The theme of the meeting regards the path that led to the approach of Design to the City. Turin has been a protagonist of this path since it became the first World Design Capital in 2008, up to the UNESCO candidature in 2014. The Design initiative for the city is another step in this direction. The starting point is the contemporary city seen as the result of a cluster of projects of diverse dimensions and nature, in which varied types of players and competences participate. Design is one of these and its role tends to grow. The meeting will present and discuss some important cases.

Thursday 12 October, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm. Accreditations and networking: 9.00 am

Chiara Appendino, Mayor of the City of Turin
Franco Bernabé, President of the UNESCO Italia National Commission
Matteo Rosati, UNESCO Culture Programme Officer
Paola Zini, Former Director Torino World Design Capital 2008
Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, President, World Design Organization (WDO)
Vittorio Sun Qun, Sino European Innovation Institute, Beijing Design Week
Anu Manttari, Executive Office of Economic Development, Helsinki, Finland
Josyane Franc, International Relations Director, Cité du Design, Saint Etienne, France
Vittorio Salmoni, International Relations Director, Fabriano UNESCO Creative City
Coordinator: Ezio Manzini, DESIS, Polytechnic University of Milan

2.30 – 5.30 pm
Ezio Manzini, DESIS, Polytechnic University of Milan
Yongqi Lou, Tonji University, Shanghai (China)
Mark Vanderbeeken, Founder and CEO Experientia
Anna Meroni, Polytechnic University of Milan
Rossella Maspoli and Elena Dellapiana, Polytechnic University of Turin
Nick Baerten, Founder of Pantopicon
Coordinators: Claudio Germak, Polytechnic University of Turin and Stefano Maffei, Polifactory, Polytechnic University of Milan

Aula Magna Cavallerizza Reale – Via Verdi 9, Turin.

The meeting is organized in collaboration with Milano Polytechnic, Torino Polytechnic and DESIS.

The meeting is accredited for the International Academy on sustainable development, promoted by CSS-Ebla and UNESCO.

Free entrance until full capacity is reached. Register on Eventbrite clicking on this link – info:

Location: Aula Magna Cavallerizza Reale Date: 12 October 2017 Time: 9:00 - 17:30