This paper is an ongoing research study that highlights sustainability and social ventures to create connections between academic and business worlds in order to design towards the new functions of XXI century’s reality. The authors underline how design practices can help to create a pilot project, implementing social changes. This means that governmental inefficiency presents itself as a new problem that designers, educators and entrepreneurs must face, demanding to endlessly diagnose the situation. This research proposes to redesign and develop a self-sustainable habitat for minorities, such as, refugees, something that is integrated in the city and not isolated. The issue of building in historic centers is essential to understand the life of the city in a changing world. That is, it is the ability to design systems and not compact and definitive frames. Methodologically, this research is sustained by transversal thinking, pattern-language and sustainability, connecting established methods with new techniques. The paper present some cases studies with design students where creative activities transformed the entire urban community. The authors want to prove that designing inclusive systems can serve as a stimulus to attract companies, creating new stakeholders that stimulate new product development and innovation.
Ermanno Aparo, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal & Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design - CIAUD, Portugal
Liliana Soares, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo - IPVC, Portugal & Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design - CIAUD, Portugal
Jorge Teixeira, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo - IPVC, Portugal
Rui Cavaleiro, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo - IPVC, Portugal
Manuel Rivas, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo - IPVC, Portugal