Milan Polytechnic has set in motion a process to redefi ne its organisational structure, which will lead to the formulation of new departmental projects by the middle of 2012. In this context, the Diap is currently considering the construction of a new department in the fi eld of architecture. The department that we have in mind is of a ‘polytechnical’, by subject and cross-disciplinary nature. It will focus on interpretation, design and the governance of forms of settlement and dwellings in contemporary urban and regional areas. It is an open and ambitious process in which the journal Territorio can play an essential role, through the cultural evaluation of design, reports on unique research and design experiences and the provision of an open space for discussion and dialogue, both within and outside the department.
Keywords: Department; Polytechnic; Territorio