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


University of Surrey

The International Workshop: “Combining Digital And Co-Design Approaches For Design Innovation In Urban Economies” organised by Surrey University Business School with the support of InnoGage Limited, Surrey University Urban Living Research Theme and Designscapes H2020 Project, took place at Surrey University (Guilford, UK), on 25 September 2017. Organised by Prof. Lampros Stergioulas and Prof. Munir Abbasi, the workshop has brought together more than 30 participants. The aim was to co-create and test an efficient methodology to co-design useful digital tools for the citizens.

The first stage was dedicated to the presentation of innovative current projects taking place in urban environment. Highly interesting speeches have focused on the BIDs (Business Improvement Districts), Sustainability and Innovation, Bio-economy and Participatory Design, Data Analytics in Smart Cities, and the DESIGNSCAPES project at a European level. In a second stage, the audience was invited to suggest various topics of interest and ideas to improve urban life for citizens. Through thematic groups driven by the facilitation team, the participants have fostered the emergence of inclusive solutions to answer to urban life complexity. This co-design methodology has positively revealed new areas of excellence and efficient co-creativity including all stakeholders in the co-design process.

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