Valentina Rognoli

Valentina Rognoli
Politecnico di Milano | Polimi · Department of Design

PhD in Industrial Design
associate professor - Design Department - Polimi

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Additional affiliations
January 2015 - May 2015
Politecnico di Milano
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
July 2006 - November 2014
Politecnico di Milano
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
September 2001 - June 2004
Politecnico di Milano
Field of study
  • Industrial Design and Comunication
October 1993 - March 2000
Politecnico di Milano
Field of study
  • Industrial Design

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Publications (93)
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The critical environmental conditions of the planet compel humankind to rapidly devise solutions able to minimize the impact of human actions on Earth. Environmental issues are urgent, so researchers and practitioners in the design field are committed to formalising new visions and pathways, willing to meet the SDGs of the 2030 agenda. While formul...
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The fashion industry is highly responsible for critical environmental problems and the sector is increasingly aware of the urgent need to embark on a sustainable transition. Materials, primarily textiles, are particularly problematic for the sector’s unsustainability, despite the intensive research into alternative solutions that is currently under...
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Lately, designers have become deeply interested in the materials generation process. With an approach of transforming unconventional elements into possible materials, they discover many possibilities with new characteristics ready to explore. This article discusses a study proposing concepts of materials generation, focusing on self-production in a...
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Lately, designers have become deeply interested in the materials generation process. With an approach of transforming unconventional elements into possible materials, they discover many possibilities with new characteristics ready to explore. This article discusses a study proposing concepts of materials generation, focusing on self-production in a...
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This manuscript comes from an investigation where it is intended to build a current state of the art about the use of alternative materials to traditional ones by different companies or design brands that seek to incorporate sustainable solutions starting with the material, proposing different production models and using atypical raw materials. At...
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Designing new materials introduce new challenges – from the setting of materials physical characteristics to the project of their cultural identity. Such a complex challenge is being embraced by many designers in the present, however, this comes to a price. The large number of materials is already problematizing the traditional modality of direct e...
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This work presents the pedagogical approach and the outcomes of a course aimed at teaching sustainability through the lenses of materials. The last decade has been crucial to finally reach a mature state of awareness of how the material side of our productions and its poor management is at the base of many environmental problems. Such awareness pus...
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Materials are considered fundamental elements of the design process and influence the era we live in, the Anthropocene. The chapter provides an overview of the leading researches on materials for design contributing to a sustainable transition. We will consider the main aspects of new materiality emerging from processes of experimentation and susta...
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In the landscape of design practice, the last decade has seen the emergence of Biodesign, a radical approach based on the integration of living organisms as functional components in the final design piece. This disruptive approach seems to lead a paradigm shift from still linear and inefficient management of resources to a more regenerative one, in...
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Material selection plays an essential role in environmental product performances; however, choice and comparison between different materials' environmental features are not trivial for designers. Academic and grey literature reviews were used to provide an overview of the main types of software, using a life cycle approach, supporting material sele...
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The transition toward circular economy models has been progressively promoted in the last few years. Different disciplines and strategies may significantly support this change. Although the specific contribution derived from design, material science, and additive manufacturing is well-established, their interdisciplinary relationship in circular ec...
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http://ojs.francoangeli.it/_omp/index.php/oa/catalog/book/641 This present book covers a series of outstanding reputation researchers’ contributions on the topic of ICS Materials: a new class of emerging materials with properties and qualities concerning interactivity, connectivity and intelligence. In the general framework of ICS Materials’ domai...
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http://materialdesigners.org/book - - - MaDe Book provides a better understanding on how materials design can contribute to attain a more circular economy. It contains a compilation of expert articles and short interviews, a glossary of concepts, original resources, detailed finalists and winners’ projects and the full directory of material design...
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In many areas of our private and social life, digital technologies are emerging with increasing strength and conviction. In the entrepreneurial and productive spheres, companies invest in digitalization following the guidelines of the new policies and riding the ever-increasing wave of financing aimed at new digital technologies. In front of such a...
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In recent years, many initiatives based on DIY practices have flourished around the world. When designers faced this growing trend related to self-production and focused on the material dimension, a new class of materials was born, known as do-it-yourself materials, DIY-Materials (Rognoli et al. 2015).The development of DIY-Materials by the design...
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Materials experience as a field has evolved substantially and is now mobilized to incorporate new ways of thinking and doing in design. The field has helped designers and researchers transform materials and design from a narrow-focused technically oriented selection process into a vibrant, investigative, and inspirational practice. This chapter int...
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The practices that shape the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach have always considered different sectors of knowledge and experience. The DIY movement is expanding beyond artifacts to include the materials from which products are made; namely, DIY-Materials. Designers from all over the world are engaged in various experimental journeys in the field of m...
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Today we know that material selection plays an essential role in environmental product performances. In fact, among the main Life Cycle Design strategies to reduce product environmental impacts, many have a direct influence on the material selection practice. However, the choice and comparison between different materials is not a trivial operation...
