Physical environments that promote innovative processes

Driving innovative processes in the green sector requires great capacity if one is aiming to compete globally. In this context, innovative environments play an important role.

D1972C aerial photograph John Deere Harvester Works factory, East Moline, Illinois Photo credit Aerial Archives / Alamy Stock Ph / Deere & Co, P. Frankelius

Innovative environments are growing around the world. Both collective environments and individual companies create their own innovation environment, sometimes in the form of buildings called "innovation centers".

Based on human needs, this project will set out a number of criteria for physical environments to support innovative processes. The method includes studies of agtech-related environments that we know have generated innovation - but also interesting environments from other sectors. Examples of concepts we use in the analysis are moodboards, which describe the mood or feeling of a place or in a room. As we define innovation as both development (of something fundamentally new) and entry into markets, we will not only study environments that support development but also environments that support entry. The latter can be about inspiring environments where new products and concepts are visualized with appetizing furnishings and modern technology. We also consider temporary environments such as booths at trade fairs.

The project is run by House by Stark AB, Väderstad, Sankt Kors Real Estate and Linköping University.