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From 13th July to 27th August 2017 it is possible to register online for the admission tests for first-level degree courses (three years) and second-level degree courses (two more years).

Important! Before registering online you have to make the following payments:

  • 15.13€ to be paid into the CCP 1016 account (Postal Current Account) registered to: AGENZIA DELLE ENTRATE – CENTRO OPERATIVO DI PESCARA – TASSE SCOLASTICHE. REASON FOR PAYMENT: ESAME AMMISSIONE A.A. 2017/2018 + [Name and Surname of the future student] (NOT for future foreign students).
  • 50.00€ to be paid by bank transfer to: “Accademia Albertina di Torino” IBAN: IT82Q0623001001000041239789 CARIPARMA Via Giolitti, 1 – TORINO. REASON FOR PAYMENT: TASSA DI AMMISSIONE A.A. 2017/2018 + [Name and Surname of the future student] (In case of payment made by a third party, please write the name and the surname of the future student). IMPORTANT: users are requested to register and pre-enrol at the same moment, bringing the receipts for payments with them.

Access the www.isidata.net website on “Servizio Studenti” and select the item “Accademie”.

Access requirements: – In order to be admitted to a first-level degree course you must hold an upper secondary school leaving certificate or another certificate obtained in a foreign university that has to be approved by the Academy in compliance with international agreements. – In order to be admitted to a second-level degree course you must hold a first-level degree certificate or a certificate awarded by another University.

How to give a copy of the documents issued by the Embassies to non-EU students and Foreign Students from the European Union.

Non-EU students: only from 4th September to 8th September at the Albertina Academy – Via Accademia Albertina, 6 – TORINO from 10a.m. to 1p.m. at the Secretary’s Office. Bring a copy of the documents issued by the Embassy or the Consulate (Original copy of the Domanda di Preiscrizione (Pre-enrolment Application), Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco (Certificate of Equivalence of Qualification), Translation of your Diploma, Photocopy of the Passport with a Certified Photo, copy of the residence permit, fiscal code (that you can require at any headquarters of the Agenzia delle Entrate (Revenue Agency)).

Foreign Students from the European Union: only from 4th September to 8th September at the Albertina Academy – Via Accademia Albertina, 6 – TORINO from 10a.m. to 1p.m. at the Secretary’s Office. Bring the certified copy of your Diploma with the official translation by the Embassy or the Consulate of your country of origin, together with the Certificate of Equivalence of Qualification and the photocopy of your ID card.

Only the future students who will enrol within the foreseen deadlines and as explained above will be admitted to the admission tests.

The students who will be admitted will have to register online from 18th September to 30th September 2017 as follows: – Access the www.isidata.net website on “Servizio Studenti”, select the item “Accademie”, then select the item “Selezionare il punto 3” and follow the procedure indicated to you.

 

The deadline for the enrolments to the admission tests to the courses with a restricted number of places for the academic year 2017/2018 with local ranking is Thursday 10th August 2017. You have to fill in the application for the admission test only online, on www.unito.it website, where you will find information about each course with a restricted number of places and the related admission test.

You can find the list of the courses in the section “Corsi di studio”, while the instructions about the enrolment procedure are in the section “Corsi ad accesso programmato con graduatoria locale”. The matriculations for these courses will start from 22nd September 2017.

In order to know the dates of the tests and the modalities of the admission tests for the Department of Medicine and Surgery, the Department of Odontology and Dentistry and the Department of Veterinary Medicine, you have to visit the MIUR website, selecting the item “Calendario delle prove di ammissione e Modalità e contenuti delle prove di ammissione”. The matriculations for these courses will start from 3rd October 2017. The modalities about the admission tests can be found in the section “Corsi ad accesso programmato con graduatoria nazionale”.

From 1st September to 5th October 2017 it is possible to fill in online the matriculation form for the academic year 2017/2018 for First-Level Degree Courses and Single-Cycle Degree Programmes with an unrestricted number of places. All the courses with an unrestricted number of places are subjected to a compulsory Test for the Assessment of Minimum Requirements (TARM). For some courses with an unrestricted number of places, TARM test is a prerequisite for enrolment. For further information about TARM test visit the webpage “Immatricolazione corsi ad accesso libero”.

