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

Designing for the energy transition from INtuition to INtention

Carmelo Leonardi
Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto, Università IUAV di Venezia
Davide Crippa
Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto, Università IUAV di Venezia
Barbara di Prete
Dipartimento di Design, Politecnico di Milano
Paolo Pasteris
Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto, Università IUAV di Venezia

Published 2023-10-31


  • Sharing,
  • Green energy,
  • Social energy,
  • Circular economy,
  • Green design

How to Cite

Leonardi, C., Crippa, D., di Prete, B., & Pasteris, P. (2023). Designing for the energy transition from INtuition to INtention. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (26), 53–60.


The contemporary need for an energy transition simultaneously poses a challenge, an opportunity and an urgency. We are facing a polycrisis (Tooze, 2021) due to the international geopolitical context, the need for energy independence, increasingly widespread energy poverty, and the climate crisis. From a perspective of sustainability, the essay explores various design-oriented approaches, inviting a shift in traditional (primarily technical) focus from individual products to more systemic designs (with significantly greater social, behavioural, and economic impacts). The analysis thus ranges from the now entrenched idea of the energy community to more experimental cases that revolutionise the way energy can be consumed simply by doing more with less.


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