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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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Ambrogino d'Oro to Off Campus

Important recognition for the project promoted by Polisocial

News

Focus Raymond Zreick Award for Technology and Innovation to the Space4Inspiraction course

Research

Unknown Unknowns: Triennale opens up to Design for Space

Research

Con/TexT

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

Research

Doctor Honoris Causa

Professor Carlo Vezzoli

Meet our researchers

Design, Technology & Society

Paolo Volonté

Research

DIY Materials

Materials and self-production

Research

JRP Active Ageing

Publication

Education for Sustainability approaching SDG 4 and target 4.7

We are delighted to announce the release of the book "Education for Sustainability approaching SDG 4 and target 4.7", published by the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in collaboration with the Colombian node of the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS), under the leadership of Ana Elena Builes (member of LeNS Colombia and UPB lecturer). The contributions also include those of the transdisciplinary research group DIY-Materials, coordinated by Professor Valentina Rognoli.

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International Conference Design Futures

2-3 December 2022, online event

On December 2 and 3, 2022, will take place in the Metaverse the third edition of the International Conference on Design Futures, the international conference on future design developments, coordinated by Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with Tsinghua University and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Focus Raymond Zreick Award for Technology and Innovation to the Space4InspirAction course

Focus Live 2022

During the Focus Live 2022 event, the Space4InspirAction design course, held by Professors Annalisa Dominoni and Benedetto Quaquaro, was awarded the first edition of the Focus Raymond Zreick Prize for Technology and Innovation.

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Important recognition for the project promoted by Polisocial

Ambrogino d'Oro to Off Campus

The OFF CAMPUS project of the Politecnico di Milano will be among the recipients of the 2022 edition of the Ambrogino d'Oro, the civic honour awarded each year by the City of Milan on 7 December, St. Ambrose's Day. The project is among the recipients of a Certificate of Civic Merit.

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Edited by Pierfrancesco Califano

Exploring Tomás Maldonado

We are pleased to announce the release of the book Discovering Tomás Maldonado, edited by Pierfrancesco Califano, published by Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

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Milano Digital Week

Workshop | Promozione del riuso cross border degli high value datasets per la PA: progetti europei

14 November 2022, 14:00 - 16:15, hybrid event

We invite you to participate in the workshop "Promozione del riuso cross border degli high value datasets per la PA: progetti europei " which will be held as part of Milano Digital Week, a digital education and information event, on Monday 14 November 2022 in hybrid mode.

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Coltivando - Convivial Garden at Politecnico Di Milano

"Nido d'Ape" at Coltivando!

12 November, 3 p.m., at the Coltivando community garden, via Candiani 72, Campus Bovisa, Milan

We are pleased to invite you to the inauguration of the Green Island/Alveari Urbani project, which will take place on Saturday 12 November at 3 p.m. at Coltivando, the convivial garden at Campus Durando.

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Milano Digital Week

The Polimi Design Think Tank: Digital Convergences

10 November 2022, 6 to 8 p.m., Social Club, Building B9/A, Campus Bovisa-Durando, Via Durando 10

On November 10, during Digital Week in Milan, D/Tank will introduce itself to the public and present its current projects on the topics of digital transition: Digital Care and Digital for Museums.

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Tra le pagine di Vanni Pasca

Design da leggere

Milan, Florence, Naples, Catania, Ascoli Piceno

From 27 October 2022, one year after the death of Vanni Pasca, Professor at the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, ADI Associazione per il Disegno industriale (Association for Industrial Design) has promoted five travelling talks to remember one of the most important Italian protagonists of the history and criticism of design, in the cities where he worked and taught: Milan, Florence, Naples, Catania, Ascoli Piceno.

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Inter-university workshop

Storytelling. Esperienze e comunicazione del Cultural Heritage

27 October 2022, 2 p.m., Carlo De Carli Lecture Hall, Campus Bovisa-Durando, Milan

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the inter-university workshop "Storytelling. Esperienze e comunicazione del Cultural Heritage', promoted by Professor Paola Cordera, which will be held in Bologna (26 October and 14 November), Milan (27 October) and Paris (6 December).

