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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.

Master level program in Social and Collaborative Housing: Designing, planning and managing the contemporary housing

The program is organized by the consortium and supported by the School of Design and the School of Civil Architecture, and by the Departments INDACO (Industrial Design, Arti, Comunicazione e Moda) and DPA (Progettazione

DESIS Korea launched

A new DESIS local branch was initiated in South Korea. On November 23rd, 2011, DESIS Korea was officially launched at Seoul National University where initial members and partners gathered and celebrated its birth together. Professor Ezio Manzini joined the launching event to give an opening speech followed by brief introduction of the members and the parters on their current projects and interests. The participants include Seoul National University (SNU), Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Yonsei University, the Hope Institute (a social innovation think tank), Green Plus U (a NGO that promotes “Green Mind”), and Design Oneness Mission Center (DOMC).


AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WORDS: chapters 4 and 5

Chapter 4: ELASTI-CITY

On a sustainable world the quality of: elasticity seems mandatory, along with joy and health; like in this case that our colleague Elif Küçüksayraçfrom ITU University in Istanbul shares in her view for this edition of Around the World in 80 Words.

Chapter 5: Love for Nippon

Even if nowadays mass media gives priority to new 'news', the Tsunami-episode in Japan hasn't vanished.
We don't know how the cooling of the reactor ended up or how is the Nation moving forward. What we do know is that efforts have made people 'happier'.

DESIS FRIENDS: PERL - Call for Videos

“Life in 2020: your creative vision”- 2012 Video Competition for Students:

Moving towards more responsible lifestyles

_Are you a student and interested in the power of images / multimedia?

_Are you concerned about sustainability and responsible lifestyles, and how your own behaviour could have consequences for now and the future?

Then take action NOW by creating a 60-second VIDEO for


This year, in its 4th edition, the international Communitarian Film and Video Festival, Ojo Al Sancocho, based in Bogotá, kindly opened a space for DESIS to share visions and enable dialogue regarding the role of representing active communities using the tools of communication design.

DESIS, in specific the Films and Video Chapter participated in 2 Forums....


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

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