Cities as Enablers of Innovation


This open access book represents one of the key milestones of design landscapes, a research project H2020 CSA (Coordination and Support Action) funded by the European Commission under the so-called ‘user-driven innovation: value creation through innovation with enabled design’. The book shows that the adoption of the design allows us to embed innovation within the city in order to arrive at workable responses to complex global challenges. In this way, innovation can become disruptive, while causing a gradual shift dynamic in urbanscape acting inside. In order to explore this potential, the book presents the concept of “designed skill innovation in urban environments” and examines the role the city can play in promoting and facilitating the adoption of the design among innovators in the public and private sector. This leads to a potential assessment framework in which a given urban landscape is assessed both in terms of its ability to generate innovation, and in terms of the nature (more or less dependent on design or prone to design) of the innovative initiatives it hosts. This thread of reasoning has many promising implications, including a possible ‘third way’ among those who dream of an alternative economic model where income and growth are sacrificed on the altar of social and environmental respect, and supporters of traditional market-based vision, who consider it sufficient to add a touch of responsibility and concern to a system that should continue to reward the profitability of innovations.

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