News release - 2018

Students of Urban Ethnografy - Prof. Bricocoli at BookCity Milan 2018

"The tour of Milan in 90 | 91 minutes" / ATM and BookCity with DAStU & School AUIC Polytechnic of Milan, Renewable Literature and storytel / Urban Etnography course: Paola Briata, Massimo Bricocoli, Martina Bovo, MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design.

On the occasion of BookCity, on 17 and 18 November 2018, the Filobus Viberti will carry out 7 extraordinary runs, along the line of the 90 | 91 line. Field explorations by a group of students from the Politecnico di Milano will be presented, dealing with the role played by public spaces in supporting the coexistence of a multiplicity of strangers in the city through the continuous negotiation of diversity and difference. Ethnographic exploration has put a "compressed" public space, the trolleybus 90/91 in Milan, under observation, an extraordinary place to observe the rapid processes of social and demographic change that increasingly make Milan a cosmopolis.

"Agnese Ghini" graduation Award - 2nd edition - First Prize to two Graduates of prof. Marco Imperadori

"Agnese Ghini" graduation Award established by the University of Parma, in collaboration with Ghini Family, to enhance the best graduates who have dealt the theme of technological innovation in process/product/language within their graduation thesis, with particular reference to innovative aspects declined on the bioclimatic behavior of buildings.
Two students from Politecnico di Milano - Polo Territoriale di Lecco, Salvatore Nastasi and Silvia Spallina were awarded first prize for the thesis "HuT home, Human and Temperatures - Sustainable architecture for energy-efficient buildings in extreme climates" (supervisor Prof. Marco Imperadori).
The project was particularly appreciated by the committee for its ability to combine tradition and innovation within a research rich in technological-environmental suggestions and for being able to translate the strong cosmopolitan vocation into properly balanced expressive attributes.
The thesis was presented during the award ceremony, at the presence of Ghini Family, at the auditorium of Centro Sant'Elisabetta - Science and Technology Campus of the University of Parma.

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Arte Sella and the world of Architecture and Design invite some international protagonists to confront the unique nature of the Val Sella.
The scientific advice in the choice of the authors and the technical supervision of the experimental projects and the various works have been committed to prof. Marco Imperadori, Professor of Design and Technological Innovation at the Milan Polytechnic.
The dialogue between Arte Sella and architecture began in 2017 with the presence of the Japanese architect Atsushi Kitagawara, author of the Japan Pavilion of Expo 2015, who presented his Forest Byoubu at the Malga Costa Area.
Kodama, which in Japanese means "the spirit of the tree," is ideally a sort of "sphere," defined by a single element in local solid larch, which fits like a Japanese puzzle, like a great game for children. Kodama is developed in synergy between the Kengo Kuma Lab of the Tokyo University, the Polytechnic of Milan and d3wood for the aspects of digital modeling, prototyping and testing, and with Ri-Legno for the aspects of constructive optimization and automatic CNC cutting, this "nature" geometrized " fully reflects the theory of"parceling" so dear to Kuma that it decomposes its complex shapes into constitutive units.

Honorable mention for the Reconversion and Refurbishment category to Giulio Barazzetta and SBG Architetti

VI edition of the Gold Medal Award for Italian Architecture
Honorable mention for the Reconversion and Refurbishment category to Giulio Barazzetta and SBG Architetti by project works direction and artistic direction of the Refurbishment of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Baranzate, Milan, 2006-2015.

Movie "La Chiesa di Vetro"

Three Politecnico di Milano Students top the military museum contest


The ZDA | Zupelli Design Architettura team won the first prize at the Military Museum contest for ideas, organised by YAC – Young Architects Competitions, in collaboration with the State Property Office (Agenzia del Demanio). The five members of the work team include three Politecnico di Milano students: Matteo Leverone, Silvio Lussana and Simone Marzorati attend in fact the laurea magistrale programme run in English in Architecture - Built Environment Interiors.

The protagonist of the contest is the military artillery of Capo d’Orso, in Palau. Carved in the granite of a monumental coast, here memory acquires a physical, almost tangible dimension, and the memory of the past cloaks us in extraordinary realism and intense currentness. Forgotten architectures, which survived their purpose, a vestige of war times.

Military Museum was born in order to transform this place into a museum of military, marine and navigation history, a place where the narration of the events that have involved this tiny stretch of sea can give rise to one of the most fascinating museums of the Mediterranean, transforming the war architectures into new structures with a tourist and cultural vocation, bringing a past of conflict into harmony with a currentness of leisure and escapism.

