The Darwin Living Lab is helping to make our tropical capital a more liveable, sustainable and resilient city.


The Darwin Living Lab is part of the Darwin City Deal. It’s a 10-year collaboration between CSIRO, the Australian and Territory Governments and City of Darwin.

The lab will test and evaluate heat mitigation measures, and inform tropical urban design for Darwin by using real world experiments. We’re aiming for measurable improvements in the city’s liveability, sustainability and resilience. This research will then be translated into products and services for other tropical cities, in Australia and internationally.

Urban Living Labs bring together local community expertise with trusted scientific expertise to try new ways of doing things and measure whether they work. Each CSIRO partners with 3000+ organisations across 80 countries. We’re bringing these extensive innovation networks and capacity to Darwin.