Bilbao Ekintza is a municipal company that aims to promote the generation of economic and social wealth for Bilbao, boosting the city’s attractiveness as a place to invest, set up companies, experience corporate growth and increase opportunities to access employment. From its Area of Strategic Economic Sectors Bilbao Ekintza works on the field of Design carrying out several initiatives such as the Bilbao-Bizkaia Design Week and the participation of the city in the UNESCO Cities of Design Network.

Leader of the project Human Cities_challenging the city scale, the Cité du design Saint-Etienne is a platform of research, higher education, economic development, design and art promotion, carried by the City of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne Metropolis, and the Rhône-Alpes Region (Ministry of Culture). The Cité du Design and School of Art and Design of Saint-Etienne converge since 2005 in a same structure around a common objective: to develop research through creative acts. Since January 2010, they are grouped Under a Public body of Cultural Cooperation (EPCC).

The Cité du design approach is a human-centred design. A design that enhances the practices and ways of life. that it optimizes the energy, that it accompanies the habitat mutations or facilitates the development of health and mobility.

Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy. It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineeringarchitecture and design.

Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan. In 1987 a territorial diffusion process of the university began, the Politecnico Network, which led to the opening of the regional campuses of Como (1987) and Lecco (1989), and regional facilities in Cremona (1991), Mantova (1994) and Piacenza (1997), with the aim of establishing a more direct relationship with the students and interacting with the community’s local businesses.

In the Bovisa area of Milan, where various disused warehouses and old gas tanks were found, starting in 1989 a university campus emerged with the new Schools of Civil Architecture, Design, and Industrial Engineering and some of the most advanced and innovative laboratories in Europe: the Wind Tunnel, for the development of research in the field of fluid dynamics, the Transportation Security Laboratory, where spectacular crash tests are performed, in addition to the Design Laboratories.

Beginning with the academic year 2000-2001 bachelor’s programmes were grouped into schools, based on their areas of interest. Each year the Politecnico offers numerous Master Degrees (first and second level) and PhD research courses on a wide range of subject areas and disciplines in the fields of Engineering, Architecture and Design.

 

Culture Lab, founded in 2002, is a private agency based in Brussels, providing European and international expertise in the areas of culture and heritage. The agency implements a wide range of missions, from the design and management of transnational cooperation projects, the assessment of cultural schemes and programs, the writing of sectorial studies, to public outreach, communication and dissemination activities, mainly in Europe, the Mediterranean area and Africa. In addition, Culture Lab Editions publishes specialized books on heritage and cultural creation. The company has collaborated and forged partnerships with key institutions and public and private organizations dealing with creative industries and the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage at a European and international level. In 13 years of activity, Culture Lab has contributed to the design, management and implementation of over 50 European and international cooperation projects and programs in the fields of contemporary cultural creation (visual arts, design , performing arts… ) and the conservation , restoration, management and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage (architecture, archaeology , museums, crafts, traditions… ). Building on its experience in the previous Human Cities projects, the agency will provide technical assistance in the management of this larger scale cooperation project as well as in the communication and dissemination activities.

BEAZ is the public entity of the Biscay Regional Council that works for the growth of economic activity and job creation, through the development of innovative business projects: new products, new markets, innovation, and internationalization. BEAZ is involved in the definition and development of aid programs, coming from the Department of Economic Development from the Regional Council, that support businesses and entrepreneurs, managing them through its own group of experts. In addition, they have the knowledge of the whole network of aids – both institutional and private – aimed at the enterprise and entrepreneurs, and we advise them in their search. They also offer a direct support to companies through their advisory services and relational capital, combining various instruments such as incubators, and partnerships with business actors, academics, sectoral, etc.

Association of Estonian designers want to protect the Estonian cultural identity. One of the crucial factors in preserving a unified cultural identity has been the Estonian language. Estonian designers value acquiring international experience through connections with the outside world. Estonia is grateful to its Nordic neighbours Finland and Denmark, which have helped to develop an awareness of design in Estonia. Despite the fact that designers familiarise themselves with contemporary developments and styles, a design identity will be influenced by idiosyncrasies of the cultural heritage and economy of the country. Ascetic, oriented towards basic needs and functions, a smart aesthetic, not focusing on luxury – these are the intrinsic qualities of Estonian design. National identity has always been a political question for Estonians and that has been the driving force behind many consciously but also unconsciously launched defence mechanisms. Estonian art, especially applied art, has managed to preserve a certain detachment from politics. Nevertheless, during the occupation, creative people used every opportunity available to protest against the official ideology through renewing artistic expressions.

