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.
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.
Bill Moggridge passed away on September 8th, 2012. His lifelong legacy and his beautiful smile will remain with us. Last time we met was six months ago, on March 2nd in New York, at the DESIS Philosophy Talk on social innovation, design and aesthetics. We discussed about beauty and Bill was creative, constructive and modest, like every time I met him.
From October 26th to November 4th, during Radical Design Week, one of the most notable design initiatives in Shanghai in 2012 will be held. There will be over 50 activities related to different aspects of design during the week. Heading all activities, DESIS Seminar will be the highlight.
The next Cumulus conference "Projecting design" will be hosted by Instituto Profesional DuocUC in Santiago (Chile) http://www.duoc.cl/cumulus2012/ and will dedicate a day to Innovation and Sustainability (November 15th, 2012). Within this context a DESIS Showcase will be hosted in order to show different cases of social innovation in Latin America (November 15th 2012- to be confirmed).
This event is an in-depth discussion of the notion of “public” in a context in which new forms of active and collaborative behaviors emerge. More precisely, it is based on the observation that contemporary social movements indicate the viability of a new relationship between citizens and the public realm: new socio-material assemblies where citizens and public agencies are engaged in a conversation on new services, their characteristics and in their practical production and delivery.