LeNSin – the international Learning Network of networks on Sustainability

committente European commission (Erasmus+ program)
periodo di svolgimento 2015-2018
classificazione Internazionale


LeNSin, the International Learning Network of networks on Sustainability (2015-2018), is an EU-supported (ERASMUS+) project involving 36 universities from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Central America, aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society for all. LeNSin ambitions to improve internationalisation, intercultural cross-fertilisation and accessibility of higher education on Design for Sustainability (DfS). The project focuses on Sustainable Product-Service Systems (S.PSS) and Distributed Economies (DE) – considering both as promising models to couple environmental protection with social equity, cohesion and economic prosperity – applied in different contexts around the world.

LeNSin connects a multi-polar network of Higher Education Institutions adopting and promoting a learning-by-sharing knowledge generation and dissemination, with an open and copy-left ethos.

LeNSin project activities involve five seminars, ten pilot courses, the setting up of ten regional LeNS_labs, and of a (decentralised) open web platform, any students/designers and any teachers can access to download, modify/remix and reuse an articulated set of open and copyleft learning resources, i.e. courses/lectures, tools, cases, criteria, projects.

The final event will be a decentralised conference in 2018, based simultaneously in six partner universities, organised together by the 36 project partners form four continents.


Parole chiave

social inclusion, sustainable lifestyle, digital platforms, environmental design, life cycle design


10 worldwide universities*:
Universidad Federal do Parana (brazil)
Universidad Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
Univesidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
Universidad dela Valle de México (Mexico)
Tsinghua University (China)
Hunan UUniversity (China)
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (India)
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (India)
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)
Stellenbosh University (South Africa)

4 European partners:
Politecnico di Milano, Design Dept. Design and system innovation for sustainability (DIS), (Italy): coordinator
Brunel University (United Kingdom)
Delft university of technology (The Netherlands)
Aalto university (Finland)

*plus 22 associates partners heis worlwide


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Giuseppe Amoruso, Marita Canina, Annalinda De Rosa, Maria Teresa Feraboli, Marisa Galbiati, Giulia Gerosa, Ilaria Mariani, Francesca Piredda, Lucia Rampino, Anne Schoonbrodt, Carlo Emilio Standoli, Lia Tagliavini

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