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Design for Emergency at the Italian Design Day

Design the conditions for designing in the emergency.

The Design for Emergency (DfE) initiative interprets the theme of the Italian Design Day 2021 edition, “Design and Matter”,  by moving the focus from the product to the process of design: Design for Emergency is a catalyst of creativity, a platform established to enable designers of all levels and provenances to tackle the challenges of the current pandemic and other future emergencies. Ideas are the matter here, and design is applied to create the conditions for designers to make an impact on a societal scale.

The DfE initiative moved from Italy, among the most affected countries at the beginning of the pandemic, before reaching 12 other countries. The first seed idea developed into a fully functional product called “Angelo” is from Italy and will be presented during the event.

Italian Design Day (IDD) is the annual theme-based review launched in 2017 by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration and with the support of the Ministry for Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism. IDD offers an extensive program of promotional events created by the network of Embassies, Consulates, Italian Cultural Institutes, and ICE Offices abroad and has established itself over the years as an effective instrument in supporting the promotion of design and the internationalization of a strategic industrial sector for Italian exports. Every year, to mark the occasion, 100 different testimonials become the narrators of Italian design and creativity throughout the rest of the world. The Center for Design will be one of these testimonials.

Please note that times are listed in Eastern Standard (EST) and that registration is required.


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