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August 17th, 2021 – 13:00-16:00 @ NORDES2021 (online) Liesbeth Huybrechts, Oswald Devisch, Mela Zuljevic (UHasselt) Virginia Tassinari, Annalinda de Rosa (Politecnico Di Milano) Ezio Manzini (DESIS Network, Politecnico di Milano) Contributions by Cristiano Storni and Mark Marshall (Limerick University), Anna Seravalli and Ann Light (Malmö University), Panayotis Antoniadis and Seppe De Blust  (ETH Zurich), Maurizio […]

July 7th, 2021 – 9u45-12:00 @ 39th Albi-Nîmes Médiations Semiotiques. Conference, Design, Semiotics and Philosophy. How to address the anthropocene (Nîmes, FR) and on Zoom Emanuele Coccia, Ezio Manzini and Virginia Tassinari engage in a conversation and explore how both design for social innovation and philosophy are currently reflecting on ways to reframe their discourses, […]

Opening event of the International Doctoral School “MORE-THAN-HUMAN FUTURES | Reframing design knowledge provotyping for human-non-human ecologies”, organised by the PhD programme in Design of Politecnico di Milano Many designers are currently experimenting and “provotyping” more-than-human futures, to step out of an anthropocentric and patriarchal mindset, and to envision new ways to intend design’s political […]

UPDATE: video now online (see below) Organised by Virginia Tassinari, Ezio Manzini, Arturo Escobar, Liesbeth Huybrechts and Annalinda De RosaZoom conversation @PDC2020 Manizales 15:30-17:00 COT – Brussels 22:30-00:00 CEST Today’s environmental emergency requires specific efforts in terms of thinking/acting in designing. The consequences of anthropocentric ways of producing, consuming and living are becoming painfully clear. Design […]

Politecnico di Milano, February 21stPolifactory, 14:30-17:30 The DESIS Philosophy Talk “#7.1 “Designing as Politics (of nature)” is the first of a new series of talks dedicated on the topic of post-anthropocentric design. This first conversation, that will be prompted by the Politecnico di Milano PhD programme in Design, will take place on February 21st, 2019 […]

This seminar is intended for both design researchers/practitioners as well as civil servants and public administrators who are working with designers to stimulate participatory active citizenship in urban contexts. We will discuss if and how our projects – in which we aim to enable and strengthen active citizenship – could help to enrich the democratic discourse.

If we agree that like Benjamin we are living today in what he refers to as “the time of remains”, lacking trust in our future, perhaps his thoughts and ideas can help us shape a discourse to act as designers and thinkers from within this crisis. How can design help to give voice to the potentialities that lie in the remains of destruction? Can designers push forward new potentialities in a time of crisis? How? How can we ‘learn’ to listen and find these hidden stories? And how can we do this beyond linear thinking, avoiding the future to be a continuation of the failures and mistakes of the past?