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Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments

Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments

Objective

Innovation is relevant not only to economic sustainability but also to social and cultural life. Therefore, the creation of an organizational climate enabling and catalyzing innovation deserves special attention and needs to be explored from a sound operational perspective. Cities embed this organizational climate (Jacobs, 1969) and are by nature innovation generative systems.
It is within this perspective that the DESIGNSCAPES project aims to realize a better uptake, and further enhancement and upscaling, of Design enabled Innovation in Europe, through direct financial support to flagship and innovation generating initiatives as well as a huge capacity building effort targeting multiple stakeholder groups (citizens, researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy makers). In so doing, we will foster the linkages between research, policy and practice and contribute to making Europe a global leader in the domain.
The main features of the DESIGNSCAPES project are the following:
- It builds upon the generative potential of innovation in cities
- It leverages Design Thinking and Design Driven Innovation concepts as blueprints.
- It has a direct and purposeful focus on the scalability potential of Design enabled Innovation
- It proposes an original, holistic, evaluation, replication and impacts assessment framework.
- It makes use of a “supportive governance approach”.
Expected results include: a City Snap Shot tested in 10 countries and 12 cities, a EU Catalogue of Design enabled innovations, Training Modules for local facilitators and innovators, Policy Briefs, e-Publications and a final Conference. 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 EC.
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Coordinator

ANCI TOSCANA ASSOCIAZIONE

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Viale Della Giovine Italia 17
50122 Firenze

Italy

Activity type

Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 769 375

Participants (11)

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TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RELATIONS LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 215 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 308 355

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 221 250

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

REGIONALNO SDRUZHENIE NA OBSTINI TSENTRALNA STARA PLANINA

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 86 500

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 117 000

WORLDCRUNCH

France

EU Contribution

€ 214 500

ASSOCIACAO DE MUNICIPIOS DO VALE DO AVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 126 375

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 222 581,25

EOES EFXEINI POLI PIKTYO EVROPAIKONPOLEON GIA TI VIOSIMI ANAPTYXI

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 116 250

BWCON GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 317 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 763784

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 974 936,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 974 936,25

Coordinated by:

ANCI TOSCANA ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy