This book collects the contributions of the 5th Swiss Design Network Symposium held on November 12-13, 2009 in Lugano.
The job of a designer is increasingly like the polyglot role of a director, the cunning strategist, the innovative technologist and the far-sighted planner. Far from being isolated in an ivory tower. Our profession-discipline-science must be daring and grab from the most consolidated knowledge fields. It must rummage in the baggage of neighbouring techniques, science and disciplines not just for the latest technological developments, not just in those disciplines concerning planning and strategy, but especially in those contexts which still seem so far from design because of their approaches, methods and aims, such as many sciences, for instance.