News release - 2022

Linda Flaviani, our graduated Architettura e Disegno Urbano - Architecture and Urban Design (ADU/AUD) awarded at the IV Premio lnternacional de Proyectos Sobre Patrimonio Cultural para Estudiantes de Arquitectura AR&PA 2022

Linda Flaviani has qualified for second place in the IV edition of the International Prize for Cultural Heritage Projects for Architecture Students AR&PA 2022 in the section Projects for protection and intervention in cultural landscapes (Premio lnternacional de Proyectos Sobre Patrimonio Cultural para Estudiantes de Arquitectura AR&PA 2022) in the section Proyectos de protección e intervención en paisajes culturales.

The Junta de Castilla y León and the School of Architecture of the University of Valladolid (Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Valladolid) organise the award. .




The project of the Politecnico di Milano “OFF CAMPUS” will be among the recipients of the Ambrogino d'Oro 2022, the civic honour awarded each year by the Municipality of Milan on 7 December, St. Ambrose's Day.

OFF CAMPUS | Il Cantiere per le Periferie is an initiative promoted by Polisocial, the social engagement and responsibility programme of the Politecnico di Milano, with the aim of strengthening the presence of Politecnico in the city of Milan. The first Off Campus space was opened in the San Siro neighbourhood in April 2019, followed by new spaces in the Nolo district (September 2020) and in the San Vittore detention centre (October 2022). A fourth Off Campus space will soon settle at Cascina Nosedo, a former farmhouse.

In the Off Campus spaces, teachers, researchers and students of the Politecnico can develop innovative teaching ideas, responsible research and co-design activities capable of generating a positive impact on the community. The underlying concept is that of a more engaged University, targeting social challenges and closer to neighbourhoods and communities.


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Opening of the third space for the project Off Campus | Il cantiere per le Periferie: Off Campus San Vittore, at the 'Francesco Di Cataldo' prison in Piazza Gaetano Filangieri 2 in Milan. 

Off-Campus San Vittore was created as part of the projects in which the Politecnico di Milano has been involved for years in collaboration with prisons, exploring the relationship between prison and the city, and aims to consolidate the collaboration between the university and the San Vittore Prison.

Off-Campus San Vittore will be the site of multiple activities: planning — conducted through the teaching laboratories, internships and thesis of the Politecnico di Milano — research on the relationship between prison and the city, but also the development of new projects to improve the quality of the spaces in prison, the construction of a historical archive to document and illustrate issues on imprisonment, a collection of life stories to tell the story of prison reality.

The initiative Off Campus | Il cantiere per le Periferie is promoted by Polisocial — the Politecnico di Milano Social Responsibility programme — and envisages the opening of spaces in the city in which teachers, researchers and students can develop innovative teaching ideas, responsible research and co-design activities capable of generating a positive impact on the community.

Off-Campus San Vittore works in synergy with the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, the Department of Design and the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. The project also engages Bocconi University and Bicocca University, which provide their support for the creation of a clinical legal (legal clinic) hosted within the space, which seeks to foster partnerships and build networks with all the different components that operate at San Vittore.

The inauguration of the new space was attended by Giacinto Siciliano, Director of the 'Francesco Di Cataldo' Prison; Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of the Municipality of Milan; Francesco Maisto, Guarantor of the rights of persons deprived of personal liberty for the Municipality of Milan and Emilio Faroldi, Deputy Rector of the Politecnico di Milano.


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The Laboratorio Nervi is a candidate for the ADI Compasso d'Oro Award 2024

The Laboratorio Nervi is a candidate for the ADI Compasso d'Oro Award, the oldest but, above all, the most authoritative world design award. This was established by the ADI Permanent Observatory of Design, composed of experts, critics, historians and specialised journalists whose task is to annually select the best productions on the national territory: products from every product sector, theoretical-critical research, process or business applied to design.

The path towards the Compasso d'Oro 2024 officially began yesterday evening at the ADI Design Museum in Milan, where the official presentation of the 248 products selected by the Observatory and the inauguration of the exhibition, which will remain open to the public until Sunday, 27 November, took place. In the space dedicated to the Laboratorio Nervi, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a virtual tour of the laboratory and view a model of the Piscina Mincio, a work realised by P.L. Nervi in 1964, reproduced in 3D printing at the Modelling and Prototyping Laboratory of the Lecco Pole.

