Explore with us the mindset, tools and skills needed to respond to urgent city challenges.

Presented by Centro

Design Under Pressure is an international project created by CENTRO, in collaboration with WantedDesign, held from September 26 to 30, 2018, with the participation of 40 students from 10 international and Mexican universities. Its premise is that cities should have a design brigade for emergency situations – an Emergency Design Force – that takes advantage of the skills of creative professionals, both as experts and citizens, in crisis situations.

The program included the exploration of design and social innovation initiatives in the city and the dialogue with experts to learn about solutions generated in emergency situations, such as the September 19, 2017 earthquake. Participants worked in groups led by designers Cecilia León de la Barra (Mexico), José Allard (Chile), Nik Hafermaas (Germany) and James Meraz (United States), who focused on earthquake or flooding situations around the CENTRO campus, to generate solutions in a 24-hour workshop. These solutions were grouped around four themes: health, mobility, communication and refuge.

In this workshop, you’ll explore with us the mindset, tools and skills needed to respond to urgent city challenges (environment, waste management, mobility, water scarcity, obesity) and take part in the creation process based on the Emergency Design Force Manifesto by CENTRO.


You can register for all breakout sessions during the event in Frontón México from 08:00 – 09:30, from 11:30 – 12:00 and from 13:30 – 14:00. Please note, spaces for this specific breakout session are limited. If you would like to join, make sure you register on time. First come, first serve.