Fragility is many things. But first of all, it is synonymous with human needs: personal needs, often intimate ones, which cannot be met by industrial production or an emergency solution created at best. Enrico Bassi, who directs the FabLab OpenDot, talks about how design helps those with particular needs related to physical or mental, temporal or permanent difficulties.

The task of design has always been to respond to human needs. Industrial production, in this sense, fails where the needs of the individual become so sophisticated and personal as to make traditional segmentations irrelevant.

This is the case, for example, of the disabled, the elderly, those suffering from certain diseases that evolve over time and who need flexible, dynamic support tools that can be customized down to the last detail. There is no room for human frailty in the standardization on which our economy is based. An answer, however, is now being given by the places of digital manufacturing, committed to co-design (a design process in which all the actors involved take part, with full rights and with a creative voice, from patients to educators to medical-health personnel) in the healthcare sector.

In this video interview, Enrico Bassi who directs Milanese FabLab OpenDot explains in simple words why digital manufacturing is fundamental for the future of customizable healthcare and how shared design becomes a fundamental tool for institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes.

He also talks about co-design here.