For more than two decades, Ezio Manzini has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation—considered a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective, he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability. Ezio is currently working at Desislab Elisava Barcelona leading the flag ship initiative “Design for City Making” within Desis Network.
Presently, Ezio Manzini is Distinguished Professor on Design for Social Innovation a ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain; Honorary Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy; and Guest Professor at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China.
In addition to his continuous involvement in the design for sustainability arena, he has explored and promoted design potentialities in different fields, such as: Design of Materials in the 1980s; Strategic Design in the 1990s (starting a Master in Strategic Design); and Service Design in the last ten years (starting the specific courses in Service Design). His most recent book is “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation” (MIT Press 2015).