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  • by Ezio Manzini
    I will introduce here Design When Everybody Designs (MIT Press, 2015). If I dare to do it, it is because I wrote this book mainly for DESIS and the DESIS-like communities. And, most importantly, because it will not exist without DESIS. That is, without the conversations I have had with several DESIS friends and colleagues and without the design knowledge they built with their projects and the collective reflections on them. Saying that, I do not mean that the whole DESIS community should share what this book proposes: the DESIS value is largely given by the variety ideas we can find in it. What this book aims to do is to work as platform for deeper discussions: a trigger and a facilitator for new generative conversations. That is, for the production of a new design culture.

  • by Anna Meroni
    Dear all, it’s a great pleasure to announce that DESIS has now become a cultural association, within the meaning of Art. 36 Italian Civil Code. The Art.1 of our new Statute affirms that our purpose “is to promote design for social innovation in higher education institutions with design discipline so as to generate useful design knowledge and to create meaningful social changes in collaboration with other stakeholders. The Association pursues its purpose by supporting the scientific research in the field of the design fostering and maintaining the exchange of scientific information and views among the members and with other institutions, exchange of scientists, promotion of young scientists (doctoral students) and use of existing research infrastructures.

(New) Public Goods: Labs, Publics and Policies

Dear DESIS colleagues,

Designers telling stories & making meaning Politecnico di Milano, 12th May

Politecnico di Milano, Design Academy Eindhoven and MAD Faculty/LUCA are organising the next DESIS Philosophy Talk that will take place the next 12th of May in Politecnico di Milano. Starting in Dublin in November 2013, and continuing the discussion in Eindhoven in February 2014, in these past two editions of Storytelling and Design for Social Innovation we have been researching upon the idea of storytelling and what we can learn from taking a philosophical perspective. In this third session we will focus on the role of storytelling in the practice of design for social innovation as enabling the act of opening up in our contemporary society underexplored ranges of meanings.

Emerging Practices: Design Research and Education Conference 2014

In this new era, design must, and is currently being, redefined. Social and economic changes impel designers to “think bigger.” For the design discipline, the expanding roles and tools of design make it more possible than ever to connect and to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge within the social and economic context, and to tackle real world problems. Moreover, during the course of blurring the boundaries between professions and developing new approaches, design explores the new frontier by dealing with matters that center around goodness, happiness, and wellbeing of the entire human community. Design is immersed in values that were not even recognized a couple of decades ago, and the legitimization of design will now be measured more on how it can enable us to survive on this planet. Such emerging design practices and thoughts raise the bar for design knowledge, in terms of its breadth, depth, and complexity. The areas where they start to grow, especially the intersections between design professions, approaches, and values, merit a closer examination.

Aveiro CUMULUS Conference

Dear all,
kindly hosted by the Cumulus Conference “What’s on” at Universidade de Aveiro – ID+, on May 8-10 2014, we have the opportunity to experiment with a new DESIS showcase, where the projects of the DESIS Labs will be presented and discussed in a brand new way. We wish to understand how this new way, based on the adoption of common issues as guidelines, can help generating transversal knowledge for further reflections. Have a look, if you like, to the DESIS editorials now on line for more considerations about this.

MILANO SOCIAL INNOVATION CITY 2015

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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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