9 october – 22 december 2013
Italcementi and Triennale Milano: an exhibition for a reflection on the issues of mobility, of living and working, and imagine how the research on energy, new materials and ICT technologies will shape our daily lives over the next 20 years.
An exhibition for a reflection on the issues of mobility, of living and working, and imagine how the research on energy, new materials and ICT technologies will shape our daily lives over the next 20 years. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Polytechnic of Milan this exhibition wants to be a place where to tell the ability of teachers, researchers and students to create and design multiple visions, projected into the future, which can affect the life of the city of Milan as well as other realities in the world.
150 scenarios of everyday life, narrated by citizens living in the year of 2033, to make the future closer to us and to stimulate ideas and proposals on the possible trajectories of innovation and the environment.
How will we move, how will we live and how will we work (and also, how will we study) in 2033? What new communication technologies, materials and energy sources will make up our everyday scenario?
These are the questions a pool of professors and researchers from various disciplines of the Polytechnic have tried to answer. On the basis of a range of reflections and suggestions, they have identified a number of possible trajectories of innovation for the near future.
In an attempt to systematize the field, they have decided to organize all the suggestions collected by borrowing two variables from the Spread Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 European social platform project: one linked to technology in all its forms and the other linked to society’s governing principles and values.
On one hand, technology can be either pandemic (that is, dominant technologies adopted worldwide) or endemic (that is, emerging in different ways in different local context).
On the other hand, principles and values supporting growth, development and innovation, can encourage those individuals (individual persons or individual companies) that emerge in their context and are able to compete on a global scale, as well as support the community (represented by institutions or self-organized).
These two axes, technology and social principles, are at the heart of this exhibition, divided into 4 distinct scenarios in which all the sections – move, live and work – are declined
– The city ruled: pandemic technologies used by the community to manage the common good,
– Innovating at the global level: pandemic technologies for single individuals who are active at an international level,
– The individual talent: endemic technologies for single individuals (makers, start-up entrepreneurs and artisans of new generation ) who are active locally,
– Energy of communities: local technologies for a set of individuals who recognize and share common and collective values.
As a result, the vision of a future that is not unique and all-encompassing, but rather consists of a multitude of possible futures, in which everyone can freely plan their everyday lives. And it is the future inhabitants of Milan 2033―whom many students of the Polytechnic have lent their faces―that exhibit their life choices. When asked, with a simple gesture, they will tell you of their homes and new ways of living, eating, getting up-to-date, working, educating and researching, traveling and moving around, enjoying the city. Each narration is accompanied by an animation which displays the words in quick bright sketches.