“Passion in Action” is a catalogue of open participation teaching activities that the Politecnico offers to students to support the development of transversal, soft and social skills and to encourage/facilitate students in enriching their personal, cultural and professional experience. This opportunity is open to everyone. Students may choose from a range of subjects depending on their own interests and personal aptitudes. Students taking part in “Passion in Action” can register for any of the activities in the catalogue, regardless of whether they are related to the programme in which they are enrolled (subject to any prerequisites for access to individual initiatives). Acquired skills will be accredited on the Diploma Supplement.
Massimo Tadi_ Intro and Tools SDGs 11, 7, 12
Vincent Kitio _ Energy for urban Development SDGs
Antonella Contin _ Intro and tools SDGs 11, 5, 17, 10
Stepfanie Loose _ Migration & gender issues SDGs 11, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Alessandra Pandolfi _ Economy SDGs 8, 13, 9
Marco Kamiya _ Innovation SDGs 11, 12, 13
Patrizia Giordano _ Epistemology SDGs 4
Michael Cohen _ Epistemology of the Contemporary Governance SDGs 4
Paola Pucci _ Mobility SDGs 11, 12
Diego de Ponte _ Mobility and Transport SDGs 11, 12
Francesco Ballio _ Natural Hazard SDGs 11, 12, 13
Laura Petrella _ Urban Design SDGs 11, 12, 13, 1
Giancarlo Vecchi_ Society & policies SDGs 11, 16, 17, 10
Rafael Forero _SDG Metropolitan Governance
Roberto Randazzo _ Social Innovation SDGs 9, 16, 17, 8
Gabriel Lanfranchi _ Gaps and Metropolitan Governance SDGs 11, 17, 16

12-2020. The five winning projects of the Polisocial Award, the annual contest, promoted by Polisocial, that reinvests the 5×1000 IRPEF funds in research projects with a high social impact, has been announced.  The theme of this seventh edition is “Vulnerability and Innovation”: the current health emergency has brought to light a widespread vulnerability that can be observed on different scales and in different contexts; winner projects will adopt a medium-term post-emergency as well as a longer term risk prevention perspective, in order to develop suitable solutions aimed at understanding how our life will change in the future, mitigating vulnerability and increasing the resilience capacity of individuals, contexts and communities. IMMdesignlab is part of a winning Team, with the project titled:  HANDS | Health AND urban Space in Chamanculo, Mozambique a multidisciplinary experimentation of medium- and long-term actions aimed at mitigating health and hygiene vulnerability in an informal district of Maputo, with the help of local production and distribution of Polichina sanitizing gel, produced by the Politecnico di Milano.

11-2020. Our last book titled: “Environmental Performance and Social Inclusion in Informal Settlements, A Favela Project Based on the IMM Integrated Modification Methodology” has been selected among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In particular we’re proud to know from Spinger editor’s comment: “Your book is helping solve the world’s greatest challenges”

11.2018. Our project titled PolimiparaRocinha, Environmental performances, and Social Inclusion. A project for the Rocinha’s Favela, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) has been included in the collection of 20 case studies by UNHabitat that gives practical information to those involved in city planning on how to address the issues encountered with an approach that puts peoples’ health at the centre of design. The main purpose of gathering such information is to illustrate concretely what is needed in order to apply the key principles of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning that were approved by UN-Habitat’s Governing Council in 2015, and the benefits that will be gained by doing so. The examples in this Health Edition are those that actively contribute to human health through the improvement of the built and natural environment.

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10-2018. We are pleased to announce that our project titled: “PolimiparaRocinha,  Environmental performances, and Social Inclusion. A project for the Rocinha’s Favela, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) based on IMM” has been selected to be part of the next UN-Habitat publication; IGUTP Compendium of Inspiring Practices: health edition. The Book will be launched on November 27 at the International Conference on Urban Health in Kampala, Uganda. We’re very proud of that!

from 27 MAR – 2 APR 2018, IMMdesiglab is at Triennale di Milano in the framework of the exhibition titled: THE “STRELKA” OF NIZHNY  NOVGOROD. IMMdesinglab exhibits the project for the New Ecodistric in Porto di Mare area in  Milan and the project for Belgrade Block 39.

IMM plenary session. Next Wednesday June 28 from 9.30 a session of a conference will be held at Politecnico di Milano, Lecco Campus at room B.1.2 as part of the IMM course activities. All IMMdesignlab members with the course students are attending. The session includes a broad range of contents, from keynotes to panel discussions. Students are going to present their personal full paper submitted last week and already reviewed. Paper related to a specific topic selected by students will be presented in 15 min speech in form of a .ppt presentation.

Topics of the conference:

  • Feeding the city. Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?
  • Transportation Mobility or …. Intermodality?
  • Nature in the city or the city in nature?
  • Bicycle culture and urban design. How the bicycle can shape the city?

