Cities & Design 2017 – Conferences To explore, imagine, project, prototype, install – To explore,...

How does the practical part of design intend to create the necessary conditions to provide multiple and diverse solutions to today’s complex social needs. How to create the next generation of social and public services based on the dialogue and collaboration between citizens and institutions. How to design a sustainable future in common.

Co-organised by: Tipi and ColaBoraBora.

Time and Place: 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm – Azkuna Zentroa



5.00 pm – 5.30 pm – Credentials

5.30 pm – 5.45 pm – Opening of the day

5.45 pm – 6.15 pm – Ezio ManziniDesign for city-making (…but what kind of city are we referring to?) 

6.15 pm – 6.45 pm – Itziar Pobes: Public service design practice: Some learnings

6.45 pm – 7.00 pm – Open discussion and Questions

7.00 pm – 7.45 pm – Discussing: Co-designing the city and its services: from top-down to bottom-up and vice versa

Daniela Patti (Eutropian), Koldobike Uriarte (Public Innovation Project Manager at Public Governance and Self-Government Department – Basque Government), Paz Sánchez (Andalusian Institute of Public Administration) and Pedro Jiménez (ZEMOS 98). Team builder: Gorka Rodriguez (URBANBAT).

7.45 pm – 8.15 pm – Georgina Voss: Concrete and the Fourth Dimension

8.15 pm – 9.00 pm – Closure + Networking



EZIO MANZINI – @desisnetwork

He works in the field of design for social innovation and, on this topic, he started DESIS NetworkPresently, he is Distinguished Professor on Design for Social Innovation at Elisava-Design School and Engineering, Barcelona; Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano; and Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai) and Jiangnan University (Wuxi). His most recent book is “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015.


ITZIAR POBES – @wequestion

Service designer & Project Brain at We Question Our Project, a public services design studio based in Barcelona. With participatory and experimental approaches, she questions and reconsiders, among others, social, health, education and citizen services. She teaches in different design, business and public administration schools and she also devotes time to publicizing the Service Design in different events, such as Barcelona GovJam.



Dra. Georgina Voss is an artist, writer, and anthropologist of technology and innovation systems. She is a co-founder and director of research studio Strange Telemetry; and Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead in Critical Studies and Design at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.



Public Innovation Project Manager at Public Governance and Self-Government Department – Basque Government. She has led the implementation of Basque citizen service bureau Zuzenean so as projects of transparency, community action and Good Governance. Civil Servant at Basque Government since 1985, she has worked in the Employment and Vocational Training domain and was Director of Coordination at the Basque Government’s presidency during the 9th legislative term.


Gorka Rodríguez is Member of Wikitoki – Collaborative Practices Laboratory – and codirector of URBANBAT, a participatory city planning office that offers urban planning support to local organizations, communities and administrations. His work aims to promote citizen creativity in order to foster a participatory culture that aids to improve and take care of the environment. They are also the promoters of Bilbao’s city planning and social innovation festival.



Italian-British architect and urban planner. She holds a Ph.D. in urbanism from the Technical University of  Vienna. Specialised in urban regeneration and environmental planning with a particular focus on metropolitan governance and collaborative planning, her recent research and projects’interest has been on the governance of peri-urban landscape, the revitalisation of local food markets and new economic models for community-based urban development. She is co-founder and director of Eutropian Research&Action both in Rome and Vienna, an organisation supporting collaborative planning processes between public administrations and civic groups. 


PEDRO JIMÉNEZ – @pedrojimenez

Pedro Jiménez works at ZEMOS98, a cooperative business based in Seville. He holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies and also has Teaching studies. Together with the Andalusian Institute of Public Administration (IAAP), he is in charge of the design and implementation of participatory methodologies in the creation of public policies, such as #HackcampIAAP. He is a regular speaker at discussions and workshops on Expanded Education, Social Innovation, Audiovisual Remix and Cultural Policies. He also writes in


Paz Sánchez is technical advisor at the Andalusian Institute of Public Administration (IAAP), which belongs to the Andalusian Government. Her professional career approaches different fields: culture (she’s Executive Director of Innovation and Cultural Industries at the Government of Andalusia and Cultural Manager at Seville’s City Council), continuous training and innovation. She is also one of the creators of “#HackCampIAAP: Co-designing solutions to challenges in the Andalusian Government”, which is a ground-breaking activity carried out by the Public Innovation plan.



We understand design as a tool that helps to generate solutions that improve people’s living conditions and enhance their skills and abilities. We work with regions, organizations and individuals, developing projects that seek to transform conventional models and structures. Our projects focus on expanding the design processes by hacking traditional roles and dichotomies (designer – user, programmer – public, administration – citizens, teacher – student) with a bottom – up approach. We believe in the power of design to achieve transformation as well as in transformation through design. / @wearetipi /


ColaBoraBora is dedicated to designing services and helping create environments and processes of collaborative innovation that focus on people.

We help different types of clients to imagine possible and desirable future situations so as to produce new opportunities in times of changes. Additionally, we are also with them to help them put them into practice successfully. Our work is based on paying the same attention to the WHAT (pursued challenges) as to the HOW (how to approach them). / @ColaBoraBora /