Developing a “Living Lab” Global Design Community Platform
(Collaboration between China, USA, Australia and The Netherlands)


Introduction about Living Lab Platform:
Living Lab Platform is a self-generating environment in which students, faculty and participating sponsoring companies work together to create customized, on-demand tools to facilitate the research, design and prototyping of a range of specialized products for new urban lifestyles.

The objective of the lab is two-fold: 1. Experiment with new co-working tools and methods; 2. Develop products that use the latest in advanced global collaboration, on-demand manufacturing, user-generated content and crowd-source funding to create useful, high-quality, commercially viable new product solutions.

Living Lab teams will be comprised of a combination of designers, technologists, branding, manufacturing and business experts working from diverse contexts in both academic and commercial environments to enable real product development opportunities to emerge from this collaborative framework. Integral to the R&D focus of the lab, will be the development of co-working technologies to enable teams to optimize communications and collaboration across industry, language, cultural, and geographic borders.


  1. 系统框架:构建建立团队、分享观点、沟通进程的网络平台操作系统,
  2. 工具方法:提供创客创业设计与数字成型工具与资源库,
  3. 资源连接:连接跨文化的国际团队和实验室,
  4. 学习验证:为下一步项目实施建立不同的研究子方向。

Mission and Goal:
Mission is to develop the operating philosophy, system, methodology, tools and applications.

  1. System Framework: Developing networking platform OS for team building, design thinking collabortaion and project coordination.
  2. Tools & Methods: Providing the startup tool kits, digital fabrication tools and resources.
    3. Resource Connection: Connecting cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural, international teams and labs.
  3. Validations and Learning:  Setup and support of pilot co-design projects’ next steps.

阶段一:2013.10.10-12.30, 原型开发与制作
阶段二:2014.1-2014.5, 验证与课题运作

Project Duration:
Phase I:2013.10.10-12.30,Prototyping and Developing.
Phase II:2014.1-2014.5,Validations and Projects.


Deliverable of Phase I:
A network platform for collaborative innovation based on lean startup model.


Research Areas:
Micro Level: Research on design team behavior and internal mode of communication.
Macro Level 1: Design process management for cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and remote collaboration platform.
Macro Level 2: Transforming and implementing design innovation based on crowd-source models.
System Level: Research of service model based on agile user experience and lean startups.


Providing a platform to enable young designers and developers to realize their full potential via an integrated platform strategy & project delivery system.
New Design Educational Models
3rd Industrial Revolution Application
Co-working – New Models for Collaboration
Platform Strategy & Systems Integration
Incubator & Entrepreneurship

美国: Parsons DESIS Lab
澳洲:Urban informatics Research Lab, QUT
中国:Design Beijing Lab, Tsinghua U.
荷兰:TU/E, the Mobile City, TU/D (IDStudioLab)

Partnering Institutions:
Parsons DESIS Lab, USA, / CMU Design DESIS Lab
Urban Informatics Lab, QUT, Australia
Tsinghua Univ. / Tongji Univ.
TU/E, TU/D, Holland

Phase II Project:
Living Lab and Remote 3D printing, collaboration with Parsons the New School for Design
Design for Urban Informatics, collaboration with Urban Informatics Lab at QUT.
Design for holistic experience on Urban Health for Bayer, collaboration with Academy of Media Arts, Cologne.
New model of social innovation based on ICT technology (DESIS chapter on computational social innovation), collaboration with TU/E.

TU/E 合作的项目: 信息技术背景下的DESIS社会创新研究

Parsons DESIS Lab, USA
Parsons DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab is a research laboratory created in 2009 at The New School in New York City. DESIS Lab works at the intersection of strategic and service design, management, and social theory, applying interdisciplinary expertise in problem setting and problem solving to sustainable practices and social innovation.
CMU Design DESIS Lab

The DESIS at Carnegie Mellon University is situated within the School of Design in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The lab was founded in November, 2011 after a realignment and repositioning of core values, inherit in many of our current on-going projects. The School of Design for many years has conducted classroom projects based upon social innovation and design for social and ecological good and the establishment of the LAB serves to formalize and expand these capabilities to all levels within the program. This LAB is still in its early stages of formulation.
We are designing a summer-based course in ecoliteracy which looks at the connections and symbiotic relationships between the regional environment and urban-dwelling. We are developing an ‘incubator’ within which student and faculty research in the area of social innovation can be developed and launched as viable business propositions.
在第三代Living Lab中,Living Lab范围已经涉及到整个城市区域,它是运行于整个城市范围的开放实验空间,依靠生活、工作于城市中的各类用户,为创新应用实时地提供原型设计和测试平台,因此具有用户驱动的创新环境并且可以在整个城市范围内进行试验。这样的Living Lab有利于涌现和推动创新进程,而且通过共同创新、开放创新超出单个科技人员、企业家、公司或其他组织的创新可能。