Hello all, a recent comment by [immaginoteca] on this post drove home just how interesting the unMonastery is to designers. I am especially speaking of the stuff [Bembo Davies] is talking about: rites, daily rhythms, communal meals. It is only very rarely that a designer gets to think on that scale: service design, in the commercial world, means “make it easy for people to buy a mobile phone recharge”, or something on that level.
So here’s a crazy idea. I occasionally teach classes at the faculty of design at Politecnico di Milano, far and away the most prestigious design school in Italy. I am called in by a professor called Stefano Maffei, a disciple and close associate of service design grand old man Ezio Manzini (interview), and a personal friend of mine. I’d like to ask Stefano if Manzini would be up for coming to LOTE and doing some work with you guys – unpaid, and he might have to pay for his trip too, unless the city decides to fund him. I guess he does not get many proposals like that.
No harm in asking – the thing is interesting enough. Would you like that, guys? [Ben]? Or would it feel like too cumbersome a presence?