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introduction to issue 17 of Journal Diseña, dedicated to the theme of affectivity, experience and emotions as catalysts for socially significant design http://revistadisena.uc.cl/index.php/Disena/issue/view/1381
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This article examines the role that designers have in the process of designing materials and how, through their direct manipulation and transformation, they can convey emotions and cultural values in the final artifact. It also analyzes the process clay goes through as it becomes an object and the emotions that are elicited in the encounter between...
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The paper refers to an undergraduate design teaching experience, based on the ideation of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) materials, from self-production and use of household waste. The approach allows students a positive assessment of their environment and the generation of innovative solutions in uncertain scenarios. The emerging social crisis in Latin Amer...
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The paper presents results of a research related to the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) materials and the possibilities that this phenomenon supposes for social innovation. In Portugal and Chile, countries involved in this experience, social innovation is considered as a positive tool to improve the potential of a community, using local resources. It is assoc...
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The paper proposes a definition of Material design as a hybrid practice and describes the intersection area between two emerging phenomenon regarding materials for design namely, ICS Materials and DIY-Materials – by depicting the theoretical background supported by relevant examples and related works and providing the case studies developed by the...
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In the last decades, the relationship between designers and materials changed radically, bringing designers to relate to materials manipulation and production processes. At the end of the twentieth century, the growing attention to environmental issues reduced the choice of materials to those considered sustainable and risking to mortify, together...
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Design for Sustainability (DfS) focuses on wicked problems that cannot be modelled in reductionist ways. Furthermore , when bottom-up local interventions prove to have positive effects in their context, they remain hard to spread and might face failure if transferred the other contexts. Here, a research through-design approach is presented for high...
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The DIY movement is expanding beyond products to include the materials from which the products are made; namely, DIY-Materials. Designers around the globe are engaging in different experimental journeys encircling the materials development field before developing their projects. Self-made material sources are providing designers with a unique tool...
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The domain of materials for design is changing under the influence of an increasingly technological advancement, which brings miniaturization of technology and material augmentation with the use of sensors, actuators, and microprocessors. Examples of new hybrid material systems with dynamic and computational qualities are increasingly emerging. The...
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The Twentieth Century, by questioning the values of a modernity in crisis, challenged the concept of progress bringing about the emergence of a heated debate and the consolidation of the modern-postmodern dichotomy. Considering the cultural changes and transformations in industrial production, their influence on artistic languages and the alteratio...
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Il ventesimo secolo, mettendo in discussione i valori della modernità ormai in crisi, ha sfidato l’idea di progresso portando a un acceso dibattito e al consolidamento della dicotomia tra moderno e postmoderno. Considerando i cambiamenti culturali e le trasformazioni della produzione industriale, la loro influenza sui linguaggi artistici e le alter...
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The past decade it is considered by many scholars as the new industrial revolution wave [1], mainly by the fact that technology has jumped out of the industry into the hands of the people. Materials are also starting to perform the same behavior as more and more people are starting to deal with the creation of materials in a disruptive way. In this...
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In the contemporary panorama of design, materials are gained an important role. We are the witnesses of an incredible acceleration in the evolution of the design practices and processes related to materials developments and applications. In the present issue, we want to introduce and formalised the concept of “diffuse materiality” for describing th...
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Cuando interactuamos con productos, relaciones emocionales se activan. Los diseñadores deben ser conscientes de estas relaciones para crear mejores y significativos productos. Durante las últimas dos décadas, una serie de investigaciones alrededor de las emociones que ocurren entre los productos y sus usuarios han revelado que los materiales juegan...
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The domain of materials for design is changing under the influence of an increased technological advancement. Materials are becoming connected, augmented, computational, interactive, active, responsive, and dynamic. These are ICS Materials, an acronym that stands for Interactive, Connected and Smart. While labs around the world are experimenting wi...
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Materials education is a crucial element in the field of design. Traditionally, learning about materials is theoretical and book based. However, the appearance of Fab labs in universities add tangible opportunities to enhance materials knowledge. Fab labs combined with classroom didactics create an experimental dimension transforming the original m...
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In the last years, new classes of advanced materials are emerging, influenced by computing, Internet of Things, and hybridization of design with science. These materials are overpassing conventional smart materials, by presenting additional degrees of intelligence. These are ICS Materials, an acronym for Interactive, Connected, and Smart Materials....
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This paper defines the ICS materiality analyzing behaviors and components of Interactive, Connected, Smart materials. The authors propose a de-structuring analysis of the complexity of intelligent systems to find out the various elements that constitute ICS materiality. Thus, they become easily understood as working systems made of components that...
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Knowledge about materials is a fundamental element in product design education. It involves learning engineering concept about the technical properties and selection tools. More important, this concerns developing a sensitivity to the sensorial and experiential qualities of materials. We propose Material Tinkering as a practical and creative approa...
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Materials embedded in artifacts determine the user's materials experience and influence the aesthetic perception. Currently, the widely use of perfect and homogeneous industrial materials is dictating our experience and guide our perception. However, In the last years, a new phenomenon where designers seem interested on recuperating control of the...
