DESIGNSCAPES project’s main objectives are to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in the highest possible number of European Cities; to encourage the uptake, further enhancement and up scaling of Design-enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, as well as other urban stakeholders.

Designscapes' Individual Objectives

  1.  A CITY SNAPSHOT – that will assist the project in identifying needs, opportunities and challenges for Design-enabled Innovations across Europe, taking into account the contextual differences as (positive or negative) urban externalities. This CITY SNAPSHOT brings together existing theories and practical experiences of innovation generation in urban environments to qualify the concept of Design-enabled Innovation in relation to the impact of the urban dimension. This CITY SNAPSHOT will result in a Catalogue of Urban Design-enabled Innovations across Europe and overseas.

  2. A DESIGNSCAPES FRAMEWORK – A framework defining the impact, feasibility and scalability assessment of existing and upcoming Design-enabled Innovation initiatives across Europe. This framework is based on 4 blocks: 1) Participatory Action Research; 2) Theory of Change; 3) behavioural additionality ('output' additionality (the increase in innovation performance as a consequence of awarding subsidies) + 'input' additionality (e.g. the increase in private R&D investment as a consequence of awarding subsidies); and 4) Replication analysis. The evaluation tools will also include a ‘dashboard’ that visualises and measures the replicability of individual projects and innovations.

  3.  A TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT INSTRUMENT to stimulate the emergence of successful Design-enabled innovations across Europe. The call will target public authorities, enterprises (including SMEs and start-ups) as well as NGOs and individual citizens who will be encouraged to propose innovation projects in the scope of the identified priorities and in line with the City Snap Shot’s Catalogue areas. Awarded projects will be supported (both in cash and in kind) and monitored during their implementation by DESIGNSCAPES.

  4. POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS on how to support Design-enabled Innovations in local, regional, national and EU levels and across various policy domains, taking into account the urban dimension as generative of positive externalities. DESIGNSCAPES will produce policy briefs tailored for these levels and domains.

  5.  TOOLS, INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS (TIM’S) to enhance Design-enabled Innovation in cities, promoting the uptake of research findings by policy makers and city innovators.

  6. TRAINING MODULES to transfer the knowledge and skills for applying and up scaling Design-enabled Innovation in cities for various targeted stakeholder groups. Train-the-trainer sessions will create a pool of facilitators who are able to support the scaling up and out of activities and initiatives, the implementation of related policies and the commercialisation of Design-enabled Innovations.

In order to meet these objectives, the DESIGNSCAPES project consortium brings together:

  • Four (local and regional) networks and associations of Cities from BG, EL, IT and PT – plus more at European level included in the External Advisory Board.
  • Practical expertise in communication and dissemination to large international audiences.
  • Various research backgrounds including design science, urban planning, the economy of culture and creativity, smart cities, training and capacity building, innovation policy and business administration, from DESIGNSCAPES’ Consortium members from DE, DK, ES, IT, NL and UK.