Potential for a Circular Autopoietic Economy on Canavese Territory


Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design (DAD)

Nicole Agnolio, José Pablo Alcántara Valdés, Baptiste Allo,Tommaso Bugnone Suppo, Lorenzo Buonviaggio, Federica Cipriani, Sacha Ducournau, Sofia Giesen, Karl El Helou, Jonas Heurteux, Cao huimin, Camille Lévrier-Mussat, Aila Lombardi, HouLu, Elisa Magi, Vera Mahieu, Elisabetta Molina, Leonardo Molinari, Ettore Moncullo, Juan Carlos Montañes, Anna Oliveri, Cecilia Padula, Mabel Papeo, Bruna Piccolo, David Popkov, Francesco Quaglia, Gianluca Ryillo, Ilaria Rosso, Francisco Vega, Gatis Vectirans, Dorine Versavaud, Lucien Viornery, Li Yufan, Zhang Zhenghong

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

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


The aim of this gigamap is to describe and summarize a student work carried out during the semester course Open Systems Design at Politecnico Torino. The map is one of the outputs from an analysis of the Canavese, Piedmont region and subsequently an in-depth study of the relationships and “flows” with certain “currencies” between some selected economic and public actors.

Canavese is a historical-geographical area located in the province of Turin, Italy; it’s full of great natural and geological spots, with a strong enogastronomic identity, historical re-enactments, a well-known manufacture sector like the ceramic of Castellamonte, as well as the leading high-tech branch like Arduino.

Through the approach deriving from systemic design, it was possible to identify some strategies for the creation of new networks aimed at transforming the economy and production processes from linear to circular approach. Five types of “circular flows” were assessed and “designed into” the current linear system, thus proposing an improved economy based on circularity: flows of matter (energy/CO2, water, materials), economic flows, and social flows. The Gigamap will be presented to stakeholders in a public hearing and supposedly be used to illustrate and incubate a circular economy that is more resilient and more regenerative.

Reading the map

The reading should start at the top left, where the abstract is located, next, there is an outline that shows the connections between the five topics investigated. Subsequently, there is a timeline with some fundamental events in the history of the Canavese. In the center there is the circularity map with the main cities, focusing on new opportunities of circular flows between the 15 analysed economic actors. At the bottom, some general data and on the right a brief description of the role and territorial qualities of the companies. Lastly, there is a summary of the emerging properties.


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

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Posted Oct-2020


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