The role of technological innovation in shaping everyday life artifacts has been, for long time, the most important domain of application for researchers, practitioners and educators in the field of design. But recently a consistent series of attempts have been conducted to apply design approach, tools and methodology to complex problems. One of these has been on social innovation with the aim to stimulate, support and make it replicable. Today designing for social innovation is an emergent field of application for design. This paper reports results of a cases based study, conducted in the context of Sustainable Everyday Explorations research (SEE) within the PERL European project, on the role of design in defining, shaping and implementing social innovation initiatives. The study, that relies on the collection of 5 different social innovation cases implemented in Italy, China, UK, Sweden, and USA has focused on the design role in them. More precisely: (1) their being “design-led initiatives”; (2) the specific design actions needed to conceive and develop them. The idea is basically that social innovation initiative are articulated co-design processes, where different actors converge to concretely define a specific social innovation solution that ask for a design approach (design thinking) and for specific competences (design knowledge).

The SEE project: a cases based study to investigate the role of design in social innovation initiatives for smart cities

MANZINI, EZIO;RIZZO, FRANCESCA
2012-01-01

Abstract

The role of technological innovation in shaping everyday life artifacts has been, for long time, the most important domain of application for researchers, practitioners and educators in the field of design. But recently a consistent series of attempts have been conducted to apply design approach, tools and methodology to complex problems. One of these has been on social innovation with the aim to stimulate, support and make it replicable. Today designing for social innovation is an emergent field of application for design. This paper reports results of a cases based study, conducted in the context of Sustainable Everyday Explorations research (SEE) within the PERL European project, on the role of design in defining, shaping and implementing social innovation initiatives. The study, that relies on the collection of 5 different social innovation cases implemented in Italy, China, UK, Sweden, and USA has focused on the design role in them. More precisely: (1) their being “design-led initiatives”; (2) the specific design actions needed to conceive and develop them. The idea is basically that social innovation initiative are articulated co-design processes, where different actors converge to concretely define a specific social innovation solution that ask for a design approach (design thinking) and for specific competences (design knowledge).
Planning Support Tools: Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Informatics and Urban and Regional Planning INPUT 2012
9788856875973
service design; design and planning
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