For all the students enrolled to any of the courses, the enrolment fees for the years following the first one have to be paid by 5th October 2017. Payments made after that date will be subject to a surcharge. The payment of the fee represents the enrolment to the new academic year.

The full list of the administrative deadlines (payment of the fees, transfers from and to other universities, teaching instruments) for the academic year 2017/2018 and all the pieces of information about matriculations and enrolments can be found on the webpage “Immatricolazioni e iscrizioni”.

 

Turning an idea into an innovative business in three weeks, thanks to the support of the main experts of the most important universities and international technology companies, under the supervision of representatives of Venture Capitals and Investment Funds: this is the aim of the 600 people who will take part in EIA Turin 2017, the European Innovation Academy that will take place in the Polytechnic of Turin from 10th to 28th, for the second time in Italy.

In fact, thanks to an agreement signed between the Polytechnic and EIA, and to the engagement of the whole town and regional system, Turin is home to this StartUp Extreme Accelerator of high international prestige since 2016. EIA Turin 2017 has received the support by FCA and Intesa Sanpaolo and it has been warmly welcomed by the City, the University of Turin and by the world of companies, incubators and training, and with the special support by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts of Turin.

For twenty days, the areas of Lingotto and the Polytechnic of Turin will turn into a creative lab where young talented people from all over the world will have the opportunity to discuss new ideas. There will be engineers, marketing and economics students, coming from the most prestigious universities in the world, but also people who are already working in companies and want to seize the opportunity provided by the Academy in order to “speed up” innovation. EIA innovators will meet mentors and investors from the Silicon Valley and the regional and national territory: they are very important experts of the academic and entrepreneurial world who will make their experience available as an instrument to promote technology-based entrepreneurship. Some of the mentors are: Ravi Belani (Alchemist, Stanford University), Ken Singer (UC Berkeley), Martin Omander (Google), Danny Lange (Unity) and Klaus Busse (FCA).

The participants to the Academy come from the best universities in the world: UC Berkeley, Tsinghua University, UTC, Sorbonne Paris, University of Texas in Austin, and there are also 50 Turinese students coming from the Polytechnic and other students from the University of Turin, the University of Trento, Scuola di Alta Formazione al Management (SAFM) and IUSTO.

EIA will bring in Turin the methods that have been created in the Silicon Valley that turn ideas and technologies into start-ups, through mentoring activities and entrepreneurial tutoring. The participants, divided into small multidisciplinary groups, will have to develop a business starting from an original idea. During the first week, the innovators will identify the idea and the products, in the second one the basic product will be created, while in the third week there will be the market test that will verify the product’s attractiveness to consumers. The students will be supervised on a daily basis, and they will be supported by the experts in the field. In the morning there will be meetings with the mentors, while in the afternoon they will continue to work on their products.

The areas in which the participants will work on will be: mobility, food and design. These sectors are benchmarks of excellence of the Italian entrepreneurial culture, and those people will have to design projects related to these areas that will allow them to turn their ideas into a business. We tend to consider mobility, food and design as “traditional” sectors, but they have a lot of innovation to offer. The best ideas developed during the event will be financed by international Venture Capitalists and will be supported when they enter the market.

In addition, EIA is also an opportunity for businesses. Thanks to an agreement signed with the Chamber of Commerce of Turin, as part of the Alps Enterprise Europe Network, EIA Turin 2017 provides two opportunities to the Piedmontese businesses:

– the free participation for 50 managers of innovative businesses, with more than 6 years of activity, to a higher education day, the Executive Innovation Day, on 14th July

– the free access to 5 start-ups (each one with 3 participants) to three sessions as part of the Keynote Session programme

The response to these proposals by local businesses has been excellent: high quality businesses with their innovative and high-tech skills applied to different sectors (automotive, environment, chemistry, energy, aerospace, logistics, biometrics, data management, etc…) decided to take part in it. The businesses that have been admitted have been selected by the Chamber of Commerce and by EIA experts themselves on the basis of a number of criteria such as: rate of innovation, growth potential, possession of patents or very innovative high-tech products, propensity for internationalisation and awarding of European call for tenders.

