(Project laboratory, Seminars, Workshop)

  • Language: ENGLISH
  • Enrollment: 15-12-2023to hour 12:00 on
  • Subject area: Soft skill, personal and career development|Tech and society
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Design Justice, Design for Inclusion, Peace Ecosystems, System-Oriented Design, Transition design
Interaction design, Communication design, Product design, Service design

Description of the initiative

Conflicts between states with territorial disputes, civil wars with violence against the population, national and transnational terrorism, political instability with riots and protests between civilians and law enforcement, organized forms of criminal violence, and violence for religious reasons generating migratory pressures. The independent organization Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED, 2021) reports the existence of over sixty conflicts worldwide. Many of these have a direct correlation with the issue of environmental sustainability, from resource scarcity and control to the consequences of climate change. But how does the peacebuilding process-system work, how does it happen? And, above all, is it possible to design for peace?

Design for Peace Ecosystems is an extracurricular and distributed didactical initiative that offers a multicultural design challenge dedicated to exploring innovative solutions for peace ecosystems. An "Ecosystem of Peace" is a concept of socially and environmentally sustainable peace that emerges from the interaction between the field of peace studies - an interdisciplinary area of study that deals with the construction of positive peace - understood not as the absence of conflict but as the product of dedicated actions - and the field of environmental studies. Working for peace ecosystems, therefore, means working to develop actions and projects that aim for sustainable and inclusive development of communities and territories, capable of reducing inequalities, strengthening the institutions that guide local communities, to sustain peace and prevent conflicts. Design can play a role in this process by working on the collection, synthesis, and analysis of data, designing, and developing solutions related to product-service innovation, systemic innovation, social innovation, and circular innovation that can support local territories and communities in the development of peace initiatives. This starting partnership will be successively expanded with a network of actors, including private enterprises, public institutions, museums, NGOs, and Governments.

Course structureThe course Design for Peace Ecosystems is divided into the following phases: 
  1. Contextualization. Study and analysis of a peace or conflict context to identify an innovation theme or challenge on which to develop a project dedicated to Peace Ecosystems.
  2. Ideation. Starting from the innovation themes and challenges, each group will generate a concept of PSS/Product-Service-System solutions with a special focus to local technology /low-tech/Gambiarra/Jugaad approach and with a focus on rural/urban development preferably interacting and engaging with stakeholders and local communities.
  3. Concept implementation. Development of the concept/prototype from the standpoint of detailed design, technical feasibility, communication strategy, economic sustainability model for its implementation, dissemination, and distribution.
For each design team, the final outcomes of the program concern a final presentation and a tangible prototype, ideally discussed, and validated within a relevant community. This will not only add practical value to the program but also provide participants with a hands-on and meaningful experience.


dal March 2024 a June 2024


  • 06/03/2024: Presentazione Iniziale / Initial Presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 13/03/2024: Presentazione intermedia / Intermediate presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 27/03/2024: Presentazione intermedia / Intermediate presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 10/04/2024: Presentazione intermedia / Intermediate presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 24/04/2024: Presentazione intermedia / Intermediate presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 15/05/2024: Presentazione intermedia / Intermediate presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 29/05/2024: Presentazione intermedia / Intermediate presentation (3h / 17.00-20.00)
  • 05/06/2024: Presentazione finale / Final Presentation (5h / 15.00-20.00)


Design for Peace Ecosystems is a distributed didactical initiative created and promoted by the collaboration of three universities. Politecnico di Milano, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. It is promoted by an international team of experts from the three universities.
Politecnico di Milano, School of Design
Prof. Stefano Maffei, Full Professor, Polifactory, Design Department
Prof. Massimo Bianchini, Associate Professor, Polifactory, Design DepartmentPontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá (PUJ) - Facultad de Arquitectura y DiseñoProf. Ricardo Rugeles, Department Director of Design
Prof. Jaime Pardo, Professor Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC)

prof. Claudio Magalhaes, Associate Professor, Design Management Lab, Art & Design Department
prof. Carlo Franzato, Associate Professor, Art & Design Department
Fabiene Schiavo, PhD Candidate, Art & Design Department
Verônica  Natividade, PhD Candidate, Art & Design Department


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