After the Milan exhibition, the exhibition will be transferred to Rome at the Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, which will remain from 12 to 18 December 2022.

The Nervi Laboratory, realised in collaboration with the Pier Luigi Nervi Project and thanks to the contribution of the Lombardy Region, is located in building 12 of the Lecco campus and is open to the public. It is possible to book a visit on the website

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Opening of Spazio Atrio Architecture

On 22.9.2022, the exhibition dedicated to the projects developed by the third-year students of the Architectural Design Workshops 3 of the Architectural Design Course opened in the Spazio Atrio Architettura, in building 11 at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering.

The exhibition, curated by Laura Daglio and Raffaella Neri, highlighted our students' creative ability to interpret the urban architectural context: models, drawings, sketches and renderings that design and represent new scenarios and new "sustainable futures". Congratulations to everybody.

The Atrium will host didactic exhibitions and be an opportunity for the entire community (students, professors, citizenship) to compare and discuss design and more.

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Two Politecnico student groups reached the Final of the InspireLi Awards 2022

Two Politecnico student groups reached the Final of the InspireLi Awards 2022:

  • Project by Sanchit Lal, Mohana Das, Yassin Nooradini, Shahzeb Rahman, Vida Pasandidehkho
  • Project by Leonardo Riccobello 


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SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima e Ryue Nishizawa, named winner of 2022 Praemium Imperiale for architecture

(estract from the test by Lizzie Crook © published on dezeen 15.9.2022 ©

Japanese architecture studio SANAA's founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have been named the architecture laureates for this year's Praemium Imperiale awards by the Japan Art Association.

The Praemium Imperiale is an annual award programme that celebrates leading creatives in the fields of architecture, sculpture, music, painting and theatre or film.

SANAA's founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have won the 2022 Praemium Imperiale for architecture
Japanese architects Sejima and Nishizawa were selected for the 2022 Praemium Imperiale architecture prize in recognition of their work, which the Japan Art Association said has "overturned conventional hierarchal design in favour of a more inclusive open form of architecture". (...)

Other notable projects by the studio include the New Museum of Contemporary Art in the USA, the Louvre-Lens Museum in France and more recently the Bocconi University New Urban Campus in Italy.

SANAA is behind the Louvre-Lens Museum in France. Photo is by Hisao Suzuki, courtesy of SANAA, Imrey Culbert and C Mosbach
The duo has received a number of awards, including the renowned 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Architectural Institute of Japan Award in 2006.

The Praemium Imperiale awards were inaugurated in 1988 and have been given out since 1989 by Japan's Imperial family. (...)


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The young designers collective, gratuated in our School AUIC, Fosbury Architecture (Giacomo Ardesio, Alessandro Bonizzoni, Nicola Campri, Veronica Caprino, Claudia Mainardi) to curate Italian Pavilion at Venice Biennale

(web source: Milan-based collective to curate Italian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2023 - Domus (

The Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, at the end of the selection by invitation promoted by the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea, among the three submitted by the General Director and Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion Onofrio Cutaia, identified in the Fosbury Architecture project the proposal that will represent Italy from 20 May to 26 November 2023 at the Italian Pavilion. The Italian Pavilion has been in the Tese delle Vergini of the Arsenale for sixteen years and occupies almost 13,000 square feed indoors and 9,687 outdoors.

The selection of curators took into account national and international experiences, evaluating their research and their scientific and curatorial activity, ensuring a fair and balanced gender distribution, as well as the presence of younger generations.

“The choice of a young collective, made up entirely of thirty-year-old women and men, fully responds to the theme of the 18th Architecture Biennale, entitled ‘The Laboratory of the Future’ and called to investigate sustainable responses to the ways of living and living tomorrow,” Franceschini said.

Fosbury Architecture (F.A.) is a design and research collective founded in 2013 in Milan by Giacomo Ardesio, Alessandro Bonizzoni, Nicola Campri, Veronica Caprino, Claudia Mainardi. F.A. has taken part in numerous national and international Architecture Biennials including those in Lisbon (2019), Versailles (2019), Chicago (2017), and Venice (2016). F.A. also edited with Alterazioni Video the publication INCOMPIUTO. The Birth of a Style (2018), supported by the then MIBACT (the current Ministry of Culture) and awarded with the honorable mention for the Compasso d’Oro 2020.

