Text by Ezio Manzini and Nick Bell
Cultures of Resilience (CoR) was a three academic year project at University of the Arts London (UAL). It gathered together staff and students from across the University and was coordinated by Ezio Manzini, UAL Chair of Design for Social Innovation (2013-2016) and President of DESIS Network; Nick Bell, UAL Chair of Communication Design (2013-2016); and Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins.
Its initial purpose was to discuss the cultural dimension of resilience and produce a set of narratives, values, ideas and projects on this topic. As it evolved, CoR narrowed its general theme of the cultures of resilience to a more focused one of communities-in-place, which was identified as a pre-condition for every possible social resilience.