Current projects

Community well-being in organizations

Regina Morán (SPD, HPM-15)
Coach: Maaike Kleinsmann
The focus of the study is on exploring how to build well-being inside an organization. This project doesn't centre on individual well-being, the aim is to explore well-being within a team. Understanding that teams are ubiquitous in organizations (Devine et al,1999). They are structured in a way that teams become relevant to make them function and meet their objectives. Therefore, the exploration is centred on building community well-being inside an organization.

Iconic products: beyond the definition. A new way for sustainability

Giulia Bacchi (SPD, HPM-15)
Coach: Paul Hekkert
Every day in the world hundreds of new products make their appearance on the market, while others disappear inexorably. We do not have time to get used to a product that is immediately replaced by a new model in terms of aesthetics and technology. However there are items that manage to pass the test of time, resisting fashions and generations. These are products like Piaggio's Vespa or Alessi's Juice maker by Philip Starck. These are the iconic products. But what makes them iconic? Is their appealing? The meaning attached to them? Is the geniality of the designer? Discover what makes them iconic, what makes them evergreen can help us in framing a new way of intend sustainability and have more meaningful and durable products on the market.

Enabling designers to become authentic professionals

Ishit Patel (SPD, HPM-15)
Coach: Ehsan Baha
We all are the same in the sense we belong to the same specie but we are all different in the sense that we originate from different cultures and we all have unique pasts. Our past makes us who we are today and restricts us in who we can be tomorrow. As designers, our strength lies in being who we are and expressing ourselves thorugh the designs we make. That's what sets each one of us apart. But in this world of continuous competition and judgement, can we be authentic in our expressions? Can we be authentic professionals? The research revolves around authenticity of a designer and how can it manifest in the professional world.

Fostering Citizen Engagement in Participation through ‘safe-spaces’

Malena Lopez Rayez (SPD, HPM-15)
Coach: Ingrid Mulder
One of the approaches widely explored to engage citizens in city-making projects is Participatory Design, the increase of the use of these methodologies, have brought the need of training new capabilities in the public servants, so they can apply and sustain their application. In this context, one of the relevant characteristics that the participatory spaces need to provide is an environment in which citizens feel welcome so that they can express their worries, needs, and desires. I refer to this kind of spaces as ‘safe-spaces’. Therefore the focus of this research is the capabilities public servants need, so they can provide 'safe-spaces' to citizens to engage during the participation process, and what are the characteristics of these spaces.