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The Department of Design is the leading Italian centre for scientific research in the field of design. Rooted in the Italian design culture, it is oriented towards exploring new disciplinary frontiers, putting design at the service of contemporary challenges.


A memory

Cesare Stevan


Exhibitions, installations and events of the Polimi Design System

Milano Design Week 2024


Interdependence. Designing relationships

The Design System at the MilanO Design Week 2024


Italian Design Day 2024

Manufacturing Value: inclusiveness, innovation and sustainability


Nanni Strada

Honorary Master's Degree in Fashion Design for the fashion system


Active³ - Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

Technology and design for prevention, health and sport

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UX Design

Margherita Pillan



A new research, teaching and co-design space for the Politecnico living lab


Design for Ukrainian Heritage

The Museum of Ukrainian Museums in the metaverse

Call for applications

Switch2Product 2024

Applications are now open for Switch2Product 2024, the entrepreneurial empowerment programme organised by Politecnico di Milano's Technology Transfer Office, Deloitte's Officine Innovazione and PoliHub.

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An interdisciplinary walk

"Con occhi diverrsi"

June 25, 2024, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ Bicocca District

Michela Bresciani e Giampaolo Nuvolati of the Department of Sociology and Social Research of University of Milano-Bicocca have organized an educational walk around Bicocca District, involving professors from the Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano. Starting from the heart of the neighborhood the itinerary of the walk will continue in search of hidden artworks, and the housing issue for students will be explored from a particular perspective.

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La Stanza della Vita

24 June, 12:15 pm @ Aula Magna Ospedale Alessandro Manzoni Via dell'Eremo, 9/11, Lecco

La Stanza della Vita (Room of Life) was born out of the need to create a sensitive space for the difficult encounter between medical staff, nurses and relatives of patients admitted to the intensive care unit.

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Reflections on Human Overconsumption

Raw Scenarios

22 June 2024, 11 am to 7 pm @ dotdotdot, via Tertulliano 68, Milan

Raw Scenarios, the presentation event of the projects realised in the C1 Final Synthesis Workshop of the Degree Course in Communication Design, stages 11 scenarios with the aim of involving everyone in a reflection on the possible future of food production and overconsumption.

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CityMatters_Casello Cantore Lab | An hub for youth policies and actions

June 17, 2024, from 10:30 pm to 6:30 pm @ BASE, via Bergognone 23, Milan

Exhibition of the First-Year Master's Degree Students' Works in Product Service System Design (PSSD).

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Wired Next Fest 2024

Italiani tra le stelle

June 16, 2024, 11:05 am - 11:30 am @ Castello Sforzesco, Milan

A talk on Italian research in space, on the conditions for exploring it and on designing structures usable by astronauts.

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An urban regeneration project

Open Casello inauguration

June 13, 2024, from 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm @ Piazzale Cantore 14, Milan

The former customs house at Porta Genova turn into a place where young people in the city can take center stage, set rules, organize events, and seize opportunities for their future.

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Post Normative Ethics

Exploring the Boundaries of Design, Technology and Ethics: Provocations and Possibilities

June 13, 2024, 4:30 to 7 pm @ Campus Durando, Fratelli Castiglioni room, Via Durando 10, Milan

The Department of Design will host a panel discussion entitled 'Post Normative Ethics'. The event, organised by the PhD in Design as part of the PhD Summer School, is an opportunity to explore the changing context of design ethics.

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Care(ful) Design events

Hills of Pleasures

June 10, 2024, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm @ Polifactory, B3 Building, Bovisa Campus, via Candiani 72, Milan

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"Festival della Biodiversità" inauguration

"Api, Glicini, Cemento: Dibattiti sulla Biodiversità Urbana"

June 6, 2024, 6:30 pm @ Parco Nord Milano, Cascina Centro Parco, via Clerici 150, Sesto San Giovanni

Display curated by DensityDesign lab showing Communication Design students' installations.

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Project presentation



The think tank of the Department of Design that transforms advanced academic research into convergences of innovation


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Paolo Volonté

Hi, I'm Paolo Volontè, a sociologist working at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano, and today I took with me this strange object with a slightly high-tech, but also very low-tech design.


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Alessandro Colizzi

I’ve just come back from Montreal, Canada, where I was a professor at the École de design at UQAM from 2005 onwards. I taught History of Graphic Design, Typography and Type Design, Exhibition Design and Critical Design.


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Stefana Maja Broadbent

My name is Stefana Broadbent, I have recently joined the Department of Design as an Associate Professor. I am a social scientist. I have a PhD in Cognitive Science from Edinburgh University but have done all my professional and academic career as a Digital Anthropologist. In fact before joining Politecnico I lectured in digital Anthropology at UCL in London.


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James Postell

After 32 years of teaching in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. I bring to the Politecnico a passion for teaching and thinking about design and the making of design.


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Maurizio Bruglieri

Hello everyone. My name is Maurizio Bruglieri and I am an Associate Professor in Operational Research in the Design Department. The object that I have brought with me today is my smartphone. Who knows how many times you have used it to obtain information on the best route to get to a destination, for instance in a part of the city that you don’t know very well. I am responsible for the magic that enables to find exactly the shortest one.

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