A systemic approach and multiscale data management. A ‘refrigerator’ case study


  • Paolo Marco Tamborrini Polytechnic of Torino
  • Eleonora Fiore Polytechnic of Torino




systemic design, sustainability, digital technologies, requirements, circular economy


Many digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, could radically change the way of conceiving a design process, especially when they are used to retrieve essential information to define a problem, identify the requirements and support design decisions, all of which are typical of the pre-design phase. In this essay, we reflect on the complexity of designing, on the need for a systemic approach based on participatory methods and on the use of prototypes as tools to unlock the potential, albeit still largely untapped, use of data for design purposes. An experiment has been conducted on a refrigerator and conclusions have been drawn on future visions, methodological aspects in the field of systemic design and the relationship between data and sustainability.


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Author Biographies

Paolo Marco Tamborrini, Polytechnic of Torino

Designer, is an Associate Professor in Design. He is in charge of the Design School. He is Founder and Scientific Manager of the Innovation Design Lab, a hub in which Systemic Design is used to guide innovation toward entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability. He deals with design criticism and cooperates with some sector newspapers.
E-mail: paolo.tamborrini@polito.it

Eleonora Fiore, Polytechnic of Torino

Eco-Designer and PhD, she is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Design where she mainly carries out research in the field of systemic design, sustainability and the Internet of Things applied to the design of product systems.
E-mail: eleonora.fiore@polito.it


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How to Cite

Tamborrini, P. M. and Fiore, E. (2020) “A systemic approach and multiscale data management. A ‘refrigerator’ case study”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 7(online), pp. 180–189. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/7192020.