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  • by Ezio Manzini
    The on-going transition asks for diffuse design capabilities. And therefore for an original knowledge: design knowledge capable to feed the broad co-design processes that will have to drive the needed socio-technical changes. Where and how is this design knowledge produced? Where and how will it be produced in future, given that the demand for it will inevitably grow in the transition towards sustainability? The traditional answer falls on the existence of (and need to develop) public and private research centers. However, in my view, this answer is incomplete, and more importantly it leads us to think that the design research we are talking about can be limited to a few research professionals. In a connected world this is no longer so. In a connected world designing networks also tend to become design research networks: research networks that produce “constructive enquiry” at their nodes.

  • by Anna Meroni, International Coordinator
    Dear DESISers, it seems that the (im)possible mission of turning DESIS into an Association is almost accomplished: the “constitution paper” with the new statute of DESIS signed by the initial founding members is about to be back at home in Politecnico for the formal establishment of the association. This means that soon we can start with the formal applications by the existing Labs and with the requests for application of the new labs that are in the pipeline. But, we do not want to make it just a formal act. We aim to make it an opportunity to update the network about what’s going on in the different labs and to open up new challenges.

Designers telling stories & making meaning Politecnico di Milano, 12th May

Politecnico di Milano, Design Academy Eindhoven and MAD Faculty/LUCA are organising the next DESIS Philosophy Talk that will take place the next 12th of May in Politecnico di Milano. Starting in Dublin in November 2013, and continuing the discussion in Eindhoven in February 2014, in these past two editions of Storytelling and Design for Social Innovation we have been researching upon the idea of storytelling and what we can learn from taking a philosophical perspective. In this third session we will focus on the role of storytelling in the practice of design for social innovation as enabling the act of opening up in our contemporary society underexplored ranges of meanings.

Emerging Practices: Design Research and Education Conference 2014

In this new era, design must, and is currently being, redefined. Social and economic changes impel designers to “think bigger.” For the design discipline, the expanding roles and tools of design make it more possible than ever to connect and to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge within the social and economic context, and to tackle real world problems. Moreover, during the course of blurring the boundaries between professions and developing new approaches, design explores the new frontier by dealing with matters that center around goodness, happiness, and wellbeing of the entire human community. Design is immersed in values that were not even recognized a couple of decades ago, and the legitimization of design will now be measured more on how it can enable us to survive on this planet. Such emerging design practices and thoughts raise the bar for design knowledge, in terms of its breadth, depth, and complexity. The areas where they start to grow, especially the intersections between design professions, approaches, and values, merit a closer examination.

Aveiro CUMULUS Conference

Dear all,
kindly hosted by the Cumulus Conference “What’s on” at Universidade de Aveiro – ID+, on May 8-10 2014, we have the opportunity to experiment with a new DESIS showcase, where the projects of the DESIS Labs will be presented and discussed in a brand new way. We wish to understand how this new way, based on the adoption of common issues as guidelines, can help generating transversal knowledge for further reflections. Have a look, if you like, to the DESIS editorials now on line for more considerations about this.

MILANO SOCIAL INNOVATION CITY 2015

Hai un’idea per migliorare la qualità della vita nella tua città?

MILANO SOCIAL INNOVATION CITY 2015

Hai un’idea per migliorare la qualità della vita nella tua città?
Hai i sintomi dell’innovatore sociale?
Vieni a scoprire il progetto TRANSITION per far fare un passo avanti alla tua idea!

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