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24H Worldwide Design Conversations - 2nd edition

As contemporary society is facing new global challenges, new generations have the responsibility to bring forward important changes and pick out good practices for the future. The POLIMI Design System community of the Politecnico di Milano will launch, on June 23, 2021, the 2nd edition of the 24H Worldwide Design Conversations: a continuous 24-hour live broadcast dedicated to the culture of the project, oriented towards reflection on design practice changes.

This year the new generation of designers and researchers, who can and must play a leading role in the ongoing transformation, will be the protagonists and have a say. Through 30 minutes sessions - where one host of the Polimi Design System will talk with an international guest - the 48 guests will develop their talks around the concept of "Designing in an age of uncertainty" to investigate the role, conditions and future expectations of young designers and researchers.

Since becoming a designer and a researcher takes passion, a lot of practice, hard work and dedication, we’d like to open the conversation to guests from all over the world asking them how they are facing this period of uncertainty:

1. New designers’ condition
2. Exploring research fields
3. Understanding the design practice

The Polimi Design System hosts will activate each conversation around a short statement by each guest and addressed to the "surfers" of the near future, the new generation of designers and researchers. The result will be a logbook of short statements, a collection of suggestions for a new Design era annotated and discussed during a 24-hour journey around the world, sailing in the ‘sea of Design’.

We are not alone in an era of uncertainty: “no designer is an island”


Step out of your comfort zone and don't be afraid to explore unknown worlds. Design is not a 'stand-alone' discipline. Its real value lies at the intersection with other disciplines.

Sabrina Scuri

We are witnessing the revival of the Artisanal Spirit in a post pandemic world. But how can we channel this new awareness towards restructuring and rebuilding sustainable community spaces for the future

Sahil Bagga & Sarthak Sengupta

In research uncertainty is a possibility to discover and create, leading us to open our eyes to new ways of doing, integrating past and present to potentialize the future of our discipline, to think out of the box and get in contact with our world without barriers, taking the risk and see the experimentation as a construction process.

Regina Carrillo

Enjoy. Share. Dance. Write. Sing. Draw. Read. Walk. Move. Meet. Feel. Silence. Listen. Smell. Taste. Look. Touch. Distance. Closely. Learn. Unlearn. Question. Imagine. Critique. Grief. Care. Act. Reuse. Repair. Make. Together. Test. Refine. Reflect. Pause. Repeat. Revalue. Open. Diversify. Ethical. Political.

Melisa Duque

How to redesign new designers’ practices? A meta-design approach could redesign tools and processes by finding where designers and stakeholders are in their social networks and how such positions change their worldview and their understanding of systems, processes, practices.

Massimo Menichelli

As a young researcher and designer, you should look at your future career as a mean to express your individuality and creativeness. Those who carry original ideas and different points of view always face adverse conditions, but their work will be remembered. Buon vento!

Marta Reina

The current era of uncertainty has brought about a radical shift in modes of interaction. The digital realm demands that we look through (the screen, the looking glass, a physical window) in order to really see each other. This has particularly affected exhibition design.

Louise Pelletier

Design the space you want to occupy.

Lesley-Ann Noel

What the hell are exponential technologies, and what we -the designers- should do with them.

Leandro Agrò

As a sailor you have to understand the wind and the your destination.

Arman Avetikyan

Speaking of design for future navigation, we discuss how to address future crises, and how design strategies could contribute to resilience.

Ida Telalbasic

Digital technologies, data and AI are opening new avenues for design, while posing increasingly complex societal challenges. Designers should keep ethics, empathy and human values at the core of their activity, to envision not only possible, but desirable futures.

Sara Colombo

Beyond digitalisation and remote working, the architectural practice remains profoundly rooted in hands-on methods. Understanding materials, digital processes and manufacturing techniques is key to understanding the future of the practice.

Rodney Eggleston

Needs-centered design research and practice is not conducive to significant social change. The current focus on addressing needs makes us reproduce the world as we know it (with minor tweaks), instead of embracing uncertainty and open-ended exploration.

Renata Leitao

Understanding how nature reveals patterns to design is a matter of a symbiotic consciousness with our world; nature is our great master which brings together the arts and sciences into research action.

David Sanchez Ruano

A design studio will soon consist partly of people and partly of machines. Designers will have to understand how to work with algorithms and augment their process to explore a new craft, new aesthetics, new materials to shape and ultimately new collaborators rather than tools.

Simone Rebaudengo

Innovating responsibly, creating the tools to improve and preserve humanity, to be able to keep sailing.

Reinier Boulart

It is necessary to keep an eye on the influence designers can cause in politics, activism, and marginalized groups. The ethical complexity resulting from this relationship cannot be neglected: it’s a design matter!

Andréa Poshar

Boards of directors are powerful. Let's redesign how they work and expand what we mean by power.

Sara Fenske Bahat

We understand design practice as an intervention to a crystallized piece of wicked problems that we, our society and planet, are going to face in the futures. Circular Design is one of the interventions that we chose to disrupt the linear economy based on global capitalism.

