Urban laboratory to be launched in Sabadell

Reuniů oberta per construir el Covadonga Urban Lab a Sabadell

The UAB and the CORE in Smart and Sustainable Cities will set up a pilot programme in the Covadonga neighbourhood of Sabadell, open to citizen participation, with the aim of creating a new space for experimentation and co-creation in which to test innovative solutions to the city's problems. The first activity, which will mark the start of the project, will take place on 29 January in Sabadell.


This future urban laboratory aims to be an open environment where citizens can imagine and try out solutions to social, urban and environmental challenges existing in the Covadonga neighbourhood and in Sabadell in general.

During this year, the new space for co-creation will be put into motion and a variety of activities open to the public in general will be organised. The first activity will take place on Wednesday 29 January, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Espai Empriu in Sabadell (Carrer Emprius 11). This session will serve to share the issues to be addressed at the Covadonga Urban Lab and hold a presentation of the results of work groups being conducted until now. 

The creation of this urban laboratory form part of the UCITYLAB project, funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme, a joint initiative created by a European consortium of five public higher education centres from five countries: the UAB, the Porto Business School, the University of Ljubljana, the Mines-Télécom Business School, and the Industry Innovation Network (UIIN). The objective of the consortium is to foster collaborations between universities and cities and join forces to work on urban challenges in the environmental, economic and social field.

Covadonga is one of the oldest and most central neighbourhood in Sabadell and cover the area ranging from Gran Via to the river Ripoll and also houses the UAB's Sabadell campus. Historically, it was the site of the municipal slaughterhouse and countless industrial buildings and owes its name to Covadonga Street, the longest of the city.


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