Combining Digital and Co-Design Approaches for Design Innovation in Urban Economies

University of Surrey, UK

On 25 September 2017, the University of Surrey and Designscapes project team members, led by Professor Lampros Stergioulas and Dr Munir Abbasi, organised an open workshop on COMBINING DIGITAL AND CO-DESIGN APPROACHES FOR DESIGN INNOVATION IN URBAN ECONOMIES with the support of Surrey’s Urban Living theme and Designscapes project partner Daniel Van Lerberghe from Worldcrunch. The team mobilised their respective networks of experts, with a workshop agenda that included 7 keynote presentations, and overall participation exceeding 30 experts, including researchers (e.g. from Surrey, Cambridge, Exeter universities), designers (e.g. from Belgium’s Design Council), practitioners (from various SMEs), and policymakers (e.g Knowledge Transfer Networks).

The organizing team sent more than 400 bulletins/invitations, using the Eventbrite Event’s platform, reaching their networks of targeted stakeholders: researchers, designers, practitioners and policymakers. The organising team made extensive use of diverse social media and support organizations Facebook Pages (@designscapesproject), LinkedIn, Twitter and In total, over 600 individuals were reached using all the social media and sharing tools. The organising team also promoted the workshop on the Designscapes project website [].

The day included keynote talks and presentations from Designscape members and academic experts as well as speakers from the Industry, networks and design councils,e.g. Design Council Belgium; Knowledge Transfer Network, UK etc.

The Workshop day focused on the following themes:

•    Urban environments (Data-driven innovation and analytics, City’s Innovation Generation Capacity, Smart Cities, Innovation processes in cities),

•    The New Economy (i.e., digital economy, circular economy, urban economies, and bio-economy),

•    Design thinking, and

•    Co-creation, Citizen driven innovation and participation.

A common understanding of the barriers, challenges and opportunities and future recommendations in the areas of design innovations was developed.

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