The winning design shapes up as a story, made up of narrative sequences that summarise and synthesise the different aspects of museum experience in a succession of spaces and design operations that work on defining an almost sacred environment, in which the collected and meditative atmosphere of the memorial combines with the more didactic and educational one of the museum environment.
Pursuant to the graft logic, new volumes have been created adjacent to or over the existing structures, through a non-invasive approach of reuse and re-functionalisation of the current context.
The encounter-clash between the rigidity of the design geometries and the rurality of the existing structures defines a narrative course that translates, right from the entrance, into a sensory experience capable of recalling emotions and perceptions, legacy of a faraway time.
The idea of the route as cognitive element of the site materialises in the choice of brass slab as characterising and recognisable material, in stark contrast with the wild nature and the rural aspect of the place. A continuous, perfect and regular line that delineates, in different ways, the whole site: in the structure used as restaurant, the metal sheet defines a separate volume hidden inside the enclosure from which a fully suspended walkway working on more than one level is detached; in the museum and memorial area, the continuity is established through two overhead walkways, culminating in panoramic overhangs, which run inside the environment along the ancient bastion cells, whose characteristic vaulted shape has sometimes been emphasised by the brass sheet overlay.

The route inside the site runs out on the overhead terracing. Here the redefinition of the external space goes through the careful placement of terraces and partition walls that create and delimit flexible and reconfigurable areas capable of adapting to the different needs of the museum, outlining the parking areas, panoramic viewpoints and exhibition spaces. The partition walls, thanks to their characteristic shape, turn into metaphor of the condition of the sentinels who waited for the enemy hiding behind a shelter, looking at the sea from small cracks, thereby completing the surprise and learning process begun at the entrance.

Rowing. Polytechnic Success.

Letter from the federal president Giuseppe Abbagnale, concerning the results obtained with the medal received by the student PoliMi Veronica Calabrese at the world university in Shanghai.
Veronica is one of the leading athletes in our Dual Career program. Her successes are added to those achieved by Giulia Ghiretti (gold, silver, and bronze) to the European Paralympic Swimming.

Solar Decathlon China

The Polytechnic of Milan with the School of Urban Architecture Construction Engineering participates in 2018 to the "Solar Decathlon China" that takes place in the city of Dezhou, in collaboration with the Jiaotong University of Xi'an and the Western New England University of Springfield.

A building for an extended Chinese family including parents, children, and grandparents designed and built by the Professors and their student's team.

Some students enrolled in the last year of the Master's Degree in Urban Architecture Building Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano have developed the architectural project under the guidance of their professor.

The competition takes place from 3 August 2018.

Xi’an Jiaotong University
Western New Englang University
Polytechnic of Milan – School of Urban Architecture Construction Engineering

STUDENTS (School of Urban Architecture Construction Engineering)
Gianluca Bonardi
Francesca Petrò
Marica Torresani
Arianna Travaglini
Matteo Vincenti
Federico Velludo

Pierluigi Salvadeo

Article on Corriere Milano (8-08-2018) - Farb Research / innovative teaching - workgroup with Andrea Di Franco

Article published on Corriere Milano - 8-08-2018 regarding the reasearch result of Andrea Di Franco and hios reasearch group, focusing on the Farb Reasearch / innovative teaching, related to the Bollate realization.

1st Prize for the best paper at AESOP 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden

Massimo Bricocoli, Paola Briata e Martina Bovo, dept. DaStU - PoliMi,won the first prize for best 2018 paper at the 2018 AESOP BEST CONGRESS PAPER AWARD in Gothenburg (Sweden)

Association of European Schools of Planning,  2018:
"Briata P., Bricocoli M., Bovo M. (DAStU, Politecnico di Milano)
"Diversity on board: The 90/91 trolley-bus in Milan as a cosmopolitan canopy"

The paper draws on a research and teaching project carried out with an international class of students in Urban Ethnography in the MSC in Urban Planning and Policy Design at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). In particular, a main aim of the project was exploring the role played by public spaces in supporting the coexistence of a multitude of strangers in the city through the continuous negotiation of difference. Qualitative studies of everyday mobility infrastructure represent a powerful lens to investigate how riders are exposed to diverse groups of other people in a particularly “compressed” space such as the one of public transport.
Everyday practices on the 90-91 trolley-bus circle-line in Milan have been analysed. The bus is the only one offering a 24/24 hours service, and its route outlines a symbolic and material boundary between the most central and the most peripheral areas of Milan. Despite stigmatisation, the 90/91 is intensively used by a wide range of citizens: immigrants and natives, poor and not poor.
Direct participant observation was carried out, considering some research questions such as: how is this space lived by its very diverse users in the different times of the day/ night? How does everyday negotiation of difference occur? How investigating the everyday experience of mobility may be helpful for research on planning processes?
The main argument of the paper is that this bus may be considered as a ‘cosmopolitan canopy’ where ‘the display of public acceptance by all of all is especially intense’ (Anderson, 2011)."

19 projects of the Politecnico di Milano take part in the 25th edition of the Compasso d'Oro ADI Award. The award ceremony will be held on June 20th 2018.

One of the candidate project is:

CampUS project participates in the "Social Design" thematic area: research is at the service of unemployed and elderly people, with the aim to transmit skills and give them back an active social role.

Designers: Davide Fassi, Francesca Piredda, Pierluigi Salvadeo, Elena Perondi.

