New design approaches for future technological scenarios. Connections between present and future


  • Laura Anselmi Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Marita Canina Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Carmen Bruno Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Davide Minighin Politecnico di Milano (Italy)



design thinking, design future, digital technologies, future scenarios, hyperreality


We are witnessing an exponential technological development adopting digital processes in all aspects of our life, and establishing a symbiotic connection between physical and virtual realities. Design has been able to maintain a connection between humanities and technologies in its identity, and through the Design Thinking (DT) approach it has provided companies with quick and effective answers. But when new problems and new necessities appear, DT needs to change. The article dwells on the will to implement the process of DT with Design Future (DF) to create a new tool able to manage non-linear future scenarios and face social challenges of the future in advance. The article presents two new methodological approaches born from this integration (DT/DF) with the related hypothetical processes to design medium and long-term future scenarios in different contexts.


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Author Biographies

Laura Anselmi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is an Associate Professor at the Design Department. She is the Scientific Supervisor of the Product Usability Lab and collaborates with IDEActivity Centre.

Marita Canina, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

PhD, she is an Associate Professor at Design Department and the Scientific Director of IDEActivity Centre, a Research Centre in Creativity and Design, whose aim is promoting innovation through design and investigating the impact of the digital transition on creativity skills.

Carmen Bruno, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

PhD, she is a Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the impacts of emerging digital technologies on the creative process and new digital creative skills.

Davide Minighin, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Designer and Tutor at the School of Design, he carries out research on connection between man and technology, in particular in the construction of future scenarios.


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Approach n. 1: Alyssa – Concept rendering (credit: Mars team, 2021). AGATHÓN 10 | 2021




How to Cite

Anselmi, L., Canina, M., Bruno, C. and Minighin, D. (2021) “New design approaches for future technological scenarios. Connections between present and future”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 10(online), pp. 150–157. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/10132021.



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