The Lab

Lab van Troje (the ‘Trojan Lab’) brings together citizens, businesses, government bodies and organisations. Through strategically chosen experiments, Lab van Troje aims to gain practical experience and to demonstrate that structural changes are possible.

It is a creative laboratory that offers solutions to speed up the process of turning the Ghent area into a sustainable, liveable and climate-neutral region.

Would you like to find out more about the Lab?

The Lab loves to share its expertise at conferences, by giving lectures or by organising visits to sites in Ghent.

Our experiments

The Lab intends these experiments to speed up the transition to a sustainable Ghent region. Contact us if you would like to contribute.

Lab van Troje en Stad Gent zoeken samen uit hoe ze het winkelen van de toekomst vandaag al zichtbaar kunnen maken. 

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Winkelen 2.0

De Leefstraat is een experiment waarin bewoners hun straat onder handen nemen en ombouwen tot hun droomstraat.  

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Living street

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Winkelen 2.0

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Living street

Imagine your neighbour knocking on your door: “Hi, how are you? Do you have a few minutes? I have an idea I want to share with you… Imagine that we could temporarily transform our street into a beautiful green meeting place for the neighbourhood? We would remove the cars, just for a few months and see what happens. What do you think?” In 2013, precisely these kind of simple questions inspired the inhabitants of the first two Living Streets. In the meantime the Living Street triggered the imagination of hundreds of citizens and led to more than 50 Living Streets in Ghent and inspired many other cities.

Dreaming of a sustainable and social future
Thanks to Living Street, hundreds of Ghent citizens could work together to create a street of their own. After dreaming and coming up with ideas, the residents rolled up their sleeves, unrolled the turf, setted up barbecues, created meeting places and so much more. By creating their own Living Street, these citizens were experimenting with the sustainable mobility of the future, creating a new approach to urban space and reinforcing social links by multiplying interactions among citizens

New ways of co-creation
The Living Streets explored and developed new ways of collaboration among the Ghent citizens, municipal services, companies and many more city stakeholders. They were doing this by challenging each other in a smart way in terms of thinking, acting, understanding one another and learning.

The Ghent Living Streets demonstrated how to put co-creation into practice to find creative solutions for social challenges. All parties involved have always seen the Living Street as an experiment: successes and failures provide lessons for anyone keen to continue building Living Streets.

For the citizens, a Living Street functions as a common project and as such an impulse for dialogue and dynamics with their neighbours, other street users and the city. During the experiment, they look for answers and solutions to problems that arise while organising the Living Street. Knowledge, experience and concepts are tested in a learning-by-doing approach that will make life easier in the unfolding sustainable and sociable city.

(nl) Onze Cahier

(nl) Cahier 1 – De Leefstraat, experimenteren met de stad van straks

Speciaal voor iedereen die aan de slag wil gaan met participatie en co-creatie verzamelde Lab van Troje haar ervaringen uit het Leefstraat-experiment in een eerste Cahier. Samen met professoren, onderzoekers, beleidsmakers en andere experten bieden we je nieuwe inzichten in het zoeken naar oplossingen voor stedelijke uitdagingen. Ontdek samen met hen hoe de bewoners van 15 Gentse straten zorgden voor een nieuwe kijk op burgerparticipatie en een andere relatie tussen de Stad en haar bewoners.


Onder andere professor Jan Rotmans, professor Filip De Rynck, socioloog Yves De Weerdt en transitie-expert Pepik Henneman komen aan bod. Bekijk hier de volledige inhoudstafel. Tom Palmaerts - trendwatcher bij Trendwolves en bewoner van een Leefstraat - gaat in zijn artikel op zoek naar verklaringen voor wat hijzelf ‘het fenomeen’ Leefstraat noemt.


Dit artikel, samen met een artikel over de totstandkoming van het Leefstraat-experiment, kan je hiernaast alvast downloaden en lezen.


Koop nu het gedrukte cahier en steun zo Lab van Troje. Bij verzending binnen België betaal je 10 euro per stuk. Bij verzending binnen Europa betaal je 15 euro per exemplaar. Portkosten inbegrepen. Bestellen kan door te mailen naar met vermelding van het aantal gewenste exemplaren.


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