TORINO DESIGN OF THE CITY 2019 The City of the Future

The City of the Future

The theme chosen for the 2019 edition of the event, The City of the Future, is obviously closely connected to the theme of the Annual Conference of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network held in Fabriano and its debate.
Beyond the evocative atmosphere of the title, we are aware that the future begins today,
and that can’t be unlinked from an international scenario. We will continue to have an international scope, and, throughout the month of October, meetings, workshops, exhibitions, tours, events will be held that outline the necessary and fundamental contribution that today design provides daily to the construction of the Torino of tomorrow.

The program is implemented with the involvement and support of the Design Advisory Board – which involves over 47 public and private actors, including trade associations, educational institutions, archives and museums – with the support of and together with the Banking Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce of Torino, the University of Torino and the Politecnico of Torino.
The 2019 International Forum will be pivotal: scheduled for October 10 and 11, we will invite the cities of Montreal,Detroit, Saint Étienne, Kortijk, Cape Town, Wuhan, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Fabriano to talk about the projects they presented in response to the call launched by Torino on the occasion of the XIII Annual Conference.
The Conference will also be an occasion to prepare the important events that will take place next year when Torino has been invited as a guest of honour to Madrid Design Festival.
Torino Design of the City is above all a working method to strengthen and foster relationships, collaborations, and synergies at local, national and international level; to enhance, internationalize and promote the creative, productive and entrepreneurial system of the Torino design chain with attention to new experiences in innovation and digital domains.
Chiara Appendino
Mayor of Torino

Francesca Paola Leon
Deputy Mayor for Culture

The 2019 Torino Design of The City program – The City of the Future includes over 70 events – meetings, workshops, exhibitions, itineraries – which present the world of Design in Torino in all its aspects and facets. On the website the entire schedule is available, with information and updates, below some of the most interesting appointments are listed.

10 –11 October
9:30am – 6:00pm
International Forum
The City of the Future
The Forum is the central moment of Torino Design of the City 2019.
It is structured in a plenary session open to all citizens.
The UNESCO Creative Cities of Design are invited to talk about the projects they presented in response to the call launched by Torino on the occasion of the XIII Annual Conference in Fabriano, last June, many of which were created in collaboration with each other.
The cities invited are Montréal and Detroit (Commerce Design, a project to convince, through a competition, the owners of shops and restaurants to invest in quality design for their premises, with the support of qualified professionals, now involving 14 cities around the world);
Saint Étienne (Human Cities_ Challenging the City Scale which coordinates 12 partner cities, to experiment in innovation of urban spaces through the collaboration of citizens and creative professionals);
Cape Town and Kortijk (MyMachine®, an educational project of inter-generational cooperation between primary school children, students of technical and university institutions collaborating on equal terms);
Wuhan (Development Report on UNESCO Creative Cities in China, analysis of the experiences of the 12 creative Chinese cities and the challenges they faced in formulating specific policies to support creative industries and pragmatic and relevant proposals on sustainable development of the whole Network);
Singapore (UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum, for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices in the fields of education, public policy, business and communication);
Seoul (Establishment and Operation of Seoul Up-cycling Plaza, South Korea’s largest space dedicated to the culture of
Shanghai (Regenerated Yuyuan Road to Friendly Connected Community, focusing on visual design, cultural heritage and innovation, the regeneration of Yuyuan Road aims to recover its cultural and historical characteristics and reactivate its commercial potential);
Kortijk, with 2 projects (Future of Space, a multidisciplinary group of young designers has created an immersive spatial experience to give new life to an abandoned industrial building) and above all 5X5® (a project that provides five companies with the support of a senior and a junior designer: using a program articulated in 10 specific steps, they develop a new product or service).
Other cities invited are London, to talk about urban regeneration of some neighbourhoods, Fabriano, to present the
results of the XIII Annual Conference, and UNESCO Paris, to illustrate the prospects of the UNESCO Creative Cities for the coming years.
The Forum is also an opportunity to take a look at the important events that will take place next year: Madrid presents the Madrid Design Festival, where Torino is invited as a guest of honour, and Lille the next WDO General Assembly, during which Torino, former host, will have an important role.
A second moment will follow, with smaller working tables for local actors interested in creating partnerships (educational bodies, Chamber of Commerce, trade associations, citizens) or in learning more about the projects presented and in comparing experiences; finally the results of these meetings will be shared with everyone during a plenary session.
Free admission
Energy Center
via Paolo Borsellino 38, Torino
City of Torino


From September 26 to October 19
The exhibition is a reflection on the themes of multisensory accessibility, it explores the ways in which blind and visually impaired people enter into a relationship with the world of visual communication and design.
A selection of tactile publications, texts written in Braille, drawings in relief, digital and analogical tools to rethink the relationship between objects and human beings, between space and people, and between people.
Free admission
Circolo del Design, Nimbo hall
via San Francesco da Paola 17, Torino
Graphic Days Torino, Design Circle, Silvio Zamorani publisher, Giusti Events, MagazziniOz, Tactile Vision Onlus

