Systemic solutions for the holistic well-being of cities. Processes, results and reflections


  • Silvia Barbero Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Carolina Giraldo Nohra EIT Climate-Kic (Hungary)
  • Cristian Campagnaro Politecnico di Torino (Italy)



nature-based solutions, green walls, post-industrial cities, living labs, systemic design


Today, post-industrial cities can be seen as Living Labs, places to experiment with urban innovation strategies, such as Nature-based Solutions, and to regenerate the natural and man-made ecosystems. These actions require a participatory process that applies co-design tools in the context of a quadruple helix approach, ensuring the Living Lab’s long-term resilience. In this context, this contribution intends to examine the implications of the use of co-design tools, from participatory workshops to SWOT mapping, in the specific context of the case study of Mirafiori Sud, in Turin, within the European project proGIreg (2018-2023), with a focus on the co-design experience of a green wall in a public dormitory of the City of Turin.


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Author Biographies

Silvia Barbero, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

PhD, she is an Associate Professor in Design at the Department of Architecture and Design, and an expert in systemic design for the circularity of industrial processes to achieve greater environmental, social and economic sustainability. Since 2018, she has been President of the International Systemic Design Association.

Carolina Giraldo Nohra, EIT Climate-Kic (Hungary)

PhD,  she is a Designer Producer of Deep Demonstrations at EIT Climate-Kic (Hungary), where she is involved in developing Policy Design Labs specifically on the circular economy. Her research work focuses on the convergence of systemic design and circular economy, focusing on public policies that promote circular city models in post-industrial areas.

Cristian Campagnaro, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

PhD, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Design. Selected for the ADI Design Index in social design thanks to projects on homelessness, motor disability, circular economy and food poverty, he focuses his research on design for sustainable processes, design for social inclusion and participatory processes.


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How to Cite

Barbero, S., Giraldo Nohra, C. and Campagnaro, C. (2022) “Systemic solutions for the holistic well-being of cities. Processes, results and reflections”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 50–61. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1142022.

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