Ezio Manzini's lecture is based on more than ten years of experience in 48 DESIS Labs around the world. It presents design guidelines that clarify the scope for action in the city and promote the sustainability of projects. The first step is to work on a common vision of the city that will provide the basis for the participatory city scenario. These scenarios can focus on different areas such as "design for social cohesion", "design for community regeneration", "design for urban production" or "design for urban infrastructure".

Ezio Manzini is an Italian design academic and author known for his work on design for social innovation and sustainability. He is Professor of Design at the University Politecnico di Milano, Professor of Design at the University of the Arts London and currently Distinguished Professor of Design for Social Innovation at ELISAVA and Visiting Professor at Tongji University and Jiangnan University. Manzini is the founder of DESIS, the international network for Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability: desis-network.org.

Latest publications by Ezio Manzini: Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation, The MIT Press, 2015; Politics of the Everyday, Bloomsbury, 2019

The DESIS network has its roots in three international programmes in the period 2006-2008: the European research programme EMUDE, 2005; the UNEP programme CCSL, 2008 and the international conference "Changing the Change", as part of the Turin World Design Capital programme, 2008. Since September 2014, DESIS has been a non-profit and cultural association with the aim of promoting design for social innovation at universities with design discipline, in order to generate useful design knowledge and initiate meaningful social change in cooperation with other interest groups.

Roundtable / 18.30 – 19.30

The opening lecture by Ezio Manzini will be accompanied by a roundtable that will enable the exchange of experience and ideas between different generations, in particular on the support, improvement and orientation of ongoing projects. Ezio Manzini will discuss social innovation with young activists from Berlin and Italy. The audience is cordially invited to participate actively in this exchange of experiences.


Ezio Manzini, Founder of DESIS Network

Bianca Elzenbaumer, Co-founder of La Foresta - Accademia di comunità and

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at EURAC Research (IT)

Marco Clausen, Co-Founder Prinzessinnengärten and Neighbourhood Academy, Berlin

Charlotte Marabito & Tomma Hinrichsen, UdK students Design & Social Context involved in participation projects at Tempelhof Airport 

Ineke Hans, Designer and Professor for Design & Social Context at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and Moderator of the roundtable


The Eco Social Food PerformanceFood For Thought by La Foresta will follow.

Design Talk: Design for collaborative cities - Weaving people and places in fluid urban spaces

Lecture | Performance | Panel discussion

Offers for: Adults
Date: Wed 26.06.2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Kulturforum
Meeting point: Vortragssaal Kunstgewerbemuseum
Price: Free of charge
Registration: no booking/prior registration required
Exhibition: Design Lab #4
Collection: Kunstgewerbemuseum
Event serie: Event series

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