07/09/2021. econcult

Finally, one of the most relevant documents of the DESIGNSCAPES project has been published.

After a long process of gestation, consultations and improvements, the White Paper on Design Enabled Innovation in Europe has been published. With this work, a process that has been going on for almost 4 years is coming to an end, and with it, the DESIGNSCAPES project is practically concluded.

From earlier reflections on urban design and processes in the book Innovation Capacity and the City. The Enabling Role of Design, the process of shaping the document started with the drafting of an initial “Green Paper” following the successful intermediate conference held in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions on 17 May 2019. From that moment on, a consultation process was opened that concluded in the Designscapes Policy Forum: Design & Public Policy A Two-Way Street, held in Valencia in March 2020, just before the pandemic.

From that moment on, the Econcult team, led by Chuan Li, took on the task of drafting a document that would decant all the information obtained from both the theoretical and empirical points of view.

The result is a diagnosis of the situation and a set of proposals for design-oriented policy guidance at different territorial scales.design not only drives innovation and business performance, but can also enable systemic change and the transition towards a green, inclusive and sustainable society. Cities are innovation hubs that create favourable conditions for IoT to materialise. Policy makers should take this capacity into account and make full use of it when developing and implementing design innovation policies. In order to achieve a broad innovation policy perspective, it is essential to enhance the DeI capacity of European urban environments.

The White Paper on Design Enabled Innovation in Europe, is a document that aims to have a significant influence on the shaping of design-oriented policies in the EU. The new EU design policy should aim to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in as many European cities as possible to encourage the uptake and scaling up of design-enabled innovation by existing businesses, civil society organisations, academia, public administration and other urban stakeholders, ultimately enhancing the design innovation capacity of European cities to achieve sustainable development goals through a successful response to pressing global challenges.