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Systemic Design

The Systemic Design approach is developed at the Politechnic of Turin under the supervision of Prof. Luigi Bistagnino, in the form of a methodologic practice oriented to sustainability and based on design-thinking.

Systemic Design is built around five principle:

  1. The Outputs of a system are Inpunts for another one, thus mimicking natural ecosystem where waste does not exist
  2. The system is based on the relations between the stakeholders. These relations are must be balanced and the resulting network have to be a peer net
  3. The system is autopoietic: it sustains itselft autonomously, coevolving with the territory and the environment where it’s working
  4. The system is local: in this way, the peer network that has been set up enhances the values of the territory (in terms of resources, culture and society)
  5. The system is for the community: it take place within the territory to preserve its habitat, and it tries to have a positive impact on both society and environment

In other words, Systemic Design goes beyond the product, as it focuses on the relational system that delivers the product/service, and thus traveling back through the production chain and re-designing it from the source.

It is a very flexibile methodology for mind: in this way, it’s possible to design systems that best fit their specific context. This is why territory is a fundamental asset in Systemic Design, not in terms of resources, but even for its physical and cultural aspects.

The Systemic Designer considers all the systems as open, and his main task is to integrate productive needs with the peculiar characteristics of a given territory, to obtain a product/ive-system or a service-system that perfectly fits the territory. Only in this way the new system will be able to start a good relation with other systems that are already there, fostering local wellness.

In practical words, this translates in to context analysis that goes deep in to local social dynamics, resources availability, topological and climate characteristics, local partners and stakeholders. The analysis is then used to organize and optimize the energy, matter and people fluxes generated by the product/service system introduced within the territory.

Considering the local dimension of the projects developed within this thesis, we’re going to apply the Systemic Design approach.