Designing circularity. The circular economy for landscape and territory


doi.org/ 10.19229/978-88-5509-291-3/692021


circular economy, appropriate technologies, from waste to resources, industrial symbiosis, territorial development


A farm, a biomedical company and a building materials company, an area with a high landscape value, some agricultural and food waste to be optimised, a team of researchers and a class of design and architecture students. These are the ingredients of the Designing Circularity experience. The article illustrates a field research activity and an educational experiment focused on identifying circularity scenarios for the territory and the development of a project based on the principles of the circular economy, with an appropriate technological approach. The result is that grape marc becomes bricks and hazelnut shells become insulating panels. The experience generated results for all the players involved: the companies strengthened their industrial symbiosis strategies; the university took responsibility for co-processing circularity scenarios and territorial development; the students developed a critical sense and the ability to design in close contact with real ‘challenges’.


Architecture | Research & Experimentation

pp. 158-173


Elena Montacchini, Silvia Tedesco, Nicolò Di Prima

Author(s) Biography

Elena Montacchini, Architect and PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). She conducts research mainly on issues related to environmental sustainability, the rational use of resources, the health and well-being of users. Mob. +39 347/64.27.051 | E-mail: elena.montacchini@polito.it

Silvia Tedesco, Architect and PhD, is a Researcher at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). She carries out research activities mainly in the field of experimentation and prototyping of circular products for architecture. Mob. +39 338/24.98.581 | E-mail: silvia.tedesco@polito.it

Nicolò Di Prima, Designer and Anthropologist, is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He is currently carrying out a PhD in Management, Production and Design at the same Department on the themes of design-anthropology and design for social transformation. Mob. +39 349/58.09.973 | E-mail: nicolo.diprima@polito.it


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