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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.


Design Convivio at ADI Design Museum

From February 17 to March 6, 2024

Active³ - Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

Technology and design for prevention, health and sport


Sguardo Mobile

Lab COmeta presented a project to overcome autistic people's experience of loneliness


Design for Ukrainian Heritage

The Museum of Ukrainian Museums in the metaverse



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



Life-Changing Design 


Dae predas nostras

Narrare Oliena e il suo territorio. Storie di terra, cielo e acqua

AI UK Fringe 2024

AI, Big Data and Democracy

March 7, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm CET, online

The Department of Design will participate in the AI UK Fringe 2024 as part of the "AI, Big Data, and Democracy Task Force" composed of the AI4Gov, ITHACA, KT4D, and ORBIS projects, to address the intersection of AI, big data, and democracy.

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The Iconic Italian Brands


Until April 6, 2024, Palazzo Piacentini, Via Vittorio Veneto, 33, Rome

An exhibition showcasing a selection of iconic Italian design objects, paying homage to the creativity and work of Italian companies, on display at Palazzo Piacentini.

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Seminars 2024

Design Futures

From February 19 to March 11, 2024, online and Bovisa Campus, Via Candiani 72, Milan

A cycle of online public seminars, organized by Marita Canina and Manuela Celi, Associate Professors of the Design Department, within the "Design Futures" course of Integrated Product Design. The next meeting will take place on Monday, March 4th at 9:15 am and will be conducted by Dr. Adam Nocek, Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University.

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Opening of the exhibition within the exhibition

Triangular. Cooking for what matters

February 23, 2024, 5:00 pm, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schaumainkai 17, Frankfurt

On Friday 23, at the Museum Angewandte Kunst, the opening of the exhibition born from the collaboration between the students of the Smart Design Final Synthesis Lab and the students of the Dutch University Delft University of Technology will take place, followed by a roundtable focused on designer education.

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Eight debates on urban biodiversity seen through the web

Api, glicini, cemento

February 21, 2024, 6:30 pm, MEET Digital Culture Center, Viale Vittorio Veneto, 2, Milano

From February 21st to March 3rd, the exhibition "Api, glicini, cemento" will be showcased at MEET, featuring eight debates on the topic of urban biodiversity, presented through installations.

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Kick off meeting in Milan

CirCLER: an Erasmus+ project

February 21-22, 2024, Headquarters of FederlegnoArredo, Foro Buonaparte, 65, Milan

The partners meet in Milan for the kick-off meeting of CirCLER, a European project aimed at promoting the transition towards a circular economy in the furniture sector of the EU, focusing on the creation of the new professional figure of the CETM, Circular Economy Transition Manager.

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A day of study at the Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

Somaini e il sacro. Temi, progetti, realizzazioni

February 19, 2024, 9:30 am to 6 pm, Sala dei Milanesi, Archivio della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, Piazza Duomo, 20, Milan

A day of study to explore the dimension of the sacred and Francesco Somaini's work in the field of religious art.

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Walkability for Women in Milan


February 16, 2024, 4:00 pm, BASE Milano, via Bergognone 34, Ground Hall, entrance A, Milan

A series of lectures and discussions based on the results of the scientific research project "STEP UP. Walkability for Women in Milan", which sheds light on gender-inclusive mobility planning.

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Off Campus Polimi at Forum Economia Urbana 2024

Mercati e territorio, tra tradizione e nuovi modelli

February 16, 2024, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, Milano Luiss Hub, via D’Azeglio, 3, Milan

During the second day of the Urban Economics Forum 2024 organized by the Municipality of Milan, Davide Fassi, Full Professor at the Department of Design, will participate in the meeting "Mercati e territorio, tra tradizione e nuovi modelli" to discuss the topic of neighborhood markets.

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Workshop Week

Design Talk at ADI Design Museum

Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 5:30 p.m., ADI Design Museum, Piazza Compasso d'Oro, 1, Milan

On February 14, the third edition of Design Talk will take place at the ADI Design Museum as part of thse Workshop Week.

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Project presentation



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


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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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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