Urban Labs in Action: Innovative Solutions for more Sustainable and Inclusive Cities

Arms reaching for the centre of a human circle with hands touching in the middle.
© Eduarda Sousah / WRI Brasil

Urban Labs (ULs) are the core approach of TUC. They consist of regular gatherings of a diverse range of stakeholders who collaborate and exchange knowledge to collectively co-create innovative solutions for complex urban challenges in a way that is participatory, cross-sectoral and inclusive. While UL approaches have gained global attention, there is still limited information on their implementation.  

TUC Profiles is a series of short reports developed as part of Transformative Urban Coalitions (TUC). They disseminate insights into the existing challenges and opportunities to address cross-cutting urban sustainability transformation and development issues through inclusive climate action in five cities in Latin America.

The first edition, TUC City Profiles, presented each city and the contextual factors that may enable or hinder urban sustainability transformations. This second edition, TUC Urban Lab Profiles, showcases the progress achieved by project partners and members of the labs in each of these cities since 2021.

These reports aim to fill a gap in practical knowledge about living labs. The series illustrates how ULs contribute to more climate-friendly and socially just communities and cities in Naucalpan and León in Mexico, Recife and Teresina in Brazil, and Buenos Aires in Argentina.