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Design 4 City Making

Partner: Ajuntament de Sant Boi de Llobregat, Fundació Bancària "la Caixa", Ajuntament de Barcelona, Pla de Barris Raval Sud i Gòtic Sud
Team: PhD Roger Paez, PhD Danae Esparza, PhD Ezio Manzini, Manuela Valtchanova

Design 4 City Making (D4CM) focuses on the city-making capabilities of design, encompassing spatial, product, graphic, service and interaction design. Design will have a key role in the establishment of current and future urban environments.

D4CM also channels the efforts of the eponymous Elisava initiative led by Ezio Manzini with the goal of fostering social innovation in Barcelona, counteracting the current trends of gentrification, social desertification and the loss of urban commons.

The initiative imagines the city as an open laboratory of social innovation where citizens and design students team up to become agents of change, carrying out projects based on the actual needs of city residents.

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