Penin, Lara

Penin, Lara

Lara Penin
PhD, Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication, Milan Polytechnic University
Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinary Design, School of Design Strategies, Co-founder Parsons DESIS (Design and Social Innovation for Sustainability) Lab; Parsons The New School for Design

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Areas of Expertise:
Service Design; Sustainable Design, Design and Social Innovation, Transdisciplinary Design
Profile:
Lara Penin coordinates the Service Design area of study in the BFA Integrated Design Program at Parsons. Penin was the principal investigator of a multi-year project of the DESIS Lab at Parsons (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab), “Amplifying Creative Communities,” which was awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund 2009. In 2012, Penin and the Parsons DESIS Lab worked with City Parks Foundation through Partnerships for Parks, a public/private program with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, in order to involve the local community in stewardship and conservation of their waterfront open spaces around the Soundview Park in the Bronx. The project (Amplify Soundview) was developed as a course at the Transdisciplinary Design MFA. Penin has worked on a number of projects dedicated to the research and modeling of sustainable ways of living through service design. Previously, she managed the project “Creative Communities for Sustainable Lifestyles” (2007-2008), under the United Nations Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles, focusing on sustainable ways of living in Brazil, India and China. Penin has lectured internationally and has a record of published papers and articles.
Courses Taught:
• Service City: Designing Public Services (Service Design Studio Core, Integrated Design program)
• Thesis Advising, MFA Program in Transdicisplinay Design
• Home Services: Live/Work/Study (Service Design Studio Core, Integrated Design program)
• Amplifying Social Innovation II, Intensive Studio at the Transdicisplinay Design MFA
• Amplifying Social Innovation I, Intensive Studio at the Transdicisplinay Design MFA
• Services and the City: Designing Gen Y Financial Services (Service Design Core Studio, Integrated Design program
• Home Services: New services for new lifestyles in NYC (Service Design Core Studio, Integrated Design program)
• Senior and Seminar Thesis 2, Design and Management program
• Senior and Seminar Thesis 1, Design and Management program
• Urban Services, Collab Studio, Integrated Design program
• Next_F Design Studio, Collab Studio. Integrated Design program
Recent Publications:
“Amplifying innovative sustainable urban behaviors. Defining a design-led approach to social innovation”. Book chapter in Crocker, R., and Lehmann, S. (2013) (Eds.) Behaviour Change, Consumption and Sustainable Design. Series: Sustainable Design. Earthscan / Routledge

“Beyond the service journey: How improvisation can enable better services and better service designers” Article published In Touchpoint The Journal of Service Design Vol.4 #2. Service Design Network, Cologne. Co-authored with Roger Manix.

“Designing in the Wild: Amplifying Creative Communities in North Brooklyn”. Paper delivered at Cumulus Helsinki Conference, Helsinki May 2012. Co-authored with Laura Forlano and Eduardo Staszowski

“A Critical Approach to Service Design Education: Building an Undergraduate Learning Path at Parsons School of Design Strategies.” Article published in Touchpoint The Journal of Service Design Volume 3 No.1. (2011)


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