The Peer review has evaluated this group as Good
Lab.I.R.Int. has been created in 2005 in the Interior Design Department at the Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano. A number of researchers and architects is members of the working team which is involved in activity concerning Research and Innovation about Interiors subject. Lab_i_r_int activity deals with research and development, design consulting, education and conference. Lab.I.R.Int., means Laboratory of Research and Innovation about Interiors. Its activity deals with research and project. In particular its focus is on the Contemporary Urban Age, the Global Digital Age, where continuous changes occur in economy and society causing modifications and affecting urban interiors. Main subjects: - The streamlining of present-day city - Learning spaces - Contemporary art spaces - Life & Work spaces - Modern theme parks - Speed production in sequence of a sequence of varied products The streamlining of present-day city After the Third Industrial Revolution together with the rising of the phenomena brought by globalization, deep financial and social changes have been taking place. Industrial classical economics aims at conquering new geographical areas, thus dismantling buildings which were previously meant for industry and service industry. Together with this kind of economy, a new social economy is born and it is characterized by a weak form of entrepreneurship spreading onto the territory and fostering a process of constant streamlining of the city. As a consequence a multipurpose and indirect use of new and pre-existing structures is generated, in which the functional principles are often misleading and create places with a shifty character, liable to be understood as manifold opportunities for an utterly new conception of life, work, home and fun. These operations assure urban vitality making deep changes in town nature an features. Learning spaces Communication of knowledge does represent a basic issue in nowadays policies of social and financial development. In this framework the adjustment of spaces meant for the communication of knowledge becomes a priority, thus creating new environmental sets for university, by means of new techniques in the pre-existing technologies and commodity economics, as well as by suggesting new product typologies. Contemporary art spaces In the range of changes affecting contemporary metropolis, spaces devised for art represent a meaningful and up-and-coming phenomenon of theoretical and planning research concerning the complex, rich relationship between interior design and the different fields of art. Nowadays it is essential to pinpoint new environmental systems which are able to comply with the new requests of contemporary art in search for brilliant performance as far as dimensional flexibility, technological capability and functional reversibility are concerned. Life & Work spaces The dismantling of service industry areas is one of the consequences of the phenomenon of Peer Review - Department of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion (INDACO) 146 globalization. The result is a series of flexible and neutral interiors, liable to be streamlined and transformed so as to comply with the requests of a residential area. The suggestion consists of a house model deriving from the evolution of merging traditional standards; spaces meant for work become living areas while home defines itself as a working place: a mixture of public and private dimensions devised for the sake of highly professional jobs. SOHO (Small Office Home Office) is an example. Modern theme parks The organizing model of the theme park is forcefully standing out as an effective catalyst of territorial promotion, which is also able to rationalize and support projects of integrated and compatible territorial enhancement aiming at creating the conditions for a well-balanced, sound growth, through the correct and full exploitation of environmental and cultural resources (cultural tourism). Theme parks aim at both entertainment and culture, and in the meanwhile they want to build up an aesthetic and escape experience. Their main goal consists of offering subject-matters through the public presentation of informative and emotional materials.
Barbara Camocini (PhD student)
Marilia Pederbelli (PhD student)
Francesca Telli (PhD student)