Make the most out of your summer, enroll in our first edition Summer!
SOS - School of Sustainability offers students and young professionals academic programs integrating education, research and practice. Starting in June 2022 we are excited to launch our brand-new short-term Summer Programs!

Our Summer Program is the perfect choice for students looking for an intensive introductory experience into the world of sustainable design, leveraging the collective energy and individual development.

Following our mission to bring theory and practice together, our Summer Programs aim to give students a taste of the SOS experience.
  • Language of instruction:
  • Who:
    aspiring sustainability expert - for university students, recent graduates and young professionals
  • Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Location:
    Milan, Italy
  • Admission requirements:
    Background or interest in Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, sustainability and circular economy

Summer Program - The material world
The market is moving towards greater environmental awareness and the growing awareness of sustainability is leading to the development and use of new materials that are more easily recyclable, compostable and durable, in line with the principles of the circular economy. "The material world” will analyze the importance of choosing the right color and material in sustainable design. Participants will create a sustainable materials and colors moodboard and kit.

The classes are conceived to provide participants with a precise method to identify new trends in terms of colors, materials and finishes, through an integrated theoretical/practical approach. The most relevant sustainability trends will be analyzed in their cyclical nature and the need to adapt to different historical/cultural contexts and the needs of the local population. Participants will be asked to engage with themes related to sustainability, following a path that will lead them to generate design ideas capable of embodying the values and messages of respect for the limited resources of our planet. In each class, exercises will be developed on formats created specifically for the program. At the end of the 8 modules, each participant will have created a chromatic and material kit that will be collected in a box as the final result of the course.

Practical info
The Material World | #SOS9 Summer Program

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Dates: 20 June - 30 June 2022
  • Location: Via Poma 52, Milan, Italy
  • Classes: 32 total hours of instruction
    Including field trip and company site visits
  • Tuition fee: 1.850€
  • Admission requirements:
    Background in Architecture, Design, Fine Arts; Strong interest in sustainability and circular economy
Participants will be asked to bring their own PCs with Adobe Suite and/or Power Point.
Materials and formats to work on will be designed and provided during the classes.

The structure
1 - The synesthetic relationship between color and emotions
Module 1 is designed as a general introduction to color. The various types of synesthesia between color and the various sensory spheres will be addressed, deepening the symbolism of color in relation to material.

Exercise (2 hours): Meaning of Color.
2 - Chromatic Systems
In module 2, information on the main international color-coding systems (NCS, Munsell and Pantone) will be provided. During this class, different environments/products will be analyzed with the aim of highlighting that the color in a space or on a product is a form of non-verbal communication.

Exercise (2 hours): Case study analysis, coding tests.
3 - Natural Color
Module 3 will be dedicated to an in-depth study on natural colors obtained from flowers, leaves and roots of plants and raw materials dyes. The techniques for the extraction of natural colors and dyeing processes will be explored thoroughly with a focus on their application and uses in various fields and industries.

Exercise (2 hours): Creation of a natural palette.
4 - Design Trends
The color landscape is constantly evolving, it is therefore crucial to be always up to date. Module 4 aims to explain tools and parameters necessary for the identification and analysis of trends, that will be used in the project phase. Initially, during this class, current trends and upcoming languages within the theme of sustainability will be presented. The focus will then move on to the management of the material collected; the use of colors, materials and photographic cues will be analyzed and explained. In addition, the class will be illustrated how to create a moodboard, analyzing the chromatic and material language of trends in various fields of investigation with particular attention on the target audience.

Exercise (2 hours): Each participant will be given a precise selection of images and materials related to the new trends with which he/she will work during the class. The result will be a chromatic and material moodboard.
5 - The relationship between color and material
The choice of colors, materials and coatings is essential to designing spaces or products. The goal of Module 5 is to carry out an analysis of the characteristics of the materials to be preferred in a sustainable project. During the class it will be possible to view and examine different materials with specific sustainable qualities with the aim of identifying their optimal use.

Exercise (2 hours): Different materials will be analyzed (material survey), grouped into categories with respect to their technical and sensory characteristics.
6 - Company Site Visit
In module 6, SOS will select a qualified company from the industry with which to run the class. The company will present and explain the characteristics of its products and its main production processes. The presented materials will be used by the students during the class.

Exercise (2 hours): Exercise with the company. Formats will be designed and provided to work on during the intervention.
7 - Showroom Visits
After having mastered all the necessary skills, SOS will provide participating students with organized visits to some of the most important showrooms in Milan. These visits will help illustrate the material covered in all preceding program modules.
8 - Final presentation
During module 8, the final program session, students will be divided into groups, each group will be assigned a topic to explore during the day. Through experimentation, the use of images and materials discovered in the previous classes, they will deliver as an output a CMF map, which aims to provide a design direction useful to participants for the development of future projects.

Module Leader Bio
Olga Salvoni is a passionate designer working as a consultant specialized in CMF (color, material and finish) design. Having been traveling between Milan and Brescia for her entire life Olga had the opportunity to share her vision and knowledge with a wide range of clients, from product to interior design, from education to fashion. Graduated from LABA Brescia in 2008, she moved to Milan and worked for Francesca Valan Studio. In 2012 she co-founded the studio IOOI’ providing transversal design services. In 2019 she set up her own design studio based in Milan, offering a large variety of services reflecting her background and skills.

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