IMMdesignlab has been invited by Qatar Green Building Council – QGBC to participate in the Urban Thinkers Campus in Qatar – The Future of Doha, Implementing the new urban agenda – under the umbrella of the World Urban Campaign and UN-Habitat.  The campus will be held on May 14-15 at Doha / Qatar / Qatar National Convention Center “QNCC”. The conference is an opportunity to explore and harness the principles of the New Urban Agenda & the UN Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs to provide implementable urban solutions that are economically feasible, replicable and scalable using the urban transformation of Doha city as a case study. Doha city is a good representative example of several emerging cities in the region, hence the importance of the campus not only to tailor local urban solutions to Doha but also to capitalize on those solutions for regional and international application. The main objective will be to showcase the proposed urban solutions in a clear structured Road Map, Action Plan, Responsibilities, Commitments and Priority Actions.

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Politecnico di Milano specifically the MsC in Buildings and Architectural Engineering in collaboration with Wageniningen University (Holland) and IMMdesignLab organizes an International mulidisciplinary design workshop titled:

“From Food to the city”. IMM designworkshop for a new Eco-district in Porto di Mare area in Milan.

Topic: By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, as a result, cities will to an increasing degree face issues concerning the sustainability and quality of life. This concerns aspects such as food security, mobility, and logistics, energy, the availability of water, dealing with raw materials and waste, health and well-being. The multidisciplianry workshop part of the traching activities of IMM (Integrated Modification Methodology for build Environment) course aims to investigate and possibly to find innovative solutions in order to define a more sustainable and smarter development based on the close relationship between citiies and their surrounding rural areas, able to deliver a moreliveable, healthy, resilient and ecological future. The workshop is a join research’s programme between MsC in Buildings and Architectural Engineering, IMMdesignlab of Politcnico di Milano, ResilinceLab and the Metropolitan Solutions Strategic Program, Geoinformation Science Program,of Wageningen UR. More than 30 students, respectively from Politecnico di Milano and Wageningen University will work together sharing ideas by the staff.

Staff: Prof. Angela Colucci, Politecnico di Milano. Prof. Massimo Tadi, IMMdesignlab director. Politecnico di Milano. Prof. Gabriele Masera, Coordinator of MsC Program in Buildings and Architectural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano. Prof. Cristina Silvano, DEIB Department, Politecnico di Milano. Prof. Carmen Aalbers, Coordinator Metropolitan Solutions Strategic Program of Wageningen UR. Prof. Ron van Lammeren Geoinformation Science of Wageningen.. Prof. Bas Pedro, Land use planner at Wageningen UR. Dr Dirk Wascher, Researcher on Urban Agricultureli of Wageningen UR. Coordinators of the workshop: Eng Andrea Baraggia Wageningen UR intern fellow at Metropolitan Solutions Strategic Program, Wageningen UR. Arch. Carlo Biraghi PhD candidate and researcher at IMMdesignlab, ABC Department. Politecnico di Milano.

The workshop will be held at Lecco Campus, Room A1.1. via Previati 1 Lecco from 2 -6 May 2017.

Starting form TOMORROW March 8th , the MCS in Building Engineering and Architecture at Politecnico di Milano offers a new elective course taught in English based on IMM methodology. The elective course named Integrated Modification Methodology for built environment, is going to prepare students to deal with the most important aspects of sustainability related to urban design and architecture, preparing them to their dream job.
The course will be delivered in a variety of formats (seminars, lectures, fieldtrips, video-conferences, film screenings, lab activities and an International Design Workshop will be included).
Moreover the elective subject will be full- integrated with the IMMdesignlab research activity allowing them to network with IMMdesignlab’s community, and learn from the lab’s research experiences and from projects developed all around the world.
Course delivers 6 credits.

Call for Abstract based on IMM

IMM for a more Sustainable City 2017

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Please submit only one abstract per person. Once your abstract has been reviewed, you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract and be given a submission date as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper. Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference. We encourage early submission of abstracts and papers to facilitate registration and travel arrangements. The language of the conference will be English.

Abstract should be Submitted electronically on BEEP. Deadline March 29th 2017, 11.30 pm

 Title of the Abstract; Authors ; Email

Abstract no more than 300 words

Key words: no more than 5

Topic1. Feeding the city. Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?

“Cities for centuries have played an integral part in producing food for their residents. Only recently did cars and trains replace horses — and garden-friendly horse poop — a switch that made possible the long-distance supply chain of big-farms-to-big-supermarkets that’s the foundation of the modern urban food system”. – T. Philpott

Topic2. Transportation Mobility or …. Intermodality?

“An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation”.― Enrique Penalosa

Topic3. Nature in the city or the city in nature?

“It is in practice, hard to see where “society” begins and “nature” ends… In a fundamental sense, there is in the final analysis nothing unnatural about New York City”.   –Harvey

 Topic4. Bicycle culture and urban design. How the bicycle can shape the city?

“40 years ago Copenhagen was just as car-clogged as anywhere else but now 41% of the population arriving at work or education do so on bicycles, from all over the Metro area. 56% of Copenhageners themselves use bicycles each day. They all use over 1000 km of bicycle lanes in Greater Copenhagen for their journeys. Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere”. Copenhagenize