2, 9, 15, 16, 18 October
A program of weekly meetings, developed starting from four thematic areas that address the universe of design from different but complementary perspectives.
Wednesdays of Design / Businesses
Series of talks dedicated to the stories of companies and entrepreneurs that have made the history of design in this
Wednesdays of Design / Designers
Series of talks dedicated to research conducted by national and international designers who share their experimentations and the
outcome of their investigations.
Wednesdays of Design / Social Innovation
Series of talks that highlight how design can represent an added value in the social sphere thanks to its ability to interact with different disciplines and put in place operational modalities to manage and solve complex problems. The meetings are organized in collaboration with Hackability.
Wednesdays of Design / Intersections
Series of talks that highlight topical issues, with the contribution of specialists from areas other than design, also involving a group of students from the c.lab Torino, a workshop managed jointly by the Politecnico of Torino and the University of Torino.
Free admission
Circolo del Design, Scuderie hall
via San Francesco da Paola 17, Torino

3, 4, 5, 6 October
International festival dedicated to graphic design
The fourth edition of Torino Graphic Days stimulates a reflection on the relationship between visual design and social commitment. This year, in fact, the Organization has chosen to address the issue of integration. We have involved some of the foreign communities present in our territory and other foreign actors linked to our network to jointly implement projects that focus on visual communication and the identities of each culture, with a view to enhancing the excellence of different nations. The result is a multicultural journey that shows the different levels of influence between cultures, perceptions, skills and abilities.
Toolbox Coworking
via Agostino da Montefeltro 2, 10134 Torino
Print Club, Plug, Tal, Quattrolinee, Mg” Architetture

4 October
9:00am – 6:00pm
An event to stimulate the involvement of volunteers, expert mappers or ordinary citizens, to update and integrate the maps of OpenStreetMap, a fundamental component of the “Muoversi a Torino” (Moving in Torino) service, which benefits all those who live, work or visit Torino.
The 3rd edition of the Torino Mapping Party will be dedicated to the world of culture and its accessibility: the participants will be involved in the external and internal mapping of museums and cultural sites of Torino to understand their level of accessibility in terms of mobility and cultural usability.
Free participation, registration required
Principe d'Acaja hall
Rectorate Building of the University of Torino
via Verdi 8 ground floor, Torino
5T – ITHACA in collaboration with the City of Torino and Associazione Torino + Accessibile

4 – 5 October
Graffiti-writing, street art, youthful creativity, urban imagery and public policies, between past and future perspectives
Plenary sessions and workshops held with working tables on the topics:
– pros and cons ​​of street-art today. The role of artists, the relationship with institutions and the market; festivals and  major events; professionals and free expression.
– MurArte 1999-2019: the Torino model; comparison with other Cities; regulations; artists and institutions; future developments.
– Urban-art and neo-muralism: conflicts of interest in progress. Permanence and temporariness. Documenting, preserving, archiving, institutionalizing street art.
4 October: Ex-Incet, piazza Teresa Noce 17, Torino
5 October: Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, della Deportazione, della Guerra, dei Diritti e della Libertà, corso Valdocco 4, Torino
City of Torino

15 October
10:00am – 1:30pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Italian and foreign experiences, a comparison
The meeting will allow to get to know the profile of the strategic plans of some of the main Italian and foreign public libraries and
valuate possible collaborations with the Torino civic libraries and set up a discussion aimed at planning their future.
Speakers: Barbara Lison (Bremen StadtBibliotheek), Anna-Maria Soininvaara (Helsinki Central Library), Stefano Parise
(Milan Municipal Libraries).
In the afternoon thematic workshops will be held on the topics covered during the morning (more details will be published in the online program).
Organized by the Torino Civic Libraries in collaboration with the Italian Library Association – Piedmont Section
Free admission
Biblioteca civica Centrale,
via della Cittadella 5, Torino
Biblioteche civiche torinesi

16 October
14.30 – 18.30pm
Accessible museums?
Following the process begun last year, a meeting to take stock of accessibility to Museums and cultural institutions of the City of Torino, through presentation of researchs and discussion with experts about cultural, economic, social and mobility aspects.
Free admission
Energy Center
via Paolo Borsellino 38, Torino
City of Torino

18, 19, 20 October
The first international city-making festival in Italy
Torino Stratosferica is a city imaging project: a collective workshop that aims to create the best image of the city.
The Utopian Hours festival brings the best international speakers and best urban practices on stage to tell about innovative ideas and projects related to the city. Speakers will talk about public space, quality of life, mobility, regeneration, sustainable development, future challenges of city-building. Without forgetting the visual contribution of the exhibitions, organized in the spaces of La Centrale for the entire duration of the event.
La Centrale Lavazza
via Ancona 11/a, Torino

Torino Design of the City is a project leaded by the City of Torino
With the support of: Fondazione CRT, Camera di Commercio di Torino,
Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Torino
Realized with Turismo Torino e Provincia
In collaboration with Tavolo Consultivo del Design