SEE: Sustainable Everyday Exploration

SEE considers a variety of framework projects with the aim to promote their visibility and to offer the possibility, to different involved actors,  to compare and discuss their experiences.

In order to facilitate this exchange, it creates an online peer-to-peer platform open to design schools, stakeholders and larger interested audiences.
The specific platform is conceived to become a worldwide social network of framework projects promoters and partners, where emerging issues and topics will be posted, compared and debated, where new researches on SEE-related topics will be promoted and where new framework programs and projects will be enhanced.

In order to obtain this goal framework projects with similar characteristics and comparable approaches will be clustered. The resulting clusters will facilitate focalised discussions and more useful exchanges. And will create stronger links between promoters, designers and design schools working on similar topics.
Role of the Design Schools

In SEE the collection and the communication and visualisation of the selected framework projects are done in collaboration with several design schools. Schools play two roles:

•    They present projects that they can analyse and/or in which they are already involved
•    They design the selected and analysed cases visualisation and communication.

Selection criteria

In SEE Program the projects object of analysis must have the following characteristics:

•    To be a framework project (with the related local ones) or to be an individual project with an high potentiality to generate a larger framework one.
•    To clearly aim at promoting and facilitating social innovation and sustainability at the local scale.
•    To present a (tacit or explicit) design approach. That is: to be based on a vision (of a viable sustainable local development) and on a strategy to implement it (catalysing existing social and economical resources).
•    To be sufficiently developed for what regards places, aims, involved actors, expected results and strategies to get them. Beyond this, they can currently be at different stages in the conception and development process.


1 Core group definition, pilot projects collection, supporting platform design (year 1)
•    An initial “core group” of partners (inside and outside DESIS) is defined.
•    A collection of framework projects is realised (it could be a short list of 10-30projects).
•    A first pilot on 3 framework projects is conducted with the aim to analysed them in depth (out of the list of 10-30)
•    A template is designed on the basis of the results that will come from the pilot
•    Web platform to facilitate the exchange of experiences between the partners, and between the selected projects main actors, is designed.
•    A 2 days workshop is organised with representatives of the pilot projects (sharing experiences; comparing approaches; further investigation of bottlenecks; action plan for further collaboration and research online.

2 Projects collection and platform fine-tuning (year 2)
•    A collection of a second, wider set of framework projects is realised
•    The collected cases are clustered and common characteristics are focalised
•    The supporting platform is up-graded.

3 Scenario building and platform use extension (year 3)
•    On the basis of the previous 2 years of experiences, different scenarios are built and visualised.
•    The up-graded supporting platform is opened to other interested actors, as: schools and universities (beyond the initial core group and beyond the design schools) and a variety of other interested stakeholders.

4 Projects and scenarios communication (end of year 3)
•    A publication presenting projects, clusters and scenarios is prepared (using different contributions collected through the platform).
•     A short visual presentation could be also realised as a part of the PERL presentation at the CSD in May in NYC (not yet established)

5  Working group meetings / Collaboration (all along 3 years)
•    Three Task group meetings will be organised during each of the project year (Not yet fixed)