Alar Kolk, EIA President, said: “Europe can grow only through innovation, it’s our duty to experiment with unique ideas to restructure our economies. EIA accelerator provides unprecedented opportunity to anyone who is willing to take the challenge to change the world and bring new products and services to global market in record 15 days. Make no mistake, it’s gonna be hard – many failures on road. The journey will test our brightest minds and willingness to build the future”.

Marco Gilli, the Dean of the Polytechnic, added that: “Being able to host in our campus such a prestigious event like the European Innovation Academy for the second time is a great opportunity to make our ability to offer innovation grow and to create businesses, giving a new dimension to the traditional way in which these issues are faced at university. We therefore believe that not only this is an excellent opportunity for our students, but it is also very positive for the whole regional system that makes Turin a prestigious international place for entrepreneurial development and technology transfer”.

“We are very happy to be partners on this project. Our Group has been pursuing an innovation-oriented path: multi-channels, digitalisation, big data, as well as the Innovation Centre created in Turin. We firmly believe that one of the ways of addressing the new global challenges is fostering a virtuous relationship between the academic world and the working world. It is necessary to create the right conditions so that the new generations can develop their ideas and provide their innovative skills to the market. For this reason, besides supporting this kind of projects, years ago we launched a programme that aims at fostering the creation of start-ups and supporting businesses in the exploration of technologies and new solutions”, said Enrico Bagnasco, Responsible for Information Systems at Intesa Sanpaolo.

“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – explained Gilberto Ceresa, Responsible for Information & Communication Technologies of EMEA and LATAM regions of FCA – has decided to collaborate with the ‘European Innovation Academy 2017’ because we believe that the development of an innovative ecosystem (that the European Innovation Academy can encourage) is a great opportunity for the development of some competences and professionalisms the Automotive Industry needs. In particular, the development of the Mobility concept and the Industry 4.0 can encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new ideas and solutions”.

Vincenzo Ilotte, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Turin, added that: “As the Chamber of Commerce of Turin we take advantage of the EIA in Turin to provide real opportunities to our businesses. Compared to last year, we wanted to add one more thing: besides the free participation to the keynote sessions offered to 5 start-ups, for this European Innovation Academy we wanted to offer a new event dedicated to the existing businesses, with at least 6 years of activity, that are turning their innovative ideas into reality, and for this reason we created the Executive Innovation Day. Our aim is that these small and medium-sized businesses learn to innovate themselves as fast as start-ups do and that they speed up their growth on the international markets”.

The student H2politO Team of the Polytechnic of Turin celebrates its first 10 years with a presentation of its prototypes and of the students who, over the past years, have obtained excellent results in international competitions.

In fact, the Team won the Shell Eco-marathon 2017 in Le Mans and London: the IDRAkronos prototype ranked 2nd in the competition that took place from 25th to 28th May at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and ranked 1st in the competition that took place in Le Mans from 23rd to 25th June.

In these races, high-energy efficiency futuristic vehicles that are designed by the students of high schools and Universities of the whole of Europe don’t compete on speed but on the ability of designing prototypes able to travel as much as possible on the equivalent of a litre of fuel or a kWh or a m3 of energy.

The second prototype designed by the H2politO Team, called XAM, ranked 10th out of the 26 internal-combustion vehicles that took part in the competition and belonged to the Urban Concept class, and it ranked 4th out of 7 in the ethanol vehicles class, with a consumption of 110 km/L in the race that took place in London.

In addition, in the Shell Eco-marathon of London, H2politO Team also won the Communication Award, the special award given to the Team that is best able to communicate the features of their projects both on social networks and to traditional media, and that is also able to promote the competition thanks to the collaboration with companies and the participation of students and young people. That’s not news to the Team, since it has already won this award 4 times: in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Over the past 10 years, the Team has won many awards and has achieved many goals with a lot of passion. All this has been mentioned by the Team’s Faculty Advisor, Massimiliana Carello, together with the students, who have shown all the vehicles they have designed over the past 10 years: IDRA08, IDRA09, IDRApegasus, XAM 2.0, IDRAkronos and XAM.

