LeNSlab is a Research Lab coordinated by Prof. Carlo Vezzoli and active within the Design department of Politecnico di Milano University since nearly 20 years, working with public and private research and educational activities focused on Design and Innovation for Sustainability (DIS). Today LeNSlab is regarded, internationally, as one of the major research lab in design for sustainability. An attestation of this is the promotion and coordination of the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS www.lens-international.org), an international network of Higher Education Institutions aimed at the development and the diffusion of the design for sustainability discipline in worldwide curricula with a multipolar, open and copyleft ethos. Today the network counts 141 universities/institutions form 28 countries organised in the following 16 regional networks: LeNS_Africa, LeNS_Brasil, LeNS_Colombia, LeNS_Argentina, LeNS_Mexico, LeNS_Perù, LeNS_Oceania, LeNS_China, LeNS_India, LeNS Iran, LeNS_Vietnam, LeNS_Turky, LeNS_France, LeNS_EU german countries, LeNS_Italy and LeNS_Europe. The establishment of such network has been supported by three consecutive EU funded multiregional projects promoted and coordinated by himself: (2007-2008) LeNS – The Learning Network on Sustainability (EU AsiaLink program) with 7 universities as partners form Europe and Asia; (2013-2016) LeNSes – The Learning Network on Sustainable energy systems (EU EduLink II program) with 7 universities as partners form Europe and Africa; and (2015-2019) LeNSin – The international Learning Network of networks on Sustainability (EU Erasmus+ programme) with 36 universities as partners and associate partners form Mexico, Brasil, South Africa, India, China, and, in Europe, United Kingdom, The Netherlands Finland and Italy (Politecnico di Milano).
The LeNSlab consolidates its international good standing also with the continuous participation in international researches with public funding (European Community and United Nation Environmental Programme), the most important being the following: (1998-2000) national coordination of the EU funded research Strategies towards the Sustainable Household; (2001-2004) coordination of design research area of the EU funded research, MEPSS. Product Service Systems Methodology – Development of a toolkit for industry; (2005-2008) coordination of the design research area the EU funded research SCORE! Sustainable Consumption Research Exchanges; (2007-2010) coordination of the EU funded research (Asia Link project) LeNS. The Learning Network on Sustainability. Network for curricula development on Design for Sustainability focused on Product-Service System; (2011-2013) national coordination of the EU funded research, TANGO-Towards a new Intergenerational Openess; (2012-2014) national coordination of the EU funded research Sustainability maker; (2013-2016) coordination of the EU funded research (EduLink programme) LeNSes. The Learning Network on Sustainable energy systems. Multi-polar and open network for curricula and lifelong learning capacity development focused on locally-based Sustainable Energy System Design and Engineering; (2013-2016) coordination of the EU funded research (Erasums+ programme) LeNSin. The international Learning Network of networks on Sustainability. A Multi-polar and open network for curricula and capacity development focused on design for sustainability focused on Sustainable Product-Service Systems (S.PSS) applied to Distributed Economies (DE).
Since 1999 LeNSlab did several consultancies to companies with private funding among which: NECTA vending (vending machine), Dandy Line (electric beds), Illy coffee, GIFCO (professional associations of corrugated cardboard producers), Federlegno (professional associations of furniture producers), Caremi (furniture), Soliani (furniture), Fumagalli (building components), Kone (elevators), Tetra Pak (packaging), Artemide (lightening), General Beverage (vending machine), ASM Brescia company (waste treatement), Kone company (elevators), Terta pack (beverage packaging), Area Tortona lab (exhibitions/events promoter), Bonaveri (mannequins).
Established since 2007, actually counts more than 145 affiliated universities in 16 regional networks and 1 thematic network