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A new Innovation Policy Platform for the Cultural and Creative Industries


The Bridge of Future

Bridges of the future for the Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2023


Space Design for New Human Beings

New European Bauhaus Festival Exhibition



Project final report


Design “within walls”

Storytelling as an action-research practice in marginal contexts


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

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023


Digital Care

Innovation convergences in design for healthcare


Open COmeta

A shared project platform for people with autism


Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty

Polimi Design System for iranian women

Milano Digital Week 2023

Tecnologie Civiche Digitali per le Comunità Fisiche e Virtuali

Saturday, October 7, 2023, ISPI, Via Clerici 5, Milan

The potentials of alternative digital in support of physical reality.

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EQUI06, Equità e Qualità per l'Infanzia

PENSARE 0-6: Results and perspectives of the research project dedicated to early childhood educational services

October 6, 2023, from 10:30 am, room B2.0.1, Bovisa Campus, via Durando 10, Milan

The results of the Polisocial project “EQUI06, Equità e Qualità per l'Infanzia” on early childhood educational services will be presented during a one-day program of talks and roundtable discussions.

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Off Campus Nolo finalist at the Seoul Design Awards 2023

Off Campus Nolo has received another prestigious award. Following the Ambrogino d'Oro awarded in December, it has now secured a spot on the podium at the Seoul Design Awards 2023.

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Longevity Society Economy Future


Tuesday 3rd October, 2023, Palazzo Mezzanotte, Floor -1, Piazza degli Affari, Milan

AGEVITY is the first national platform dedicated to the exchange between Institutions, Enterprises, Third Sector and Citizens to develop a common vision on the #longevityeconomy in Italy, promoting and valorising innovations, projects, products and services to guarantee longevity to the societies of today and tomorrow.

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Second edition on material innovation

Future Materials Conference

28-29 September, 2023, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest

MOME’s Innovation Center has organised the second edition of Future Materials Conference. The event will showcase the latest material innovation trends through lectures and workshops over two days focusing on architecture, textiles, healthcare and food.

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IV International Conference on Interiors and Exhibit Design

Crossroads Incroci

27-28-29 September, 2023, Politecnico di Torino, Aula Magna del Lingotto, Via Nizza 230, Turin

The Conference, featuring many professors from the Department of Design at Politecnico di Milano, explores the disciplinary osmosis and intersection of various fields, and positions. Interior architecture as a hub between different knowledge, aesthetics and behaviors. The event will therefore focuses on design, technology, restoration, history, aesthetics, psychology, visual communication and artificial intelligence.

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The Bridge of Future

Two School of Design projects selected for the 2023 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Two of the futuristic inhabited bridge projects from the New Interiors Lab “FUTURABILITY: Timeless Utopias for Seoul” are among the twelve finalists to take part in one of Asia's largest international architecture exhibitions.

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Human Cities / SMOTIES: creative work with small and remote places'.

Experimentation and dissemination activities in Basso Monferrato

Saturday 22 July, 2023, from 10.30 a.m., Palazzo della ex società, Via Mazzini 47/49, Aramengo (AT) and Sunday 23 July, 2023, from 3.30 p.m., Giardino di Via Roma, Albugnano (AT)

The Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano is organising two days of exhibitions and workshops for experimentation and dissemination in Basso Monferrato for the research project 'Human Cities / SMOTIES: creative works with small and remote places.

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Full employment for Politecnico di Milano graduates

The results of 2023 occupational survey

Full employment for Politecnico di Milano graduates. This is what emerges from the 2023 occupational survey, available from today.

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Project final report


The Con-text research project has concluded and the final results are published

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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.

Design Lab System

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LAB | Fashion

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LAB | Prototypes

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