“10 years ago, when I created H2politO Team, I would have never imagined that I would get this far and that I would make H2politO Team become a “top Team”. The results we have achieved this year are the product of hard work and a lot of time, of people who “teamed” when facing problems and finding solutions, without giving up. Maybe this is exactly what made us achieve excellent results both in London and in Le Mans”, says Professor Massimiliana Carello, the Team’s Faculty Advisor.

On this occasion, Michelin Italia assigned 10 scholarships to the students who distinguished themselves in the design and creation of the vehicles that took part in the competition, in order to support all the activities of H2politO Team.

Michelin is the technical sponsor and the only tyre supplier of the Shell Eco-marathon, and also IDRAkronos is fitted with Michelin tyres that provide a rolling resistance six times lower than the MICHELIN Energy Saver road tyre.

Simone Miatton, Michelin Italia Personnel Director, said: “We have been following H2politO Team for five years with great passion. It has achieved many important goals, that lead them to the winner’s podium in the Shell Eco-marathon of Le Mans thanks to the IDRAkronos vehicle, a prototype fitted with Michelin’s low rolling resistance tyres. It’s the spirit of innovation that unites us with H2politO Team and with its amazing low energy consumption vehicles. From our first “green” tyre launched in 1992, Michelin’s commitment in the field of continuous innovation is at the service of a safer, efficient and sustainable mobility. This year, H2politO Team’s 10th anniversary provides us an even happier opportunity to celebrate together our common vision on the mobility of the future”.

 

Within a couple of weeks the Polytechnic of Turin will place an order for its four new prefabricated lecture rooms that will have 220 seats each and will be put in the current car park that divides the campus from the new university residence “Carlo Mollino”, on the corner of Corso Castelfidardo and Corso Peschiera. These new lecture rooms will be very important because they will contribute to solving the overcrowding problems of the Polytechnic. In addition, Romano Borchiellini, the deputy director of the construction industry of the Polytechnic, says that the lecture rooms will also “Comply with all the standards of the existing lecture rooms, in terms of safety, acoustics and comfort”.

The Polytechnic of Turin has designed the new lecture rooms by itself, in order to speed up the process. As we can see from the first renderings that have been made, the four new lecture rooms will form a dark parallelepiped, whose top will be made of a metal twine that will give more movement to the building. In addition, since it will be a prefabricated structure, it won’t have the foundations but it will lay on a big slab. The internal areas will be on an even plane, with a shoulder part at the end, and they will have everything they need for teaching.

Borchiellini explains that: “We call them temporary lecture rooms, but they actually have to meet restrictions that are similar to the ones of the other areas of our university”. The aim is to build a good-quality building, able to last for a long time. The deputy director adds that: “On the basis of the masterplan that we are preparing, within 5-6 years these lecture rooms will be probably “obsolete”. However, on the basis of the way they have been designed, they could be used for ten years”.

The budget approved by the board of directors of the Polytechnic is four million euros. The tendering process will start by mid-July and the four new lecture rooms should be completed before March 2018 (provided that there aren’t administrative reviews).

In the meanwhile, there’s a plan for the beginning of other two building sites inside the Polytechnic Citadel: one of them is related to the improvement of the General Motors headquarters, that was announced a year ago. In March, General Motors sold Opel to the French of Psa and the sale kept the Turinese workers with bated breath for some days. In the end, the building in Corso Castelfidardo remained to the Americans and so the improvement can continue. In this case, the tendering process should start in Autumn. The other construction improvement is related to the so-called “R Lecture Rooms”, which are the ones that will be built in Via Carlo Boggio and Via Borsellino. The original plan had been stopped by the government department responsible for the environment and architectural buildings because it planned to knock down a part of a wall of the former OGR (Officine Grandi Riparazioni) which is considered “of monumental interest”. As a consequence, the improvement has been re-planned and re-approved, so over the next few months also this part of the Polytechnic will start its own transformation.

New materials and biotechnologies, architecture, design, redesign and urban development: these are the issues on which the partnership between the Polytechnic of Turin and the Kyoto Institute of Technology – KIT (Kyoto, Japan) will focus on, thanks to a memorandum of understanding that has been signed today in Turin by the Dean Marco Gilli and the President of the MIT Masao Furuyama.

