Project Details


The DESIGNSCAPES project is the only funded project at European level (with a contribution of around 4 million euros) from the European Commission under the topic CO-CREATION-02-2016 - User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation (Call identifier: CO-CREATION-02-2016).
The project consortium, coordinated by ANCI Toscana, consists of 12 partners from 10 Member States (associations of municipalities, university departments of architecture and design, business schools, service centres, civil society organizations).
The project is precisely a Coordination Support Action (CSA) and it has the specific mandate to distribute € 1.5 million of its budget in favour of around 50 initiatives at local level in the Member States and associated countries to demonstrate the potential of Design enabled Innovation as an example of innovation in which the involvement of users in the process is central and innovation (applied to services, products, processes, business models, systems and organizations) is more successful thanks to co-creation.
The European Call specifically requires that, on the basis of the experience of the funded projects, the Designscapes consortium:
a) gathers data and metrics concerning the impact of design-related policies and programmes in terms of user benefit and business impact, 
b) develops a transferable methodology to make design an integral part of value creation and a self-sustaining element of innovation processes
c) develops a methodology on how actors in different sectors can better connect with design-enabled innovation to increase efficiency and competitiveness in their respective sectors.
d) elaborates a common impact evaluation methodology and respective indicators, to be applied across sectors and scalable to organisational, regional, national and European level.
Effective start/end date01/06/201731/05/2021


  • Design-Enabled Innovation
  • value-creation
  • co-creation
  • Service Design

Research Output

  • 2 Article in proceeding

A preliminary review of the concept of circular economy in design research

Simeone, L., van Dam, K. & Morelli, N., 2019, Around the campfire - resilience and intelligence: Cumulus Conference Proceedings Rovaniemi 2019. University of Lapland, p. 526-545 (Cumulus Conference Proceedings Series).

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    Articulating a Strategic Approach to Face Complexity in Design Projects: The Role of Theory of Change

    Simeone, L., Drabble, D., Iacopini, G., van Dam, K., Morelli, N., De Götzen, A. & Cullen, J., 18 Jun 2019, Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 London: Research Perspectives In the era of Transformations . Academy for Design Innovation Management, p. 938-948 (Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management; No. 1, Vol. 2).

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