Research

Research Interests
Design Innovation
Cultural Heritage and Crafts
Handmade and Digital Fabrication
Sustainable Creative Practices in Cities
Methodologies of Design Research

Research Projects
2015-2017 Started and is coordinating the ItalOriente Crafts, a research and design project. It experiments the combination of "traditional" crafts and "digital" fabrication. The project objectives are:
– to empower a selected network of artisans through collaborations with designers and makers;
– to develop and test a local production model based on collaboration, networking, open-source deisgn, handmade and digital fabrication. Link

2008-2010 Planned and coordinated the Best of Made in, a research and design project addressing the issues of local handmade products, and local growth. The project answered the following questions:
- how to perceive the qualities of a local handmade product;
- how to communicate these qualities to global consumers;
- how to evaluate products’ specific aspects related to their authenticity and sustainability; and
- what are the best strategies for supporting local-global interactions, and stimulating local growth. Link

2008-2009 Developed, in collaboration with O2 Italia, Sustainable Design and Urban Spaces project, whose objectives are to individuate possible design solutions - products, services and scenarios - to tackle social and environmental degradation in public spaces, and induce to responsible behaviours Link

2005 Developed The study of PhD programmes in design and the strategic importance of doctoral research in design for Asociación de Diseñadores Profesionales ADP, Barcelona, Spain Link

2001-2002 Member of the team that developed the Experimental project for the development of communication, information and education tools for doctoral research in design, Ph.D. Programme in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication, School of Design, Politecnico di Milano

1999-2000 Developed the supervised research project Mapping of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in design offered in nine different socio-cultural and geographical contexts, Di.Tec Department, Politecnico di Milano

Ph.D. in Design
2000-2004 The main issue I addressed in my research is the methodologies and methods of design research: whether they should be modelled on already existing research approaches in the sciences and humanities, or on a distinct approach that reflects the nature of design and serves the future of design discipline better. I individuated, described and analysed three different approaches to design research and their related methodologies and methods. I argued for a designerly way to doctoral research. Thesis