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Responsible Innovation: TANGO, inter-generational dialogue for sustainable solutions

Responsible Innovation: TANGO, inter-generational dialogue for sustainable solutions

Solidarity and interaction between the generations are potential sources of social innovation and sustainable solutions for our ageing European societies. On this shared premise, three higher education establishments specialized in design have joined forces to take part in a collaborative venture, the TANGO project, presented to the public in Nantes, Milan and Helsinki.

Inter-generational dialogue as a driver of sustainable development…

Solidarity and harmonious co-existence, dialogue, social interaction, the transmission of knowledge and mutual understanding between the generations are all potential sources of social innovation and sustainable solutions for our ageing European societies.

In-situ workshop in the Kannelmäki quarter of Helsinki

On this premise, three European design schools, Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), the Department of Design at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and L’École de design, joined forces to get future budding designers working together, adopting a grass-roots and pragmatic approach. An in-situ workshop in the suburban quarter of Kannelmäki in Helsinki, innovative services co-designed with local inhabitants in Milan, discovering the personal experience of the elderly in Nantes were just some of the measures implemented. These different experiments were developed between September 2011 and autumn 2012.

Three exhibitions and a series of educational projects

The measures implemented and the result of this work can now be viewed by a wide audience thanks to a series of themed exhibitions organized successively in Nantes, European Green Capital 2013, Milan, during the Salone di Mobile, and Helsinki at the Design Museum. For each exhibition, different educational activities serve to bring together the generations.

Feedback report by Camille Dechartres and Marine Gaillardon

These exhibitions, together with the related educational activities, the feedback report and the document handed out to the public, even formed the basis of lessons for students from the three partner institutions. In line with the philosophy of the project, the whole system of presentation was designed with optimal durability and eco-design in mind. The feedback report, which will be produced to conclude the project, is published by Aalto Books, Aalto University’s publishing house.

TANGO 2011-2013 is a collaborative project carried out by Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), L’École de design Nantes Atlantique (Nantes, France) and Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) with the backing of the European Union’s Culture 2013 program.

TANGO Exhibition “Dialogues” organized in Nantes with the support of SAMOA Creative Arts Cluster

Open to the public from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 March inclusive. Opening times: 2.00-7.00pm.

TANGO Exhibition Milan: 9-14 April 2013

TANGO Exhibition Helsinki: 26 April-23 May 2013