DESIGNSCAPES - Public Workshop: “The challenges to design-enabled innovation in urban settings”

With competitiveness being increasingly based on intangibles and a mix of products and services that respond to users' needs, applying design thinking, tools and methods can improve performance and efficiency in the commercial and public sector. Design-enabled innovation can be considered as a prominent example of "user-driven" innovation, where user involvement in the process is central, as in many cases innovation can better succeed through co-creation. User-centred design thinking and the application of design tools and methods, when applied to services, systems and organisations, enable structured service and business-model innovation, organisational innovation as well as other intangible forms of innovation. The focus is on applying design tools and methods, since this offers a systematic approach to conceive user-driven innovations.





DESIGNSCAPES (Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments) is a H2020 project approved under the topic CO-CREATION-02-2016 - User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation. The overarching aim of the DESIGNSCAPES project is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in the highest possible number of European Cities to encourage the uptake and further enhancement and upscaling of Design enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, and other urban stakeholders. Approximately €1.5 million will distributed among 50+ new Design enabled initiatives (as required by the H2020 call) through 3 consecutive yearly rounds of a 3-staged Technical and Financial instrument akin to the US and NL SBIR program and the SME instrument of the European Commission.

Anci Toscana (IT), Coordinator
Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK)
Delft University of Technology, Department of Industrial Design (NL)
Aalborg University, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology (DK)
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (IT)
RAM Central Stara Planina (BG)
University of Valencia - Cultural and Tourism Economics Research Unit (ES) (FR)
Vale do Ave Municipalities Association (PT)
Surrey Business School, University of Surrey (UK)
EGTC EFXINI POLI – Network of European Cities for Sustainable Development (EL)

Expected Participants:

Smart Cities Stakeholders 

State: Open


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09:15 – 09:30  Registration of participants

09:30 – 09:45  Welcoming speeches

  • Monica Barni, Tuscany Region, Vice-President in charge of Culture, University and research
  • Simone Gheri, ANCI Toscana, Director

09:45 – 10:00  Policy context & Agenda setting

  • Carlo Chemaly, European Commission, Research Executive Agency, Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies

10:00 – 10:15  The Designscapes project: an Overview

  • Project Manager ANCI Toscana

10:15 – 10:30  Q&A

10:30 – 12:30  Round table

  • Andrea Halmos, European Commission, DG CNECT, eGovernment and Trust
  • XXX, European Commission, DG REGIO, Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development
  • David Weytsman, Brussels City Councillor
  • Prof. Lampros Stergioulas, Surrey Business School
  • Prof. Grazia Concilio, Politecnico di Milano
  • Prof. Ingrid Mulder, Delft University of Technology
  • Federica Bordelot, Eurocities Policy Advisor
  • Leonardo Ebner, Council of European Municipalities and Regions, European section of United Cities and Local Governments (tbc)
  • Anna Spechtenhauser, Stuttgart Region & ERRIN Design and Creativity Working Group Leader
  • Teemu Santonen, European Network of Living Labs

12:30 – 12:45  Conclusions


  • European Commission, DG Reasearch and Innovation, Open Innovation (tbc)
Tuscany Region’s EU Liaison Office:
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