Design and circular economy. Architectures that regenerate the built fabric

  • Gerardo Semprebon Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)
  • Kevin Santus Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)
  • Stefano Sartorio Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)
  • Arianna Luisa Nicoletta Scaioli Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)
Keywords: regeneration, circular economy, multi-scalar design, built fabric, relational field

Abstract

Although the circular economy has occupied a crucial place in the development agendas of industrialized countries in recent years, the construction sector still seems far from a mature understanding of the cultural dimensions related to the notion of circularity since, until now, its focus has been mainly on improving technological solutions. However, the circular economy opens up new operational frontiers beyond the scale of the construction detail. It embraces more complex social and cultural fields that ultimately question the changing relationship between man and inhabited space. The article assumes this perspective and examines the possible implications of circular logics’ spatial organizations at larger scales that have a great impact on settlement forms, proposing a critical comparison between two case studies characterized by two built fabrics with different densities. The first one is the regeneration of the Ilot de l’Arc de Triomphe district (high density and compactness), and the second one is the transformation of Contrada Bricconi (low density and rarefaction). The two design experiences ensure a second life to inhabited artifacts and soils.

Author Biographies

Gerardo Semprebon, Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)

Architect and PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies investigating the processes of countryside development, with particular focuses on Chinese and Italian rural areas.
E-mail: gerardo.semprebon@polimi.it

Kevin Santus, Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)

Architect, is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies investigating mainly in the field of the circular economy and the climate change.
E-mail: kevin.santus@polimi.it

Stefano Sartorio, Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)

Architect, participates in research activities on reuse and sustainability.
E-mail: stefano.sartorio.1995@gmail.com

Arianna Luisa Nicoletta Scaioli, Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)

Architect, participates in research activities, mainly investigating territorial and social fragility.
E-mail: ariannaluisa.scaioli@mail.polimi.it

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Contrada Bricconi: view on the valley showing the integration between old and new architectures (credit: LABF3 studio). AGATHÓN 09 | 2021
Published
2021-06-22
How to Cite
Semprebon, G., Santus, K., Sartorio, S. and Scaioli, A. L. N. (2021) “Design and circular economy. Architectures that regenerate the built fabric”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 62-71. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/962021.
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Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint
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