campUS [Milan, Italy] – 2015 / 2016

download here the “campUS GIDE Milano 2015” book

‘GIDE campUS describes’ the international workshop week hosted by the School of Design – Politecnico di Milano in October 2015. It offers essay by the scienti c coordinators of the GIDEmilano2015 event. Between academic year 2015/16 GIDE institutions then worked for one semester inspired by the Milan workshop week and developed diverse project responses to the “campUS – among+with+for student&citizen” topic, the results of which were subsequently exhibited in Leeds in February 2016.

“campUS – among+with+for students&citizens” theme is connected to the research project “campUS – Incubation and settings for social practices” (2014/16), carried out by Politecnico di Milano (Design, Management Engineering and Architecture&Urban Studies Department); it was one of the research programmes that won the Polisocial Award 2014 (Polisocial, the social responsibility programme at Politecnico di Milano). campUS is a research programme acting for a virtuous relation between University spaces and competence, and the local context in which they are located. This relation between urban neighbourhoods and universities can be made possible through the organisation of spaces and actions that are able to increase resilience and facilitate interaction, integration and social cohesion. The campUS project falls within this scope and aims to become a exible model for the interaction of local, social spaces, and an agent for the implementation of social practices.

For the GIDE workshop theme, “campUS – among+with+for student&citizen” – has been a scaled experimentation of the research project “campUS – Incubation and settings for social practices”. With “among+with+for students&citizens” as its main topic, the workshop wanted to offer international participants the opportunity to investigate renewed and dynamic relationships between the city of Milan and its inhabitants and undergraduate students of local universities.

Instructors and students investigated a common theme, sharing experiences, cultures, approaches and design skills. Results underline the key role interdisciplinary collaboration plays in the developing new scenarios for contemporary living and social need.

FEED THE PLANET [Mechelen, Belgium] – 2014 / 2015

gide-book-design-feeds-the-planet_mechelen-event-feb-2016_page_01This first GIDE e-publication, “Design Feeds the Planet” can be downloaded gide_design-feeds-the-planet reflects ethical and sustainable issues in the 34th universal Milan Expo, “Feeding the planet, energy for life” hosted in Milan in 2015. In light of new global scenarios that strive for health, wellbeing and food security, participating countries focused on new food technologies, creativity, culture and traditions through architecture, exhibition and design. How might we introduce such security issues to future generations of practicing designers’?  GIDE – Group for International Design Education – annually brings together students, academics, researchers and stakeholders in order to investigate contemporary social-cultural design problems. From February 2014 till October 2015 students and educators from eight different countries worked on (local) food-related design concepts and sites [as urban left-overs] to reflect the theme “Design Feeds the Planet”. This e-publication represents outcomes from interior architecture / design, visual communication, industrial design, interaction and service design related disciplines from the eight GIDE partner schools’. This publication explores creative responses to the experimental workshop hosted by the Interior and Design department at Thomas More University College Mechelen, Belgium in Feb 2014.

DESIGN IN ACTION [Dundee, Scotland] -2012/2013 & CELEBRATION [Ljubljana, Slovenia]-2013/2014

The “Design in Action + Celebration” book includes GIDE’s activities for two consecutive international workshops and subsequent projects for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 academic year. “Design in Action” is a title that influenced the programme and focus for the Dundee Feb 2012 event. This involved eight live projects reflecting creative and cultural organisations in Tayside region. These organisations included Dundee Rep Theatre,  Dundee Contemporary Arts, Fleet Collective, Hospitalfield House, Dundee Students Union, Broughty Ferry Development Trust, Student Designers and Trigger Research Network. The Design in Action research project has its headquarters in DJCAD Dundee and is a research consortium which puts design strategy at the heart of business innovation and is a network of businesses, academics, researchers’ designers’ and creatives’ keen to connect and explore new ways of doing things. Five key sectors drive the DiA research vision including Food, Information Communications Technology, Wellbeing, Sport and Rural Economies. The GIDE Dundee 2012 ‘Design in Action’ international workshop week was led by andy Milligan at Interior & Environmental Design. The “Celebration” publication reflects outcomes from the  international workshop week, hosted by the Faculty of Design, Ljubljana in Feb 2o13 which celebrated GIDE’s tenth anniversary. ‘Celebration’ focussed on celebrating the architectural fabric of the city, and in particular, chose as its muse the small bridges that are part of the urban regeneration of respected Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.

CREATIVITY FOR LOCAL ENTERPRISES  [Magdeburg, Germany]- 2011/2012


The ‘Creativity for Local Enterprises’ book includes GIDE’s activities for the 2011/12 academic year. Student projects and articles by professors frame this topic. The project is aimed at the development of an innovation-oriented design culture, which includes regional companies and local public administration. It serves, for example, to advance the transfer of knowledge and technology between academia and the economy in a targeted manner. The project provides support for more intensive networking between the creative sector and economy on different levels. This book has been peer reviewed by academics from the seven schools belonging to GIDE.

