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Welcome to InnovationSpace, a place where inquiring minds collaborate to create a more livable and sustainable world.
What is InnovationSpace? InnovationSpace is an entrepreneurial joint venture among the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, W.P. Carey School of Business and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. The goal of our transdisciplinary education and research lab is to teach students how to develop products that create market value while serving real societal needs and minimizing impacts on the environment. Put simply, we seek to create products that are progressive, possible and profitable and prepare our students to become leaders of innovation with the skills and mindset the future demands. InnovationSpace utilizes two fundamental strategies for creating sustainable innovation: a model of new product development known as Integrated Innovation and the emerging field of biomimicry.
Successful initiatives are fueled by compelling ideas and ambitious agendas. Guiding our process of sustainable product development is a new paradigm known as Integrated Innovation.
At InnovationSpace, transdisciplinary teams of students from industrial design, engineering, visual communication design and business systematically work through a matrix of four questions:
Using the model of Integrated Innovation, students aim to create products that
Consumer products often are manufactured in quantities numbering in the millions. From their factory production to their disposal, products can have enormous downsides for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soils we cultivate. As a result, InnovationSpace is committed to exploring new methodologies for sustainable product innovation.
One of the most promising is the emerging discipline of biomimicry. Biomimicry explores the forms, processes and systems of nature for clues to solving human challenges. This new area of study can help people create innovative solutions that will minimize the environmental impact of new products.
With grants from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and ASU's Pathways to Entrepreneurship program, InnovationSpace launched a major biomimicry initiative in fall 2008.
In 2014 InnovationSpace began a partnership with the newly formed Biomimicry Center at ASU. In the InnovationSpace classroom laboratory, students and faculty work to develop a deployable methodology for exploring bio-inspired innovation in design, business, engineering and sustainability practice.
For more information about biomimicry in InnovationSpace, check out the articles and video programs listed below.
Water by Design, created in collaboration with the Phoenix-based Television Workshop
Design from Life, produced by teaching assistant Dan Wandrey in collaboration with InnovationSpace faculty and staff
InnovationSpace’s core teaching team includes faculty from industrial design, visual communication design, sustainability, business and engineering.