My first year of college at the Politecnico di Milano was 1966, a year
of turmoil in colleges wordwide, when the Free Speech Movement started in
Berkeley. Students in Italy began acting on their restlessness in late 1967-early
1968 in schools of architecture. The Politecnico di Milano had two branches:
architecture and engineering. Engineering students were traditionally
more conservative with a slant towards liberal stances in society and life
in general. On 5 March 1968, the Politecnico was occupied by architecture
students who wanted to radically change the way exams were administered and
curricula designed; they also proposed a radically different model for society.
The engineering students opposed this political agenda and while agreeing
on the occupation of the Politecnico, wished to push for more transparency
in the university's administration, for more access to faculty, and for deeper
insight into how technology impacted society and industry.