The Latin Network for The Development of Design Processes is a group of researchers, academics, students and businessmen of Latin language and culture, who study and operate in a particular field of design known as design processes. They meet in the Latin Network Forum, conceived as an international specialized conference, in order to debate and discuss their studies and experiences.
The Network has been founded in 2008, with the manifesto “Carta di Torino”. Since its very beginning, Professor Ph.D. Flaviano Celaschi has been leading a team that over the years guaranteed the cultural and scientific focus of the members of the Network, developing inter-institutional cooperation. By now, six forums held by the members, cover the following thematic axes:
1. Design Cultures as Models of Biodiversity.
Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos UNISINOS. Porto Alegre – Brasil.
2. Design, art, craft: cross-fertilizations and experiences.
Universidade de Aveiro. Aveiro – Portugal.
3. Innovation in Design Education.
Politecnico di Torino. Torino – Italia.
4. Diversity: Design/Humanities.
Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais – UEMG. Belo Horizonte – Brasil.
5. Advanced Design Cultures. The Shapes of the Future as the Front End of Design-Driven Innovation.
Tecnológico de Monterrey. Guadalajara – México.
6. Systems & Design. Beyond Processes and Thinking
Universitat Politècnica de València. Valencia – España.
Today, the reference institution of the network is the University of Bologna in Italy (Advanced Design Unit, Department of Architecture) and the community has grown during eleven years including members of 15 countries around the world and mobilizing more than 500 international speakers during its six forum editions.
Since 2008, this scientific community has been focusing on studying the processes and practices that are used to disseminate and develop design as culture in our society, addressing the tangible and intangible environment.