As Design moves into the mainstream of contemporary thought, collaboration among designers and many other disciplines, but especially Engineering, will be crucial for the future. It is in Italy that the necessity of collaboration has been understood most profoundly. Most Italian cities have large groups of designers working with architects and engineers on a variety of projects. The DNA of design is built into everything from strategic thinking to urban planning. Amidst the chaos of life in Italy, and the chaos of the Euro crisis, collaborative design may be one of the more obvious answers to thinking about objects, space and organization in new and different ways.