The University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM, provides FH-degree courses in specialised technical and economic disciplines. Within the sector of information society technologies, the courses and research groups in the sectors information management and information design are most relevant. Apart from subject-oriented contents, the courses offered by FH JOANNEUM also emphasise character-forming contents to enable graduates to solve practical problems encountered in their respective professions on a holistic basis. The courses of study are characterised by a highly structured organisation which is achieved by a close relationship between teachers and small groups of students as well as by the mandatory nature of some courses. In the Department of Information Design they are concerned with the planning and implementation of interactions with information objects and equipment. This involves solving many of the problems in the design of the human-computer interface. Their research explores issues in aesthetics, cognitive science, cultural studies, education, engineering, and rhetoric, helping them to build digital systems through which users can more effectively communicate, interact, and learn. The Department of Information Design is in close collaboration with various European universities. Furthermore there are cooperations with Media-Art-Centres in Austria (Ars Electronica Center, Linz), Germany (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Spain (MECAD, Barcelona) and Hungary (C3, Budapest).

Association Design Week Belgrade (BDW) is the most important one-stop connection point between creative industries, business, government, academia and media in South East Europe, based in Belgrade, Serbia. Without hiatus since 2006, BDW organizes non-profit the region’s leading annual design festival, with its famous international conference BRAND NEW WORLD as heartpiece, which serves as educational platform and meeting point for the exchange of ideas and experiences between international, regional and national professionals and entrepreneurs from all areas of creative industries such as design, architecture, publishing, branding, advertising, communication, arts, photography, retail, education, culture management… Additionaly, BDW publishes design related movies, books, newsletters around the year, as well as an annual documentary conference feature movie. BDW’s daily TV chronicles are aired in prome time on national TV during the festival. BDW also acts as producer and partner of local and international design events such as exhibitions and workshops, roundtables, competitions etc, and is in Serbia especially renown for its nonprofit nationwide campaigns for the implementation of design thinking in everyday life, such as the “100 BDW creative playgrounds for the children of Serbia” project.

The Castle Cieszyn Design Centre (Zamek Cieszyn) design possibilities. Indeed, they are convinced that design is an effective tool for increasing the competitiveness of businesses, institutions, towns, cities and regions. They believe that design solves problems and designers can offer suggestions about transforming our closest surroundings in order to make our lives better. The Zamek is a great promoter of the idea of Design for All, which involves keeping physical, social and cultural differences in mind. Since 2010 they have been the home of the Professor Michał Oźmin Institute of Design for All and we are the custodians of the EIDD Design for All archive. They support any ideas which can improve the quality of public space and services.
Zamek Cieszyn -previously called the Silesia Castle of Art and Enterprise – is the name they have been using since January 2011 when they transformed the place into a centre of research and documentation into material culture and design.

CLEAR VILLAGE is a London-based charity that helps communities build a better future through creative regeneration.

They work together with partners like social landlords, local councils and community groups to bring durable change to communities. They identify community challenges, build on existing community assets and involve community members through participatory design. Since no two communities are the same, no two CLEAR VILLAGE projects are the same either.

The Urban planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) is the central Slovenian research organisation in the field of spatial planning and related disciplines. Founded in 1955, UIRS was transformed into a public research institute in 1993, a status which continues to apply to date. Its basic activities are research, education and publishing. It also operates a public library with an extensive literature stock and large collection of other references in the field of spatial planning.

The UIRS performs basic and applicative research projects at the international, national, regional and local levels, addressing various issues and processes of the urban and spatial development of Slovenia and the wider area. Research activity also includes the advancement of methodological and practical solutions for the development of urban areas, and planning of settlements and the countryside.

Group X is a research group at the Department of Architecture of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University (Espoo-Helsinki, Finland). Group X consists of professors, researchers, lecturers and course tutors who are focused in user-centeredness design and spatial development from the point of view of active users and sustainability. It has developed programmatic ways to approach current development-related subjects in the field of design. Subjects are approached from an architect’s point of view, bringing architect’s way of operating to new fields of culture.

Since 1999, Pro Materia Association has developed through more than fifteen years of experience a recognized international design expertise, especially in the European Union ‘Culture’ programme, today known as Creative Europe. It has conceived innovative projects ‘from the scratch’ such as Human Cities on reclaiming public space through a human-centered approach of design (since 2006), and Glass is Tomorrow, on design-led crafts leading to reinvent glass art in Europe (since 2011). By creating cutting-edge concepts, which are highly human-driven and collaborative, Pro Materia is cultivating the art of putting people together within a framework, rather informal, freestyle and co-creative (workshops, creative labs, exhibitions…) By stressing the relationship between disciplines in the visual and applied arts and their cultural added value, the Brussels-based Creative Design Agency is moving forward, looking at the future, at the emerging and upcoming talents, curating events and editions with a high sense of quality and awareness towards artistic contents.