The Systemic Design Approach Applied to the Analysis of Buildings: Comparison between Two Paradigmatic Case Studies in Italy and Sweden

By Valeria Montrucchio and Marco Simonetti.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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The purpose of the paper is to remark the role of the systemic approach for obtaining a complete understanding of buildings and their impacts in term of consumption and waste production. This multidisciplinary research is inspired by Systemic Design approach and Urban Metabolism theory and furthermore considers the building as a flow pump guided by habits and needs of users and depending on the local management. The study shows the analysis of two case studies considered as paradigmatic examples of sustainable architecture: the former is the first skyscraper in Turin, Italy, and the latter is the first sustainable district in Stockholm, Sweden. Through the analysis of detailed engineering documents, authors have made graphical schemas that show flows, exchanges and links between buildings and their surroundings. The presented schemas afford a better comprehension of all material and energy inflows and outflows involved in buildings’ daily life and could be used to easily check the application of the principles of the Systemic Design approach.

Keywords: Systemic Design, Urban Metabolism, Case Studies, Material Flows, Energy Flows, Building, Context

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.97-113. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.954MB).

Dr. Valeria Montrucchio

PhD Student, Department of Architectural and Industrial Design, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Valeria Montrucchio, Ph.D., student at Polytechnic of Turin, Faculty of Design and Architecture and Ph.D., guest student at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Environmental strategies research Department, Stockholm. She worked as a project consultant in the field of industrial products. She is assistant lecturer at the 1st Architecture Faculty of Polytechnic of Turin. Currently involved in the study of sustainable architecture, studied through the Systems Design approach. Valeria Montrucchio received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and her master’s degree in EcoDesign from Polytechnic of Turin.

Dr. Marco Simonetti

Research Assistant, Department of Energetics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Marco Simonetti, MD. Ph.D., is currently assistant researcher at the Department of Energetics of the Polytechnic of Turin and a professional engineer in the field of HVAC systems. He has 9 years of experience in designing of sustainable buildings and research on natural air-conditioning system. He is lecturer at the 2nd Architecture Faculty and Engineering Faculty of Polytechnic of Turin and is the author of 15 scientific papers published in national and international proceedings and journals, mainly focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics applied to sustainable HVAC systems. Marco Simonetti received his Ph.D., in Energetics and MD in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnic of Turin.