A look back at our opening ceremony

The Design Spot was officially opened on December 5, 2017, in the presence of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Regional Council, Grégoire de Lasteyrie, mayor of Palaiseau, Christophe Gégout and Philippe Watteau of CEA List, Gilles Bloch, president of Université Paris-Saclay, and Vincent Créance, director of The Design Spot.

The purpose of the The Design Spot is to support the thousands of researchers, engineers and inventors in the Université Paris-Saclay ecosystem for their R&D projects so that they can meet the expectations of tomorrow’s society.

Design resources to connect research projects with market

“The design center will be home to various design-focused research activities and will provide researchers with the necessary resources to connect their research projects with market expectations and applications by leveraging the design discipline.” said Mr. Créance and Professor Bloch. Teaching will also be one of the Design Spot’s central activities, with students coming to learn more about design principles so they can integrate them into their projects.

An open environment for collaboration and knowledge sharing

The center comprises a flexible coworking space where researchers, industry representatives and students can easily work together, and a space for physical prototyping via the digital fabrication of “real objects”. This equipment will be made available to companies and researchers to facilitate their collaboration and the development of their research projects, with the help of designers, ergonomists, economists, sociologists, artists or a panel of users working in co-design mode.

“Our regional public policies must adopt the ‘design reflex’ and I also want to encourage this reflex in SMEs through our ‘Innov’up’ regional funding scheme. Île-de-France, with its internationally renowned schools and the strength of its designers, has all the resources it needs to be a ‘Design Valley.’ The Design Spot, with support from the Île-de-France Regional Council, will contribute to this goal,” said Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Regional Council.


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