Nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and genius loci. A case of jewellery design

  • Debora Puglia University of Perugia
  • Benedetta Terenzi University of Perugia
Keywords: additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, genius loci, territorial design, circular economy


The presented research aims to spread the knowledge of regional excellence through the design of a series of jewels that highlight its Made in Umbria origin, enhancing in an unprecedented way the tangible and intangible riches of the territory. The work shows the possibilities of innovation that arise from the overall strategy of a Territorial Design project by working, on the one hand, on the definition of the peculiarities of the natural and man-made environment, in terms of creativity and aesthetic expression, on the other hand, on the use of nanotechnology to facilitate a conscious use of resources (local waste materials and biopolymers) in combination with the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing.

Author Biographies

Debora Puglia, University of Perugia

Engineer and PhD, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She carries out research activities at the Laboratory of Materials Science and Technology, mainly in the field of polymeric materials and nanostructured composites.

Benedetta Terenzi, University of Perugia

Architect and PhD, she is a Researcher at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She carries out research activities mainly in the field of product-service system design and digital innovation.


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Collection ‘SPOlet me know’ (by B. Terenzi) dedicated to the city of Spoleto; ring inspired by the Romanesque style of religious architecture; PLA with deposition of gold nanoparticles. AGATHÓN 7 | 2020
How to Cite
Puglia, D. and Terenzi, B. (2020) “Nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and genius loci. A case of jewellery design”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 7(0nilne), pp. 210-219. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/7222020.
Design | Research & Experimentation
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