Livable Proximity. A design-orienting scenario. DRW2022 Closing Event Banner

Livable Proximity. A design-orienting scenario. DRW2022 Closing Event

Friday, April 29, 2022

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Cabral Center at Northeastern University

John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, 40 Leon St, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Please note this registration is for in-person viewing. The event will be live-streamed and can be accessed here on the day of the 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. Design and Research in the Pandemic

The first two years at the Center for Design

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.


6:15 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; works across Design, Data, Urban Planning, Policy Making

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.

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