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  • Interior Design and Architecture
  • Cultural Heritage

Mind and Places

Perception and corporeity in contemporary living design

The course is part of the departmental theme Social inclusion and quality of life Health and safety of individuals and social groups.


Edition: I
Price: 1.900,00 €
Duration: 23 Sep. 2021 – 17 Dec. 2021
Language: Italian
Available seats: 30


Living, as well as breathing, interacting with people, producing culture, is one of the forms in which our way of being in the world develops. The livability of the space is based not only on rational and functional aspects, but also on values and meanings that allow people to feel a bond of belonging with places and to recognize them, be they internal, public, new or reused spaces. The discoveries in the neuro-scientific field open up ever more stimulating perspectives to the design of welcoming spaces and highlight how our ability to understand others and what others achieve materially is strongly linked to our socio-relational nature, the deepest of which structure is corporeality. Designing environments that influence our behavior is nothing new, but recently a large part of local companies and institutions are also becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities offered by human-centered design. It is understood, for example, how spaces better designed for users and more suited to the activities that take place there are characterized by greater competitiveness; institutionally we see the benefits of a design that aims at a healthier population. To grasp the challenge that the urban dimension of the future poses to contemporary Interior Design, the course aims to prepare professionals capable of integrating an increasingly in-depth knowledge of behavioral aspects into the design, capable of improving the design process and managing the intersection. with other disciplinary fields – philosophy, psychology, anthropology, music – to increase the intelligence of what surrounds us and improve our well-being.





Anna Anzani Scientific Director


Training objectives

It will be structured around key words that will allow the development of relevant themes for the contemporary city and will be organized in two sections that in a kaleidoscopic way will address two symmetrical points of view.

Didactic Modules

The Mind in Places module proposes useful reflections to promote an integration between the aesthetic and cultural dimensions in the context of space design. We will address the study of reuse, a useful practice not only as a sustainable alternative in today’s consumer society, but also as an opportunity to enhance the potential of buildings bearing meanings and memories. We will examine the project of new forms of settlement capable of going beyond mere functional efficiency, to create beautiful cities and territories not only in an aesthetic sense, but also with reference to social beauty, respect for citizenship rights, promotion of the cultural identity of the territory “.

Professors: G. Amoruso, A. Anzani, C. Caramel, L. Crespi, D. Crippa, B. Di Prete, F. C. Invernizzi, E. Lonardo, F. Maroldi, F. Scullica, E. Guglielmi, F. Maroldi.

The module Places in the Mind will bring the contribution of different disciplines that have dealt with the spatial dimension, trying to deepen the complementary role that they can play in a transdisciplinary reflection. According to Hartmann, regardless of the terms in which we think about the contents of our mind (thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptual, semantic, memory processes, …) we refer to parts, regions, processes, which in some ways can be considered separate, and which, however, are obviously connected. Professors: L. Bonardi, F. Bailo, P. Briata, N. Bruno, A. Chielli, M. Giuliani, F. Leoni, A. Piselli, R. Renati, M. Schinco, M. Sinico

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For those who reach 80% of attendance at the end of the course will be awarded a certificate of participation in the course and Open Badge by



Admission to the course is subject to a cognitive interview with the Course Direction in order to evaluate the incoming skills compared to the outgoing skills.

To participate in the interviews it is necessary to fill in the application form by 23 August 2021.


Registration for individual modules has a cost of € 350 + VAT for each module.

Registration for the entire course has a total cost of € 1900 + VAT.


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Anna Anzani Scientific Director