The Design Spot was inaugurated on December 5, 2017, in the presence of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Regional Council, Philippe Watteau of CEA List, Vincent Créance, Design Spot project manager, and Gilles Bloch, president of Université Paris-Saclay.
The purpose of the Université Paris-Saclay Design Spot is to support the thousands of researchers, engineers and inventors in the Université Paris-Saclay ecosystem for their R&D projects so that they can meet the expectations of tomorrow's society.
Vincent Créance and Gilles Bloch explain: “The design center will be home to various design-focused research activities and will provide researchers with the necessary resources to connect their research projects with market expectations and applications by leveraging the design discipline.”
Teaching will also be one of the Design Spot's central activities, with students coming to learn more about design principles so they can integrate them into their projects.
The Design Spot comprises:
- a creativity room equipped to facilitate brainstorming and discussion
- a coworking space where researchers, industry representatives and students can easily work together
- a space for physical prototyping via the digital fabrication of “real objects”
- and a space for service prototyping via the cloud for the “Internet of Things”.
All this equipment will be made available to companies and researchers to facilitate their collaboration and the development of their research projects, with the help of designers, ergonomists, economists, sociologists, artists or a panel of users working in co-design mode.
“Our regional public policies must adopt the ‘design reflex’ and I also want to encourage this reflex in SMEs through our ‘Innov'up’ regional funding scheme. Île-de-France, with its internationally renowned schools and the strength of its designers, has all the resources it needs to be a ‘Design Valley.’ The Design Spot, with support from the Île-de-France Regional Council, will contribute to this goal.” Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Regional Council.