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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.

SIMPACT - Kick Off Meeting

SIMPACT with its 11 partners from nine European countries advances the understanding of social innovation’s economic dimensions, creates new concepts, models and instruments for policy makers, innovators, investors and intermediaries. It systematically investigates how social innovations can enable the most vulnerable in society to become economic assets, integrating critical analysis of current and previous work with future-oriented methodologies, new actionable knowledge and continual stakeholder participation.

Public & Collaborative: Designing Services for Housing

Within the activities of the Public and Collaborative DESIS Cluster, it has been published the 80-page report, created in partnership with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

The 3rd DESIS Japan Meeting Tokyo, 30/11-1/12/2013

The establishment of a sustainable society on a global scale is an urgent challenge for today’s society. Bold social reforms are thus sought to accomplish this. DESIS is a worldwide network which has been organized to play an important role in the recognition and promotion of design with regard to this.

TRANSITIONS: Project announcement and calls for Social Innovation proposals to be scaled up in 6 Scaling Centres

Dear DESIS community,
we are delighted to announce that the POLIMI-DESIS Lab is one of the consortium partners of TRANSITION - Transnational Network for Social Innovation Incubation, a 30-month 7FP-EU funded project aiming at scaling up 300 Social Innovations across Europe.

BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Shenzhen

Do not miss the opportunity to visit the section “Designing the Urban-Rural Interaction”, curated by Lou Yongqi, of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. It is an amazing collection of projects to connect the city to the agricultural countryside in the name of sustainability of food and life.

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The full series of open lectures are available at DESIS Public & Collaborative initiative website (http://www.desis-clusters.org). 

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