As a consequence, Turin and Kyoto will be closer, thanks to the exchange of students of the five-year degree courses and of the doctorate, and also thanks to joint training initiatives such as the summer schools dedicated to very topical issues. The students will also have the chance to do an apprenticeship in the two Countries.

From a research point of view, the agreement offers the joint participation to public announcements and the implementation of joint border projects related to the issues that are at the basis of the agreement. In addition, the partnership includes the creation of a Joint Research and Training Centre, that will become a real platform where research, training and technology transfer will meet, with two headquarters: one in Kyoto and the other in the Polytechnic.

The five-year agreement also includes the sharing of the results obtained from research thanks to seminars, meetings and workshops, in order to offer socio-economic benefits both in Italy and in Japan.

Laura Montanaro (Department of Applied Sciences and Technology), the responsible for the initiative for the Polytechnic, says that: “This agreement offers very interesting partnership perspectives with Japan thanks to one of its illustrious technical universities. The sectors that have been identified for joint activities own important complementarities between the two Institutions and are highly qualifying, both as regards research perspectives and teaching factors. The interest of the Kyoto Institute of Technology in collaborating with us on these issues confirms that these are worldwide acknowledged areas of excellence of our University, and I want to thank Professor Giuseppe Pezzotti, the Vice-Regent of the KIT, for creating this opportunity that will bring our two universities closer”.

Also the Vice-Regent of the Kyoto Institute of Technology Giuseppe Pezzotti confirms his interest in the partnership, in fact he says that: “For the Kyoto Institute of Technology, the creation of a partnership project with such a long experience University like the Polytechnic of Turin is a reason of prestige and it represents the strong desire of internationalisation of Japanese Universities towards European Universities”.

 

 

artribune.com – The GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Turin and the Castello di Rivoli holds an extraordinary exhibition, that highlights the potential of colour through works and artists of different periods in history, among emotions, spirituality and contemporary dynamics.

L’emozione dei COLORI nell’arte is an exhibition that is as successful as a biennial festival, whose main aim is to explain the painting of the last 150 years through the use of colour. This is a historic and geographic itinerary that shows the studies carried out by 150 artists from different places and periods in history through 400 works of art: from the great masters of the late 17th century to the iconic works of conceptual artists. There are many Italian artists, works of art coming from important international institutions and masterpieces coming from the GAM and the Castello di Rivoli collections.

A WORLD IN BLACK AND WHITE

How would human life be if, instead of the cones, the retina of our eyes could only rely on the retinal rods to see the world around us? An invisible geometric difference could have changed everything because, in that case, we would always see the world in black and white. Like in a book by Saramago, we would all be affected by achromatopsia, the most serious form of congenital colour-blindness for which affected people see the world on greyscale levels that people who see colours can’t imagine. it’s not hard to understand how it would be if we look at the story of photography: at first it was in black and white and later, infected by colour, it made a grand entrance in the world of art. At the beginning it is called “photography by a famous artist”, but the fact of being colourless, pale, monochrome, detaches it from the world and wanes it to such an extent that it can’t be defined as a work of art. Living in black and white (just think about movies and TV programmes before colour televisions) would be like living in Cartier-Bresson’s universe, in a world where every single thing, however extraordinary and plastic, is deprived of its vital aspect.

THE LANGUAGE OF COLOURS

Would a perception that excludes colours be able to avoid emotions too? If we observe this exhibition, designed by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev, Artistic Director of Documenta 13 and of the Biennale of Sydney, it would seem that through colours not only do we have access to painting in its entirety, but we also feel an endless number of emotions that can justify, in whole or in part, the existence of painting as the music of colours.

The exhibition is a gallery of melodies and harmonies from which we can infer the different ways of understanding (the) colour and managing its emotional abundance. Not only does colour open us up a world, the real world in its complexity and abundance, but thanks to the painting it allows us to go beyond the real and concrete world to have immediately access to emotions, just like it happens with music. Before being something else, eyesight is a form of touch. The eye touches and distances anything, but in painting it is touched and always excited. There is a wide palette of emotions at the exhibition: from the tragic ones, felt and expressed by Mark Rothko or by Nicolas De Staël (without forgetting Car Crash by Andy Warhol which is orange as only tragic death can be), to the most imperceptible ones expressed by James Turrell who displays a lively and pulsating environment with shimmering light that is able to get to the essence of colour.

