Design Social Colloquia: 'Design and Resilience: its potential, its limits, and ways forward' with Ezio Manzini

Design Social: Colloquia 01: November 2016:

Design and Resilience: its potential, its limits, and ways forward:
A colloquia with Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network  

Speaker: Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network    
Conveners: Ilpo Koskinen and Peter Hasdell, PolyU School of Design

The emergence of social media and the networked society  exemplified by The Internet of Things generates enormous potentials that reposition design as a means to synthesize emerging social complexities into new constellations. These have the capacity to foster new social forms and Social Design as a knowledge field in its own right. One of the ways design in this context becomes reconfigured is as the dynamic interconnections of people, practices and artifacts, in which the interactions lead to relational rather than objectified forms of design. This provides pathways for innovation in the development of new processes, systems, networked and relational outcomes. Changes in social systems therefore evolve the ways design develops towards these forms of knowledge, utilising collaborative processes and cross-disciplinary practices. As design disciplines and design schools seek ways to respond to broader social changes, there is a need for a new research praxis to engage design processes in social contexts to contextualise, codify and define this emerging praxis as Design Social as a resilient endeavour.

Event Programme

Introduction: Koskinen / Hasdell / Bruyns / Sui (30 min)

Social Design in PolyU / Miao Xia / The 60m2 society 


Cosmopolitan Localism: The cultural side of a resilient sustainable world 
Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network

Until now the discussion on resilience and sustainability has mainly adopted technical, economic, functional points of view. This paper assumes that, even though these approaches are important and necessary, they are not enough. If resilience and sustainability must be a characterizing feature of every potential future society, its cultural dimension must be considered too.

In order to make a contribution in this direction, the paper introduces the notions of distributed systems and cosmopolitan localism and discusses the possibility of using design tools to connect and reinforce them. It also observes that both distributed systems and cosmopolitan localism can be recognized in the growing wave of social innovations we are witnessing worldwide. Building on them, the paper concludes outlining an emerging design scenario and the new cultural fabric needed to implement it.

Coffee Break (15 min)
Discussion / open seminar (45 min)
Discussion Challenges 2018 (45 min)
The methods of social innovation: Design before design and design after design processes (social cohesion): co-design processes in stakeholder management; constructive practices and processes: what we build if we build, and how is construction relevant in changing communities?; stakeholder tactics and integrations and transitions to strategic frameworks; knowledge creation and transferability tactics: systemic versus cultural thinking, rhetoric and infrastructuring processes as facilitation.
Conclusion and integration (30 min)

A ‘how-to’ session
Concluding remarks

*All PolyU School of Design Staff and Research Students are welcome.*

No registration is required.