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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.

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.

LongeviCity Call for Proposal

Dear DESIS partners,
in occasion of the Design Week 2014 we are organizing an Exhibition-Conference on "Longevicity" topic. We would like to exhibit all the project, product and service experiences which have been developed at an international level about Active Ageing topic. We send you a presentation of the concept for the initiative so you could understand the topic and the storytelling modalities which we would like to use.

DESIS Showcase Benelux



Dear friends and colleagues,

Social innovation and storytelling: DESIS philosophy talk #1

Emerging practices of design for social innovation are showing the relevance to make more extensive use of videos and narratives. Storytelling as such is becoming increasingly important for a variety of reasons. But what does storytelling mean? How can we make best use of it within the context of design for social innovation? Can storytelling be seen as that which facilitates the possibility for a public space to be opened up, where the commons can be re-destributed and where both dialogue and action can be shared and eventually lead to the construction of a higher quality public domain? Can it lead to the establishment of the pre-conditions for participation, condivision and dialogue to take place and lead to the co-design of a more participative society?
How can this eventually happen? How can we exclude a manipulative character in the way we make use of storytelling?


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

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