As one of the world's leading and provocative thinkers in design for sustainability, Ezio Manzini challenges us all to rethink the role of design and that of designers in contemporary society. He wants us to reimagine design's relationship to addressing social innovation and building a sustainable and resilient culture. For over three decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design, active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.
Currently, he is President of DESIS Network and Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano. He has been guest professor in several design schools world-wide, as (in the past decade): Elisava-Design School and Engineering (Barcelona), Tongji University (Shanghai), Jiangnan University (Wuxi), University of the Arts (London), CPUT (Cape town), and Parsons - The new School for Design (NYC). Ezio wrote many books and papers on service design and social innovation. His most recent books are: 'Design, When Everybody Designs', 'Politics of the Everyday’ and lately 'Livable Proximity’.
'Networks of care. A new generation of services'
We are going through a profound and multiple crises. This can be viewed and discussed from different points of view. In this lecture Ezio allows you to focus on the relationship between the crises, the presence or absence of our will and capacity to care, the nature of the services, and the role of design. Looking at things this way, it appears that: (1) contemporary society has become a "careless society". (2) this lack of care (between people and between people and the environment) is one of the reasons that led us to the crisis mentioned above; (3) the diffusion of services in the form that has hitherto been prevalent (i.e. based on the polarisation between passive users and service providers) has played an important role in the construction of the current careless society, and therefore of the crisis that is derived... more >
Friday, September 16, 15:00