation for part of the week to co-creatively develop a metropolitan solution. As an end result, they deliver an innovative product or process that can help this organisation a step closer to urban sustainability in Amsterdam.

The course challenges the design expertise of the students and allows them to shape a process to their personal learning objectives. As an entrepreneur, researcher or consultant at an organisation, students take part in the design of a metropolitan solution.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to design, facilitate and report upon a process of co-creation that aims at the design of an innovative product, relevant in a real-life, urban setting and contributing to enhanced urban sustainability in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

More specifically, students are expected to be able to:

iteratively improve and adjust the living lab process and results by continuous evaluation and incorporating feedback;

- articulate how their living lab process relates to state of the art  theories;

- collaborate with societal actors from the Amsterdam metropolitan region, e.g. companies, NGOs, or a governmental bodies;

- present their project results to enable exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas with other MADE staff, students and relevant stakeholders in the city;

- propose an effective way to replicate and/or scale the innovative design and process in other relevant contexts.


Kick-off stage 
- Take part in several input sessions, tutorials and workshops to get familiar with the living lab concept and collect tools for shaping a living lab process.
- Formulate individual conditions of living lab project in an expression of interest.
- Prepare a living lab plan including.
- In addition the living lab plan also contains individual learning objectives of the students that take part in the living lab.
In-context stage
- Depending on the living lab plan, the student group designs a product. Students develop activities in collaboration with their case-owner and other relevant stakeholders
- Experts provide additional guidance in input sessions at AMS Institute. These sessions are on demand and organised depending on the needs that arise from the living lab.
- During the kick-off stage peer-groups are formed. During the in-context period these groups come together at AMS Institute regularly for peer review sessions (intervisie).
- Present results in an intermediary review.
Disemination stage
- Reflect on the individual learning process in a reflection paper that relates back to the learning objectives formulated in the kick-off stage.
- Describe, interpret and reflect on the process and the product in the lab report.
- Organise an exhibition where the living lab results are presented and explained to a larger audience.
- Organise a workshop that is based on cross cutting themes from the various living lab projects.


Students will be assessed on their Living lab plan (25%), product (25%) and the final Living Lab report (50%). More details on the assessment can be found in the courseguide.


- steen, Kris, and Ellen van Bueren (2017, July) Urban Living Labs. A Living Lab Way of Working. Amsterdam: AMS institute, and Steen, Kris, and Ellen van Bueren (2017, July) The Defining Characteristics of Urban Living Labs, IN: Technology Innovation Management Review, Volume 7, Issue 7, pp. 44-51.

- maas, Timo, Jos van den Broek and Jasper Deuten (2017) Using Labs in Nederland, Van Open Testfaciliteit tot Levend Lab, Rapport. Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut. The report emphasises the concept of living labs in The Netherlands, connecting knowledge, research and education, yet primarily puts forward examples of vocational training (MBO) in its co-learning with industry.

- robles, Ana Garcia, Tuija Hirvikoski, Dimitri Schuurman, Lorna Stokes (eds) (2015) Introducing ENoLL and its Living Lab Community. Brussels: European Network of Using Labs (ENoLL). Amsterdam Living Lab is a member of the ENoLL community, its host Is the Amsterdam City Council.

Compulsory for: MMDMetropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (joint degree)MSc1,2,3,4,5,6