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The 'We are magma' project, developed by four students of the Architecture Design degree programme at the Politecnico di Milano (Elisa Montani, Alvise Morandi, Simone Pasini and Francesco Patetta), was awarded an honourable mention in the 'Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop' architecture competition, organised by Buildner Architecture Competitions, in collaboration with Landeigendur Voga.

The subject of the competition was the design of a visitor centre at the base of the Hverfjall volcano in northern Iceland. The competition brief called for submissions balancing practical ideas with creative design that is sustainable, unique, and in keeping with the region’s landscape.

Buildner Architecture Competitions is one of the world's leading organisers of architecture competitions; students and professionals from all over the world participate in the competitions.

Read the interview with the 'We are magma' team

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The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the 2022 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field.

Amongst this year's winners, the HOMEE Project (Heritage Opportunities/threats within Mega-Events in Europe), led by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Politecnico di Milano, in the category Research.

Funded by the European Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage, the project was jointly carried out by researchers from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), University of Hull (United Kingdom), Neapolis University Pafos (Cyprus) and the International Cultural Center (Poland).

It involved 16 associate partners, including national and local institutions and non-profit organisations dealing with heritage and mega-events from across Europe with the aim of exploring the relationships between the planning and implementation of mega-events and the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.

The project generated the Charter for Mega-Events in Heritage-rich Cities to help decision-makers and heritage actors face emerging challenges.

HOMEE has established an important quality framework to help strike the balance when organising mega-events in heritage cities. The project promotes dialogue and innovation in the sphere of European cultural heritage in relation to urban planning, involving academia, cultural actors, local leaders, private enterprises and communities for the resolution of emerging challenges in rapidly changing contexts, with a view on the post-pandemic era.

stated the Awards’ Jury.

Find out more: The project fact sheet on the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

Photo Credits: Zachary M. Jones, 2019

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The Affordable Housing Observatory for the Milan metropolitan area, which is sponsored by the housing cooperative Consorzio Cooperative Lavoratori (CCL) and Delta Ecopolis, has been established in partnership with the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at the Politecnico di Milano.

The goal of the new observatory is to monitor affordability trends in the metropolitan city of Milan and draft a regular report which will be presented each spring, based on the coordinated research activity carried out by Massimo Bricocoli (professor of Urban Planning and Policies and Head of DAStU at the Politecnico di Milano) and by Marco Peverini (a temporary research fellow) in partnership with the Mapping and Urban Data Lab (MaudLab) and an international multidisciplinary committee.

Affordability means the level of accessibility to a home for the population, whether purchased or rented which is measured by comparing housing costs with available income, a ratio that has become difficult to sustain in Milan in recent years: suffice to say that house prices are estimated to have increased by 39% in 5 years and average rental costs have reached €240/m2 per year, compared with 60% of workers earning less than €26,000 per year an 35% less than €15,000.

What we refer to as ‘affordability’, that is the ratio of housing costs to economic capacity, has an impact on quality of life and the social and spatial justice of cities.

explains Massimo Bricocoli, professor of Urban Planning and Policies and Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Politecnico di Milano. He adds:

"The proportion of income spent on housing indicates how open and accessible a city is to new citizens, especially those with low and medium incomes.  If the success of a city is measured by the increase in its property values, this is to the detriment of a vision in which a city is an open platform for personal growth and improvement.  In Milan, it is not only the poor and young that struggle to find housing: the presence of qualified professionals in the job market contrasts with a growing difficulty in finding housing at an accessible cost and enjoying an acceptable level of quality of life.  For this reason, as has also occurred in other growing European cities, it is important to gather data on housing expenses and incomes in order to establish the size of the problem publicly and support interventions and projects which are capable of making Milan more open and inclusive".

Politecnico di Milano: The new Affordable Housing Observatory (

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Chiara Centoducati, ADU student, among the 10 international students of the Scholarship to participate in the Workshop "Shelters" - Norman Foster Foundation

One of our students from the Study Course in Architecture and Urban Design, Chiara Centoducati, was one of the 10 international students (including Harvard, UCL, ETH, and many others) who won the Scholarship to participate in the Workshop "Shelters" ( promoted by the Norman Foster Foundation.

