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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.


Paolo Volonté with Laura Curino

Ethics and technology, Theatre meets University


Space and Design



Compasso d'Oro Award 2022

Awards and Mentions conferred on members of our community


DIY Materials

Materials and self-production


Lab.I.R.Int, Genera e Comune di Milano.

Casa Chiaravalle



Big data and creative process

Salone del Mobile 2022

Politecnico di Milano's initiatives for the Salone del Mobile



Neighborhood vocabulary

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.


International conference on technologies for inclusion


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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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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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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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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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


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 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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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 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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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


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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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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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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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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Campus Bovisa

The new spaces of the Department of Design


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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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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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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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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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.

Design Lab System

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LAB | Prototypes

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