TECHNE 23 (2022): Inside the Polycrisis. The Possible Necessary

For a necessary change

Elena Mussinelli
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito
Fabrizio Schiaffonati
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito
Maria Chiara Torricelli
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Architettura

Published 2022-03-17


  • climate-environmental and digital transition,
  • public administration reform,
  • urban and territorial regeneration,
  • construction sector

How to Cite

Mussinelli, E. ., Schiaffonati, F., & Torricelli, M. C. . (2022). For a necessary change. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (23), 15–20.


The Dossier proposes a critical and proactive framing of the themes launched by the Call “Inside
Polycrisis. The possible necessary” about the need and urgency to identify possible lines of action
to emerge from a “condition of persistent and structural polycrisis”. There are three priority macro-
areas of intervention – the eco-social transition of cities and territories, the housing issue, the eco-
systemic reconversion of buildings – that call into question the competences of those who in
various capacities work for the regeneration of the built environment.
Central to this is the issue of reforms (administrative, bureaucratic, fiscal, justice, urban planning,
public works, education), a precondition for triggering structural processes of urban and territorial
regeneration, starting from the role of public operators in the management of decision-making
processes and in the orientation of interventions to protect collective interests, first and foremost
those related to the environment and health. Equally important is the theme of ecosystemic and
digital reconversion of the construction sector, with dynamics of innovation in the multi-operator
building supply chain, through digital platforms and databases that make available standardised
information to increase performance, productivity, sustainability and transparency between
operators and stakeholders.
Centralities only partially traceable in the reforms, missions and investments of the NRP, which
instead call for a new entrepreneurial culture in the construction, real estate and design services
sectors, with a radical transformation of the socio-economic system through evolved models of

productive, technological and labour organisation, as well as a reorganisation of the public
apparatuses that also involves the private and third sectors (territorial pacts and innovation
Last but not least, the world of research and training, which is required to work for a significant
renewal of the methods and contents of research and didactics for the project, with a greater
openness to the external world (public administration, profession, enterprises and building
production), in order to support building processes and the production of architectural works with
skills and rigorous approaches to the themes of environmental regeneration and technological


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