These project-oriented courses taking place both during the first and the second semester will face complex themes closely related to emerging issues in the current design scene. The workshops are intended to stimulate creative thinking while rounding off sounder professional skills. Taking advantage of the tutors’ guidance and class critique activities together with the information and insights offered by partner companies of the Volkswagen Group, students will fully develop and present their own proposals in order to provide innovative design solutions consistent with the guidelines in the brief. Activities during the laboratory will cover all the phases in the design process, from the concept idea to the final presentation. After the initial exploration, students will move forward into design concepts and their refinement. During the second semester students will have to produce a physical or a digital model. It’s a long process that demands a high level of personal committment and flexibility, organizational and time management skills as well as a strong attitude to teamwork. Students will work in small groups; during the second semester they will be organized in pairs or in groups of 3 people to promote mutual learning and facilitate the management of the overall woarkload. After the launch of the activities, participants will meet once a week with the tutors and the class to discuss, revise, constantly develop their plan further advancements. Projects are subject to group critiques and critiques with outsider reviewers. All the other classes (and in particular rendering, sketching, alias, modelling and concept research) will focus on these assignments as well. Particular attention will be given to the effective communication of the project. The brief for the year 2011-2012 is focussed on micromobility.