Tomorrow live at MEET in Milan

In an edition of the design week, where real and virtual flirtations with each other more than usual, a documentary and an installation that is the result of Huawei’s and the digital culture center MEET’s joint efforts, what form the house of the future will see

Meditation cocoon developed by ECAL and Polytechnic University of Lausanne, MING SHAN DIGITAL EXPERIENCE EPFL + ECAL LAB

There is a lot of talk about Metaverset, that is, the set of interconnected virtual worlds that we should sooner or later find ourselves frequenting, represented by our incorporeal avatars. But after attending the viewing of Live tomorrow, one is led to believe that the central element of the reasoning, the cornerstone, which can not be ignored, even when the domestic spaces tend to shrink, while the digital ones expand dramatically and the aesthetics of the metaverse contaminate reality with its pastel color. colors and its forms that seem to defy gravity, both always and in any case the human body. It is actually on our bodiliness that the experiential cocoons are “sewn”, which promise to help us concentrate or even meditate (such as. Ming Shan digital experience conceived by researchers from ECAL in Lausanne from the local polytechnic in collaboration with the largest European Taoist meditation center), and it is our qualities that inspire the developers of the robots who in the near future will inhabit our homes or help us in the care of the sick and the elderly, so users perceive them as a relatively familiar presence.

Space Popular
Space Popular


The purpose of this work, produced by Huawei Milan Aesthetic Research CenterMilan’s design research and development arm of the Chinese telecommunications giant, in collaboration with the Digital Culture Center MEETand of reflect on the potential of intelligent environments and objects in relation to living, a complex theme that tends to generate an almost inexhaustible tangle of questions. The four chapters of the documentary edited by the Dutch journalist Robert Thiemannamong others, the founder of the interior design magazine Frame, with voices from over thirty architects, designers, artists and scientists, does not provide a definitive answer to the question “How should we live tomorrow?”, but a constellation of useful ideas. to understand which directions research is moving and how it would be more appropriate to direct it towards achieving certain standards of widespread well-being and sustainability.



Compared to the beginning ofthe Internet of Thingsin the early 2000s – the term was first pronounced in 1999 by the British engineer Kevin Ashtonone of the founders of MIT’s Auto-ID Center, referring to a toaster – it’s no longer just about conquering virgin territories by developing unit increasingly powerful and effective, but to understand what impact these technologies can have on our lives and how to get the most out of them to build the society of the future. In addition, as he e.g. points out Michele De Lucchi that aMDL Circle in its study has played the cards of multidisciplinarity to the last, designers must work closely with experts from the most diverse disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology. “Technology is a driving force that can solve many problems if utilized with critical thinking, creativity and cultural depthExplains the founder of MEET Maria Grazia Matteia very active part of the project Live tomorrow. We like to think about collaboration, co-creation and collaboration projects“.



The multisensory installation also gives an idea of ​​what the house of the future could look like The global home of the study Space Popular, which stages a series of interconnected spaces where a number of virtual avatars live and work. Space is in constant motion and constantly adapts to the needs of its inhabitants, while “metaphysical” elements coexist in it (geometric or abstract shapes, lunar landscapes, large Excel sheets) and design classics that our eye easily recognizes as the Chesterfield or Vespa sofa. Immersive technologies make visible the dense network of digital interactions that are already a part of our daily lives, but for the moment, it remains hidden in our computers or smartphones.

– Giulia Marani

Tomorrow Living / Milano, until 26 June
MEET Digital Culture Center, viale Vittorio Veneto 2
Until June 26

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