As part of Design Lab#4, the Kunstgewerbemuseum cooperatade with the Italian Embassy in Berlin to organize a pop-up exhibition dedicated to the work of the DESIS Network, which was founded by Italian design theorist Ezio Manzini in 2008. It took place on June 27 at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, Germany.

The exhibition presents a selection of the diverse work of the DESIS Labs, focusing on the topic of urban design. The discourse can be split into four key areas: Design for social cohesion, Design for regenerating Commons, Design for urban production and Design for urban infrastructure.

The opening lecture by Ezio Manzini was accompanied by a roundtable that has enabled the exchange of experience and ideas between different generations, in particular on the support, improvement and orientation of ongoing projects. Ezio Manzini discussed social innovation with young activists from Berlin and Italy and also invited the audience to participate actively in this exchange of experiences.


  • Ezio Manzini, Founder of DESIS Network
  • Bianca Elzenbaumer, Co-founder of La Foresta – Accademia di comunità and
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at EURAC Research (IT)
  • Marco Clausen, Co-Founder Prinzessinnengärten and Neighbourhood Academy, Berlin
  • Charlotte Marabito & Tomma Hinrichsen, UdK students Design & Social Context involved in participation projects at Tempelhof Airport
  • Ineke Hans, Designer and Professor for Design & Social Context at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and Moderator of the roundtable

See the photos of the Design Lab exhibition below

Photographer: Dario J. Laganà,