Finland, Lahti, Lahti DESIS Lab in LAB University of Applied Sciences

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Lahti DESIS Lab in LAB University of Applied Sciences

City: Lahti and Lappeenranta
Country: Finland
Coordinator: Kristiina Soini-Salomaa,
Operational manager: Principal Lecturer Mirja Kälviäinen,

Hosting institution:
LAB University of Applied Sciences, Mukkulankatu 19, 15210 Lahti, +358 3 828 18, /

Background and objectives

LAB University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary higher education institution located in the city of Lahti and Lappeenranta. Regionally and internationally LAB UAS is particularly recognised for its design and circular economy know-how.
The research, development and innovation activities have been profiled to four strategic focus
areas: Design, Sustainability, Innovations and Health. The design focus area deals with integration of design expertise into societal and cultural development, economic competitiveness, circular economy and well-being.

Primary research areas and activities

During the last years, RDI activities at the Institute of Design have increased rapidly. The need for design expertise in the various development areas has grown together with the expectations of broader design competence of professionals. In the past, design expertise was focused more on product design. Now the strong emphasis is on systemic, user-oriented and strategic approaches.
One of the main tasks in our RDI projects is to increase the understanding and use of design for sustainable future.
The key themes in the design focus area are sustainable design solutions, sustainable living, design for behavioral change, smart design and communication and arts for radical thinking. The urgency of the planetary boundaries and climate change impact calls for actions to change the consumption habits typical in the developed countries. The sustainable consumption change requires new systems and solutions of satisfying our needs in the consumption areas of housing, energy and water use, mobility, food and products and services. Design for sustainable behaviour change includes tools to make a change in consumer lifestyle choices and make it easy for the consumers to notice and adapt the environmentally low impact solutions.

List of projects and research

  • City as a Service 2019-2021
    Funding: European Regional Development Fund
    We develop and pilot the city services together with the businesses by using design methods to become more user-oriented. We design co-creation models for service development between public sector, private sector and innovation universities and improve the understanding and capabilities of City of Lahti employees regarding customer service processes.
  • Askel- Co-developing services for sustainable living 2020-2021
    Funding: European Regional Development Fund
    The project aims to facilitate citizens in adapting new, low-carbon services, improve SME´s capabilities to produce them in reforming markets and strengthen the connection between demand and supply by supporting co-design of citizen and enterprises in developing of new services. The service concepts are selected and developed in collaboration with citizen community and service providers by interviewing citizens, arranging workshops and a discussion event.
  • KISU – Longer life and recyclability by circular design 2019-2021
    Funding: European Regional Development Fund
    Circular design, which is one of the main principles of the circular economy, has a key role in designing long lasting products that are also applicable for closed loop systems. The project focuses on using such product designs and design processes which make products’ life longer and as recyclable as possible. The target of this project is to raise awareness and understanding of Circular design-based product design.


  • Kristiina Soini-Salomaa
  • Mirja Kälviäinen
  • Minna Liski
  • Harri Heikkilä
  • Sara Ikävalko
  • Kati Kumpulainen
  • Katariina Mäenpää
  • Anniina Ruokamo
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