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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.

DESIS Japan_ Preliminary Steps at the Destination 2022 Design for Sustainability Conference in Japan

The 5th International Conference of Design for Sustainability, also known as Destination 2010-2022, will be held on February 26 and 27, 2011 in Yamagata city, northern part of Japan.


DESIS Cases New Wuxi and New Life (NeWu)

NeWu is an ongoing explorative framework project promoted by School of Design, Jiangnan University (JU) and other partners, stakeholders. It aims to promote new sustainable lifestyles with radical change towards sustainability by identifying, intervening and generating sustainable initials, proposals, projects for harmonious society in the area of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The project strategy is to define and network the diffused positive initials as the basic resource on one hand, and to generate and synergy the adapted new proposals towards the local problems on another. There are three basic elements in the framework project. They are “Urban everyday life”, “Rural-Urban relationship” and “Ubiquitous networking”. The first two are the approaches to reach the goal of project, the last one is the enabling technologies to do so.

Desis Newsletter 3 : News from our partners

The emergent DESIS Australia has started its engines with a series of discussions and events with which they aim at consolidating a big dot on the network.  As they describe themselves:??

DESIS India Forum and Kick-off Meeting

The first meeting organized under DESIS-India network, a round table discussion, held at Bangalore on 29th September 2010, was well attended with over 60 participants from diverse disciplines, professons and places. The meeting was well appreciated and it served its objective, as the first meeting, to exchange and share our views and experiences and importantly, develop the action plan for the next one year.


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

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