Design for the Public Usage of Rural Surplus Space (PURSS): The Case Study of DEISGN Harvests

  • Yongqi Lou
  • Dongjin Song
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8528)


One of the consequences of the regional urbanization in the Yangtze River Delta is that the mass transferring of surplus labor power from the rural area to the urban area, which resulted directly in a large amount of surplus space in the locality. A possible solution to this problem could be transforming the rural surplus space for public use (PURSS) through redesigning the system in a creative way. DESIGN Harvests, a pilot design-driven innovation and entrepreneurship project, is one of the first systemic attempts from China’s design society. Based on the analysis of the needs and insights on PURSS, the paper explores the strategies, patterns and product service system design of PURSS, which provides a new scenario of reusing the spare and scattered resources in the countryside. The service based rather than construction based solution conforms to the principle of sustainability as a social process towards the restorative economy.


Rural Surplus Space Public Usage Product Service System Design DESIGN Harvests 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Baek, J.S.: A socio-technical framework for collaborative services, PhD thesis, Politecnico di Milano (2010)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Cooper, M.: The Economics of Collaborative Production in the Spectrum Commons, pp. 379–400. IEEE (2005)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Kumar, V.: 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization. John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey (2012)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Lou, Y.: Enabling Society: New Design Processes in China: The Case of Chongming. The Journal of Design Strategies 4(1), 23–28 (2010a)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Lou, Y.: DESIGN Harvests. An Acupunctural Design Approach Towards Sustainability, Design & Creativity 2010(4) (2010b)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Margolin, V., Margolin, S.: A “Social Model” of Design: Issues of Practice and Research. Design Issues 18, 24–30 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Manzini, E.: Design, Visions, Proposals and Tools.In: Changing the Change Conference: Turin (2008)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Manzini, E.: SLOC, The Emerging Scenario of Small, Local, Open and Connected. In: Harding, S. (ed.) Grow Small Think Beautiful, Edinburgh, Floris, pp. 216–231 (2010)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Papanek, V.: Design for the Real World; Human Ecology and Social Change, 2nd edn., Chicago, pp. 63–68 (1985)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Seyfang, G., Smith, A.: Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Development: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda. Environmental Politics 16(4), 584–603, p. 585 (2007)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Thackara, J.: Design for a new restorative economy, Cumulus Working papers Shanghai. Aalto University School of Art and Design Press, Helsinki (2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongqi Lou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dongjin Song
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Design and InnovationTongji UniversityChina
  2. 2.Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, IESDTongji UniversityChina

Personalised recommendations