QHLab2020… a Biography

June 16th, 2020

An exploration of house-lives biographies in quarantined times, through the works of bachelor students from Politecnico di Milano, AUIC school.

March 2020: After a first wave in Asia, the spread of the Covid-19 in different countries of the world has lead many Governments to establish a series of lockdowns, asking people to stay at home in more or less restrictive ways. In some countries, the “quarantine” has lasted more than two months.

Follow the work on
The on-line Final Exhibition

The QHLab2020 Instagram profile
The QHLab2020 Pinterest account

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Covid-19/an overview and some proposals

March 29th, 2020

A clear and sharp overview on Covid-19 health and socio-economic impacts with some significant proposals.

“Covid-19 is the largest health and economic crisis of our generation. We are all bombarded by a lot of news, which are evolving quickly, are often highly technical, and have policy consequences that dramatically affect our lives”.

“Andrea Galeotti and I [Paolo Surico] felt the need to learn some tools to process this information and to understand and rationalise current health and economic policies. We [They] created a narrative to highlight different trade-offs which are part of: a) every health policy that attempts to flatten the contagion curve of Covid-19, and b) every economic policy that attempts to flatten the ‘recession curve’ caused by Covid-19″.

You find their video presentations here!

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Cornavirus allert to share

March 12th, 2020

Dear all,
I have to share this report with you, and I will do within other networks too.
It is deadly urgent we all become aware about the actions we should all perform.

I forward a link to a scientific but descriptive report:


It is a long reading but if you are patient enough you can get a full sketch what we (Europe) are facing.

Do not underestimate the infection.
And I would also ask to share it within your own networks and media, please, since the relevance to be thoroughly informed is at the moment a key element in the battle.


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Semester start postponed to the 2nd of March

February 23rd, 2020







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Affordable Housing Studio / Guest Lecture #04

November 23rd, 2019

Politecnico di Milano
Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica e Ingegneria delle costruzioni
Via Ampère 2 – Milano

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Spazio e Arredo/Guest Lecture

November 14th, 2019

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Affordable Housing Studio / Guest Lecture #03

November 4th, 2019


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AMa2019 Housing Seminar #03

November 1st, 2019

15th November 2019 / 10 00 – 13 30
Politecnico di MIlano
Aula Rogers, Via Ampère 2

Lectures by
Hans van Heeswijk architecten (NL)
Mae (UK)
Beta Office (NL)

The seminar is inspired by the increasing number of interesting projects and architectural practices dealing with spatial, typological and technical innovation connected to the regeneration of existing buildings all over Europe toward residential and community spaces. The seminar is interested in crossing different experiences that work on: the regeneration of existing collective housing, the regeneration of peripheral areas and fragile context, the unconventional reuse of the nonresidential, underused or abandoned buildings. All these topics combine many issues: the typological innovation in relation to contemporary practices, the work on the envelope, the layout articulation, the image of the building, the participation of the community, the effects that these projects can produce on urban scale.

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Affordable Housing Studio / Guest Lecture #02

October 21st, 2019

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Affordable Housing Studio / Guest Lecture #01

October 21st, 2019

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TACK: Call for 10 International PhD Positions

October 12th, 2019
‘TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing’ is a newly funded Innovative Training Network and, as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within the European Framework Program Horizon 2020, has launched a Call for 10 PhD positions (3 years fully funded).
Please check the website for details, info and application procedures:

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October 12th, 2019

3-7 October 2019
KU Leuven Sint Lucas – Ghent

The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CA2RE+ develops a collective learning environment through Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training. Design Driven Doctoral research (DDDr) is taken as a multidisciplinary example of an experiential learning-through-evaluation model, appropriate for identification and promoting relevance of research singularity, its transparency and recognition, to award excellence in doctoral training for creative and culturally rooted solutions of contemporary design driven developments.


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Guest Lecture 10OCT2019

October 6th, 2019

Fosbury Architecture

Politecnico di Milano
Via Ponzio 46
aula B.5.3 ore 10:00

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September 1st, 2019

MEMI FEST – Attiviamo la Memoria
Il primo festival urbano dedicato ai luoghi della Memoria a Milano
11-15 Settembre 2019, Milano

La prima edizione del Festival si terrà in 17 luoghi della memoria a Milano e coinvolgerà 11 artisti/compagnie/associazioni che in ogni luogo proporranno visite guidate, itinerari urbani, performance e spettacoli utilizzando la loro arte ed esperienza per comunicare la memoria e trasmettere valori e storie.
Obiettivo del festival è dare nuova vita ai luoghi della memoria raccontando le vicende e le storie che hanno caratterizzato il decennio 1938 – 1948 attraverso la partecipazione e il coinvolgimento attivo degli abitanti.

Cartella stampa
Anteprima del Festival (9-11 Setembre)
Calendario degli spettacoli

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July 31st, 2019

[by Irene Comini, July 2019]

Borno è un borgo alpino della provincia di Brescia che per posizione geografica risulta isolato rispetto al suo contesto territoriale. Se per molti borghi alpini questo causa un progressivo spopolamento, il forte radicamento dei bornesi nei confronti del paese natale porta la maggior parte di loro a preferire uno stile di vita mobile, impiegando fino a tre ore di viaggio per raggiungere quotidianamente il luogo di lavoro o di studio. Attraverso un intenso lavoro di interviste semi-strutturate e un confronto diretto con i “bornesi mobili” è risultato evidente come questo stile di vita limiti il loro coinvolgimento nella quotidianità e socialità del paese.
Partendo dallo stato famigliare, dalla frequenza e dal motivo dello spostamento, e attraverso la ricostruzione delle diverse giornate tipo, sono stati identificati sette ritratti di persone mobili che differiscono per abitudini, pratiche, esigenze, spazi e tempi vissuti.

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