Design is one of the distinguishing features of Milan and the Lombardy region. It has in some way been an integral part, a fertile element, for at least fifty years, which is why well-established figures from the world of international design, as well as hosts of young talents, come here every day from all over the world, to contribute and exchange their own ideas in the fertile process of collective innovation generation that is typical of “doing design in Milan”. 
For anyone who observes this territory from a distance with curiosity and interest, design is without a doubt one of its strengths and major attractions.

Today, Milan boasts a dense network of relationships with many national and international businesses that keep their ear to the ground in Milan, and organise moments of visibility, events, and exhibitions, often making use of the design resources that are readily available here. The city has seen a visible increase in the number of design schools, associations, young people whose profession involves design, design initiatives, businesses open to design, and of the relationships between Milan and the global capitals of production of the design culture.
Milan is a centre of design not just in terms of the designers themselves, but also the associations, the publishing industry related to the sector, the places for training and cultural promotion, and the opportunities for visibility and representing products and ideas.
Milan is a great Design brand that maintains its leading position, constantly striving to devise new forms of knowledge relating to design, experimentation, ideas, stylistic and formal codes, predictions of usage behaviour and consumption models.

The campus of the School of Design and the headquarters of are located in Bovisa, a district to the North of the city, not far from the city centre, in a place that is symbolic of the industrial Milan of the past. The district is currently undergoing a broad process of urban transformation, and is set to become a centre of excellence for higher education, research, and innovation.

The history of the Politecnico di Milano in Bovisa began twenty years ago when it took over the readapted old Ceretti & Tanfani plant where they used to manufacture cables for cable cars, which is now the Bovisa Campus. The campus of the School of Design is situated alongside other important buildings, such as the School of Architecture and the School Engineering.