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The DIY movement is expanding beyond products to the materials which embody products; namely, DIY-Materials. DIY-Materials are created through individual or collective self-production practices, often by techniques and processes of the designer’s invention. In this paper, we elaborate on the sources that can serve as a departure point for DIY mater...
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Creative “hands-on” experimentation with materials is a significant practice for material-driven design. It allows to understand materials, move further experimentations and generate meaningful visions. Through Material Tinkering, the tinkerer establish an intimate dialogue with the material, allowing the material to express its agency and letting...
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In the panorama of materials for design, a novel phenomenon is emerging. We already individuated it and called DIY-Materials. In the developed countries (mostly in Europe and North America), DIY-Materials are the response to an increasing standardized industrialization in the field of materials and technologies. Thanks to the democratization of tec...
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Materials embedded in products behave differently with the passing of time. This can be witnessed either as graceful ageing, or as material degradation. Some materials can appear to be ‘alive’: they can sense and respond, and change state; they can show different ‘faces’ depending on applications and circumstances; they can remain personal and appr...
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Humans are capable to develop and use the materials coherently with the environment in which these are supposed to operate. To reach this aim, a possible suggestion is that a sort of instinctual design exists, which does not originate as an organised process, yet includes a rudimentary research methodology. This extrapolates possible solutions from...
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The use of materials derived from waste is one of the prominent ways to contribute to sustainable product design. However, there is a stark gap in literature concerning how people appraise such materials. In this paper, we present our initial attempts to understand the aesthetic appreciation of materials, in particular those derived from discarded...
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Nel panorama del design contemporaneo ci si confronta sempre più spesso con esigenze progettuali fortemente condizionate dal sistema tecnologico caratterizzato dall'u-biquità e dalla connettività degli artefatti del quotidiano che danno vita a sistemi sempre più Intelligenti, Connessi e Smart. I designer sono chiamati a immaginare nuove esperienze...
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Materials are not inert substances. They can act, change, behave. It is acknowledged by both the Materials and Design community and the Human– Computer Interaction community, which recently are merging their interests into the engagement of users with physical matter, through the experiential qualities of materials. Taking into consideration the fu...
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The Internet of Things is seen as a relevant driver of change in how everyday life will be shaped through technology. Since more and more products are designed to be connected and new smart objects are entering the global market, it is the right time to introduce a more critical design approach. As users we are witnessing a proliferation of app-bas...
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It is known in the field of design, that when a project comes to shape, an emotional value of the designer or the team of designers that put together all the elements for the project to be born, it is and will be always something that artificiality and industry will never be able to meet. Imagine for a moment that even before the project comes as a...
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As part of a research about the relationship between time and design through the topic of materials and processes, this paper presents experimentation on a novel material. New materials are emerging through a Do-It-Yourself approach encouraged by Open source behaviors and trans-disciplinary design. These materials become representative of new value...
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Per lungo tempo nel mondo occidentale la ricerca della perfezione ha avuto un ruolo principe nella progettazione e creazione delle superfici e degli artefatti. Tuttavia stiamo assistendo a un cambio di rotta: la perfezione viene considerata una realtà irraggiungibile e mendace, al contrario dell’imperfezione che viene oggi considerata come inevitab...
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Purpose The here presented pilot study aims to identify opportunities and limits deriving from the use of Low Cost 3D printing (3DP) Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Open Source technologies in Co-design and Co-production processes involving persons with Rheumatic Diseases. Design/methodology/approach In the paper we outline why the use of Low-co...
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The democratization of personal fabrication technologies in parallel to the rising desire of individuals for personalizing their products offers great opportunities to experiment with advanced, distributed and shared production processes as well as design new materials. In this article, we introduce the notion of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Materials, whi...
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This paper presents an account of the experience of a workshop with title "Worker, build your own machinery!", held at Politecnico di Milano. The title of the workshop refers to a Ernesto Che Guevara’s quote in a 1961 speech: as the Republic of Cuba’s Minister of Industry, his aim was en-couraging Cuban workers and technicians to face the scarcity...
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An important body of research has developed in recent years, explaining mechanisms by which product materials influence user experiences. A priority now is to ensure that research findings are adopted within an educational context to deliver contemporary curricula for students studying the subject of materials and design. This paper reports on an i...
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Materials research constantly offers novel materials as better alternatives to convention. Functional aptness is taken for granted at the first commercial launch of a new material. Nevertheless, this alone may not be enough for its commercial success and widespread use. The ‘material’ should also elicit meaningful user experiences in and beyond its...
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L’articolo si focalizza sull’esperienza di un’azienda italiana, la Guzzini, esempio storico ed autorevole del design italiano, che ha legato la sua storia e la sua immagine all’utilizzo di un materiale in particolare, il PMMA. Il fine dello studio è quello di svelare una storia inedita di ricerca materica che ha visto la sostituzione di un material...
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For people living with an on-going condition occupation is important to perceive good health and to support a process of empowerment. Adopting assistive devices supports daily ac­tivities and facilitates the occupation. Involving actively the end users in the creation process can bring advantages such as meeting more precisely their needs.The probl...