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Marina Spadafora's knitwear stitch archive in the Materioteca of the Politecnico di Milano

The magic of knitwear

26 October 2022, from 6 p.m. at Carlo de Carli Lecture Hall, Campus Bovisa-Durando, Via Durando, 10 - Milan

We invite you to take part in the event "La magia della maglieria" (The magic of knitwear) which will be held on Wednesday 26 October 2022 at the Carlo De Carli Lecture Hall and which will see the participation of Marina Spadafora, fashion designer and ambassador of ethical fashion in the world, together with Valeria Iannilli, Coordinator of the Fashion Design Course and Giovanni Maria Conti, Coordinator of the Knitwear Design Laboratory.

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The digital / physical challenge

Synesthesia: Science and Art

26-29 October 2022, University of Granada

The University of Granada, the International Foundation Artecittá, and the Politecnico di Milano, have collaborated jointly in the organization of the 7th International Congress on Synesthesia: Science and Art, for the purpose of showing and exploring the advancements made by European experts and American investigators o great prestige, in each of the numerous aspects of synesthesia.

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Design for Social Innovation in Business Culture

Next Now

October 27-28, 2022 at Circolo del Design, Via San Francesco da Paola 17, Turin

Polimi DESIS Lab invites you to participate in the event "**Next Now. Design for Social Innovation in Business Culture**" where five business-related themes will be addressed such as: capacity, environment, diversity, workers, proximity.

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Visioni Politecniche

L'avanguardia dell'architettura e del design spaziale

October 26, 2022, 6 p.m., Aula Magna, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 - Milan

We invite you to attend the talk "L'avanguardia dell'architettura e del design spaziale" given by Annalisa Dominoni and Benedetto Quaquaro, lecturers in Space Design of the Department of Design.

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Extraordinary openings

Gianfranco Ferré Research Center

21-22-23 October 2022, Gianfranco Ferré Research Center, Politecnico di Milano, via Tortona 37

The Gianfranco Ferré Research Center, Politecnico di Milano, welcomes you to its headquarters in Via Tortona 37 on 21-22-23 October 2022, with an extraordinary opening to the public.

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Digital technologies & Sustainable development Seminars

9.15 am, Building B2, Room B2.2.14, Campus Bovisa Durando

We invite you to attend the seminars given by Fiammetta Costa and Eugenio Morello, researchers and Associate Professors of the Department of Design and Architecture and Urban Studies at the Politecnico di Milano. All seminars will take place in Building B2 of the Bovisa Durando Campus, in Room B2.2.14 and will begin at 9:15 a.m., unless the programme is modified.

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Festival per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile

Design Against War

October 14, 2022, Casa delle Associazioni e del Volontariato, via Marsala 10, Milan, Italy

We are pleased to invite you to the event presenting the projects related to the Design Against War initiative, which will take place at the little garden of the Casa delle Associazioni e del Volontariato in Via Marsala 10, Milan. The exhibition will be open from October 12 to 21, and will present the projects received so far, becoming a setting for meetings, conversations, workshops and various initiatives.

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Career Days

Oct. 13 and 20, Nov. 16-17-18, Durando Campus, Politecnico di Milano

We propose three events curated by the Career Service aimed at students and graduates of the Politecnico di Milano.

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Festival per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile

SOSpesa Nolo

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., OFF CAMPUS Nolo - Mercato Comunale at Viale Monza 54

On Saturday October 15, as part of the Festival per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile - October 4 to 20, 2022 - OFF CAMPUS Nolo will curate a dissemination event of the SOSpesa Nolo project, with the involvement of local actors from the Nolo neighborhood.

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Do digital technologies reduce (or reinforce) stereotypes?

