MADE.PT  Critical Design Lab for Growth and Prosperity

DESCRIPTION
“MADE.PT” laboratory focuses its scientific activity on the Design project (Research through Design), conciliating theory with practice, in a critical expression that expands the knowledge of the discipline.
KEYWORDS
Research through Design
Mapping the design ecosystem in Portugal
Vertical Integration of Design in Institutions
Promotion of Porto/North Region as a Design Hub
STRUCTURE

Group Coordinator elected by the Scientific Committee, two-year renewable term;
Scientific Committee formed by all integrated members;
Project coordinators emerge out of the projects themselves, or if necessary, appointed by the SC;
Plenary: Periodic meetings with all the members of this group, are set at least twice a year.

STAFF
Integrated researchers (PhD)
Francisco Maria Mendes de Seiça da Providência Santarém
Álvaro José Barbosa de Sousa
Ana Rita Moutinho Coelho
António Modesto da Conceição Nunes
Cláudia regina da silva gaspar de melo albino
Eduardo Filipe Valente Cunha da Silva Aires
Eduardo Jorge Henriques Noronha
Joana Maria Ferreira Pacheco Quental
Luís Filipe Leal Ferreira Mendonça da Fonseca
Luís Miguel Marques Ferreira
Luís Nuno Coelho Dias
Maria de Fatima Teixeira Pombo
Maria João Lopes Guerreira Félix
Rui Carlos Ferreira Cavadas da Costa
Vasco Afonso da Silva Branco
Vítor Manuel Quelhas Alves de Freitas
Integrated researchers (no-PhD)
Ana Miriam Duarte Reis da Silva
André Luiz Batista Abrahão
António José de Jesus Gomes
Diogo José Frias Rodrigues e Riobom Queirós
Joana Ivónia Salgado Santos
José Augusto Rodrigues de Sousa Coelho
José Miguel Carvalho Cardoso
Lígia Afreixo Ferreira Madureira da Silva
Liliana Marisa Carraco Neves
Maria Olinda Carneiro Martins
Marlene Ferreira Ribeiro
Pedro Nuno Bandeira Maia
Raquel Bento Monteiro Gomes
Renata Maia Arezes
Rita Maldonado Branco
Roberto Osvaldo Gerhardt
Silvina Luisa Rodrigues Félix da Silva
Tânia Sardinha Vieira
Valéria Boelter
Yago Weschenfelder Rodrigues
Other researchers
Barbara Araujo
Cristiane Schifelbein de Menezes
Dijon Moraes Júnior
Donato Ricci
João Manuel Nunes Tavares Nunes
José Augusto Fernandes Leite
Laís Guaraldo
Liliana Cristina Marques Soares e Aparo
Maria da Conceição de Oliveira Lopes
Mário Augusto Bismarck Paupério de Almeida
Mécia Sara de Sá Ramos
Noémia Cristina Herdade Gomes dos Santos Ferreira
Paulo Alexandre Tomé Rosado Bago d ́Uva
Raquel Balsa de Sousa
Renato Jorge Costa Lopes Bispo
Sandra Cerqueira Cruz
Syomara dos Santos Duarte Pinto
OBJECTIVES
The group’s objective is to produce knowledge about the European economic fabric, namely by intervening in the national productive park, capable of affirming the inheritance of Portuguese cultural heritage as the grounds of identity and diversity, evidenced in the brand “made in Portugal”. Considering the industrial nature (SMEs) of the North?s economic fabric, as well as the strategic intention to increase the efficiency between research and project practice, we verify that the contributions of science have been centred on technological transfer and in the knowledge of, and adaptation to, the markets, being that in the future they should focus instead on the cultural qualification of the designed product through the valorisation of its symbolic function.

It is urgent to promote a new industrialisation driven by social and environmental knowledge, which will be reflected in a more responsible, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.
The characterisation of the actions to be developed in this context implies a close collaboration between Academia, the productive fabric and society, that results from a verticalisation of design in organisations, a condition for social promotion through development, and economic and cultural prosperity.

The laboratory highlights the discipline of Design as a driving force for action in a sustainable market system, developing a creative economy and innovative production, framed in the scientific and economic ideals of Europe’s 2020 agenda, which recognises the importance of design for the resolution of the major social problems identified today.

MAIN
ACHIEVEMENTS
1. Art on Chairs
Paredes City Council has organized the Art on Chairs International Design Competition, with support from ID+, to foster the valuation of the industrial product through Design in the furniture industries. The idea was to hold a major event that would lend exposure to the productive capability of this municipality?s industrial potential and, at the same time, to be able to point out innovative and original solutions geared to the industrial production of wood chairs. The participation in this project allowed familiarity with the wood furniture industries, its context and reality. Experience and know-how was gathered about a) the productive wood furniture system, b) the relations (or lack of it) between designers and enterprises (at different levels of the productive chain), c) the expression of Portuguese furniture in the national and international markets. Art on Chairs received the Regiostars award by the European Commission in 2014.

2. CIDES.PT
The Interpretation Centre for Portuguese Design (CIDES.PT) aims to research, develop and evaluate new approaches to history, museology and museography of Design, focusing on Portuguese Design, as a case study. The focus on Portuguese Design is justified by the extent of the heritage of communication artefacts, equipment and environment, presently dispersed about the country and at risk of disappearing into oblivion, and the opportunity to improve Portuguese Design?s image internationally.

3. Geodesign
The Geodesign project aims to implement innovative products with a strong design component, focused on architecture (especially at the hotel and urban furniture level), using innovative materials. Combining the use of industrial waste from the Northern Region of Portugal with a high quality Design and intense R & D activity, it is proposed the development of products that respond to new market trends, thus developing artefacts of high aesthetic and functional quality, aimed at the architectural world, very receptive to aesthetically attractive products due to their differentiating characteristics, sophistication and low cost, responding both to the desire of the consumer and to the international standards in force.