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Intranet for research and self-funding

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Available at this LINK a video tutorial, realized by the UOF Support to the Research, that shows the steps to follow on the IPRA application to communicate the participation of your project to a competitive call.


Further information

Research Support Office: Ruben Calegari – Greta Crespi and Sara Fischetti

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We’d like to report the kick off event for the Collaborative Kitchen project, a research proposal of the Design Policy Lab recently funded through the Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus call. 

Raising levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are among the most relevant urban challenges associated with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in European cities. The New European Bauhaus Initiative (NEB) launched by the European Commission seeks to stimulate post-COVID recovery of European cities and communities by addressing issues such as food accessibility, circularity and urban resilience through the NEB principles of inclusiveness, sustainability and quality of experience. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) supports such Initiative through a collaboration of several of its Knowledge & Innovation Communities (KICs). 

In this framework, The Collaborative Kitchen, is a project conceived and implemented by the Design Policy Lab in partnership with Caritas Reggio Emilia and with the support of EIT Food, to increase the circularity of the food donation system through a process of community co-design.

For ten weeks, the Collaborative Kitchen will involve the people of the Caritas food donation system: diners, volunteers and donors, but also policymakers and other value bearers, through a series of conversations and workshops held at Caritas Reggio Emilia and Laboratorio Aperto dei Chiostri di San Pietro. The aim is to imagine the future of food giving and distribution to reduce waste, but also to support people and communities.

On Monday, September 20 from 11 am to 1 pm there will be the official presentation of the project, to find out more about the Collaborative Kitchen and how to participate. The event will be held in blended mode at the Auditorium Hall of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center (Viale B. Ramazzini, 72/a, Reggio Emilia) and will also be streamed live through the Facebook platform on the event page (at this link).

In order to participate in presence, registration is required through Eventbrite (at this link) and the possession of the Green Pass to be shown on site.

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September 7th, at 12:00 KWT hrs.

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

The simultaneity between Italian Design Day in Kuwait and Design Week in Milan is an opportunity to tell the story of the Italian design system and museums, universities, companies, and designers.
The theme selected by ADI for International Design Day 2021 is very strategic: it brings matter back to the center of design, not as an anachronistic quality compared to the immaterial, but as an essential foundation of the project and the experience of Italian design.

In Italy, design is material because the nature of the materials is often the essence from which design starts, the anchor with the place, the immanence, the essential iconographic, sensorial, cultural, and geographical reference. It is this root of Italian design in the primary ingredients of local materials, of its territories, in its headmasters - as has been the case for years in food - that is the key to sustainability and restart that we all hope for.


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International Doctoral Summer School 2021

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MORE-THAN-HUMAN FUTURES | Reframing design knowledge provotyping for human-non-human ecologies
June 23-29, 2021

The Summer School focuses on the role of experimental knowledge and of speculative/critical practices in design research, also aiming to explore the potentialities of other disciplinary experiences which could be meaningful for the design practice to produce knowledge in forms that are not exclusively textual. The 2021 edition will be a theoretical and pragmatic occasion to “provotype” futures.

Further details and full programme here.

The School, designed as an event addressed to academics, researchers, graduate students and experts, is also open to a wider audience with Keynote Speakers and the opening event, the DESIS Philosophy Talk: please find the links to access their lectures on the programme page.
Sign up here

Chiara Colombi, Associate Professor, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano 
Stefano Maffei, Full Professor, Design Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano 
Jonathan Chapman, Full Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies, Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, USA)
Manuela Celi, Associate Professor, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano 
Annalinda De Rosa, Research Fellow, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano 
Ammer Harb, PhD candidate, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano 
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Inclusive neighbourhoods @ BASE

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martedì 22 giugno dalle 09:30 alle 14:00, presso Base Milano, via Bergognone 34

INCLUSIVE NEIGHBOURHOODS è un evento di prototipazione di cinque progetti pensati per rendere il quartiere attorno a BASE MILANO, maggiormente inclusivo, valorizzando e potenziando le relazioni tra il centro culturale e i suoi dintorni. Cinque visioni future che provano a ripensare gli spazi, i servizi e le relazioni, mettendo al centro le diverse popolazioni urbane e valorizzando quelle che vengono definite categorie vulnerabili.
I progetti presentati sono il risultato del corso Temporary Urban Solutions della Scuola del Design del Politecnico di Milano.
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My Genoa is over the ocean

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Monday 14th, June 2021 At 6:00 pm Magazzini dell’Abbondanza via del Molo 65, Genova

My Genoa is over the Ocean is an exhibition welcoming the arrival of The Ocean Race Europe in anticipation of the Grand Finale of The Ocean Race. The exhibition, curated by Thesis Incubator Studio (#TIS) Design Schools of Politecnico di Milano, exhibits thesis and projects from Politecnico di Milano and Università di Genova, demonstrating the sensitivity to the future of cities and oceans on the part of the next generation of designers and architects. The projects on display explore various themes linked to the economy of the sea, summarized in five key words: #sustainability #tourism #fishing #sport #navigation and proposing projects of spaces, naval and nautical design, service design, events and sustainable practices for communities. 

