Politecnico di Milano (since 1863) is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. The University has always focused on the quality and innovation of its teaching and research, developing a fruitful relationship with business and productive world by means of experimental research and technological transfer. Research has always been linked to didactics and it is a priority commitment which has allowed Politecnico di Milano to achieve high quality results at an international level as to join the university to the business world. The ‘Department of Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering’ (DABC) aims at facing present challenges for an overall improvement of territorial assets, urban sustainable development, and of the built environment. Considering the multidisciplinary approaches characterizing the Department, the research activity targets different levels, always supported by lab activities and services: basic research, curiosity-driven projects, research-based design practice, pre-normative research, applied and experimental research.