Institutt for design



SCORE (Supporting Circular ecOnomy thRough Education) is an ERASMUS+ funded project to develop teaching material for secondary education aimed at increasing young people’s understanding of circular economy perspectives and green entrepreneurship opportunities. Together with partners from France, Spain and Lithuania, the project will design and test an adapted toolkit and pedagogical methodology for training the teachers of the targeted age group students in order to assure an efficient transfer of CE knowledge and skills. The project aims to do so by providing an open and innovative learning environment (online platform), developing tailored high-quality Open Education Resources (OER), adapted documents, contents, case-studies, best practices, using problem-based methodology. The project started up early 2022 and will run until the end of 2024. From the Department of Design, Casper Boks and Lucy Chamberlin are involved.

Narrating Sustainability is a cross-faculty NTNU internally funded project together with colleagues from the Department of Language and Literature and Department of Psychology. The project will explore how sustainability is narrated, contested, understood, and reimagined in literary studies, environmental psychology research, and design. The role of the Department of Design is to understand how narratives do, can and should play a role in designing interventions aimed at stimulating sustainable behavior and avoiding unsustainable ones. This will for example be done by exploring how do temporal elements play a role in this, linking knowledge and feelings about the past, and perceptions and visions about the future, to our present intentions and actions. The project will start up in August 2022 and run until 2025. From the Department of Design, Casper Boks and Kari Nixon are involved.

HolE-LIB – Developing a Holistic Ecosystem for Sustainable Repurposing and/or Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (LIBs) in Norway and EU. This is another cross-faculty NTNU internally funded project, where we focus on consumer and market research to understand customer acceptance of repurposed end-of-life batteries in various household/home/cabin application contexts. The project will start up in August 2022 and run until 2025. From the Department of Design, Leander Pantelatos and Casper Boks are involved.

Transdisciplinary Education for a Sustainable Society (SAMAJ) Samaj | Samaj NTNU and IOE.
Duration: January 2019 – December 2023, Financed by DIKU, Norpart project, Budget 4,9:  mio. NOK (580 000 USD) 
Partners: Project Leader Prof. Dr Martina Keitsch, Department of Design, Prof. Rolee Aryana, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning NTNU, Prof. Dr Sangeeta Singh, Institute of Engineering IOE, Tribhuvan University
The main purpose of the project is to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals in education and research. This has reciprocal value and potential for both IOE and NTNU, where the SGDs have become an important part of the university strategy plan 2018-2025. 
SAMAJ will create synergies between higher education and the Nepalese /Norwegian society through:  
•    transdisciplinary education via stakeholder collaboration
•    developing curriculum for Master students and PhDs for practice-based research. 
•    applying methods such as co- design, contextual case studies and fieldwork within existing communities of practices to enhance dialogue, mutual learning and respect.

Contact: Martina Keitsch. 

LASH FIRE – Legislative Assessment for Safety Hazards of Fire and Innovations in Ro-ro ship Environment (H2020, IA)
Project Coordinator: RISE, Sweden // Total project budget: € 13,5 mill // Project period: 01.09.19-31.08.23
Contact Thomas Porathe (NTNU)


Shore Control Lab - An advanced infrastructure at the intersection of human, technology, and organizational needs that aims to develop safer and more effective remote operations of tomorrow’s marine autonomous systems // Funded by NTNU AVIT
Contact Erik Veitch (NTNU)

rurALLURE – Promotion of rural museums and heritage sites in the vicinity of European pilgrimage routes (H2020, CSA)
Project Coordinator: Universidad De Vigo, Spain // Total project budget: € 3 mill // Project period: 01.01.21-31.12.23
Contact Ole E. Wattne (NTNU)

Kontakt: Brita Fladvad Nielsen


FUTURE PLANNERS - 2019-3-FR02-KA205-016565
Coordination Contact: Sophie Guenebaut, Le Laba
From 2020 – 2022 July, I have been participating on behalf of NTNU in the successful application of an ERASMUS+ Project: Future Planners Fostering Human Centred Urban Planning through Real and Effective Public Consultation. 7 Partners from Malta, Norway, Italy and France are involved in this project. The total grant for this project is 230700 Euro, of which NTNU-Design received 35922 Euro. The purpose of the project is:
•    ENGAGE young present and future professionals in architecture, design, urban development and political studies who will be EMPOWERED to be constructive contributors towards a more inclusive society both as members of the communities in which they will live and as upcoming professionals who may occupy decision making positions that may help society become more inclusive through dialogue and human centred urban development, 
•    CONNECT youths between themselves and with stakeholders in 6 local activities of real effective community consultation cycles in Bordeaux, Trondheim, Putignano, Perugia and Malta in which stakeholders representing various interest groups especially those who are vulnerable to exclusion and challenges will make constructive contributions towards new or prospective urban development projects about to be implemented by their decision makers in their areas and 
•    EMPOWER THE CAREER OF YOUTHS through a community based publication on "Real and Effective Community Engagement for more Human Centred and Inclusive Urban Projects" with contributions from the youths, youth leaders and stakeholders taking part in the public consultation cycles and by other professionals sharing an interest in the two major subject areas of the project ie. effective community consultation and human centred urban development. 
PLACE FOR PLAY - 2021-1-NO02-KA220-YOU-000029280
Coordination Contact: Andre Liem, NTNU
In October 2021, NTNU-ID has been awarded an EU ERASMUS+ project: “Youths´ Creative Solutions for Placemaking for Encounters at Children´s Playground”. The project is planned to start in the beginning of 2022. NTNU-ID will coordinate the project, involving the following 7 partners:  (1) VisMedNet Association, (2) Associazione Valida, (3) Akendiz University, (4) Associazione di Promozione Sociale Warrols,  (5) Urban Foxes, (6) Luleå Technical University (7) Le LABA. The project has been awarded a total grant, amounting EURO 279540.
PLACE FOR PLAY aims to involve young people in local and cross-border activities to bring in fresh ideas and approaches from various disciplines in the redesign re-allocation of childrens´ playgrounds as new renewed socialization and educational spaces by involving the communities concerned with public consultations, enabling a more open-mindedness by decision-makers and public institutions. The objectives of the projects are: 
•    To cultivate a new generation of  young professionals in architecture, urban design, design and culture management to engage in dialogues and be active citizens for the benefit of their respective communities,
•    To develop among young people a consciousness about the importance of human-centered urban development and design with respect to “Placemaking”,
•    To foster Knowledge and skills transfer between the youth sector and higher education through non-formal paths, cultivation of creative transfers, and legitimate peripheral participation,
•    To create places for social and cultural encounters to facilitate community education,
•    To establish a new methodology for improving young professionalism and youth employability through a blended learning path leading to the development of business ideas.
The results of the projects will be:
•    Creative solutions to the re-design of childrens´ playgrounds, where youth-driven collaboration processes focus on peer-learning activities and a close involvement of local communities and stakeholders in order to re-design and re-purpose public spaces into inclusive and vibrant spaces for education, cultural engagement and active citizenship
•    A joint digital publication on an adaptive model for placemaking for children playgrounds.

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Instituttleder Sara Brinch

Samspill: Brita Fladvad Nielsen

Form: Martin Høgh Olsen

Bærekraft: Ida Nilstad Pettersen

Teknologi: Eleftherious Papachristos