Penin, Lara

Penin, Lara

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

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Areas of Expertise:
Service Design; Sustainable Design, Design and Social Innovation, Transdisciplinary Design
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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