Can a collaboration between Systemic Design and Ecological Engineering make connections between human needs and ecosystems? This paper aims to investigate the systemic approach in design practice, i.e. design language and problem solving tools to face complexity. Systemic Design is a discipline based on Systems Thinking and Human-centred Design methodologies toface challenges of complex systems by an interdisciplinary approach. The need of urban and rural contexts today is to promote more sustainable ways to manage resources, outputs and relationships between actors inside territories. To undertake tangible actions toward sustainable development, we urgently need to establish a strong shared knowledge and operational methods between designers and those who deal with sustainable management and environmental protection: engineers. We compare languages and methodologies involved in Systemic Design and Ecological Engineering practice, two disciplinary fields which are increasingly involved in shared projects. Designing with and for communities, generating ecosystem services and providing innovative and sustainable solutions are some common goals. Through the analysis of some case studies in design practice for sustainable development, we underline similarities and divergences in concepts and methods, and strengths and weaknesses of both approaches. The main purpose is to define tools able to improve the integration of languages, knowledge, competences and methodologies, achieving an interdisciplinary approach in ecological design.

The contribution of design and engineering in systemic design practice. Analysis and evaluation of two different design approaches / Dominici, Laura; Comino, Elena; Peruccio, PIER PAOLO. - ELETTRONICO. - 03/2018:(2018), pp. 14-37. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Cumulus conference: To get there: designing together tenutosi a Paris, France nel April 11 – 14, 2018.

The contribution of design and engineering in systemic design practice. Analysis and evaluation of two different design approaches.

Laura Dominici;Elena Comino;Pier Paolo Peruccio
2018

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Can a collaboration between Systemic Design and Ecological Engineering make connections between human needs and ecosystems? This paper aims to investigate the systemic approach in design practice, i.e. design language and problem solving tools to face complexity. Systemic Design is a discipline based on Systems Thinking and Human-centred Design methodologies toface challenges of complex systems by an interdisciplinary approach. The need of urban and rural contexts today is to promote more sustainable ways to manage resources, outputs and relationships between actors inside territories. To undertake tangible actions toward sustainable development, we urgently need to establish a strong shared knowledge and operational methods between designers and those who deal with sustainable management and environmental protection: engineers. We compare languages and methodologies involved in Systemic Design and Ecological Engineering practice, two disciplinary fields which are increasingly involved in shared projects. Designing with and for communities, generating ecosystem services and providing innovative and sustainable solutions are some common goals. Through the analysis of some case studies in design practice for sustainable development, we underline similarities and divergences in concepts and methods, and strengths and weaknesses of both approaches. The main purpose is to define tools able to improve the integration of languages, knowledge, competences and methodologies, achieving an interdisciplinary approach in ecological design.
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