TECHNE 21 (2021): Eteronomia dell'Architettura
Essays and Viewpoint

Urban Metabolism, interdisciplinary models and design at micro-urban scale

Riccardo Pollo
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Matteo Trane
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Matteo Giovanardi
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Published March 24, 2021
Keywords
  • Urban Metabolism,
  • Smart Urban Metabolism,
  • Interdisciplinarity,
  • Transdisciplinarity,
  • Environmental Design
How to Cite
Pollo, R., Trane, M., & Giovanardi, M. (2021). Urban Metabolism, interdisciplinary models and design at micro-urban scale. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (21), 154-164. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-9857

Abstract

The architecture and the micro-urban scale design are elected to disciplines capable of materializing society’s perennial and rapid evolution demands. The design quality derives from its characteristic of opening up to external contamination, making work on the frontiers of knowledge and the hybridization of knowledge crucial. The contribution reflects on the Urban Metabolism’s (UM) role as a boundary metaphor, within which interaction among the scientific community, stakeholders, policymakers, and designers is possible. This metaphor could then be understood as a potential investigation and design tool for the Urban Ecosystem. UM’s possible relationship with architecture and environmental design is investigated, starting from models and approaches typical of other disciplinary fields.

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