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  • by Ezio Manzini
    I will introduce here Design When Everybody Designs (MIT Press, 2015). If I dare to do it, it is because I wrote this book mainly for DESIS and the DESIS-like communities. And, most importantly, because it will not exist without DESIS. That is, without the conversations I have had with several DESIS friends and colleagues and without the design knowledge they built with their projects and the collective reflections on them. Saying that, I do not mean that the whole DESIS community should share what this book proposes: the DESIS value is largely given by the variety ideas we can find in it. What this book aims to do is to work as platform for deeper discussions: a trigger and a facilitator for new generative conversations. That is, for the production of a new design culture.

  • by Anna Meroni
    Dear all, it’s a great pleasure to announce that DESIS has now become a cultural association, within the meaning of Art. 36 Italian Civil Code. The Art.1 of our new Statute affirms that our purpose “is to promote design for social innovation in higher education institutions with design discipline so as to generate useful design knowledge and to create meaningful social changes in collaboration with other stakeholders. The Association pursues its purpose by supporting the scientific research in the field of the design fostering and maintaining the exchange of scientific information and views among the members and with other institutions, exchange of scientists, promotion of young scientists (doctoral students) and use of existing research infrastructures.

Unmaking Waste: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place

Hosted by Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, University of South Australia, Adelaide, May 21-24, 2015




Four Weekends – Four Locations –Four Networking Events Parallel Crossings, Film festival for Social Innovations and Sustainability in Berlin From the 5th until the 28th of September

From the 5th until the 28th of September Parallel Crossings a unique Film Festival on Social Innovation and Sustainability is taking place in Berlin screening film productions which move around issues like gentrification, media activism, food, shifting cities and more.

DESIS has endorsed the initiative and will participate by screening short films produced at the interior of the DESIS Lab in Parsons NY and Pasadena, DesignMatters in California. The project developed by the IMAGIS group at Milan Polytechnic:
DESIS IN THE MIRROR will also be presented.

Call for paper: CUMULUS Milan 2015 Conference. The Virtuous Circle. June 3-7, 2015

Extended deadline for Submission of Full Papers: Monday, 24 November 2014


Dear DESIS community,


Philosophy Talk: Cultures of Resilience: 18th September 2014, Cape Town

Resilience (i.e. system’s capacity to cope with stress and failures without collapsing and learning from the experience) is today a widely used and discussed term. Until now, this has been done considering mainly its technical, economic, functional dimensions. This kind of discussions is important, but is not enough. If resilience must be a characterizing feature of every potential future society, its cultural dimension must be considered too: which cultures are coherent with a resilient society? And, in turn, which cultures can promote a resilient and sustainable society? In particular: how do the meanings of time and future change? And what about the one of development?

DESIS Association general assembly

The next CUMULUS Conference in Johannesburg, on September 22-24 (, will be a very good opportunity to share and align our initiatives.

It will be also the opportunity for the first DESIS general Assembly on September 22 in the afternoon and for the first extensive debate around the on-going projects of the network, described using the new template which aim is to facilitate the emerge of transversal knowledge about what design can do for social innovation.


The full series of open lectures are available at DESIS Public & Collaborative initiative website ( 

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