Tuesday, October 11 at 10.30 a.m., Campus Bovisa, room B2.2.14

We would like to inform you about the open seminar "Do Digital Technologies Reduce (or Reinforce) Stereotypes?" that Professor Mara Tanelli, lecturer in the Automatic Control course of the Department of Electronics and Information at the Politecnico di Milano, will hold on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. in room B2.2.14

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ACTS – A Chance Through Sport

Laboratorio Carcere

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 7:30 p.m., Project Room, PAC Milan

We are pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 8, starting at 7:30 p.m., there will be the opening of the exhibition "Laboratorio Carcere", which will be hosted in the Project Room of the PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea from October 9 to November 6.

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Indie Magazines For Social Change

Not Only Objects Filled With Objects

Friday, October 7, from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, La Stecca 3, Via De Castillia 26, Milano

We invite you to participate to the exhibition Not only objects filled with objects - Indie magazines for social change, in which some editorial projects of communicative translation of the concept of inequality will be exhibited.

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Inauguration of classroom B2.0.1

We invite you to discover today, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m., classroom B2.0.1, Building B2. An opening toast will follow

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The BASE5G Project

5G and its applications

Oct. 7-8, Politecnico di Milano, Durando Campus, Carlo De Carli Lecture Hall | Via Durando, 10 - Milan

On October 7 and 8, 2022, will be held the final event of BASE5G, a project coordinated by the Politecnico di Milano, involving five industrial partners: AKKA, VODAFONE, LIFE, YAPE and ANOTHEREALITY.

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10th edition of the CSR and Social Innovation Fair

Beyond prison: training and reintegration into the world of work

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Bocconi University

On the occasion of the 10th edition of the CSR and Social Innovation Fair, Professor Mariana Ciancia invites to participate in the panel "Beyond prison: training and reintegration into the world of work".

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10 Years of Design, neighborhood relations, meetings and organic crops!

Coltivando

Saturday, October 1 from 1 to 6 p.m., Campus Bovisa, via Giuseppe Candiani 72, Milan

Polimi DESIS Lab is pleased to invite you to the event "10 Years of Design, Relationships with the Neighborhood, Encounters and Organic Cultivations!", an experience connected to Coltivando, a collective cultivation project of Politecnico di Milano, within the Milano Green Week.

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Distributed design for plant-based food

Open Food Factory

September 21, 2022, from 5-7 p.m., at Polifactory (Building B3 - Candiani Campus, via Candiani, 72, Milan)

Polifactory is pleased to invite you to "Open Food Factory. Distributed Design for Plant-Based Food," to be held on September 21, 2022, from 5-7 p.m., at Polifactory (Building B3 - Candiani Campus, via Candiani, 72, Milan).

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Future Materials Conference

15th-16th September 2022, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, 9-25 Zugligeti Str., Budapest

The Innovation Center at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design will organize its first conference - Future Materials Conference - on September 15-16, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. The event will provide a platform for designers, researchers, private sector representatives and students to present and discuss the latest trends in materials through a combination of lectures, discussion sessions and workshops.

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For A New Extra-Terrestrial Human Being

Space Design

Sept. 15, 2022 at 17.30 CEST, via Zoom

We invite you to participate in the webinar "Space Design for a New Extra-Terrestrial Human Being" led by Professors Annalisa Dominoni and Benedetto Quaquaro, creators of the Space4InspirAction course at the School of Design, and presented by Moon Village Association, which will take place next Thursday, September 15, 2022.

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Italy-Azerbaijan University

The Politecnico di Milano at the academic cooperation agreement exchange ceremony

1 September, new premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Rome

On 1 September, at the new premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Rome, the exchange ceremony was held of academic cooperation agreements between ADA University and five Italian universities, including the Politecnico di Milano,, in relation to the Italy-Azerbaijan University that is to be opened in Baku.

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Safety Weeks 2022-2023

Safety training of Department’s Design Labs System

To access the Laboratori Didattici del Dipartimento di Design, it is mandatory to be trained in safety.

