Smart construction object. Tools for reprogramming the city

  • Riccardo Pollo Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Matteo Giovanardi Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Matteo Trane Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Keywords: IoT, building process, urban metabolism, smart construction object, smart façade


The focus on the concept of Smart Cities in the shift towards circular development models derives from the ability to govern increasingly complex phenomena and processes. By introducing data-driven approaches, the information produced by ICT technologies allows us to ‘reprogram’ the functioning of the urban system, as a complex ecosystem in which matter and energy are continuously transformed. Starting from the analysis of research experiences carried out at the European level, this paper aims to explore potential and real barriers related to Smart Construction Objects in urban processes. Technological-digital integration, the use of data, and the emergence of new economic management models based on services are investigated with reference to façade systems, as components able to generate and share information to govern the input and output of the urban metabolic system.

Author Biographies

Riccardo Pollo, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor in Architectural Technology at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST). His research activity concerns sustainable architectural and urban design, architectural design management and quality.

Matteo Giovanardi, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Architect, he is a PhD student at the Department of Management, Production and Design (DIGEP). He carries out research in the field of IoT technologies in the building process investigating the integration of digital enabling technologies in innovative façade systems.

Matteo Trane, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

He is a PhD student at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST). He carries out research in the field of environmental design and SDGs achievement, with a focus on topics related to microclimate modelling and simulation, and urban metabolism.


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How to Cite
Pollo, R., Giovanardi, M. and Trane, M. (2021) “Smart construction object. Tools for reprogramming the city”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 10(online), pp. 84-91. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1082021.
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