The UQ Living Laboratory
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The UQ Living Laboratory

The University of Queensland Living Laboratory project is a user-centred, open-innovation ecosystem of decentralised waste & water treatment in the St Lucia campus, offering unique opportunities for students to explore different approaches to these utilities benefiting the future sustainability of the campus and greater community.

01. Campus as a Living Lab

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) at the University of Queensland (UQ) and Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) have come together to put forth a set of ideas and strategies for a Living Laboratory proposal as part of UQ’s new St Lucia Master Plan.


02. Waste as an Asset

We proposed a vision to incorporate the teaching, learning and research of water, waste and energy management using the campus itself as a living laboratory – a state of the art, user-centred, open-innovation ecosystem.


The project will make visible previously hidden infrastructure opportunities, decentralised facilities located at ‘re-use hotspots’ across the campus. Students and researchers can lab-test new technologies such as electro dialysis, U Gold, struvite, micro-biological products. Medical research into state of health and well-being of the precinct will also be monitored.

03. Urban Adaptation Support Tools


Alterra Wageningen UR, Bosch Slabbers Landscape Architects and Deltares in the Netherlands developed this set of Urban Adaptation principles as part of the Climate KIC project Blue Green Dream.

In planning with blue-green design strategies, the hope is to help communities enhance urban resilience during flood events. These tools are also relevant in Brisbane and are a powerful toolkit for ensuring the future development of UQ’s St Lucia campus is both innovative and resilient.

04. Outcome


05. Publication