Cultures of Resilience Ideas Book

This book is the first outcome of Cultures of Resilience (CoR), a two year University of the Arts London (UAL) project. The project's goal is to build a ‘multiple vision’ on the role of culture in creating resilient systems, creating this vision with a set of narratives, values, ideas and projects.

The Cultures of Resilience (CoR) project gathered together staff and students from across the University and wss coordinated by Ezio Manzini who held the role of UAL Chair of Design for Social Innovation (2013-2016) and President of DESIS Network, and Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins.

CoR is also the leading project of a larger initiative on the same topic promoted by DESIS Network in several places worldwide.

The first phase of the project, from February to October 2014, was dedicated to building a group of committed CoR members, and to discuss the CoR theme. The group found common views and differences, and developed a rich set of keywords that participants found relevant, challenging and provocative.

The CoR group meetings took place five times, with a participation of around 20 teachers and researchers of different disciplines and from different UAL Colleges. This book is an output of the first phase.

In the second phase, from October 2014 to March 2015, a number of parallel CoR-related projects were developed. Their outputs were presented in a particular kind of exhibition: a working exhibition intended as an open space in which different concepts and narratives on resilience become visible and tangible. In doing so, they can in turn become the subject for a new round of conversations.

Following the exhibition, the CoR Project final year will begin using the first year results as building materials for a new set of projects, with the goal of creating, in Spring 2016, an event capable of bringing together a wide range of potential actors from both within and outside.

Publication is designed by Studio Hato, there will be some printed copied available shortly as well as the opportunity to print on demand.

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