Design Contributions for the COVID-19 Global Emergency (Part 1): Empirical Approaches and First Solutions


  • Emilio Rossi University of Lincoln, Lincoln School of Design: Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Massimo Di Nicolantonio University of Chieti-Pescara, Department of Architecture: Pescara, Italy
  • Fabrizio Ceschin Brunel University London, Brunel Design School: Uxbridge, United Kingdom
  • Giuseppe Mincolelli University of Ferrara, Department of Architecture: Ferrara, Italy
  • Aguinaldo dos Santos Federal University of Paraná, Department of Design: Curitiba, Brazil
  • Cindy Kohtala Aalto University, Department of Design: Espoo, Finland
  • Edu Jacques Editorial Assistant of the Strategic Design Research Journal
  • Carla Cipolla Federal University of Rio of Janeiro, COPPE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / DESIS Network
  • Ezio Manzini ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering: Barcelona, Spain / DESIS Network



This is a landmark publication for the field of design. It was catalysed by unprecedented
circumstances, as designers around the world had to rapidly deploy their competencies in
strategic problem-solving to help humanity in the fight against an invisible enemy during a
global pandemic. In alliance with other disciplines, from medicine to mechanical engineering,
from computing to anthropology, designers everywhere have addressed the challenges and
produced remarkable results through a diversity of initiatives. This Special Issue presents a
peer-reviewed sample of these initiatives.