EXHIBIT  [Lugano, Switzerland]- 2010/2011

Edited by GIDE members Davide Fassi and Agnese Rebaglio of Politecnico di Milano and Isabella Vegni of SUPSI, Lugano, “Exhibit” is a GIDE research publication that focuses on the creative works and critical essays developed across the seven GIDE partner institutions during the academic year 2010/11. GIDE institutions worked for one semester on this shared ‘exhibit’ topic with Interior, Industrial / Product Design and Art & Design Interdisciplinary students to explore innovative solutions related to, and inspired by, the exhibition field. Theoretical insights of the exhibit were initially presented at the GIDE Lugano 2010 international workshop and exhibition hosted by SUPSI, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana. This set the intellectual focus for the formal project within each GIDE institution later that year. Academics and students investigated this common design theme, sharing their design experiences, cultures, approaches, processes and design skills. “Exhibit” offers the reader diverse and dynamic perspectives from GIDE researchers from seven countries through critical essays that both describes and provokes new insights into the “Exhibit” . This new research publication underlines the significant role that collaborative design thinking has upon innovative spatial, interdisciplinary and industrial design education in the development of new scenarios for contemporary living.

DESIGN FOR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES [Leeds, England] – 2009/2010design-for-innovative-communities-2010

“Design for innovative communities” is the theme that GIDE has developed in the academic year 2009/10. The choice of subject has followed a methodological process, strengthened in the group, starting from the shared expertise of a workshop in which general scenarios were explored, and then carried out individually in every single universities member of the group. From 18th to 20th February 2008 in Leeds at the Leeds College of Art (ICA) was held on “GIDE event in 2008″ that picked up the project activities of the participating schools, developed over a semester on a shared theme. The occasion of GIDE event is also to launch the theme to be developed in the year ahead and to involve teachers and students in an initial survey and research activities on the topic proposed in order to trace its borders and ensure the applicability to the specific approach of each participant. Multi-local communities – visions for the future” was the topic chosen by the Leeds College of Art (LCA) coordinators asking a series of questions that could be explored in the workshop with more than 150 students and 20 teachers from five European countries. What other unseen communities are involved? What network could this be a part of? How could such a network be adapted to achieve alternative aims? How could this model be developed? What are the key factors for sustainable development and in which direction? What is the role of spatial and 3d design to this? Students were invited to look forward to how things ‘might be’ at the peak of their adult lives and this should be 20 years hence. In detail they had:

· to collectively appraise/evaluate a given Leeds venue and some of the communities that thrive or survive there

· to explore physical qualities the locality has to offer, and how it contributes as a provider for the needs of different groups of people

· to consider other unseen communities that might be involved

At the end of the workshop, after assessing the results and shared the output of the research, GIDE group defined the theme of the following academic year: “Design for innovative communities” This book introduces, in the first part, the theoretical contributions of each school relating to the group on the subject and presents, in the second part, the results of the project developed in the fall semester of 2009/10 academic year by each participant schools. The added value of the work is once again the opportunity that is given to teachers and students from different European countries to compete on a common theme, sharing experiences, cultures, design ability. The different approaches to project design and the different aspects of the discipline of the participating schools, will help to make this work an interesting opportunity to question the role that the design of spaces and 3D design have in the development of new reference scenarios of contemporary living.


There is an apparent contradiction between trying to live anywhere, to feel “at home” everywhere, which seems to emerge from the way in which we make use of the city today, and adopting the ethic of the wanderer. What unites these two phenomenological aspects of contemporary life is the prevalence of the forms of mobility on any other form of behavior in the urban space. It is in this context that the culture of design, particularly interior design, can have a crucial role to play. As an interpreter of the demand for spaces along today’s “silk roads”, that are crossing routes like the lymphatic system of the land, providing innovative services to travelers, an hospitable environment, and also opportunities to be experienced, qualities to discover. As also a creator of innovative strategies based on reversible actions, sustainable, the reuse of existing containers making them available to the community, by equipping the interior and open spaces of the city turning them into a complete set. As Ettore Sottsass, liked to sustain, not buildings, but places, occasions, relationships, surfaces, colours.


In more contemporary times, sport events, international exhibitions and sometimes rock concerts and international political meetings contribute with jubilee events to accelerate the transformation of the city planning, even though not always with similar efficient results: the accent is always put on the increase in the offer of structures dedicated to hospitality and to the requalification of public spaces, with the intent of making them more welcoming and functional to a wider concept of hospitality. In this way the hospitality spaces issue acquires new and unprecedented meanings, as they are no more the structures traditionally in charge of the task, but they are extended to a wider concept of territory, to the city itself, to its open spaces. It is in fact within this field that design culture seems to have new tasks, determined by the accent put on the matter of designing representative places linked to the concept of hospitality and of service, which is very different from the current. It pays attention to the quality and variety of the service as well as to the products and surroundings design.

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