ICAMT Workshop: Sustainability - Exhibition - Collection - Storage

28. Januar 2019 - 1. Februar 2019, Milano, Italy

International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques


ICAMT – International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques, one of the thirty International Committees of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is organizing its third workshop on Architecture and Museum Techniques. The first one was held in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016, the second in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2018, and the third edition will take place in Milan, Italy, from January 28th to February 1st, 2019.

A cooperation between Politecnico di Milano, Comune Di Milano and ICAMT, the Workshop will take place at the Palazzo Reale Auditorium and the Politecnico of Milano – a scientific-technological university –, and also at many museums.

The themes are:

1) SUSTAINABILITY: sustainability and design management

2) EXHIBITION: exhibition concept, design thinking

3) COLLECTION: the impact of collection evaluation

4) STORAGE: storage facilities


1) Sustainability and design management
_ Nowadays, the sustainability in institutional buildings, including museums, is an important concern. How can we adapt historical building to the new technologies.


2) Exhibition concept and design thinking
_ Conceptualization of an exhibition idea in a concentrated ideation process. Design thinking and various ideation methods will be used in a way that the participants explore the competences in their teams, ideate as well as evaluate and develop ideas into concepts, elaborating them to a point where the concept could be applied to the management of a museum.

3) Collection: the impact of collection valuation
_ Practice and discussion of risk-based decision making to optimize the management of indoor climate conditions for collections and buildings – information and guidelines that will allow responsible decisions about the museum indoor climate to be made, in order to evaluate the collections and adapt museums structures to lower energy consumption.

4) Storage Facilities
_ New international normatives for storage facilities are being elaborated, aiming to establish best pratices for management and storage of collections. To collaborate with this discussion, we will analyze themes like the guidelines for a well-equipped building, the adequate facilities for storage of cultural artefacts, management and procedures for storage, handling of art and precious heritage artefacts.



Download here the PROGRAM (version of 2nd December 2018)



In this Workshop we shall work with Maddalena D’Alfonso, an architect specialized in Exhibit Design Divulgation.

The methodology developed by d'Alfonso in fifteen years of teaching is inspired by coopetition or co-opetition (sometimes spelled "coopertition" or "co-opertition"): a neologism coined to describe cooperative competition. Coopetition is a portmanteau of “cooperation” and “competition”, emphasizing the "petition" – a joint work.


Based on games and social interdependence theories, some studies investigate the presence of simultaneous cooperation and competition among functional units – the antecedents of coopetition – and its impact on knowledge sharing behaviors. For example, the concept of coopetitive knowledge sharing is developed to explain mechanisms through which coopetition influences effective knowledge sharing practices in cross-functional teams.The underlying argument is that while organizational teams need to cooperate, they are likely to experience tension caused by diverse professional philosophies and competing goals from different cross-functional representatives.


In the mornings we will have lectures provided by national and international speakers; after lunch there will be time enough for the working groups and, in the afternoon, we will do technical visits at Fondazione Prada, Castello Sforzesco, Cenacolo Vinciano, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Museu del 900, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Brera, Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Fondazione Boschi di Stefano.


The official language will be ENGLISH. Simultaneous translation from Italian to English will be provided during the lectures.


The workshop is foreseen for an attendance of 70 people.

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