26.5.2022 Grazia Marrone won the Zordan Prize with her EDA thesis partners and collected the award today in L'Aquila

Luigi Zordan Prize, the award ceremony - L'Aquila Blog

L'AQUILA - The award ceremony for the winners of the Seventh Edition of the Luigi Zordan Prize was held at Palazzo dell'Emiciclo. The Prize was promoted by the University of L'Aquila, the Department of Civil, Building-Architecture and Environmental Engineering (DICEAA) and supported in various ways by public and private institutions, professional orders and associations.  (news item reporting on the 26 May 2022, the day of the award ceremony)
Among the published photos: moment of awarding the plaque by Markus Pfisterer, partner of gmp architekten and member of the award jury

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The Appia Antica Archaeological Park (PAAA) and the Politecnico di Milano have launched a vast organic and systematic survey and digitization project in the Park area with the aim of giving shape to a modern geographical atlas that is configured as a ‘4D living digital twin’. A model intended for experts, curators and users, to be expanded and monitored over time.

The work is carried out by the GIcarus-ABCLab interdisciplinary survey and representation laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano with the coordination of the PAAA.

The Appia Antica Archaeological Park was established in 2016 and is the largest protected urban area in Europe, with 4,500 hectares of landscape with archaeological areas that follow one another, along the more than 16 km of the Via Appia Antica 'Regina Viarum'.

In less than a year, the first Roman complexes and infrastructures have been digitized: the Claudius-Anio Novus Imperial Aqueduct, an 11.7 km stretch of the Via Appia Antica, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, the Imperial Villa of the Quintili, as well as some museum sculptures.

The result was a first real 4D digital geographic atlas of over 200,000 images and 20 TB of data and models.

A digital twin that includes the past and future to n-dimensions, made up of information models to support projects and conservative monitoring, seismic vulnerability plans, that is connectable to IOT WiFi sensors. Implementable, updatable and searchable, it allows synchronic and diachronic correlations, adding knowledge as it grows. Re-usable for the dissemination of contents and interactive, immersive and remote use,

explains Professor Raffaella Brumana of GIcarus ABCLab.

The high-precision survey was carried out using terrestrial and portable laser scanners (TLSs - Terrestrial Laser Scanners, and MMS - Mobile Mapping System), terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry, drones, spherical cameras and multispectral sensors and allowed a 4-dimensional HBIM model (space and time) to be obtained which, when correlated to historical information, materials and sensors for monitoring instability and decay, makes it possible to compare the construction techniques that have occurred over the centuries.

The project also envisages the development of an interactive XR (eXtended Reality) platform for the remote dissemination of all contents, which will be tested as the digitization products become available and which will also allow the virtual relocation of nearby and distant collections. digitized sculptures, and to simulate portions that have disappeared starting from the traces found to help their understanding.


All activities were coordinated by Architect Simone Quilici, Director of the PAAA, together with the technical and scientific staff of the Park, in particular the Archaeologists Stefano RoascioFrancesca Romana Paolillo, the Architects Luigi Oliva, Clara Spallino, Aura Picchione, Michele Reginaldi and Raffaella Rocchetta, the Restorer Sara Iovine.

The Scientific Coordinators for the Politecnico di Milano are Raffaella Brumana and Mattia PrevitaliFabrizio BanfiFabio Roncoroni, Chiara StangaDario AtticoLuca Bertola and Marzia Gabriele also collaborated.

For further information: Society@polimi

3.5.2022 Here, There and Everywhere: A Critical Comparison of Worldwide Landscape Architecture education

Professor Antonio Longo, our AUIC professor, is one of the speakers at the 10th anniversary of the TUDelft Landscape School.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the MSc-track in Landscape Architecture at TU Delft (LA.X), BK Talks hosts a panel organized by the Landscape Architecture section, aimed at discussing inspiring educational models, curricula and results of several Landscape Architecture European schools.

The debate takes place as an inaugural event for the exhibition of the book on the work produced by Landscape Architecture students at TU Delft in the last ten years.

Representatives from different schools will join the debate. 

