Systemic design for territorial enhancement and industrial innovation
localising systemic change within the driving context of regional economics
Upheavals in geopolitical tensions, climate change, and technology advancements radically affect networks and value chains. In Italy, these macro-trends, and the resulting transformations, are being met with strategic innovation and design-led approaches—with the aim of bringing value back to the territories, preserving their cultures and creating resilient ecosystems. Systemic design, as a framework capable of holding geospatial economic development with locality, can be the key to localising systemic change within the driving context of regional economics.
In their RSD7 article, Systemic Design for Sustainable Territorial Development, Chiara Battistoni and Silvia Barbero frame what’s needed for an ecosystem to support autopoietic local economies. Five years later, at RSD12, we are holding space to explore current developments and considering how might systemic design initiate and support structural changes by valuing territorial/regional assets, whether historically rooted or yet to be unlocked, to design solutions specifically tailored for these contexts.
Systemic design can provide an answer to creating eco-innovation and environmental, social and economic sustainability, especially at the local level. (Battistoni & Barbero, 2018)
Battistoni, C. & Barbero, S. (2018). Systemic Design for Sustainable Territorial Development. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD7. https://rsdsymposium.org/systemic-design-ecosystem/
Circolo del Design | Palazzo Costa Carrù della Trinita
Sys Lab and Circolo del Design will closely collaborate on making systemic design impacts that resonate within our communities and beyond.
RSD12-TURIN is organised by the scientific coordination of Sys_Lab, a research group within Politecnico di Torino.
Circolo del Design
The event will be hosted at Circolo del Design, a renovated space enclosed in the ancient courtyard of Palazzo Costa Carrù della Trinita in Turin city centre. The locale is well known within the Turin design community because it hosts talks, exhibitions, and workshops and contributes to spreading the design culture, fostering the connections between design skills and the productive, social, and cultural surroundings.
SECOND RSD HELD IN TURIN
This is the second RSD symposium hosted by Politecnico di Torino. The RSD7 symposium was held at the Politecnico di Torino from October 23–28, 2018. This symposium launched the official establishment of the Systemic Design Association and a new phase in the advancement of systemic design as an interdiscipline.
Editor & Chair: Silvia Barbero, Politecnico di Torino
ONE-DAY PASShosted at Circolo del Design
- This one-day ticket includes:
- Access to all the activities (workshop and panel)
- Coffee break and light lunch
RSD12-TURIN is organised by the scientific coordination of Sys_Lab and hosted at Circolo del Design.
Sys Lab is a research group at the Politecnico di Torino that has been exploring systemic design methods and tools for sustainability and the Circular Economy for over 10 years.
The Circolo del Design nurtures and spreads the culture of design, helping to strengthen the local design system and promoting connections between design skills and the productive, social and cultural world.
RSD12-Turin hosts the exhibition May Contain Traces of Forest, a project by Circolo del Design, curated by Elisabetta Donati de Conti and Giorgio Vacchiano.
How might systemic design initiate and support structural changes by valuing territorial/regional assets?
Localising systemic change will delve into work integrating spatial thinking and analysis with systems thinking and design principles. These approaches often employ geospatial data and technologies; however, location, size, history, and culture can influence systems’ behaviours, interactions, and dynamics, and design brings an integrated and holistic perspective to territorial enhancement and industrial innovation.
The Sys Lab team has developed a methodology combining a design vision with an interest in analysing, exploring, and developing complex systems in response to wicked problems. Building on well-established systemic design models, the Sys_Lab methodology observes five steps when approaching complex scenarios holistically. These steps also support active cooperation among stakeholders.
- The holistic diagnosis of the current scenario, considering both the surrounding context and the flows of energy and matter
- The identification of challenges and opportunities of the current scenario and its flows
- The design of a new systemic model based on relationships between processes and actors, which optimises information, energy and material flows and gives value to waste as resources
- The identification and study of the new outcomes generated by the new systemic model
- The validation of the system by demonstrating its feasibility and by implementing the project in the specific context
Adapted from https://www.systemicdesignlab.it/about