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Designing Pilot Projects as Boundary Objects

A Brazilian Case Study in the Promotion of Sustainable Design

  • Francesco Zurlo
  • Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 1-3
  3. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 5-13
  4. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 15-23
  5. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 25-35
  6. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 37-54
  7. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 55-68
  8. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 69-72
  9. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 73-77
  10. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 79-87
  11. Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    Pages 89-97
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 99-112

About this book

Introduction

This book describes a collaborative Design Pilot Project held in Brazil (called MODU.Lares) involving micro and small enterprises and other actors in the furniture sector. The experience was based on an action research method and evaluated by using a tool, in order to assess the value of pilot project as a boundary object capable of fostering innovation and sustainability. The impact of the Design Pilot Project in triggering change in a fragmented local system with a poor environmental and social record, as well as management and innovation issues, were assessed with the help of the same tool, taking into account environmental, technological, economic, sociocultural, and organizational indicators. The collaborative network established was chiefly based on four elements: prototypes, meetings, exhibitions and the Pilot Project (as an overall process). The results indeed demonstrate that a Design Pilot Project can be a valid instrument for establishing a collaborative environment that promotes sustainability and innovation, particularly in contexts with a weak associative culture. Such collaborative projects can constitute the first step in a design policy cycle in developing countries, contributing to the definition of ideas and objectives among local stakeholders, minimizing the risks of failure, and increasing the chances of receiving governmental support.

Keywords

Strategic Design Boundary Object Collaborative Networks Design Pilot Project Inter-organizational Collaboration Micro and Small Enterprises Sustainability in Developing Countries Sustainable Design Policies

Authors and affiliations

  • Francesco Zurlo
    • 1
  • Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
    • 2
  1. 1.DESIGN DepartmentPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Urbanism and Design (FAUeD)Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU)UberlândiaBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23141-9
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23140-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23141-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5318
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