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 up scaling of Design enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, and other urban stakeholders.



Cities are not only the places of demographic concentrations, but also environments that better facilitate innovative relationships and interactions; live “milieus” where the close proximity of industry and productive resources, population and communication infrastructures, generate opportunities for rapid and rich knowledge and information exchanges. Innovation processes in cities are supported by the diversity of urban environments, highlighting emergent problems, sometimes with a critical sense of urgency, but also providing stimuli and opportunities that generate surprisingly quick and effective solutions. Firms in large cities find more resources to feed innovation processes and are often more innovative than in smaller sized contexts.

The aim of the DESIGNSCAPES project is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments, highlighting the systemic challenges and supporting those innovation processes that, thanks to a Design enabled approach, demonstrate the capability to increase the generative potential of solutions to critical and systemic problems.

The DESIGNSCAPES project has the goal of identifying and supporting (through a specific call for proposals, with a €1.5 million budget) a number of European pilots, involving no fewer than 50 public and private sector organisations, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for Design enabled innovation in urban environments. This is expected to provide evidence in support of the added value of Design for Innovation and especially of the Urban dimension in promoting and procuring Design enabled Innovation.

— Francesco Molinari


1 June 2017 – 31 May 2021


ca. 4M Euro, out of which 1,5M Euro will be allocated to 50+ new Design-enabled initiatives across Europe.