Moderators: Laura Cipriani, Eric Luiten
Panellists: Inge Bobbink, Teresa Galí-Izard, Adriaan Geuze, Hanneke Kijne, Sanda Lenzholzer, Antonio Longo, Maria Villalobos

Video: BK Talks: Landscape Architecture: Here, there, and everywhere - YouTube

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The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2022 has been awarded to Diébédo Francis Kéré, currently visiting professor at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches the course ‘Advanced Architectural Design Studio’.

Originally from Gando, Burkina Faso, Kéré graduated in architecture in Germany from the Technische Universität Berlin. However, it was in his home village that Kéré produced his first architectural project: the Primary School, built for and with the local community, combining innovative use of local materials and modern construction engineering.

This model was later duplicated for the construction of numerous other school buildings and health facilities in various African countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and others). Francis Kéré, states the jury's motivation, "has developed a sensitive, bottom-up approach in its embrace of community participation.  At the same time, he has no problem incorporating the best possible type of top-down process in his devotion to advanced architectural solutions. His simultaneously local and global perspective goes well beyond aesthetics and good intentions, allowing him to integrate the traditional with the contemporary".

Andrea Campioli, dean of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, says:

"Francis Kéré's intense design experience takes us back to the founding values of architecture, first and foremost the strength to be a lever for social emancipation and the ability to establish deep relationships with the history of places and their material culture.
Kéré's work constitutes an important point of reference for our students: work of great vision and at the same time of extraordinary concreteness; work capable of interpreting the available resources with originality but without ever losing sight of the needs and expectations of the people who live there."

Kéré's projects also include temporary and permanent structures in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States; he was also commissioned to design the parliaments of Burkina Faso and Benin.

Francis Kéré was among the star guests of two editions of the Milano Arch Week. You can listen to his 2016 speech here.

The course on Big Data and the city by architect Carlo Ratti, in collaboration with MIT and POLIMI students, gets underway.

Milan, 24 February 2022 - On Friday 25 February at 3 p.m., the Politecnico di Milano will be hosting a course on Big Data and the city by Carlo Ratti, architect and director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT in Boston, who will be a visiting professor at the ABC (Architecture, Built environment and Construction Engineering) Department of the Politecnico di Milano for the 2021/2022 academic year. Through hybrid teaching methods, the course will see the collaboration of Politecnico di Milano students with colleagues from the MIT Senseable City Lab.

The introductory lecture by Carlo Ratti, entitled Senseable City: Data-Driven Urban Research, open to the public both in-person and online, will kick off the Politecnico di Milano Strategic vision for building engineering for the future course to discover the mathematical laws that shape our cities and exploit them to reshape our future.
What unites or separates us in cities? How do we move, socialise and behave? How does data science help us discover these hidden patterns and design better cities? These are the specific questions this course will try to answer. 
Since their birth some 10,000 years ago, cities have evolved into the most magnificent and complex works of human culture. Today, for the first time in history, Big Data and new computational tools allow us to study the forces that quantitatively shape cities. This course helps to discover the laws of urban life by exploring new methods borrowed from experimental physics and computational science. The resulting equations and models hold the keys to our cities and our shared urban future.
The start of the course with the lecture on 25 February aims to familiarise students with the research of the Senseable City Lab and the field of digital urban systems. For Italian students, it will be an excellent opportunity to field-test the research and study methods applied at the prestigious American campus.  
The data approaches used during the course will deepen topics such as urban mobility, the digital image of the city, social segregation and the challenges of the "15-minute neighbourhoods", and environmental quality parameters. For the final projects, students will be divided into groups exclusive to each university. They will work on real cases from four cities: Helsingborg, Paris, Trieste and New York. 

Carlo Ratti is an architect, engineer, inventor, educator and activist. 
He is a professor at MIT Boston, founded and directed the Senseable City Lab, a founding partner of the international design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati with offices in Turin and New York. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the ABC Department of the Politecnico di Milano.

Opening Lecture Senseable City: Data-Driven Urban Research
Friday 25 February 2022, 15:00
Aula Gamma Via Ampère, 2 - Milan 
Polytechnic of Milan 






The Challenge Reinventing Square launched by the REC - Real Estate Center | Dept. ABC | Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with Vittoria Assicurazioni and Morning Capital - Asset & Investment Management ended on 28.01.2022.

The winning project for the refurbishment concept of Piazza Gino Valle was THE GATEWAY OF MILAN by the PAC Team: Giada Angelini, Claudia Croci, Luca Pretto.


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