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The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) organises Sustainable Innovation 2011, an international event which provides a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to sustainability, innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Sustainable Innovation 2011 includes invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technology providers, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event represents a unique learning experience, networking space and opportunity for blue-sky ‘out of the office’ thinking.
The Centre for Sustainable Design, established in 1995 in Farnham, Surrey, UK, has led and participated in a range of high quality research projects and has organised more than a hundred conferences, workshops and training courses focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability.

The topics for the 2011 edition are the following:

Radical change
Collaborations and partnerships
Market transformation
Supply chain management
Sustainable Consumption & Production
Innovation processes
Low carbon economy
Design Strategies
Product policy
New business models
‘Open’ innovation
Tools & Methodologies
Organisational dimensions
Biomimicry
Management systems
Case studies

Sustainable Innovation 2011 will be held from the 24th to the 29th October in Farham (UK); it will provide a range of benefits to speakers and delegates, such as unique forum for new ideas and concepts, leading-edge presentations from leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, as well as an opportunity for networking with business, government and academia.

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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2011 “‘State of the Art‘ in Sustainable Innovation & Design”

Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences

16th International Conference
24th – 25th October 2011
Farnham Castle
Farnham
UK

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We are glad to announce that Gabriele Centazzo, president of Valcucine receives the “Premio dei Premi per l’Innovazione” selected from the ADI Design Index 2010 “for the social and ecological awareness with which Valcucine, a company that expresses a business culture based on ethics, environmental friendliness and innovation, has been managed since the eighties .
The prize has been given to this commitment as an example for businessmen and designers to the aim of encouraging attention to sustainability as a method to be adopted, together with formal and functional research, in planning and producing design products.” The privileged location for the prize-giving ceremony is the Quirinal Palace where the prize will be awarded personally by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. This prestigious prize, established by the Ministry of public administration and innovation, is aimed at sustaining business initiatives in many sectors, rewarding creative activities so that a culture of change and innovation can be developed in our country. The Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation, Renato Brunetta, has listed ADI amongst the reference associations for the Prize because of the value of the selections made by the Compasso d’Oro, that has been promoting Italian design for over 50 years, putting the innovative qualities of the project and of the product to the fore.

For us, the “Premio dei Premi” is the crowning achievement at the end of a thirty-year long path paved with genius and passion: an important award for a manufacturing company whose profit is, above all, the consequence of an ethical and cultural process. We have always been guided by Nature that inspires the potentials to be expressed as well as the limits to be respected. Our design is an “intellectual” one in which aesthetics and plenty of creativity go hand-in-hand and in which research into useful and beautiful things combines with respect for Man and for the environment.

brera design district

From April 2011 Milan becomes the world design centre once again thanks to its districts, its circuits and its routes full of initiatives and turmoil. The Brera area stands out as one of the most vital and interesting centres of the Milan panorama thanks to the many galleries and numerous showrooms that enliven its streets.
Convinced of the contribution it can give to the development and growth of this area as a cultural, art and design pole, we are proud to be the main sponsor of the Brera Design District.
In this spirit the Valcucine showroom in Corso Garibaldi 99 is a space unique in its kind and becomes a landmark in the Brera area and for the Fuorisalone, which is a platform and a support system for companies, organizations, private or associations for the development, production, promotion and the communication of Fuorisalone events, offering various services to the world of design and to the townspeople.

Brera Design District is also the launching pad of the Valcucine spirit: a place dedicated to art, to events, to moments in which people can meet and exchange information. At the same time it is a shop window through which one can learn about product novelties, in which one can admire the installations exhibited and consult the EcoBook Shop dedicated to volumes of bio-architecture and ecology. During the Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition it will also be the Brera Design District’s PRESS POINT.

Synthesis, transformation, expression of the possible creative paths of tomorrow: Valcucine offers projects that go beyond the kitchen space giving life to Valcucine Living and to the brand new Valcucine Laundry, the star of the layout that Valcucine has prepared for this edition in collaboration with AEG for the household appliances and davidegroppi for the lighting.
Valcucine Laundry
is not just a product but is an additional real service for the design population of Milan: in fact, those who will visit the BDD website will have the opportunity of personally using LAUNDRY during those days!

All these projects are based on the commitment to design in an eco-compatible way: respect for life and for quality that is expressed through industry’s responsibility towards the society of the present and of the future and that stimulates the company to take an active part in the cultural and social promotion of the territory it is based on.


The Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies issued a Call of Entries for the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD, founded in 1950 in Chicago by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kaufmann Jr. Every year the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD contest gives special recognition to the designers and companies that achieve design excellence to promote a healthier and more sustainable environment by means of their innovative products. The prize given by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, was awarded in New York by an authoritative and expert jury made up of internationally renowned designers and company directors of the sector . The aim of the award is to bring a public appreciation and awareness of a new design paradigm led by a current generation of visionary architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, individuals, and private and public institutions. Designs admitted to the award are based upon the ideals of energy conservation, the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases, the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels, and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s energy resources. Many different categories of professionals can aply: visionary architects, industrial designers, landscape architects, urban planners, developers, building owners, manufacturers, institutions, organizations, corporations, and governments-together with their new building designs, urban planning projects, landscape architecture, products and graphics, new technologies, public programs and services, and people for outstanding new innovation, commitment, dedication, and preservence in finding sound design solutions for a more healthier and more sustainable global environment.

Valcucine was selected for the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD with the Invitrum 100% system, the first fully recyclable glass base unit with recycled aluminium parts and a single, 10 mm thick, structural side panel. This product fully expresses Valcucine’s philosophy, i.e. that of a company whose work method is based on a system that balances the use and the restoration of environmental resources and that saves on raw materials by favouring a design focused on dematerialisation, recyclability and the reutilisation of products at the end of their lifespan. This is a new challenge within the prestigious GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD. This International award is an important token to the effort Valcucine has always put into the creation of innovative and functional products in which design, technology and the pursuit of beauty blend with the respect for, and the utmost attention paid to, the environmental emergency: these are some of the winning qualities of this company that has based its philosophy on the aforementioned mainstays and considers these commitments to be real civil and personal responsibilities.

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