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Connecting Spaces

This call aims to identify innovative ideas and proposals by young designers in collaboration with Lombardy's companies. The theme of the Competition is “Connecting Space”, which refers to the Expo 2020 Dubai themes of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.

The Competition themes are consistent with the Italian project statement for Country Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020: Creativity, Connection and Competence. These aims to highlight the ability of Italian knowledge to create innovation through expertise and beauty, combining art and science, tradition and technology, as a dialogue platform at global level.


Design objects to connect the spaces and evoke the Italian tradition of craftsmanship interpreted in an innovative way.

This category includes all the handicrafts and design objects that present a high innovative content in relation to the design and construction process, form, materials and possible uses.

The proposals must be conceived as furniture components of the secondary spaces of the Expo site, both outdoors and indoors. In addition, they must give continuity and recognisability to the visit routes. The choice of the type of product is left to the initiative of the creatives, and can vary from outdoor or indoor furniture (e.g., chairs, trash bins, information totems) to special items (e.g., protective barriers, interactive objects).

The materials that can be used in the proposal range vary from traditional craft materials (e.g., wood, ceramic, fabrics, glass, metals), to composite, recycled, advanced and smart materials, able to react to specific environmental stimuli with a change in their physical properties (e.g., phase change materials, bimetals).

In addition, Innovative Crafting includes all those artefacts made with the use of technological and digital tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and small robots.


Spaces connected through digital, IoT, new domotics technologies applied to design and information design.

This category includes the design and installation of spaces that allow full use of the exhibition sites and enrich the experience of the visit to Expo Dubai 2020, using digital devices and systems.

The choice of the proposal purpose is left to the creativity of the participants. These will try to establish a virtual connection between the ancillary spaces of the Expo area, both inside and outside the pavilions. Designers can propose innovative interpretations of traditional components (e.g., interactive information totems, recharging points for electronic devices, internet connection spaces) or deal with the design of new technological devices (e.g., devices for personalized experience, smart working stations).


Temporary structures to connect people (e.g., resting and prayer spaces, children areas, environmental comfort zones).

This category includes the proposals of small structures, even the movable ones, to be mainly installed in outdoor spaces, with the aim of hosting several ancillary functions at the exhibition event: waiting, rest, contemplation, prayer, play, etc. In this context, the participants are invited to interpret the typologies of the kiosk, the small pavilion, the pergola, etc. in a creative and innovative way.

The choice of materials and construction is left to the participants. However, these cannot neglect the requirements of lightness, reversibility and sustainability of the built object.

From the functional point of view, the proposals will be able to serve a specific need (e.g., waiting for public transport) or create flexible multi-purpose spaces, which can also host short-term and small-scale exhibition events.