The Cité du design and the Higher School of Art and Design of Saint-Etienne are grouped in the same structure with a common goal: to develop research and innovation through creation. The structure bases its activities on strong and unifying topics: design, social change and economic dynamism.
The Cité du design is a cluster of excellence in design which brings together research and development activities as well as multidisciplinary actors. In particular, the Design Creative City Living Lab, spearheaded by Cité du design, has joined the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). The living lab uses real-life environments to experiment and co-create via design tools.
Living Lab activities promote user-centered design, gathering research centres, companies, local authorities and end-users through a common vision: the co-creation of new systems, products, services and business models.
Thanks to its specific skills in co-creation methodologies and human-centered-design experimentations, the Cité du design has been labelled by BEDA as a European Centre of Competence for User-Centered Design.
From 12 March to 12 April 2015, the Cité du design is organising the 9th International Design Biennial devoted to prospective and innovative design. Over a one-month period, the International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne 2015 will be offering over sixty exhibitions and events (symposia, talks, forums, round tables). The theme is The Experiences of Beauty, which aims to examine the importance of forms of beauty and the meanings they give to functions, usages and the quality of life.
Biennale to Business is a complete week, from 30th March to 5th April 2015, dedicated to professionals, content and cutting-edge services attuned to the business world’s requirements. During this week, the second edition of the Design & Innovation Forum, will be dedicated to new forms of innovation in businesses, such as the role of emotion and sensitivity in design process, user influence, etc.
This forum combines talks, demonstrations of tools and participatory workshops; it’s a great way to learn about the User-Centered Design methodologies for innovation.
European Network of Living Labs – EnoLL
France Living Labs – F2L
UNESCO Creative Cities Network
European Institute for Design and Disabilities – EIDD Design for All Europe http://www.designforalleurope.org/
Design for All Foundation
Internationale Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media – CUMULUS http://www.cumulusassociation.org/
The European League of Institutes of the Arts – ELIA
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