Maps & Exhibits

Potential for Circular Autopoietic Economy in High River Po Valley

Karen Aguilera, Célia Babic, Camila Bernal, Lorenzo Bertolotti, Leonardo Brucato, Alessandra Campagna, Francesca Carraro, Yasemin Çetik, Henri Charpin, Davide Chiolini, Luca Clemente, Francesca Colagrossi, Maria Jose Garcia, Martina Gargiulo Pozzo, Ruggero Guccione, Wanqing Huang, Wenqi Hu, Wenpei Li, Veronica Loche, Maria Luciana Madau, Giada Mattias, Alessia Mauro, Julia Merlin, Maria Elisabetta Migoni, Luca Olmi, Aurora Parvis, Corrado Rampa, Alessandro Rizzo, Ilay Tezcan, Giacomo Vivalda, Xiaofang Xiang, Ming Xu, Wan Xuan, Peizhang Zhao

Professors: Tobias Luthe, Elena Comino, Giuseppe Pedone, Pier Paolo Peruccio

Assistants: Chiara Battistoni, Maurizio Vrenna, Silvia Pasquettaz, Giuliano Sansone, Laura Dominici, Marta Bovio

Politecnico Di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design, Open Systems Design Lab


This Gigamap aims to describe and summarize a student work carried out during the semester course Open Systems Design at Politecnico di Torino. This is one of the outputs from an analysis of the High River Po Valley area in the Italian Piedmont (Southwest of Turin) and subsequently an in-depth study of the relationships and “flows” with certain “currencies” between some selected economic and public actors. The analysis was conducted through five economic sectors: nature & ecosystem services, tourism, mobility and infrastructure, local craft activities and agri-food. The investigation of the territorial economy was carried out by giving particular attention to the production sectors characteristic of the territory and examine their production lines. The holistic diagnosis has highlighted the existence of several problems related to the linearity of the production processes.

Through the five types of system flows (material, CO2 emissions/energy, water, economic and social flows), we designed new opportunities, new activities and new potential companies, thinking circularly and systemically. The Gigamap will be presented to stakeholders in a public hearing and used to illustrate and incubate a more circular economy that is more resilient and more regenerative.

Reading the map

The reader can find in the first part an abstract with the aim of the Gigamap, the five topics for the investigation and actors’ selection, a timeline about important events and some peculiarities of the territory. In the middle, the territorial map of a suggested improved territorial economy based on circular flows: the 16 actors are localized on the territory with new circular flows “designed in” between them. The boxes describe connections for new circular opportunities, with flows explained under the territorial map—finally, some data about the territory and the three main outputs emerging from the new circular linkages.


Author. (2020). Article title. In Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium. India, October 9-17, 2020.

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Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.