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Åbo Akademi


  • Digital Intelligent Urban Services in the Metaverse – a solution for increased competitiveness of small & median cities

    Metacity is an URBACT action planning network aiming to increase competitiveness of small and medium tech-aware cities, benefiting from the opportunity to enhance service efficiency and citizen satisfaction provided by the metaverse. By integrating metaverse technologies, cities can create immersive digital environments for education, healthcare, tourism and public services, enabling streamlined communication, remote access to services, and personalized experiences, leveling the playing field with larger cities. Metaverse-driven urban planning fosters innovation, economic growth, and ensures that citizens have access to cutting-edge solutions, ultimately improving their overall quality of life.

    In Metacity, the network comprises of eight cities and two research institutions, with the city of Fundao (Portugal) as lead partner. Åbo Akademi University’s Experience Lab was the first academic partner in a URBACT network. This is our second action planning network in collaboration with the city of Nykarleby.

    This URBACT project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


    Link to the website


    URBACT IV logo, co-founded by the European Union logo

    Ota yhteyttä

    Kimmo Rautanen (Vastuullinen tutkija)


    Experience Lab

    Kasvatustieteiden ja hyvinvointialojen tiedekunta

    Yvonne Backholm-Nyberg


    Experience Lab

    Kasvatustieteiden ja hyvinvointialojen tiedekunta

    Sören Andersson


    Experience Lab

    Kasvatustieteiden ja hyvinvointialojen tiedekunta
    Projektin sivulle Åbo Akademin tutkimusportaalissa