Politecnico di Milano

The Department

B.E.S.T., the Department of Building Environment Science & Technology, focuses its activity on technological research and science as applied to the built environment. Within the construction industry the Department develops projects on different scales; architectural works characterised by eco-friendly systems and components; and infra-structural works executed on the territory in the form of new buildings and interventions on already existing facilities.

It applies land, air, and satellite survey-monitoring technology, a basic tool to get to know the territory and its buildings.

The sectors operating in the B.E.S.T. Department are characterised by a highly innovative, cross-disciplinary, and polytechnic matrix as evidenced by its professors being specialized in architecture and engineering and, more specifically, in the following branches:

  • ICAR/05 - Transportation
  • ICAR/06 - Topography and cartography
  • ICAR/10 - Technical architecture
  • ICAR/11 - Construction work
  • ICAR/12 - Technology of architecture
  • ICAR/14 - Architectural and town make-up
  • ICAR/17 - Drawing
  • ICAR/19 - Restoration
  • ICAR/22 - Real Estate valuation
  • ING-IND/11 - Technical Physics of the environment
  • L-ART/02 - History of modern art
  • MAT/04 - Subsidiary Mathematics
  • MED/42 - General and applied hygiene
  • SECS-P 07 - Business Management

Research fields include:

  • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
  • ENVIRONMENT AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN
  • LARGE-SCALE ENGINEERING OF URBAN AND TERRITORIAL INFRASTRUCTURES
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY CONTROL
  • SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGIES FOR BUILDINGS AND FOR THE TERRITORY
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY SAVING
  • MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF BUILDINGS AND OF URBAN SYSTEMS
  • TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND THE CULTURE OF PROJECT-MAKING
  • TECHNOLOGIES FOR BUILDING, TOWN, AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION

The Department offers training at various levels on these subjects (B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Architecture and Engineering, Ph.D., post-graduate Master’s Degrees).

The Department is an active partner in a number of consortia/research centres:

  • the ITALIAN CHAPTER OF IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability)
  • the CENTRE FOR BUILDING MANAGEMENT SKILLS (at the MIP Consortium)
  • the TEMA LABORATORY (Technologies and Materials - Mantua, Italy)
  • VA:TE (Centre for Territorial Development - Lecco)