Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability

L4IDS: Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability

education process for circular design in Europe


The L4IDS project is funded by Erasmus+ and falls within the fields of innovation, higher education and business. Through the co-creation of knowledge and training materials, students, teachers and entrepreneurs in the design sector are taught strategies for innovative design for sustainability.

1. Increasing and improving Design for Sustainability’s learning strategies, identifying opportunities for sustainably designed products and services, and business opportunities in both higher education institutions and industries in Europe.
2. Open learning resources and training courses for innovative design for sustainability will be jointly developed – aimed at academics, students and businesses.
3. Joint goals of Circular Design partners are to train innovative and entrepreneurial designers who are able to deal with a transition to Design for Sustainability as a regular design approach and to promote collaboration and mobility with the EU’s partner countries. An international internship program is being developed for engineering design students in companies and DFLabs.
4. All of the above will help to lay the foundations for a permanent and active European network of sustainability design.


European policy

The project promotes the creation and consumption of sustainable products and services, in line with European circular economy policies. The aim of this policy is to find common solutions that help minimise the environmental impact of consumption and reduce resource use.

Design plays a key role in developing innovative solutions to current issues – solutions that take end-user needs into account and integrate sustainability criteria into processes and strategies for creating products and services.

Role House of Design
House of Design is involved as a design platform. We connect designers and our projects to the training. The ‘Fryske Trui’ has been used as a best practise case and students have been working on the circular projects Biocup and BeeStreet.
We added human centered design to the project and worked on the social connection.



Where: partners from Spain, Zweden, Ireland and the Netherlands
When: nov 2016 – nov 2019
Partners: An university, design centre and design company in every country.
universities: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC), University of Limerick (UL), NHL University of Applied Sciences (NHL) and Linköping University (LiU).
design centra: Barcelona Design Centre (BCD), Institute of Designers of Ireland (IDI), House of Design (HoD), Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID).
companies: NutCreatives (NutC), One Off, Better Future Factory (BFF), Habermann Design & Development (HD&D).
+ creative labs: Frisian Design Factory in Leeuwarden and Ajuntament BCN Ateneu Fab in Barcelona.
Financial support: Erasmus +
Website: circulardesigneurope.eu
Tags: education, innovation, circular, learning by doing.