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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.

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Open COmeta

A shared project platform for people with autism

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Politecnico di Milano still among the top 20 universities in the World

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

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Dieter Rams - A glance at the past and the future

Research

Design “within walls”

Storytelling as an action-research practice in marginal contexts

Research

Space Design for New Human Beings

New European Bauhaus Festival Exhibition

Network

Salone del Mobile 2023

Polimi Design System

Research

Con/TexT

A digital ecosystem to connect the textile-knitwear manufacturing system with future design talents

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Design, Technology & Society

Paolo Volonté

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Ambrogino d'Oro to Off Campus

Important recognition for the project promoted by Polisocial

The Design System for Iranian Women

Performance Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty

Tuesday June 6, 2023, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, B2 Building Atrium, Campus Bovisa, Via Candiani 72, Milan

On 6 June, the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano will hold a performance dedicated to the Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty, a carpet printed in the style of Persian carpets whose decorations are a collection of 500 names among the victims of the protests in Iran.

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01/10

Open Polifactory - New

Envisioning futures between utopia and dystopia

Thursday, 25th May, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Polifactory, B3 Building, Campus Bovisa, Via Candiani 72, Milan

Envisioning futures between utopia and dystopia is the third event of More than Human(ity). An exploration of contemporary design boundaries, the first edition of Open Polifactory, an annual cycle of presentations, events and debates dealing with complex issues in contemporary design research, in order to build a debate that is as popular and open as possible.

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02/10

IN SESSION

Can design activate a sense of agency towards others?

30 May 2023 | 1–2pm BST

With the aim of strengthening the international relations that Polimi Design System can boast with educational institutions characterised by high international ranking, POLI.design - in collaboration with several researchers of our Department - has organised a series of on-line talks on frontier themes of design culture. Prof. Anna Meroni talks with Dr. Rob Phillips, Senior Tutor in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, about the role that design can play in triggering change in society for the common good and public interest.

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03/10

The Queer City

Temporary and Inclusive Urban Solutions

Tuesday 23 May, 11am, room B2.0.1, building B2, Campus Bovisa

Within the framework of the elective course for the Master's Degree in Temporary and Inclusive Urban Solutions - The Queer City, an open discussion will take place on Tuesday, May 23 involving prominent LGBT+ associations active in the Milan area, focusing on the topic of the queer city.

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04/10

Luciano Crespi INFINITO / FINITO / NON-FINITO

May 25, at 11 a.m, Campus Bovisa, room B2.1.6 and online

On the occasion of the publication of the latest book “Design of the unfinished. Interior design in the regeneration of “leftovers”” (Postmedia Books, 2023) by Professor Luciano Crespi, a lecture will be given as part of the Interior Design Lab sect. 2 on what through his research and teaching activities has become a boundary discipline, located between design, interior design, art, restoration, staging, and cinema, founded on an “aesthetic of the leftover”.

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05/10

Open Polifactory - Next

Trajectories for a more-than-human revolution

Monday, 25th May, from 10.45 am to 1.15 pm, Polifactory, B3 Building, Campus Bovisa, Via Candiani 72, Milan

Trajectories for a more-than-human revolution is the third event of More than Human(ity). An exploration of contemporary design boundaries, the first edition of Open Polifactory, an annual cycle of presentations, events and debates dealing with complex issues in contemporary design research, in order to build a debate that is as popular and open as possible.

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06/10

The Promotion of Made in Italy (1948-1960)

Stories of Italian Craftsmanship and Design for the 21st Century

From 16th to 18th May, Aula Carassa e Dadda, Via Lambruschini 4, Milan

The Politecnico di Milano will host the international conference: The Promotion of Made in Italy (1948-1960). Stories of Italian Craftsmanship and Design for the 21st Century. An opportunity to reflect on the narratives of postwar Italian design, in the wake of the popularity evidenced by the auction sales and exhibition events in which it is often featured.

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07/10

PolimiRun Spring 2023

PolimiRun is back, starting this year for kids as well

Sunday, 28th May, from 8.30am, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milan

On May 28, the adidas Runners PolimiRun Spring returns, get ready for the race organized by Politecnico di Milano! The 10 km non-competitive and competitive run connects the two campuses of Politecnico, from Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci to Bovisa Lambruschini. Moreover this year comes the first edition of PolimiRun Kids, the run organized by Politecnico di Milano open to all children from 1 to 13 years old!

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08/10

Dieter Rams - A glance at the past and the future

Events to discover the principles of Good Design

On the occasion of the exhibition “DIETER RAMS - A glance at the past and the future”, which will be held at the ADI Design Museum from 4 May to 11 June 2023, with the contribution of the DeLonghi Group, the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano is organising a number of collateralevents to help visitors discover Dieter Rams and the principles of Good Design.

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09/10

Cap_able

Adversarial clothing to protect privacy

Cap_able is an Italian fashion tech startup founded by Rachele Didero, Federica Busani and Professor Giovanni Maria Conti, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, with the goal to produce clothing that preserves people's privacy and sensitive data from cameras with facial recognition.

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010/10

News

D\Tank

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

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Meet our researchers

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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Meet our researchers

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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Meet our researchers

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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