19.11.2013

Barañao led the official opening of the “Tomás Maldonado” International Knowledge Design Centre

The Minister of Science began at the Science and Technology Cluster, the new center which bears the name of the renowned industrial designer.

Barañao led the official opening of the “Tomás Maldonado” International Knowledge Design Centre

The National Director of International Relations from the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle; the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao and the Prof. Tomás Maldonado (from left to right).

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, opened today at the International Interdisciplinary Institutes for Technological Innovation of the Science and Technology Cluster, the new International Knowledge Design Centre, “Tomás Maldonado” in honor of the renowned industrial designer who played a key role in the field of visual arts and industrial design in Argentina.  The ceremony was attended by Tomás Maldonado and the national director of International Relations, from the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle. 

During the event, the head of the Ministry of Science unveiled a commemorative plaque and said that "from the Ministry we are convinced that the big problems are solved in an interdisciplinary manner". In this regard, he added: "Argentina can compete in interdisciplinary activities, because one of the strengths of our country is that it has important representatives of research in all areas.  There is no concentration; communication with each other is missing. With this in mind, from the structural component we think this award adopting the thematic division criterion but where there is integration".

Regarding Tomas Maldonado he said that "it is an honor to have Tomas Maldonado with us, he is a figure who embodies the spirit we want to give to this center”. To determine areas of dialogue to show society what we want do".

The purpose of the "Tomás Maldonado" center, which is already working, is to implement projects in strategic areas, where design is the tool of innovation and create a space for interaction with other Cluster institutes and its international partners, as Italy.

It should be noted that the agreement with Italy which made possible this event, was signed in 2011. In this regard, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, the Polytechnics of Milan, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, the University Iuav of Venice and the Second University of Naples signed a Letter of Intent for the Establishment of the Bilateral Center of Industrial design in order to move towards collaborative arrangements with greater impact. In this manner Italy was incorporated as the first international partner. The first activity “focused on product innovation” school: bringing companies closer to design, bringing designers closer to companies", was held in September this year. The purpose of this school was to give an introduction to the industrial designers and member companies on product and service innovation methodologies, developing focused knowledge on contextual analysis for the innovative potential of industrial design, for production and action-research sectors of the national scope.

During the opening ceremony, Tomás Maldonado said "I have always defended and promoted the idea of interdisciplinary, but tending to the collaborative, and always from the existing topics and determine the requirements and needs generated by this issue”. On what this new center will be focused is defined in the development and meeting areas for collaboration, but mainly it will be a crossover between disciplines to solve problems". He also said that "this new area has to go beyond, that is, working to define feasible and viable areas of potential development in Argentina". Finally, he thanked for the tribute and expressed that "when things are well recognized means an educational value”.

Prof. Tomás Maldonado.

He is emeritus professor at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. From 1943 to 1954, he played an important role in the field of visual arts and industrial design in Argentina. He moved to Germany in 1954 where he lived until 1967, he was also a professor and dean of the School of Design at Ulm.  In 1966 he was appointed Fellow of the Council of Humanities at Princeton University, United States.  He was president of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). In 1969 he established in Italy, where he was Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Bologna and the Milan Polytechnic. He led Casabella, an architecture magazine. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of La Plata, Córdoba and Buenos Aires and the Milan Polytechnic. In 2012, the President of the Italian Republic awarded him the title of Cavaliere di great croce which is the highest honorary distinction in that country. He was one of the initiators of the "Design Center of Knowledge", which bears his name and is located in the Science and Technology Cluster of Buenos Aires.

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The National Director of International Relations from the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle; the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao and the Prof. Tomás Maldonado (from left to right).

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