SUBURBAHN – test- and demonstration-area for urban development and mobility around public transport stations in the central area of Upper Austria

Targeted, process-oriented conception for the implementation and operation of a test- and demonstration-area for urban development and mobility in Ansfelden involving relevant scientific stakeholders, local and regional stakeholders, decision-makers as well as the interested public according to the living lab approach.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

The municipality Ansfelden is located in the district Linz-Land and borders directly on the city of Linz. During the next years the construction of 360 residential units for about 1000 inhabitants is planned next to the municipality centre in the city district Haid which lies near to the train stop Ansfelden as well as the planned StadtRegioTram-stops.

The development of the new city district and the development of the transport infrastructure (StadtRegioTram) run parallel. The research project hooks up in this development process. It offers by designing a test- and demonstration-area a specific initiative for the examination of innovative housing, technology and mobility solutions in this context.

Contents and goals

The specific design of the test- and demonstration-area includes:

  • Profound analysing, reflecting and valuating of the framework conditions for the test- and demonstration-area at different scales.
  • Initiating of processes for the development of a common level of knowledge (knowledge exchange), a coordinated vision for the development area as well as the procedure for implementation of measures.
  • Development of a network consisting of representatives of politics and administration, transport and real estate companies, scientist and developers as wells as individuals from general public.

The design of the test- and demonstration-area in Ansfelden aims to:

  • Testing, trying and demonstrating innovative (mobility-)solutions and technologies with the people in their everyday life.
  • Discussing, formulating and visualising together vision and objectives as well as exchanging knowledge by constant learning in the team.
  • Research, economy and users will be linked to create new ideas and discuss improvements and implementation of products in particular events.
  • Enabling innovation.


The instrument Living Lab has been selected as crucial approach. This instrument was developed to factor everyday practice, needs and ideas of users into development of products and solutions.

Basing on the Living Lab approach a test- and demonstration-area for the urban development area in Ansfelden will be created in following steps:

  • Record framework conditions for the future structures of the test- and demonstration area
  • Using different participation methods to develop a stakeholder-network for the Living Lab
  • Formulation of the vision, objectives and content-related – thematic focus for the development area through the stakeholder-network using visioneering methods (e.g. mental maps, story-telling, built models)
  • Working out a toolbox, including a customised technology- and innovation-portfolio for the development area in Ansfelden
  • Projects for the test- and development area will be cooperatively selected and prepared by Co-designers. The results feed into a roadmap, a development plan for the suburban test- and demonstration area in Ansfelden.

The methodical design of the Living Lab in this project is also suitable to be used in other comparable (suburban) areas in Austria. Especially in the central area of Upper Austria SUBURBAHN should be a pioneer project for development of areas surrounding public transport stations including innovations and technologies.

Expected results

  • Professional design of participation processes and thereby successfully integrating stakeholders
  • Step by step a "Big Picture" (vision, objectives and content-related – thematic focus) for the development area will be created out of different perspectives.
  • Customised projects will be collected in a technology- and innovation-portfolio and appropriate application scenarios for these projects in the context of the development area will be identified.
  • Future processes, structures and tools for the operation of the test- and development area in Ansfelden will be summarised in a roadmap (development concept) together with stakeholders.

Project Partners

Project management

stadtland DI Sibylla Zech GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • Technische Universität Wien, Department für Raumplanung, Fachbereich Verkehrssystemplanung
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Architektur und Entwerfen, Arbeitsgruppe für Nachhaltiges Bauen
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Gestaltungs- und Wirkungsforschung

Contact Address

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Sibylla Zech
Kirchengasse 19/12
A-1070 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 236 1912
Fax: +43 (1) 236 1912 - 90