KANDINSKY AND THE SPIRITUAL COLOUR

There are many other fundamental works of art at the GAM. In some of the paintings by Vassily Kandinsky you can feel a beginning and an ending: the end of an analytical and mathematical behaviour towards colour, that comes from the positivist culture of the first half of the 19th century and the studies of colour by Isaac Newton, who divided light in colours. Goethe, in his book Theory of Colours, written in 1810, already tried to give a perceptual, psychological and emotional dignity to colours. In 1799, together with Friedrich Schiller, he wrote Temperamental Roses, where colours were combined with four personalities of people (quick-tempered, even-tempered, hot tempered and melancholy), from which psychological models derive (tyrants, heroes, adventurers; hedonists, lovers, poets; speakers, historians, teachers; philosophers, pedants, rulers). However, if Goethe likes being considered a scientist first of all, Kandinsky feels he is more like a musician and says that in panting he wants to do what Arnold Schoenberg did in music: the friendship between the two men will be a remarkable one, and will have an influence on a whole century. Besides inventing abstraction, and maybe exactly because of this, Kandinsky can maintain a theory of colour focused on the spiritual effect. Every colour has and emits an “interior sound” and has a direction and a movement that puts it, in just one stroke, both on the painting and in our soul.

With Kandinsky, a new colour era starts, with a pure and more aware use of colour that includes William Turner, an abstract artist who was ahead of his time and had been influenced by Goethe, and arrives up to the squares of Josef Albers and to monochrome painting that, as the exhibition’s curators say, takes care of “the pure breath of colour”.

If during the first years of the 20th century the Fauves used colour as an outstanding instrument of their rebellion against art schools, Kandinsky leads the spiritual way which is maybe the most undefined, but for the same reason it is the most prolific as regards splendour. There are many researches carried out by other artists that can be placed on this way, such as the ones by Paul Klee, who taught painting and theory of colour for a decade at the Bauhaus and of whom the exhibition displays the notebooks coming from the Paul Klee Zentrum of Bern. In addition, there are the theosophic researches on colour carried out by Annie Besant, who was forced to paint the lights of other worlds using the “earth’s dull colours”; the esoteric symbolism of M.K. Čiurlionis, a paradigmatic person since he was a sublime composer but he was a deserter of painting in which he finds the concepts to tell that imaginary world evoked in music; last but not least, the works by the followers of Hindu Tantric art, dating back to the 17th century and suggestively in harmony with the fundamental insights of Kandinsky.

NOT ONLY EMOTIONS

The world in which we live is faster and faster and increasingly emotional and superficial. And colourful. The colour is used as an instrument of seduction and wonder: it fosters the purchase. In the packaging, as well as in the new technological products with more and more amazing resolutions, the colour plays a key role in seduction. Maybe also for this imposing and gradual “emotionalization” of the world, the second half of the 20th century and the current artistic experiences seem to abandon the colour as emotional instrument to focus on other kinds of approach. The conceptualism of Laurence Wiener and Robert Barry, author of the majestic work of art One Billion Colored Dots, provides good examples, while the pantone canvas by Damien Hirst reflects on the powerful analytic and synthetic effort of our culture, focused on decoding that eternal continuum offered by reality, that magma where our brain has learnt to sail dividing everything into micro-perceptions able to give us the meaning of things. The interruption of the flow is based on the control we have on it and on the possibility of a common language that we can build, since the pantone canvas is the numbered decoding of the different possible colours, and each of them is fractionated into its building blocks and in this way it is able to be repeated anywhere in the world. However, this only applies to artificial colours while art history is based on colours derived from insects, flowers, plants and any kind of minerals.

