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161st Academic Year of Politecnico di Milano

Opening Ceremony



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


Dae predas nostras

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



Life-Changing Design 


Andrea Branzi

In memory of



A new Innovation Policy Platform for the Cultural and Creative Industries


Design “within walls”

Storytelling as an action-research practice in marginal contexts


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

Dignity, Autonomy, and Care

Service Design for Older Adults

December 11, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Polifactory, B3 Building, Bovisa Campus, Milan

An open lecture by Miso Kim, Associate Professor of Experience Design in the Department of Art + Design at Northeastern University.

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HIROSHIMA. Conoscere per non ripetere

Photography exhibition and VR experience

December 4-20, 2023, Building B8, Bovisa Campus, via Durando 10, Milan

The opening of the 'Hiroshima: Conoscere per non ripetere' exhibition provides an opportunity to delve into discussions on nuclear disarmament with Hiroshima students.

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Off Work Tournament

Volleyball Tournament

A new volleyball tournament dedicated to Politecnico di Milano employees, professors, fellows and doctoral students is kicking off.

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Trasformare lo spirito umano per un mondo libero da armi nucleari

November 24th, 2023 – Juanary 14th, 2024, Salone Ex-Cavallerizza, via Fratelli Cairoli 9, Brescia

An exhibition that addresses the issue of nuclear weapons through path that illustrates the main themes contained in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, with the aim of disseminating its contents and generating awareness of the threat they pose.

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VI AIS/Design International Conference 2023

Alle radici del Design Espanso. Quali futuri per la storia del design?

November 24-25, 2023, Bovisa Durando Campus

The sixth edition of AIS/Design, the International Conference of the Italian Association of Design Historians, will begin, consisting of two days during which the future of historical studies and the teaching of design history in relation to contemporary phenomena will be discussed.

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We say stop

La grafica per contrastare la violenza contro le donne

November 24th 2023, 5:00 p.m., Aula Rogers, Building 11, Leonardo Campus, Milan

A seminar and the opening of the respective exhibition to reflect on the contribution that the University and design can make in supporting paths of knowledge and awareness of the phenomenon of violence against women by expressing the power of collective work and network building.

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RAWGraphs 2.0.1 public release

November 9, 2023

With the release of RawGraphs 2.0.1, new possibilities opened up for users.

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DDC Vent’anni di nuovo

Testi e manifesti per il futuro del Design della comunicazione

November 22nd 2023, 3:00 p.m, Building B2, Underground Floor, Bovisa Campus, Via Candiani 72, Milan

A meeting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Study Programme in Communication Design and the opening of the respective exhibition which will display posters designed by those who have made major contributions to the development of this Course of Studies over the years.

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Opening Ceremony: Technology for Humanity

161st Academic Year of Politecnico di Milano

Monday 20 November, 2023, Aula Magna Giampiero Pesenti, via Bonardi 9, Milan

Inauguration of the 161st Academic Year of the Politecnico di Milano.

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Indie magazines for social change

Belonging/Not Belonging

Friday 17 November, 2023, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., La Stecca 3 - Centro socioculturale, Via Gaetano De Castillia 26, Milan

An exhibition of the editorial experiments carried out within the Complex Artifacts and System Design Lab of the Master's Degree in Communication Design course that explore the theme of Belonging/Not Belonging.

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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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LAB | Prototypes

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