LeNS Project

LeNSin, the International Learning Network of networks on Sustainability (2015-2019), is an EU-supported (ERASMUS+) project involving 36 universities from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Central America, aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society for all.

LeNSin Partners


  • Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Design Dept., Italy
  • Aalto University (Aalto ARTS), Finland
  • Brunel University London(UBRUN), UK
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), Netherlands
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)
  • Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Indian Istitute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati)
  • Tsinghua University
  • Hunan University (HNU)
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South africa
  • Stellenbosch University (SUN), South Africa
  • Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM)
  • Universidad del Valle de México (UVM)

Associate Partners

  • Londrina State University
  • Fluminense Federal University
  • Federal University of Alagoas
  • Federal University of Uberlândia
  • Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • C.A.R.E. School of Architecture
  • Pandit Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Istitute of Information Technology
  • Indian Istitute Of Technology Gandhinagar
  • Goa College of Architecture
  • Hunnarshala Foundation for Building Technology & Innovations
  • Vastu Shilpa Foundation
  • Wuhan University of Technology
  • Jiangnan University
  • The University of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Beijing Information Science and Technoplogy University
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Guangzhou academy of fine arts
  • Tongji University
  • Farm and Garden National Trust
  • Cape Craft and Design Institute NPC
  • Universidad National Autónoma Metropolitana
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México


is an international network of Higher Education Institutions aimed at the development and the diffusion of the design for sustainability discipline in worldwide curricula with a multipolar, open and copyleft ethos.
Today the network counts 136 universities/institutions form 26 countries organised in the following 14 regional networks:
LeNS_Africa, LeNS_Brasil, LeNS_Colombia, LeNS_Argentina, LeNS_Mexico, LeNS_Perù, LeNS_Oceania, LeNS_China,
LeNS_India, LeNS Iran, LeNS_Vietnam, LeNS_EU german countries, LeNS_Italy and LeNS_Europe.

LeNSin Manifesto

A new ethos for a design community: towards an open source and copy left learning-by-sharing attitude/action.

We, the undersigned, aware of both the urgent changes required by sustainable development, the potential role of design (and design thinking) in promoting system innovation in the way we produce, consume and interact, as well as the opportunities offered by the ever more interconnected society, propose the adoption and diffusion of a new ethos within a worldwide design community:

To view design as a unique multi-polar learning community promoting, enabling and activating any possible learning-by-sharing process aiming at effective knowledge osmosis and cross-fertilisation in design for sustainability in an open and copy left ethos.

We, the undersigned, commit our selves in such an ethos, trying our best to apply this in our daily life as individuals or representatives of institutions in the design community.

In relation to our competencies and possibilities we will make our acquired knowledge to be, as far as possible, freely and easily accessible in a copy left and open source modality (while safeguarding our authorship and scientific recognised publication activity), that enable others in the design community to acquire them free of charge,
with the possibility to replicate, modify, remix and reuse, through e.g. adopting creative commons licences.

As researchers, this knowledge includes our acquired research knowledge base (e.g. papers, books, etc.) and knowhow (e.g. methods and tools).
As educators, this knowledge includes our educational resources (slideshows, texts, video of lecture, educational support tools, etc.)
As designers and design thinkers, this knowledge includes the design for sustainability concept proposal of products, services, systems and scenarios, as well as a knowhow they used to design them.
We commit our selves to seek the commitment of other individuals or institutions in such an ethos within the design community. In relation to our competencies and possibilities we will:

do our best to commit individuals such as researchers, educators, professional designers and design thinkers as well as institutions such as research institutions, design schools, and designer?s associations to adopt the same ethos
do our best to generate and/or enable open learning networking of sustainability of design researchers, design educators, professional designers and design thinkers.