Also the psychedelic culture of colour, mentioned in the exhibition through the work of Jim Lambie and some movies and photographs (that are a small part in relation to painting), seems to declare the end of an era and the possibility of giving colour new roles. For example the political role, highlighted by the works of David Hammons, a flag that represents the colours of Africa, or the ones of Asli Cavusoglu who, in her works, uses the “Red Ottoman” which is obtained from an Armenian recipe that replaces the red of the Turkish flag. In the art of the second half of the 20th century, also the exclusiveness of painting decreases and the colour appears on clothes (like the ones worn by Franz E. Walther, who received a Golden Lion at the Venice Arts Festival), on plastics (like the overflowing ones of Tony Cragg and the ironic ones of Pino Pascali) or on lights (Olafur Eliasson).

We can say that art history is a story of palettes, every artist has had their own and with it they opened us up a world, their world, that could only have those colours. Whether it is the pale body of Jesus in the Lamentation of Christ by Mantegna or the dawn’s light of The Immaculate Conception by Tiepolo, each artist’s brush stroke has always been and will always be a choice of colour and therefore a declaration of intent as regards every aspect of reality: emotions included.

 

Repubblica.it – One thousand representatives coming from many universities of the world will meet to talk to the farmers of Terra Madre. Carlo Petrini sets the goal for the 2018 Salone del Gusto that will take place in Turin again: “Breeders and farmers have to be acknowledged as teachers and knowledge bearers. We want to open up a dialogue on an equal footing with our 7 thousand representatives and with the professors of one thousand universities from all over the world and we will do it in Terra Madre”, says the founder of Slow Food, who was invited in Chieri to receive the honorary citizenship and to celebrate the one hundred Piedmontese cities that in Autumn 2016 opened their doors to the Slow Food representatives for the first open-air Salone del Gusto.

Claudio Martano, the Mayor of Chieri, has invited Carlo Petrini and his colleagues who have committed themselves to creating the reception network that made the record breaking event possible last September. “We have decided to give you the honorary citizenship for your social and cultural commitment in the area of food and defence of the territory”, explains Martano. There were almost forty local administrators, among mayors and council members, who celebrated Petrini on that special day. The council member for Trade of the City of Turin, Alberto Scacco, who has believed a lot in Salone del Gusto, says that: “If we arranged meetings according to politics, we would never find a day that is right for everyone”. “Some mayors and council members aren’t here today because they are on the ballot, others because they haven’t been re-elected or they have just been elected”, jokes Petrini to explain why there are so many absents.

 However, the theorist of “good, clean and right food” raises the bar, as always. “For the next Salone del Gusto, there must be at least 110 cities in Piedmont that will host the representatives. The hospitality you gave is very important, especially for those who organized the event, but this is an important life experience for the Piedmontese as well. This is why I tell you that we must claim Piedmont’s hospitality ability which is bigger than what we are told”.

 In fact, not only local administrators (of Bra, Cavallermaggiore, Capriglio, Pecetto, Villanova d’Asti) will take part in the event, but also a large group of representatives of those hundreds of families that in September opened up the doors of their houses to accommodate representatives coming from all over the world. “We found out that there was this opportunity on the website of the town hall. We have for children and, in agreement with them, we decided to try this experience”, says Maura Tosco from Chieri. “We accommodated five representatives of the Brazilian group of representatives, who came from different areas of the country. For example, there was a girl who protects the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest, a representative of Slow Food and a farmer. And thanks to them I learned that I should have a different relation with time and not to depend so much on it”.

Mr and Mrs Bovero, from Pecetto, accommodated a Brazilian boy who has always kept in contact with them since September. They say that: “His name is Remy and at least once a month we send emails. In the next few months he will be in Germany with his girlfriend and he told us that he will come and see us again with her”. However, the exchange of skills and experiences, between those who accommodate people and the visitors, will be institutionalised from the next Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event. Petrini says that: “Every host city will be the location of the widespread teaching of this big University of Earth. Only in this way we can value food and farmers”. Roberto Burdese, the man who makes Petrini’s dreams come true and who is already working on the next Salone del Gusto, says: “During the first months of 2018 we will meet all of you in order to make the creation of the next Salone del Gusto start and to begin to organize this new project”.

