Local Bio-Energy Promotes Distributed Economy for Sustainable Development: Systemic Design Approach and Case-Studies

By Silvia Barbero.

Published by The Design Collection

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Local economic development is of considerable significance within the cultural context in which it operates and is currently becoming an increasingly important part in international cooperation. The possibility to enable scenarios of bottom-up economic and social development, led by local actors, is gaining ground in the last decade. In this context of steady change, the design process with its principles and practices is crucial for aware and structured growing. The implementation of a design approach that goes beyond a specific and punctual solutions is needed, so it tends to create connections between local material, energetic and informational resources, generating multiple and complex solutions. In particular, In Systemic Theory, the economic, social and environmental benefits are required through the flows and the efficiency in the use of resources. I practice this approach in the energy sector because it is a common good, considered as need that is fundamental and shared by the society, but also an individual right to increase our own capability. The so-called green Energy, derived from renewable sources (biomass, ...) or free goods (sun, water, ...) is crucial for the development of an area, because it guarantees autonomy and upkeep. 
To corroborate this theory, I analyzed the Swedish territory, which since the Nineties studies and develops integrated systems for environmentally responsible energy production. The analyzed best practices satisfy the complexity and development of the territory in a sustainable manner. The comparison between different realities helps to highlight what are the key drivers and the barriers for the development of small bio-energy spread in the territory and confirm/modify the theory if Systemic Design.

Keywords: Systemic Design, Network of Enterprises, Small Scale Production Systems, Local Sustainable Development, Distributed Economies

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.21-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.103MB).

Silvia Barbero

PhD candidate in Productive Systems & Industrial Design, Department of Architectural Planning & Industrial Design, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Degree in Ecodesign, II level international master in Systems Design, and now she is a PhD candidate in Productive Systems and Industrial Design at Politecnico di Torino. She applies to work and didactics individual involvement in ecodesign and environmental sustainability. She is cooperating with Tecnogranda, Scientific and Technological Park in Dronero and Agrindustria snc in Cuneo, in order to put on the systemic paradigm in industrial production. Since 2005 she has been lecturer of Environmental Requirements of Industrial Product at the degree in Graphic & Virtual Design, at Politecnico di Torino. She write for many international and national journals and her last book is Ecodesign, edited by Ulmann (2009).

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