DXCC Conference Design for Collaborative Cities Conference

Pre-Cumulus Conference Organized by College of Design and Innovation Tongji University and DESIS Network
October 2018, 28-29 Shanghai, Tongji University, China

The DxCC Conference is built on the first results of DESIS Network activities at the crossroad of social innovation, design and city making processes, with a focus on Design for Collaborative cities.

(A) Presentation

What can design do for social cohesion? What can it do for urban commons? How can it trigger and support a regenerative circular economy? How can it enrich the urban ecosystem with appropriate enabling infrastructure?
Finally: how can design leverage social-innovation to orient city-making processes towards resilient, sustainable and collaborative cities?

The Design for Collaborative Cities Conference (DxCC Conference) deals with these questions by presenting several meaningful examples worldwide. It goes on to highlight the role of design within them, meaning the design-driven initiatives that characterize them, the design culture that orients them and the specific design tools that have been used.

The Conference is one step in the roadmap of the DESIS Thematic Cluster on Collaborative Cities—an articulated design research program self-organized by DESIS Network, involving several design schools worldwide and dealing with the issue of design and social innovation in city-making processes.
The Conference is connected with SIX-Social Innovation Exchange, that collaborates with Tongji University and DESIS Network as dissemination partner.

Research threads

1 Design for social cohesion
Connecting people and generating public spaces

How can design help in connecting people who are both different and unknown to each other? In other words, how can it co-produce the cosmopolitan fabric of a fluid society?

How can extreme individualism be counteracted and the huge diversities found in contemporary urban spaces bridged? How can public spaces be generated where this can happen?

Kind of project: projects capable of building social links between different citizens (migrants and tourists included). Bridging, social differences, they overcome preconceptions and break communication bubbles. Being staged in public spaces, they help to bring them to life.

2 Design for regenerating commons
Building place-related and place-caring communities

How can design collaborate in creating unprecedented place-related social forms? In other words: how can it collaborate in building new forms of communities-of-place?

How can existing spaces be used and reused to generate new urban commons? How can places be connected with highly individualized and mobile people?

Kind of project: Projects linking physical spaces to networks of people willing and able to take care of them. Doing so, they collaborate in generating, or regenerating, urban commons (meaning relational goods that improve the quality of life, being produced and enjoyed in common).

3 Design for urban production
Enhancing distributed manufacturing and circular economy in the city

How can design enhance and connect urban production activities, in a regenerative circular economy perspective? In other words: how can it support socio-technical ecosystems in which sustainable urban production can thrive?

How can Fab Labs, digital and traditional craftsmanship, small industries, research centres, repair-reuse shops and informal worker networks be integrated in the larger scenario of “new urban manufacturing”? How can unprecedented value production constellations be created inside and around the city?

Kind of project: Projects that support and connect a variety of production activities. They enrich the urban ecosystems bringing production (and therefore jobs and the related social capital) to the city.

4 Design for urban infrastructure
Improving the enabling ecosystem with a hybrid collaborative platform

How can design improve material and immaterial enabling ecosystems? In other words, how can it collaborate in an unprecedented infrastructuring process?

How can the existing enabling ecosystems be enhanced with new hybrid (physical and digital) collaborative platforms? How can some basic social, environmental and democratic values be embedded in these platforms?

Kind of project: Projects creating conditions thanks to which different collaborative initiatives can emerge and thrive. Their results (such as knowledge, products, places, and digital platforms) are to be considered as components of a new material and immaterial infrastructure.

5 Design, and design schools, as agents of change
Experimenting specific design tools and strategies to impact on city-making processes

Given a successful city-making process, what is the specific role of design experts? Which design initiatives do they drive? Which practical and cultural tools do they use?
How can design schools (meaning teachers and students, but also the school-related physical assets) become effective agents of change in the urban contexts where they are situated?

Kind of project: Projects developing design tools and strategies to impact on city-making processes. Projects enhancing strategies thanks to which design schools become direct agents of change in their urban contexts.


