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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.

Call for proposals: CCPH 13th Conference "From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships"

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is convening the 13th International Conference, from April 30 to May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. At a time when community-campus partnerships are increasingly recognized as vital to solving our most pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges, the CCPH conference promises to be our best yet as hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world convene for four days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting.

eBook Sustainable street 2030

Walking down the street of a sustainable city in 20 years from now…was the vision that came up to design this toolkit for collaborative scenario building. Pulling ourselves out of our daily contexts and current mindsets to envision the future in an open and creative way is one of the bottlenecks in participative forward-looking activities.

Design and Research Tender, Practical Tools for Social Innovation and International Development

This project, co-funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is to develop a toolkit for development practitioners and social innovators that provides practical materials to support activity at each phase of innovation from discovery through to scaling and growth. The product will be co-branded with the Rockefeller Foundation and licensed under Creative Commons. Innovation Skills are looking for a multi-disciplinary consortium that can demonstrate deep understanding of the task at hand, and expertise and capacity to deliver across a diverse set of international development, design, research and production requirements.


DeSForM: Call for Papers and Demos

8th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement.
Since the first DeSForM conference, the field of design has been changing a lot, but not as much as it should have, to respond to significant societal changes. One important external change is the development and widespread application of social computing. Social media fundamentally change the relationships between people and it changes their behavior. This is significant for design and at DerSForM 2013 we ask: how should design respond. Any innovative system, service, or related product is a combination of material concepts and digital concept. Material form-giving and digital form-giving. Which are the new tools that the design research community will offer to cope with this new complexity?

"The UK prime minister has announced a multi-million pound prize fund designed to solve some of the world's most pressing problems"

"The UK prime minister has announced a multi-million pound prize fund designed to solve some of the world's most pressing problems" - but will this be a search for 'magic bullets' or an opportunity to pilot more systemic human centred approaches?



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