The project of the Politecnico di Milano OFF CAMPUS will be among the recipients of the Ambrogino d'Oro 2022, the civic honour awarded each year by Municipality of Milan on 7 December, St. Ambrose's Day.
OFF CAMPUS | Il Cantiere per le Periferie is an initiative promoted by Polisocial, the social engagement and responsibility programme of the Politecnico di Milano, with the aim of strengthening the presence of Politecnico in the city of Milan. The first Off Campus space was opened in the San Siro neighbourhood in April 2019, followed by new spaces in the NoLo district (September 2020) and in the San Vittore detention centre (October 2022). A fourth Off Campus space will soon settle at Cascina Nosedo, a former farmhouse.
In the Off Campus spaces, teachers, researchers and students of the Politecnico can develop innovative teaching ideas, responsible research and co-design activities capable of generating a positive impact on the community. The underlying concept is that of a more engaged University, targeting social challenges and closer to neighbourhoods and communities.
First in Italy among academic initiatives of this kind, the Polisocial Award aims to support and initiate responsible research projects with high social impact, while also supporting them with a view to sustainability over time. The initiative also aims to provide space for young researchers and cultivate an ethical approach to academic work that enhances the social impact of polytechnic expertise.
Among the initiatives promoted by Polisocial is the Polisocial Award, an annual competition funded by donations from the 5 per mille, which has been supporting and initiating responsible, high social impact research projects since 2012, also supporting them with a view to sustainability over time. The initiative also aims to provide space for young researchers and cultivate an ethical approach to academic work that enhances the social impact of polytechnic expertise.