LeNSin - the International Learning Network of networks on Sustainability
Coordination of the EU-supported (ERASMUS+) project.
LeNSin, the International Learning Network of networks on Sustainability, is an EU-supported (ERASMUS+) project involving 36 universities from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Central America, aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society for all.
LeNSin ambitions to improve the internationalisation, intercultural cross-fertilisation and accessibility of higher education on Design for Sustainability (DfS). The project focuses on Sustainable Product-Service Systems (S.PSS) and Distributed Economies (DE) – considering both as promising models to couple environmental protection with social equity, cohesion and economic prosperity – applied in different contexts around the world.
LeNSin connects a multi-polar network of Higher Education Institutions adopting and promoting a learning-by-sharing knowledge generation and dissemination, with an open and copyleft ethos.
During the three years of operation, LeNSin project activities involve five seminars, ten pilot courses, the setting up of ten regional LeNS_labs, and of a (decentralised) open web platform, any students/designers and any teachers can access to download, modify/remix and reuse an articulated set of open and copyleft learning resources, i.e. courses/lectures, tools, cases, criteria, projects.
LeNSin will also promote a series of diffusion activities targeting the design community worldwide. The final event will be a decentralised conference in 2018, based simultaneously in six partner universities, organised together by the 36 project partners form four continents.
LeNSes - the Learning Network on Sustainable energy systems
Coordination of the EU funded research, EduLink programme.
LeNSes is a 3 year project, involving 3 design schools in Europe and 4 in Africa. LeNSes is an action of human resources and curriculum development, aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to the transition towards a sustainable energy for all society. LeNSes ambition is to promote a new shared and articulated disciplinary ground on System Design for Sustainable Energy for All (SD4SEA) focused on Sustainable Product-Service System (S.PSS) applied to Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) models, through a series of exchange activities and pilot courses at the partner institutions. LeNSes produces an open learning e-package, as modular package of teaching materials (texts, slide shows, audio, video, etc.) and tools for designers and design educators worldwide able to download (free of charge), modify/remix and reuse (copy left). LeNSes also promotes a series of diffusion activities targeting the design community worldwide.
National coordination of the EU funded research, Life+ programme.
The Sustainability Maker project, promotes an open innovation, crowd-sourcing, crowd-voting, crowd-funding platform and an online marketplace for Sustainable Solutions (www.sustainabilitymaker.org – www.innonatives.com). The platform combines a website and mobile application, to connect people who have identified sustainability-related problems with those who like to help to develop creative problem solving solutions, and support their implementation. The SuM project has published on the platform several Design Challenges related to: climate change, energy, resource efficiency, water, food and agriculture/land use, urban environment, waste and recycling; and encourages the innovation community of the Sustainability Maker platform to develop solutions to solve these problems. The ideas/concepts/solutions submitted are voted by the crowd (crowd-voting) and sustainability experts. The best solution(s) can be implemented either by the external actors who formulated the challenge or by other members of the platform and additional stakeholders (e.g. crowd-funding).
TANGO - Towards A New interGenerational Openness, Project
National coordination of the EU Culture Program funded research.
In this European level culture project, contemporary, sustainable and accessible design meets different European audiences of different age groups. The project brings forth issues of creativity, social design and sustainability, and promotes intergenerational dialogue in three European countries: Finland, France, and Italy. The project explores different forms of sustainable design and how users, consumers, and audiences of different ages perceive them. One of the main results of the project is travelling exhibitions named TANGO, aiming at being a . lab and a window to diffuse sustainable innovations.
LeNS - the Learning Network on Sustainability
Coordination of the EU funded research, Asia Link Project.
