A leading thinker in design for sustainability, founded DESIS, an international network on design for social innovation and sustainability (http://www.desis-network.org). He is Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Chair Professor at University of the Arts London, and currently guest Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, and Jiangnan University, Wuxi, besides ELISAVA in Barcelona.
Ezio Manzini is perhaps the world’s leading expert on sustainable design, with a focus on scenario building toward solutions encompassing both environmental and social quality. At the Milan Polytechnic is Director of CIRIS (the Interdepartmental Centre for Research on Innovation for Sustainability), where he focuses on innovative processes in the system of production and consumption and, in particular, on the relationship between product strategies and environmental policies in the perspective of sustainable development.
Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes, and on what design can do to support it. In this perspective he started and currently coordinates, DESIS: an international network of schools of design and other design-related organisations specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.
Manzini is the author of several design books, including The Material of Invention, Artifacts: Towards a New Ecology of the Artificial Environment, and Solid Side: The Search for Consistency in a Changing World (with Marco Susani). His recent book, Sustainable Everyday envisions what life might be like in a sustainable society, putting forth possible scenarios and workable alternatives.