During the meeting that will take place in Ivrea on 16th June at 10 a.m., there will be the presentation of new project proposals for the Core Zone of the candidacy for UNESCO “Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century”, that refer both to the identity aspect of the products and to their past and future functional vocation. The students of the Restoration and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage Atelier/Workshop of the Master’s Degree Course in Architecture for Restoration and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage of the Polytechnic of Turin (Department of Architecture and Design) will present their projects of reuse and enhancement developed during the Academic Year 2016/2017, with the guidance of Professor Rocco Curto and the Architecture Lisa Accurti, for the restoration to a useable condition of the cultural heritage of the Core Zone.

The event has been promoted by the City of Ivrea and the Polytechnic of Turin, in collaboration with Confindustria Canavese and IdeaFimit Sgr, as part of the European project Erasmus + “Citylabs: Engaging Students with Sustainable Cities in Latin America” and as part of the activities carried out for the Candidacy of “Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century” in the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

On 16th June, during the meeting, there will also be the presentation of the Local Information System “Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century”, developed by the Polytechnic of Turin with an innovative and experimental concept which aims to supporting the teaching experience carried out with the students of the Restoration and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage Atelier/Workshop. The LIS has been conceived as a dynamic and interoperable model able to connect more than 100 buildings (houses, businesses, offices, buildings used to offer services) to their local surroundings, and its aim is to support the administration policies and the UNESCO candidacy in the process of enhancement, including economic enhancement, of the Core Zone.

The presentations in the morning and the final round table discussion will be an opportunity to think about how Olivetti’s heritage of the Core Zone of “Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century” represents a symbolic heritage that has to be enhanced, whose “private dimension” has to integrate with the public one and create a single architecture system able to give birth to enhancement processes of the whole urban area and to innovative ways for the use of services both for Ivrea citizens and for the people who come from other places.

At the end of the meeting, an examining board made up of important experts in the field and stakeholders who work as part of the Core Zone of Ivrea, will judge the best projects, that will later be awarded by the City of Ivrea.

 

The Polytechnic of Turin has achieved a great result in the new QS World University Rankings, which has been released today in London by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The position of the University in the world ranking remains steady: in fact, it ranks 307th, while Italy ranks 7th. Since 2012, the Polytechnic has been gaining almost 100 positions and it ranks now in the inner circle (about 1% of the total) of the universities in the world that are at the top of the ranking, which analyses more than 26,000 universities in the world.

This is another very important result, after the excellent results obtained in the ranking regarding the subjects of each department, released last March by QS, where the Polytechnic ranks 52nd in the world for Engineering, and is one of the top 50 universities in the world for Architecture and Civil and Structural Engineering.

The areas in which the Polytechnic has improved its performances in this new ranking are the overall reputation in the academic field and at work. These are two yardsticks in which the University obtains evaluations that are a great deal higher than the average ones, for example as regards the impact of research on the scientific community, where the ranking evaluates the relation between the number of citations and the number of professors.

In Italy, the Polytechnic ranks third three times: in the reputation at work and in the relation between the number of citations and the number of professors that we have just mentioned, and also in the number of foreign students.

However, there are some critical factors that have penalized the Polytechnic in the overall ranking: the high number of students for each professor and the low number of foreign professors. The University is trying to improve its performances as regards these two “problems”, thanks to a huge investment in human resources that will allow to ensure a more high quality education.

Marco Gilli, the Dean of the Polytechnic, says that: “We are satisfied with these results, that show how the reputation of our University is increasing both in the academic field and in international companies, which brings clear advantages to our graduated students for the access to the world of work”. He also adds that: ”The courageous policies that we have implemented in terms of human resources will allow us to considerably increase the number of professors that, together with the number of fixed-term researchers, will reach the number 1000 by 2018. in addition, the call for external professors, that has just ended, will allow us to employ a significant number of professors coming from foreign universities, and in this way we will have the opportunity to improve in the fields where we are weaker from the structural point of view. In a more and more competitive world, our improvement in the ranking is a positive signal, but we are aware of the fact that some structural difficulties of the Italian university system, such as the high number of students for each professor and the low number of graduated students, will only be overcome with a significant increase in investments in research and higher education”.

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