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Walter de Silva, the design master who penned works of art for AlfaRomeo and later WV, Audi and Lamborghini among others in his years heading the Volkswagen Group Design, takes center stage as the President of the Transportation Design Department at SPD and gives a special talk on “Design for a different mobility”. In few days, our priorities have changed and our mobility has suffered a real Big Bang. From tomorrow, designing factories, components and sustainable mobility products aimed at a cleaner world will no longer be enough because new parameters and new disciplines will have to be included in the creative and engineering development process.

We are getting closer to a new and upcoming reorganization into an "Analog / Post Digital" world: physical and mental mobility will be reunited and the two of them together will become fundamental for our wellbeing. Mobility will no longer be confined to our decompression moments but will rather introduce an all-round, different relationship with the world in which we live. Infact, the Analog/Post Digital paradigm of the near future will not be the downsizing of digitization, but a more effective, ethical and conscious use of the digital revolution with augmented reality all the way more integrated with everyday reality.

DesignTalks is the public lecture series promoted by SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design to bring together voices from different professional fields on a wide range of contemporary subjects. 

Language: Italian with English translation

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Founded in 1954, Scuola Politecnica di Design is the first postgraduate training center for design disciplines in Italy.

The school offers English programs: OneYear courses and recognised Masters that corresponds to 60 ECTS credits, in collaboration with IULM University. SPD has been awarded with the prestigious Compasso d'Oro prize and is a member of the Cumulus design academies network and of ADI and AIAP professional organisations.

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SPD is located in a modern campus near IULM University in one of the most vibrant areas of the city.

SPD premises are located in Milan, in the heart of the Zona Tortona design district and close to the lively Navigli area. The school is easily connected to the city centre within minutes by bus or by underground and train. Campus facilities include canteen, computer and study rooms, library service. Many accommodation options are available in the nearby.




Milan is a world capital of design and fashion, with a dense concentration of firms and experimental companies.

The city boasts new architectures, museum and designers' showrooms that represent a daily source of inspiration for young creative people. On the plus side, the burgeoning hotel and restaurant scene with new additions every year. During the design week and fashion shows, the city is transformed into an art installation.

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