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.
What is innovation?
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).
Spaces for innovation?
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.