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Livable Proximity: A design-orienting scenario. Design Research Week Closing Event

This closing event promotes the mission of the Center for Design as a place and a space for interdisciplinary research at Northeastern and celebrates the conclusion of a week-long series of activities to showcase and debate design-led research projects and initiatives: Keynotes, panels, workshops and exhibitions will physically and virtually welcome Northeastern’s research community, partners and all design-related organizations to reaffirm the inextricable relationship between design as a discipline and design as a practice.

5:00 p.m. welcome

Elizabeth Hudson, Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design

5:05 p.m. introduction

Design and Research in the Pandemic

Paolo Ciuccarelli, Founding Director of the Center for Design + Professor of Design

5:25 p.m. keynote Introduction 

Teresa Franqueira, International Director DESIS Network

5:30 p.m. Keynote

Livable Proximity. A design-orienting scenario

Ezio Manzini, Professor Emeritus, founder DESIS Network

The multifaceted crisis in which we are immersed requires us to practice new forms of proximity, that is, a new sense of closeness between us, human beings, and with the planet. Social innovation proves that this form of proximity is possible; Design can materialize this possibility through a widespread, long-lasting change – for everyone.

6:00 p.m. Panel discussion

Design for Assembly: Public Spaces and Community Engagement

Ang Li, Architect and Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Beth Noveck, Professor and Director, The Burnes Center for Social Change
Dietmar Offenhuber, Chair, Department of Art + Design
Ezio Manzini

6:30 p.m. Reception and Visits to the Center for Design

Enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with colleagues in design and beyond.  Tours of the Center for Design in Ryder Hall will be available until 8:30 p.m.


*The registration link on this page is for in-person viewing.  The event will be live-streamed and can be accessed here on the day of the event.

Design Research Week
In conjunction with Design Museum Week 2022, the Center for Design at the Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design invites you to join Design Research Week 2022 for presentations, conversations, studio visits, exhibits, and workshops with colleagues, faculty and students in design research.

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Design Research Week

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