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Public Lecture Professor Ezio Manzini

Northumbria University


The Making of Collaborative Cities
Social innovation, design and politics of the everyday

Ezio Manzini, Professor of Design for Social Innovation at Elisava-Design School and Engineering, Barcelona

In the scenario of the collaborative city, what can design do for social cohesion? What can design do to trigger and support a regenerative econony or enrich the urban ecosystem with appropriate enabling infrastructure?

The lecture will focus on with these questions, proposing meaningful examples worldwide, and, in particular, from Professor Manzini's experiences in Milano. He will highlights the politics of the everyday on which they are based, the design culture that oriented them and the specific design tools that have been used.

This lecture contents are based on a book (Ezio Manzini, The Politics of the Everyday, Bloomsbury, 2019) and on the first results of Design for Collaborative Cities (a design research program, self-organised by DESIS Network, which involves several design schools around the world, working at the crossroads of city making, social innovation and design.

About the speaker

For over two decades Professor Manzini 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. (

He is Professor of Design for Social Innovation at Elisava-Design School and Engineering, Barcelona, Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Guest Professor at both, Tongji (Shanghai) and Jiangnan (Wuxi) Universities.

Professor Manzini books include “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015 (currently translated in 7 languages); and “Politics of the Everyday.” Bloomsbury (February 2019).

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Event Details

Northumbria University
Lecture Theatre 003, Business and Law Building
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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