Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola del Design
Docente Deserti Alessandro , Griffini Gianmarco Enrico , Petro' Stefano
Cfu 12.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course starts from the assumption that industrial products take shape within the tension between constraints and opportunities, or else between the limitations that characterise any design process and the innovation pathways that give the possibility to overcome those limitations.

This tension is the “natural habitat” of the NPD (New Product Development) process, as it constantly swings back and forth between its creative and its technical dimension, and between the capacity to provide solutions to concrete problems and the desire to explore possible futures.

The course is based on the integration of different disciplinary competences, coming from 3 departments of the Politecnico di Milano (Design, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Material and Chemical Engineering), which will give the opportunity to face the given design problems from different perspectives.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The student will acquire the following competences:

- ability to define the hierarchy of (and manage) a system of functional, expressive, technical-productive and market requirements and constraints;

- ability to use NPD methodologies and techniques in different contexts and sectors;

- ability to manage projects and design team dynamics, through team building skills, leadership, negotiation and conflict management.

Argomenti trattati

The course will explore the relationship between design, materials and technologies within a multidisciplinary framework, briefly introducing a few relevant topics (lectures), and assigning to students concrete projects (studio), to be carried out overcoming constraints and exploiting opportunities.

The following perspectives will be integrated in the studio exercises:

Technologies as constraints

Starting from a given material/technology and a given design problem, students will be required to properly use the material/technology to tackle the problem. Main teaching objectives are the development of the capacity to individualise and understand constraints and technological limitations, and the capacity of managing product features according to a set of requirements.

Technologies as possibilities

Starting from a given design problem, students are required to develop a solution adopting the proper materials and technologies. Main teaching objective is the development of the capacity to apply methods, criteria and tools to choose materials and technologies.

Technologies as opportunities

Starting from a given material/technology, students are required to explore new possibilities of use. Main teaching objective is the development of the capacity to build and explore new scenarios of use and technology transfer.

The studio will propose 2 exercises, based on concrete problems given by companies, with the objective of exploring the above-described perspectives developing innovative but feasible products.

The exercises will introduce different levels of complexity and will give the opportunity to adopt competences acquired in the integrated course on materials and technologies that the students will simultaneously attend.

Teamwork will be required, with the objective of strengthening transversal competences.


No pre-requisites for the attendance of 1st year courses are required

Modalità di valutazione

The students’ assessment will be based on the results of the studio exercises, which will integrate the contents of the lectures and of the suggested bibliography.

The assessment will also take into account the modes of interaction with the teachers, individual and team work capacities, and presentation and representation skills.

During the semester students will receive 2 intermediate marks, whose result will contribute to their final grades, which will be registered at the end of the semester.

Only in case of serious and documented problems students will be allowed to take the exam in the following semester.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaKarl T. Ulrich, Steven D. Eppinger, Product Design and Development, Editore: McGraw-Hill, Anno edizione: 2008

5th edition

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJames Bralla, Design for Manufacturability, Editore: McGraw-Hill, Anno edizione: 1999
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMike Ashby, Kara Johnson, Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Editore: Butterworth-Heinemann, Anno edizione: 2014

3rd edition

Software utilizzato
Nessun software richiesto

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 120:00 180:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

Note Docente
This program was developed to be delivered in a blended mode, in compliance with the safety protocols relating to the COVID-19 health emergency, available in July 2020.
In the event of changes in the security protocols, the timetable may be subject to changes: in particular in the event of overcoming the health emergency, the lessons may return to attendance.
More detailed information on the methods of provision and access, as well as the indications relating to security protocols and social distancing, will be available on the University and School website. Further details on teaching will be communicated by the teachers in the manner provided.
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