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.
Focus of the project:
Design enabled Innovation in urban environments
- Innovation: successful exploitation of new ideas, processes, expressions and models through developing new tools, products, services, innovative business models, organizational settings, and ultimately alternative ways of responding to societal needs which can also improve the performance and efficiency of public and private organizations.
- Design: one of the key creative domains relevant to innovation, together with publishing, arts, and software
- Cities: hotbeds for creativity and innovative culture and places where different actor groups (companies, public authorities, NGOs, citizens, start-uppers, entrepreneurs etc.) receive continuous stimuli to engage in product or service innovations that fulfil specific (market, organisational or community) needs.