Ryota Kamio&Kazuya Kawasaki

How is the design practice changing? Do we need new methods? How has the design practice changed in a world where digitalization allows new modes of interaction?

Jenni Parker

Creativity evolves thanks to the co-creation between people and generative models.

Mauro Martino

In a world where "complexity" and "connectivity" is more visible, designers are increasingly dissatisfied with our roles being defined by the technical (eg. UX, industrial etc.), and are more interested in the relational (a facilitator? a matchmaker?). The practical question becomes, how can we find career space for this to happen?.

Linda Tan

In a very young country, the generation of women designers in the UAE is now the link between tradition and contemporary cultural identity. They are shaping the new design identity in the UAE, their works defining future scenarios. Will they be the future "Masters" of design?

Irene Pasina

What happens when we center the most marginalized in design experiences? Intersectional accessibility!!!!

Kishonna Gray

the Uncertainty is the designer’s strength. We are trained to navigate uncertainty, as it is part of the project. Therefore we are always ready to tackle future challenges like no other discipline.

Camilo Ayala

Designers today operate in a global dimension where empathy, flexibility, and respect are crucial to address the client's needs and overcome cultural gaps. To endure times of uncertainty, designers must develop resilience.

Fiorella Vanini and Francesco Mansueto

A culture based only on final results is no more valuable for the complex but richer world we have always lived in. Designer´s skills, developed in well-structured multidisciplinary processes, can contribute to create new cultures; new paths towards a better world, a healthier place to live in: for everybody, with everybody.

Aitor Acilu

Just like other fields/disciplines, ‘design’ does evolve for the betterment and its adaptation towards the holistic changes around it. The evolution in design field has manifested itself in different ways throughout time and it effects the design practice, where mostly heading towards the digitalization and advanced technologies.

Rosalam Che Me

WFH has been helpful to maintain momentum, however, is not sustainable for culture and talent development. Inexperienced designers are missing out on learning from experienced designers. Transparency in workflow, management, and design collaboration processes will play a major role.

Kevin Park & Patty K. Wongpakdee

We can rethink opposites and dualism not as a contradiction but as a positive tension capable of sublimating the confrontation of two realities. Design has the capacity to narrate the relationships we have and can have with our experiences of worlds.

Carlos Sfeir & Camila Rios

Adopting a more interdisciplinary approach, combining methods from Architecture and Service Design has opened new possibilities to respond to the increasing (current and future) demands regarding spatial design and services, bridging gaps to rethink design paradigms and practices.

Mariane Unanue

Something that constantly occupies my mind lately is the fact that the practice of design is constantly changing, and this change has taken such an accelerated pace in recent years that the great challenge of design education is no longer to make categories of design, but to promote a space where we can explore and be aware of these changes in order to respond almost in real-time to contexts as uncertain as to the ones we live in, without ever forgetting that the spaces for reflection that design schools provide are invaluable to continue to keep our work as designers relevant.

Jabin Mora

On a daily basis, as ordinary citizens, we interact and coexist with totally disparate objects. Of clearly different provenance, material, symbols and uses. However, we rarely stop to think about the story, the message, or what they represent. Can we use the empathy of the object? How important are materiality and its identity? Can we generate new narratives through the recontextualization and transformation of the object? We will share and discuss some topics related to the workspaces and the beauty and symbolism of the found objects. Trying to make visible the invisible.

Gaston Lisak

Much of the work that myself and my colleagues do centers on communicating with people who use drugs and their social support networks in order to improve the administration of public health and reduce stigma around issues related to drug use. Because new media allows for us to (sometimes) speak directly to our audience, the work we create reflects a more nuanced approach to what was formerly considered mass communications.

Matt Slaby

The Pandemic has caused a reverse urbanism, while the internet continues to hyper-connect us. As designers and makers, we have a unique opportunity to collaborate across boundaries from our unique roots. This pause has given us a chance to understand the breakthroughs made across fields that can come to
gether to solve larger issues as designers.

Anica Kochhar

Imagine listening to a Sailor and a Hot Air Balloonist debate the properties of air. Design should invite those conversations and delight in them, knowing that both sides are right.

Timothy Lidell


Coordination: Alessandro Biamonti
Mentors: Anna Barbara, Barbara Camocini, Francesca Piredda, Giovanni Maria Conti
Curatorship: Silvia Maria Gramegna, Mariana Ciancia
Organization: Ilaria Mariani, Martina Motta, Carmen Bruno, Carlo Maria Standoli
Communication Strategy and Visual Identity: Eleonora De Marchi, Andrea Manciaracina
Guest Hunters: Alumni Polimi, Valentina Auricchio, Elisa Bertolotti, Angeles Briones, Valeria Bucchetti, Carla Cipolla, Alessandro Colizzi, Davide Fassi, Paola Galdi, Francesco E. Guida, Barry Katz, Michele Mauri, Xue Pei, Silvia Piardi, Sandra Regina Rech, Kevin Moloney, Anne Schoonbrodt, Hiroshi Tamura

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