"Classification could help to understand what these spaces are, what their purpose is and how they work, and thus enlighten us on how each of these areas could be planned and designed to become a part of this environment."

Approaching a clear definition of innovation regarding the design of spaces is not something that can be taken lightly and overlooked. First, The author make clear

that the definitions of innovation are as

varied as the number of people who

asked what the correct definition is or published papers on the topic.


Since the current number and diversity

of definitions of innovation create

ambiguity and confusion, the author assumes the definition of innovation by recognizing that while creativity and invention are responsible for generating value, innovation is the art of capturing the added value that has been generated.

Book 1

What is innovation?

"We can understand the profile of an innovator—or an innovation team—as divided into two: the ones with abilities to discover or “creative,” and those who have more abilities to deliver or “declive.”."

The author suggests a classification of SFIs, mainly grounded on a new mixed approach that he founds more suitable, on one hand taking into account the epistemological approach that refers to our perception of physical and architectonic space, as suggested by Peschl and Fundneider (2014), and on the other hand based on the complexity of the environments

approached by Cohendet,

Grandadam and Simon (2010). 


His role in the classification has not only

been to organize them, but also to rename

or name, identify and improve the determination of their functions in relation to what should be understood as an SFI (Space for Innovation).

Book 2

Spaces for innovation?

"Toker (2004) states that the idea of creating informal common areas shared by several universities research centers do not necessarily enable information exchange. The main tendency of university researchers is to stay in their research territories (offices) and it is uncommon to see them using said common areas."

From the innovation perspective, it is evident that space can contribute to the productivity and efficiency of groups. Also, the design of the environment allows for the development of

unique abilities, as well the reconfiguration

of skills for the changing demands

of support and synergy between

complementary activities, according

to Moultrie, Nilsson,

Dissel, and Haner (2007).


They argue that various innovation

environments have been created

explicitly to promote efficient creative

processes by providing design-based spaces in

the different stages of the creative process. Such facilities may include spaces dedicated to exploring different ambiances enabling reflection and evaluation.

Book 3

How to build a SFI?

"Thus, as stated by Niosi (2003), without capital, there is no innovation. It requires a strong managing team to promote the quick success of businesses, along with a verifiable prototype and a good investor by your side."

Luis Angarita

About the author

Luis is an innovation expert currently based in Toronto, Canada, with CD&I Associates, advising clients worldwide, and faculty of OCAD University.

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