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A Systemic Approach to Proximity Through Design for Relations

Format: Papers, RSD11, Topic: Culture & Society, Topic: Mapping & Modelling, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Carla Sedini, Silvia D’Ambrosio, Xue Pei, and Francesco Zurlo

Design Department, Politecnico di Milano

Proximity has lately become a keyword to approach territorial enhancement goals. The most common representation of proximity at the urban level is the idea of the 15-minute city, which has gained massive attention in political, economic, social, and academic discourses. However, this idea is not new in the worldwide panorama and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has gained renovate attention because of contextual extraordinaire conditions. Furthermore, under so-called normal circumstances, this concept of proximity has certain evident societal constraints. In our paper, we want to propose and discuss a wider systemic approach and consequent definitions of proximity in connection with the different actors that compose and drive our societies. In the design for relations, we will identify a systemic and valuable strategy to overcome the previously discussed limits.

KEYWORDS: systemic design, systemic proximity, design for relations, quintuple helix.

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Author(s): Carla Sedini, Silvia D'Ambrosio, Xue Pei, and Francesco Zurlo
Year: 2022
Title: A Systemic Approach to Proximity Through Design for Relations
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 082
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/a-systemic-approach-to-proximity-through-design-for-relations
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 23 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404