The Learning Network on Sustainabilility - LeNS is a 3 years project, involving 7 design schools in Europe and Asia, to develop an Asian-European multi-polar network for curricula development on Design for Sustainability focused on Product-Service System and to contribute to curriculum development, in a reciprocal understanding of cultures, by promoting a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to a transition towards a sustainable society. LeNS promotes a new shared and articulated disciplinary ground on Design for Sustainability focused on Product-Service System, through a series of exchange activities and pilot courses at the partner institutions. LeNS has produced an open learning e-package, a modular package of teaching materials (texts, slide shows, audio, video, etc.) and tools for designers that design educators worldwide are able to download (free of charge), modify/remix and reuse (copy left). LeNS also promotes diffusion activities targeting the design community worldwide. As a project spin-off the following affiliated HEIs network were established: LeNS Africa, LeNS South America, LeNS Central America, LeNS Oceania, LeNS German Speaking Languages, LeNS China and LeNS India.
SCORE! - Sustainable Consumption Research Exchanges
Coordination of the design research area of the EU funded research SCP programme.
Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is key policy priority world-wide. In our view, sustainable consumption and production structures can only be realized if experts that understand business development, (sustainable) solution design, consumer beh aviour and effectiveness of (policy) instruments work together in shaping them. Furthermore, this should be linked with experiences of actors (industry, consumer groups, ecolabelling organisations) in real-life consumption areas. Since in the EU a network with these characteristics is absent, this project sets up a Co-ordination action on SCP, emphasizing on "user awareness" for sustainable consumption, involving key expertise covering all relevant steps of the value chain in the priority consumption domain s Mobility, Agro-Food, and Energy/electronics. These domains contribute to over 70% of the life cycle impacts of household consumption, are a priority in the EUs Enviromental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP), and give good examples of user awareness schemes (e.g. labeling). The CA is organized around a series of Workshops and Conferences. A first Workshop is will provide a general exchange of views. The second phase of the project gives sustainable consumption cases in the domains centre stage. These are use d as vehicles for a positive confrontation of insights from different science field, leading to true best practice generation, suggestions for implementation of user awareness approaches, research programming, and development of conceptual insights. The sc ience and consumption domains are covered by 8 WP leaders and 21 Participants and will involve a much larger community of SCP experts from industry, government and science. A close liaison with UNEP, promoting a 10 Year Framework of Programs on SCP will be organised. Finally, the CA should have build a permanent, self-supporting research network in this field.
MEPPS. Product Service Systems Methodology - Development of a toolkit for industry.
Coordination of design research area of the EU funded research project.
The aim of this project was to develop an integrated methodology for the design of sustainable Product Service Systems (PSS), starting from three main thematic areas:
- PSS design (scenario development and sustainable PSS design)
- Assessment of environmental impacts (impact on micro, meso and macro level)
- Success and failure factors (consumer acceptance, culture and ethics)
These diverse approaches are converged in a unique methodology. The application of a common language as well as the definition of an ideal design process was crucial.
MEPSS is part of the Competitive and Sustainable Growth Programme of the Fifth Framework Programme, coordinated by PricewaterhouseCoopers N.V. with eight partners and 14 subcontractors.
The dimension of this project is strictly necessary, as its strength lies in its multidisciplinarity. This allows the chance to achieve one of the principle aims of the research: the development of an integrated methodology and theory on PSS.
Every scientific group of the project will provide its contribution to the development of this integrated methodology. At the same time, all of the results will be tested by an internal peer group and applied to pilot projects by other industrial partners (part of a larger group of participants who are coordinated through MEPSS).
The project proved promising because of its approach and because of the concreteness of the expected results, which were possible thanks to the direct application of the results and to the test of the set of tools and methods through pilot projects. All of the project participants agreed that the complexity of the problems raised from environmental degradation can be faced only through a complex approach made up of many different contributions. The communication among diverse disciplines is only possible through a common language and the overcoming of diverging purposes (industrial and private needs vs. social and public problems).
Strategies towards the Sustainable Household
National coordination of the EU funded research project, SusHouse.
SusHouse is concerned with developing and evaluating scenarios for transitions to sustainable households. It focuses on ‘Shopping, Cooking and Eating’,’Clothing Care’ and ‘Shelter’. The project was carried out by six research teams from five countries – Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom – from January 1998 to June 2000. It was funded by the European Union (Environment and Climate Research Programme Theme 4 : on Human Dimensionsof Environmental Change, ENV-CT97-0046).