Industrial reconversion in productive clusters. Design and active preservation of local know-how

  • Beatrice Lerma Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
  • Eva Vanessa Bruno Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
Keywords: industrial reconversion, productive capital, design for the territory, knowledge transfer, economic complexity

Abstract

The discipline of Design is called upon to contribute to the preservation and transmission of the productive culture of agglomeration economies, such as industrial Districts, clusters and networks, a culture threatened by the tendency to move the supply-chain out of the territory, with a consequent loss of local identity and know-how. The territory, considered as the ‘design-object’ of the study, is analysed through a holistic and exploratory view, which highlights socio-cultural aspects and relations between stakeholders through gigamaps. The economic complexity of the territorial productive capital is systematised with diagrams showing the connections between products according to the productive capacities of companies. Industrial reconversion is the strategy identified to explore and manage emerging technological paradigms, capable of creating new products that convey the local production culture.

Author Biographies

Beatrice Lerma, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

PhD, She is a Researcher in Design at the Department of Architecture and Design and Executive Director of the MATto material library, where she carries out research activities on innovative materials and processes analysed in close correlation with the productive and entrepreneurial system.
E-mail: beatrice.lerma@polito.it

Eva Vanessa Bruno, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

Designer, She is a PhD student in Management, Production and Design. She is currently conducting research on the enhancement of production culture through the design-driven process of industrial reconversion for companies in Piedmont, in collaboration with the Torino Chamber of Commerce.
E-mail: eva.bruno@polito.it

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Published
2021-06-22
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Lerma, B. and Bruno, E. V. (2021) “Industrial reconversion in productive clusters. Design and active preservation of local know-how”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 194-203. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/9192021.
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