Further information at

The TEEN project is one of the winners of the Polisocial Award 2017

The project was conceived by a multidisciplinary team composed of Marco Verani, Nicola Parolini and Chiara Andrà of the Department of Mathematics, Elena Granata of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Maurizio Zani of the Department of Physics and Tommaso Agasisti of the Department of Management Engineering.

Alpha is from The Gambia. He left by himself, like many of his peers, without saying anything to anyone or saying goodbye to his family. He dealt with the struggles and dangers of a dangerous journey and was then placed under the protection of a community for minors in Milan, where he has lived for three years. In a few months, Alfa will be considered an adult and will have to deal with life as a citizen, without networks and support systems, outside of the community.

The TEEN project, Teenagers Experience the Empowerment by Numbers, aims to teach teenagers like Alpha the skills they need to integrate into an adult setting which has different rules. Using innovative teaching methods, the goal is to teach the teenagers how to use logical and mathematical tools to manage the most common issues of daily life. Not abstract mathematical problems, but situations that connect the teenagers and their host communities with the outside world.

The TEEN project is one of the winners of the Polisocial Award 2017, the competition financed by five per thousand IRPEF income tax contributions donated to the Politecnico di Milano, which supports the development of scientific research with strong social impact.

Italian Sustainable Architecture Award: awarded students of the Politecnico di Milano at the 13th edition of the "Fassa Bortolo Sustainable Italian-Architecture Award"

Italian Sustainable Architecture Award: awarded students of the Politecnico di Milano at the 13th edition of the "Fassa Bortolo Sustainable Italian-Architecture Award" competition, promoted by Fassa Bortolo S.r.l and by the University of Ferrara.

The students of the Politecnico di Milano Alexandra Prino, Elena Marchini, and Chiara Nardo received the awarded with the HONORABLE MENTION - sustainable design category for the "UP - Unconventional Project" project. Design of a cohousing and co-dividing space through the use of unconventional materials and techniques "(supervisor: Prof. Marco Imperadori).

Three Politecnico di Milano students won the first prize ex aequo in the "Progettare domotico" (designing home automation) competition

Three Politecnico di Milano students - Lorenzo Manganello, Marco Mochetti and Thomas Villa - won the first prize ex aequo in the "Progettare domotico" (designing home automation) competition, organized by Vimar company in collaboration with Università Iuav di Venezia.

Circular House is born from the desire to decline the concepts of the circular economy in architecture, to develop a prototype of a single-family home that can be inserted in different contexts and scenarios.

The focus is on the entire life cycle of the building, finding the right balance between energy to build and energy for living. The use of eco-compatible materials deriving from recycled or recyclable materials is expected. It is also expected to renounce to fossil fuel energy, so as to ensure maximum living comfort limiting environmental impact and reducing consumption and emissions.

Skyscraper Competition 2018

eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Skyscraper Competition. The Jury selected 3 winners and 27 honorable mentions from 526 projects received. The annual award established in 2006 recognizes visionary ideas- projects that through the novel novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

The FIRST PLACE was awarded to designed by Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk from Poland and from School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering. The project is a foldable skyscraper inspired by origami that could be easily transported and deployed in disaster zones.

1st International Elite Universities Dragon Boat Championships

Our student Pietro Olioso, who is attending the second year of MSc Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, as part of the international exchange program, promoted by the prof. Luca M. F. Fabris shares this success with us.

Over the past few days, they have gathered at the 1st International Elite Universities Dragon Boat Championships, a tournament that includes several water sports (canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle, dragon boat). Fifteen universities took part, including Harvard, Oxford, MIT, Stanford, and Tonji. Of the Pietro Olioso team, four members are students of the Politecnico di Milano in the study at Tsinghua University: Pietro, from the AUIC School, two students of the School of Engineering and a student of the School of Design.

Together with his Chinese colleagues, they won the bronze medal in the stand-up paddle and qualified eighths in the 200 meters dragon boat and ninth in the 2000 meters dragon boat. The Politecnico di Milano for Tsinghua University that believed in our students and that has been rewarded with a check-prize of 8000 RMB (about 1200 euros) and appearing proudly on one of the most important national television. However, it is not a Chinese pride but also of the Politecnico di Milano.

Congratulations to Pietro and all the other students of the Politecnico di Milano.

Award "Les Grands Prix du design" al VIAGGIO DELLA PAROLA (the Holy Word trip)

The project ”Il viaggio della Parola” (the Holy Word trip) conceived by Ginette Caron and with art director and curator Marco Imperadori (Politecnico di milano) and alessio Pesenti (Nordzinc) , was born after the retrofit of the graphics of Holy See Pavillion at Expo 2015. After the Vatican’s Pavillion Demolition the words “Not by bread alone” and “Give us our bread today” in 13 different languages have been replaced  all around the world in religious or laic places where the graphics could take new life thanks to the shadows created by the sun.


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