Indexlab is a leading design and innovation research lab based in Italy at Politecnico di Milano.

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What we do

We empower our customers to accelerate creative and technological innovation, pushing the boundaries of customization and data-driven performance. By advancing design and manufacturing processes, we help companies thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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Our services
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Research

Our mission is to invent and launch innovative construction systems. We tackle ideas that have the riskiness and ambition of early-stage research and approach them with the focus and speed of a start-up. Our goal is to develop these ideas and turn them into proven systems and technologies that make a real impact in the world. We work closely with industrial partners and forward-looking companies to explore the future of construction.

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Consultancy

Our advanced design and manufacturing expertise provide our customers with a wide spectrum of services, ranging from computational design to digital and robotic fabrication, interaction and media design. Whether it is building a parametric model or developing a custom computational design workflow, our team is equipped to deliver advanced capabilities and strategic consultancy to support the most challenging projects.

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Education

For the last decade, we have focused on broadening our understanding of trends and practice in architecture, design, and manufacturing. We believe in the dissemination of culture, where continuing education provides a common ground for growth. For this reason, we share our knowledge through academic courses and professional training workshops, as well as by participating in trade fairs and specialistic conferences.

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Artworks

Our interest lies in the genesis of form and the overlap of science with art. As a cross-disciplinary research environment, we conceive, design and manufacture outstanding artworks that inspire wonder and engage viewers through interactive experiences. Whether it is an installation for special events or a piece of art for a museum, our team works tirelessly to deliver innovative designs that reflect the culture of the world around us.

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Who we are

We are an ambitious team of architects, engineers, artists and industrial designers with over 10 years of experience developing groundbreaking projects, products, and processes, collaborating with forward-looking companies at some of the world’s most challenging projects.

INDEXLAB was founded in 2010 by Pierpaolo Ruttico, architect and engineer (Ph.D.). Pierpaolo Ruttico is a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano. He has worked as a designer for PelliClarkePelli Architects in New York City and as a computational designer and robotic fabrication consultant for COOPHIMMELB(L)AU in Vienna. He has been a Guest Critic at SCIarc Los-Angeles and his work has been published internationally, including Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012, Encoding Architecture 2013, ESDA 2014, Digital Takes Command 2015, Advanced Construction and Building Technology for Society 2016-2018, Informed Architecture 2019.

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Publications
Peer-reviewed papers and book chapters

Ruttico P., Pizzi E. (2020)
Development of a system for the production of disposable carbon fiber formworks.
In: Daniotti B., Gianinetto M., Della Torre S. (eds) Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment. Research for Development. Pages 221-227. ISBN: 978-3-030-33569-4
Springer, Cham
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Ruttico P. (2018)
Innovative construction systems: New design aesthetics through competitive realization processes.
In: D’Uva D. (ed) Handbook of Research on Form and Morphogenesis in Modern Architectural Contexts. Pages 354-379. ISBN: 9781522539933
IGI Global
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Ruttico P. (2018)
Robots in Architecture, Research and Development.
In: Hemmerling M., Cocchiarella L. (eds) Informed Architecture. Computational Strategies in Architectural Design. Pages 65-76. ISBN: 978-3-319-53134-2
Springer International Publishing, Cham
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Ruttico P., Mauceri M., Lazzari A., Ferretti C., Braghin F. (2018)
Automated tape laying system for composite structures and building components.
In: Bock T., Mita A. (eds) Proceedings of the CIB*IAARC W119 CIC 2018 Workshop “International Conference on Smart, Sustainable and Sensuous Settlements Transformation”. Pages 36-44. Chair for Building Realization and Robotics Br2, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
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Masera G., Muscogiuri M., Colombo M., Ruttico P., Bongiovanni A., Cucchi D., Gamba E., Sangiorgio M., Legramandi M. (2018)
Applications of 3D printing in architecture: from shape-optimization to practical challenges.
In: Bock T., Mita A. (eds) Proceedings of the CIB*IAARC W119 CIC 2018 Workshop “International Conference on Smart, Sustainable and Sensuous Settlements Transformation”. Pages 184-192. Chair for Building Realization and Robotics Br2, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
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Ruttico P. (2017)
Algoritmi e robot. Nuove estetiche di progetto e sistemi costruttivi emergenti.
In: Nebuloni A., Rossi A. (eds) Codice e progetto. Il computational design tra architettura, design, territorio, rappresentazione, strumenti, materiali e nuove tecnologie. Pages 192-207. ISBN: 9788857544786
Mimesis Edizioni, Sesto San Giovanni
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Ruttico P., Rossi A., Panahikazemi L., Andaloro M. (2016)
Innovative Methods for Mold Design and Fabrication.
In: Bock T., Bulgakov A. (eds) Proceedings of the CIB*IAARC W119 CIC 2016 Workshop “Advanced Construction and Building Technology for Society”. Pages 36-44. Chair for Building Realization and Robotics Br2, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
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Ruttico P. (2015)
Algorithmic design and robotic fabrication.
In: Barazzetta G. (ed) Digital Takes Command. Pages 72-81. ISBN: 978-88-498-4614-0
Rubettino Editore, Soveria Mannelli
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Pizzi E., Ruttico P. (2014)
How complex geometry and industrial process come together: a case study of the Palazzo Italia Expo 2015.
In: International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications. Volume 38. ISSN: 0146-6518
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Ruttico P. (2014)
Progettazione Computazionale e Fabbricazione Robotica per l’Architettura.
In: Rossi M., Casale A. (eds) Uno (Nessuno) Centomila | Prototipi in Movimento – Trasformazioni dinamiche del disegno e nuove tecnologie per il design. Pages 149-160. ISBN: 9788891604491
Maggioli Editore, Santarcangelo di Romagna 
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Pizzi E., Iannaccone G., Ruttico P. (2012)
Innovative strategies for adaptive buildings in large cities.
In: International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications. Volume 36, Issue 2, 2012, Pages 99-107. ISSN: 0146-6518
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