Politecnico di Milano wins Compasso d’Oro 2018 award

In addition to the most coveted award, 5 honourable mentions, 2 Targa Giovani awards and 4 certificates of merit

Excellent results for the Politecnico di Milano at the 2018 edition of the Compasso d’Oro ADI. The awards ceremony took place on 20 June in Milan.

Of the 19 projects submitted by our University, it was “CampUS – incubation and set-up of social practices” that scooped the most coveted award.

CampUS is an applied research project promoting the development of services for two of the weakest groups, the NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and the Over 65s, with the aim of acquiring skills and establishing an active social role for those affected. The actions have made an impact in Zone 9 of the City of Milan after an incubation period on the Bovisa campus. The co-design project has developed: shared vegetable gardens in public spaces and educational establishments; local social TV which has produced a video clip and web format on hip-hop culture; an adaptable, self-managed, portable pavilion (PAAI) for cultural/theatre/sporting activities; an economically sustainable model for various initiatives. 40 local associations and more than 2,000 participants were involved in the project.

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

Sponsor: Politecnico di Milano – Polisocial Award

The project has been financed thanks to Polisocial Award 2014, Politecnico di Milano social responsibility programme funded by 5x1000.

The international jury also gave an honourable mention to another five of our projects:

“WeMi – The city for welfare”, an innovative service that enables Milan residents to easily access the new system for home care and wellbeing services and to find out who supplies them, simplifying the relationship with accredited Third Sector institutions.

Designers: Valeria Bucchetti, Umberto Tolino, Paolo Panzuti Bisanti, Pamela Visconti

Sponsor: City of Milan, Department of social policy, health and rights 

“Design is translation. The translation paradigm for project culture”. The book is the result of research exploring emerging scenarios in the Design of Communication from the perspective of Translation Studies, which tackle the theoretical analysis and possibilities of application of the translation and interpretative processes. A series of public meetings and seminars accompanied the publication of the book.

Authors: Giovanni Baule, Elena Caratti

Editor: Politecnico di Milano – Department of Design

Punto Design - Trentino Innovation Factory, a program that provides a series of actions aiming to experimentation of a design policy specifically conceived for Provincia di Trento. 

Designer: Dipartimento di Design

Sponsor: Trentino Sviluppo

The White Book, a publication reviewing four years of research to develop innovative solutions combining two types of emergent materials: piezo plastics and flexible OLEDs.

Edited by Claudio Dell’Era, Stefano Magistretti, Menno van Rijn, Erik Tempelman, Roberto Verganti, Asa Oberg – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Sponsor: European Commission

"ATROPOS", a robotic 3D printer able to print composite material by depositing a continuous fiber.

Designer: Gabriele Natale, Marinella Levi, Michele Tonizzo – Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica “Giulio Natta”

Sponsor: +LAB – Politecnico di Milano

For the Targa Giovani, the section dedicated to projects developed by young people in design schools at Italian universities, our students received two awards and four certificates of merit.



“Emergency desalinator” that can be fitted on life jackets provided on ships, which extracts the salt from seawater making it drinkable in emergency conditions after a shipwreck. Laurea thesis by Andrea Matteo Valensin.

“Rocky”, a special rehabilitative system designed to recover hand functionality in patients who have suffered a stroke: it is a glove that provides both passive and active therapy. Laurea magistrale thesis by Ludovica Zengiaro.

Certificates of merit

“Home”, a domestic distributor that produces, compresses, stores and supplies hydrogen gas at high pressure for cars designed to run on this type of fuel. Laurea thesis by Marco Quamori Tanzi.

“Out/Smart”, which explores the relationship between humans and technology by building an activist, independent online community that supports crowdsourcing ideas to identify and take advantage of the weaknesses inherent in technologies.  Laurea magistrale thesis by Pietro Duchi.

“PAM|MAP”, a data collection and sharing project on river water quality for research and environmental monitoring, involving fly fishermen using a crowdsourcing model. Laurea magistrale thesis by Edoardo Gualfetti.

“Prometeo”, a liver transport device. It is a synthesis between the protection and trackability of a container for organ transportation and perfusion technology, capable of keeping the organ alive outside the body. Laurea magistrale thesis by Gabriele Faoro.