TECHNE 22 (2021): Circular Transition and Design
Essays and Viewpoint

ICT as innovative tools for circular planning in urban areas

Francesca De Filippi
Dipartimento Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Carmelo Carbone
Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Published July 29, 2021
  • Circular cities,
  • Digital participatory platforms,
  • ICT,
  • Circular planning,
  • Monitoring
How to Cite
De Filippi, F., & Carbone, C. (2021). ICT as innovative tools for circular planning in urban areas. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (22), 96-103.


The challenges related to the implementation of a circular economy at an urban scale have scarcely been studied or critically interrogated. This contribution aims to define the possible ways in which ICT can be used to stimulate and monitor circular actions on an urban scale. Four urban subsystems have been identified from which circular urban programmes can be linked, providing benefits for numerous categories of stakeholders. This work investigates the main possibilities offered by the use of ICT and the most recurrent functionalities associated with and implemented by digital tools. Finally, among indicators that already exist in the literature, this work identifies a strategy to monitor the effects of the actions on the ecosystem.