On de-objectifying design

Ezio Manzini & Tomas Diez

๐Ÿ’ญ How does design shape society? How does society shape design, our politics and the way our cities are shaped? Activism can lead to substantial change, however, it requires a system of different actors involved for transformative change to occur. This can be seen in the movement of guerilla gardening which has led to greater visions of greener spaces and community-managed gardens.

๐Ÿ“บ In this episode, Ezio and Tomas discuss the role of the designer in the city, in which design is involved within a complex system of interrelated relationships. Design is no longer solely object-orientated but is now more sensitive – where specificity and hybridity in the profession are both embraced. In the orchestration of this, we live, see and play in the lively interfaces of the urban fabric – the city.

๐Ÿ“Œ Ezio Manzini is a design academic well-known for his work on design innovation and sustainability. Ezioโ€™s previous career and experiences have led him to the position to challenge the role of design we see today. Ezio visited Fab Lab Barcelona to give a masterclass to the students from the Master in Design for Emergent Futures and is working on the Design for City Making program at ELISAVA.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Hosted by Fab Lab Barcelona & MDEF Director Tomas Diez ๐Ÿ’ฌ Future Talks is a series of conversations with friends of Fab Lab Barcelona, exploring the nature of emerging futures from the past to the present and beyond. ๐Ÿ“ข ๐Ÿ”Ž Follow Fab Lab Barcelona onย Facebook,ย Instagramย &ย Twitter.

๐Ÿ‘‡ Watch highlights from this Future Talks episode here๐Ÿ‘‡


  • Ezio Manzini 
  • Fab Lab Barcelona 
  • ELISAVA School of Design & Engineering