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Summer Closure

The Department of Design closes for summer break from August 8 to 21, 2022. Activities will resume regularly on Monday, August 22, 2022.

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International conference on technologies for inclusion

ICCHP-AAATE 2022

From July 11 to 15, the Lecco Campus of the Politecnico di Milano hosted the ICCHP-AATE 2022, International Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technologies and Accessibility.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO MYSTERIES

UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS

The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition entitled UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS. AN INTRODUCTION TO MYSTERIES will open its doors from Friday, July 15

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Loro Piana Knit Design Award 2022

On June 21, 2022, the finalist projects were announced at the sixth edition of the international Loro Piana Knit Design Award competition.

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Algocount conference

Everyday Algorithms

July 7 and 8, c/o Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

We report the international conference "Everyday Algorithms" sponsored by the University of Milan, in partnership with the DensityDesign laboratory of the Department of Design.

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Italy-Azerbaijan University

Visit of the Politecnico di Milano delegation to ADA University

From 19 to 22 June, a delegation from the Politecnico di Milano, from the Departments of DESIGN, DAStU and DABC, travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan, with the aim of carrying out a preliminary study for the design of the new School of Architecture and Design within the Italy-Azerbaijan University framework programme, which will be located at ADA University in Baku.

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Reenacting the archive

ACADEMY ROOM#2

Monday 4 July 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m., Via Marco Antonio Bragadino 2, Milan

Atelier Pharaildis Van den Broeck Archive, in collaboration with the students of the Department and School of Design - Politecnico di Milano, presents the exhibition ACADEMY ROOM#2. The exhibition is curated by Anna Mazzanti and Matilde Marzotto.

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Compasso d'Oro Award 2022 

Menzione d’Onore for the project "Atlante Calvino. Letteratura e Visualizzazione"

June, 20, ADI Design Museum

We are pleased to announce that the project "Atlante Calvino. Letteratura e Visualizzazione" has been awarded with a Menzione d'Onore.

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Pride Week 2022

Corpo d'arte/fatto

June 30, Campus Bovisa Durando, Carlo de Carli lecture hall, building B9

From June 27 to July 1, Politecnico di Milano's Pride Week returns for the third edition

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Compasso d'Oro Award 2022 

Menzione d’Onore for the 12/13 issue of "AIS/Design Journal. Storia e Ricerche", entitled "Social Design. Design e 'bene comune'"

June, 20, ADI Design Museum

It is with great excitement that we announce that issue 12/13 of "AIS/Design Journal. Storia e Ricerche", entitled "Social Design. Design e 'bene comune'" was awarded with a Menzione d’Onore during the Compasso d'Oro 2022 awards ceremony.

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Compasso d'Oro Award 2022

Compasso d'Oro for "Designing in Dark Times" - Editor Virginia Tassinari

June, 20, ADI Design Museum

We are pleased to announce that the publication "Designing in Dark Times" (Bloomsbury Publishing) has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro 2022.

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Compasso d'Oro Award 2022

Career Award to Michele De Lucchi

June, 20, ADI Design Museum

Career Award to Michele De Lucchi, Full Professor of Department of Design - Politecnico di Milano.

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Gold ADI Culture Award

MaDe – Designer Materials

We are happy to announce that MaDe has received the Gold ADI Culture Award which recognise projects that value design culture.

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Ricette d'autore

Nuovo Armenia

June 25, Nuovo Armenia, via Livigno, 9, 20158 Milano

66 young designers from our Design School, organised in 11 teams, passionately analysed the work of 11 major international filmmakers. Each group interpreted the poetics and representational codes of the chosen author, getting inspired while devising their own audiovisual project.

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Salone del Mobile 2022

PSYCOKNIT

6-12 June, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano

Design, psychology and technology in a sensory experience to reflect on interpersonal relationship’s changes.

