Designing connected places

DRS endorses Changing the Change – the international conference on the role and potential of design research in the transition towards sustainability in Torino, Italy, July 10-12 2008.

In association with the conference and Torino World Design Capital 2008 a Summer School for students is being organised on the theme of ‘Designing Connected Places’. The Summer School is open for applications from students:

Designing Connected Places is an international summer design school. But there is much more. It is also a programme for action throughout Piemonte. Using the tools of design, solutions will be outlined for 6 problems expressed by 6 local bodies. These are: health and well-being, food and new food networks, urban mobility, security and quality of life in the city, new production systems, and forms of representation of the region and its communities.

The summer school brings out a new definition of the “local” and a new role of design: a connected local, understood as local in the era of networks and high connectivity, understood as a concept able to promote original development strategies.

A select group of young designers of different nationalities will be called on to participate. Guided and stimulated by project leaders and visiting professors of great and proven international experience, they will work intensely for a week on themes indicated by local “clients” and prepared by meta-design work conducted by a group of researchers from various design schools.

Designing Connected Places is:
– 6 themed workshops at Pollenzo
– 1 transversal design session in Torino
– 6 meetings with international visiting professors (open to the public)

The official language of Designing Connected Places is English.

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