28th October


28th October
13:30 Opening Lou Yongqi, Tongji & Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network

14:00 Views on collaborative cities.
Regenerative city. John Thackara, Door of Perception
Socially innovative city. Louise Pulford, Social Innovation Exchange
Creative city. Gabriella Gomez-Mont, City Lab Mexico City, Mexico
Collaborative city. Francois Jegou, Strategic Design Scenarios, Brussels, Belgium

15:10 City stories
Seoul, So Jung Rim, Social Innovation Exchange
Barcelona, Albert Fuster, Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
Milano, Davide Fassi, Politecnico di Milano
Shanghai, Ni Minqing, Tongji University

15.50 Break

16.00 Round table with presenters + open questions

16:30 Design research topics: presentations and examples:
Design for social cohesion. Adam Thorpe, Central Saint Martin
Design for commons regeneration. Davide Fassi, Politecnico di Milano
Design for urban production. Francesca Valsecchi, Tongji University
Design for urban infrastructure. Fang Zhong, Tsinghua

17:50 Round table with the 4 presenters + open questions

18:30 End of the first day

29th October

9.00 Welcome to the second session

9.15 Design strategies and tools/1:
Tongji and city making, Lou Yongqi, Tongji
Srishti and city making Arzu Mistry, Srishti
Elisava and city making Albert Fuster, Elisava
University of Hasselt and city making Liesbeth Huybrecht, University of Hasselt

10:35 Break

10.45 Design strategies and tools/2:
DESIS and city making, Carla Cipolla, DESIS Network and UFRJ
Cumulus and city making, Luisa Collina, Cumulus and Politecnico di Milano

11.15 Round table with the 6 presenters + open questions

12:15 Final remarks and next steps, Lou Yongqi, Tongji & Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network

12:30 The end

Conference information
Date: 28-29 October 2018
Time: 28 October 2018, 13:30-18:30, 29 October 9:00-12:30
Place: Dark room, College of Design and Innovation Tongji University
Language: English
Conference chairs:
Ezio Manzini,Founder of DESIS Network
Lou Yongqi, Dean of College of Design and Innovation Tongji University
Conference Coordinator:
Ms. Ni Minqing

Conference registration

LINK: http://tjdi.tongji.edu.cn/NewsDetail.do?ID=4761&lang=_en

For those who complete the online registration prior to 18th Oct 2018 yet not complete the payment:
Regular attendants: RMB 1000.
Postgraduate students (Master/PhD): RMB 500.

*The participant who has already registered in Cumulus Wuxi conference (http://cumuluswuxi2018.org) enjoys free admission to DxCC.
*The member of DESIS Network who could attend enjoys free admission.

The fee covers:
1. Refreshments (28 Oct) and simultaneous interpretation equipment. Accommodation is not included.
2. Postgraduate student attendants should upload scanned copy or photo of your student ID when register. The conference materials will be available on site at check-in, upon student ID.
3. Teachers and students in Tongji University please show your campus smart card when get the conference materials.

Payment methods:

1.Bank transfer remittance
Remittance account:
Account name: Tongji University
Account number: 033267-00812000848
Account opening bank: Shanghai Xiangyin sub branch, Agricultural Bank of China Limited by Share Ltd
Remittance currency: RMB

| Important Note: To avoid errors in fee claims, be sure to note “DxCC, name of attendant, date of remittance” when remitting money. For example, ” DxCC, Wang Xiaoming, 20180920″. (Please note: sometimes the remittances are not attendants themselves. Please fill in the names of the attendants.)
| After the remittance is successful, please upload the scanning copy or photo of the remittance receipt and complete the online registration.
| The deadline for bank remittance registration is 18 Oct 2018.
2. Onsite payment
(The online registration must be completed prior 18th Oct 2018.)
Payment method: POS machine or cash.
Onsite payment time: 28 Oct 2018 (12:00-13:30pm)
Location of payment: College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, 281 Fuxin Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai
*To the participants who holding the foreign bankcard please register online first, and pay the registration fee onsite.

1. Attendants who pay online please bring your vouchers (original, photo or printed version of scanning page) to collect the invoices at the conference site.
2. The interpretation equipment and seats will be reserved for the attendants who pay the registration fee.
Ms Ni Minqing
Any question please send mail to the organizing committee: niminqing@tongji.edu.cn

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