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OFF CAMPUS Nolo

Situated Vocabularies - re-framing participation with fragile communities

07-12 june, ore 10 am - 6 am, OFF CAMPUS Nolo, Mercato Comunale di Viale Monza 54

"Situated Vocabularies - re-framing participation with fragile communities" is the title of a hybrid event (exhibition + workshop activity) highlighting the “Vocabolario di Quartiere (Neighbourhood Vocabulary)”, a Participatory Design research project of the Politecnico di Milano developed within OFF CAMPUS Nolo located inside the Municipal Market of Viale Monza in the Nolo neighbourhood.

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Opening

Rethink the Borgo

Sunday 5 June at 5.00 p.m

Opening of the didactic exhibition "Re.tinking the Borgo" at Villa Arconati in Castellazzo di Bollate in Milan.

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The Festival of the New European Bauhaus

New European Bahuaus

From 9 to 12 June

The Festival of the New European Bauhaus, organised by the European Commission, is coming alive. The initiative will bring together people from all of Europe to discuss and shape our future, one that is sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful. The Festival will offer online events and live events in Brussels and side events all over Europe. Also the Politecnico di Milano will join the initiative!

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Tomorrow living

5-12 June, c/o MEET Digital Culture Center, Viale Vittorio Veneto, 2, Milan.

For the upcoming Salone del Mobile, MEET presents Tomorrow Living - a project co-created with Huawei, curated by Robert Thieman of Frame.

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FUEL4Design

Building Pedagogical Futures in the Present. Dispatches on How to Imagine and Design an Otherwise

Tuesday 7th June 2022, from 12:00 - 16:00 BST / 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Half day event part of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership project FUEL4Design: Future Education and Literacy for Designers.

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PoliSocial Award

SOSpesa | Reti di vicinato per il recupero, la distribuzione e la valorizzazione dell’eccedenza alimentare

Five research projects have been selected as winners of the Polisocial Award, the competition promoted each year by the University as part of its social responsibility programme.

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Gianfranco Ferré Research Centre

Archivi Storici del Politecnico di Milano

The Gianfranco Ferré Research Centre was launched, collecting the immense heritage left by the designer who graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1969.

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Kick off event for the Collaborative Kitchen project

The Collaborative Kitchen opens!

Lunedì, 20 settembre 2021, 11 a.m - Loris Malaguzzi International Center

Kick off event for the Collaborative Kitchen project on Monday, September 20 from 11 am to 1 pm

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Italian Design Day

Project and materials: new challenges for the sustainable recovering of the Made in Italy

Martedì 7 settembre 2021, 6 p.m. - online

A speech by Anna Barbara, Professor – Design Department, Politecnico di Milano

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Designing in an age of uncertainty

Design Marathon 2021

Lunedì, 1 settembre, 2021 – 15:00, Youtube

Al via la seconda edizione della Design Marathon 2021, evento organizzato dal Polimi Design System. Attraverso sessioni di 30 minuti i 48 ospiti svilupperanno i loro interventi intorno al concetto di "Designing in an age of uncertainty" per indagare il ruolo, le condizioni e le aspettative future di giovani designer e ricercatori.

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News

Campus Bovisa

The new spaces of the Department of 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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Meet our researchers

Anna Barbara

Sono Anna Barbara (Barbara è il cognome), e sono ricercatrice e docente nel Corso di Laurea in Design degli Interni. Da oltre un ventennio mi occupo di indagare il coinvolgimento del tempo e dei sensi nella progettazione dei luoghi.

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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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Meet our researchers

Laura Galluzzo

I am part of Polimi Desis Lab (Design for social Innovation and sustainability) and my research projects mainly focus on spaces as places of social cohesion and collaboration. I teach as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Design in the Interior Design and Product Service System Design degree programmes.

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Meet our researchers

Marina Parente

For three years I attended the School of Specialisation in Industrial Design, the first to be established in Italy by Roberto Mango in an era in which Design Degree programmes did not exist.

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