No. 26 (2023): Transizione Energetica
Essays and Viewpoint

Ethics and aesthetics of transition symbols. The architecture of place attachment

Federico Di Cosmo
Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Politecnico di Milano

Published 2023-10-31


  • Icons of Transition,
  • Environmental Impacts,
  • Place Attachment,
  • Low Carbon Plants,
  • Nimby

How to Cite

Di Cosmo, F. (2023). Ethics and aesthetics of transition symbols. The architecture of place attachment. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (26), 61–67.


It is by now well established that the ecological transition is first and foremost a cultural transition. Like any radical change, it produces symbols, which are hard to process at the time they are created. Thus, it is not a coincidence that renewable energy facilities (solar power plants, wind farms, photovoltaic and waste-to-energy plants) generate concern and mistrust among communities and open up crucial debates about the protection and identity of the landscape. The text presents a critical viewpoint on the possibility of breaking down social barriers by opening up a field of design, which has so far been the exclusive domain of engineering to both architecture and art.


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