On 4th and 5th April we co-organised a lab session with the Innovating Cities team of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation to test the idea of a third space for systemic urban research and innovation. Together with European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe we tried to understand what should be the key features of a multi-level third space in which EU policy officers and all relevant stakeholders could work on urban challenges and identify new areas for research and innovation in cities.

During the event, we asked our participants to think about innovative ideas to respond to urban challenges. On the first day these ideas were presented and served as a basis for a discussion on the requirements of a Multi-level Third space such as ownership, business model, type of activities etc. On the second day, we discussed different models of Multi-level third spaces, how such a space should be organised and also the next steps to be taken in order to set it up.

You can find more information on the lab session outcomes and on the next steps in this kick starter document. Feel free to get in touch if you want to learn more or take part in the activities!

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