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Copy of Decolonising Futures in Design Education

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May 19th-20th

Join us for a 3-day event for design futures literacies educators, researchers and practitioners. Each day we have a lecture and panel of renowned experts connecting design futures literacies with aspects of decolonising design. These are followed by training capsules on resources developed in FUEL4DESIGN and tutoring introducing futures methodologies and knowledge into your educational practice.

Register on Eventbrite:

 This event is part of FUEL4DESIGN (Future Education and Literacy for Designers) which aims at developing knowledge, resources and methods to help young designers designing for complex tomorrows. 

 For more information:



18th May: Language and Futures. Keynote: Frederick van Amstel​. Panel: Martin Avila, Ariel Guersenzvaig, Henry Mainsah, Monika Parrinder, Rahul Patel.

19th May: Philosophy and Futures. Keynote: Janine Francois​. Panel:James Auger, Laura Benítez, Annabel Crowley, Bruce Snaddon, Ron Wakkary.

20th May: Making and Futures. Keynote: Laura Forlano​. Panel: Saúl Baeza, Mark Ingham, Sergio Urueña, Tomás Vivanco, Elizabeth Wright.

Each day from 15h-18:30h CEST time, via Zoom:


Keynotes and discussions

Open to the general public (recommended to Postgraduate and PhD students, faculty members, designers, educators, etc.) and invited participants by Fuel4Design partners.

15:00 Welcome 

15:05 FUEL4Design training capsule

15:20 Keynote

15:50 Q&A

16:00 Discussion panel

16:45 Break


Training capsules and in-depth tutoring

For design researchers and educators. If not invited by any of the Fuel4Design partners, a motivation letter is required, including information about the courses or teaching activities that you are doing in relation to futures. Email subject: "F4D Decolonising Futures in Design Education”; to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

17:00 FUEL4Design training capsule

17:15 Tutoring by experts in 2 channels

18:00 Final reflection and closure

May 3rd-7th, 2021

How do we create a culture of citizen engagement in policymaking across Europe?
Policy making in the twenty-first century is undergoing major changes. The COVID pandemic has amplified already pressing economic, social, and environmental problems, challenging institutions and policymakers to find new and better ways of developing public initiation.

Policymakers need to adopt skills and approaches suitable for handling the challenges of today. Co-creation, the act of creating new solutions with people, not for them, can help drive radical innovation in the public sector. By focusing on citizens’ own experiences and resources, co-creation can help identify truly valuable services.
During the free and virtual conference, we dive into the power, the approaches, and the challenges of co-creating policies with our citizens.

The SISCODE final conference consists of 4 days of keynote speeches, testimonials, and experimentation in 10 labs spread across Europe. The fifth and final day will be a collaborative effort to co-create a manifesto for the future of policymaking. 
Each day we explore a different part of co-creation:

3rd May 2021 - Developing a culture of co-creation with citizens

4th May 2021 - The power of empathy - design for policy

5th May 2021 - Letting go of power. How do we make sure EVERYONE is involved in the co-creation process?

6th May 2021 - Co-creation ecosystems: Enabling collaboration for sustainable cities

7th May 2021 - A pledge for a better Europe: Co-creating the future of policymaking

> more info and registration

21st April 2021 – 11:00 AM (CEST)

The Master in Transportation & Automobile Design, the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano and Poli.Design organize TADtalks | car design inspiring ideas, a series of talks on transportation design topic.
The next speech will be held by Lowie Vermeersch, Founder & Creative Director Granstudio in Turin.
The proposed topic will be “Designing mobility for a changing society”.

Granstudio combines a deep car design expertise with a broader understanding of the future of mobility. This unique combination allows his team to design mobility means that fit successfully in that mobile future.

Today Granstudio is an internationally recognised mobility design studio with a team of 50 designers, engineers and mobility experts that works on a wide variety of projects for renowned international clients as a well as working on a wide range of mobility projects, including the development of new mobility solutions at an urban scale.

> Join the meeting

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