Silvia Barbero

Silvia Barbero
Politecnico di Torino | polito · DAD - Department of Architecture and Design

PhD in Productive Processes and Industrial Design

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Additional affiliations
December 2012 - present
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • My research activities mainly investigates the Systemic Design both in its theoretical aspects and practical applications (ICAR/13).
January 2012 - December 2012
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • ASSEGNISTA DI RICERCA POST-DOC “cat. B” (art.22 L. 240/2010) Qualità e Progetto Sociale/Social Design. Indagare i criteri che assicurano la qualità dell’ambiente in relazione a stringenti necessità ambientali. (ICAR/13)
January 2011 - January 2012
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • ASSEGNISTA DI RICERCA (art.51 comma 6 L. 449/1997) Design Sistemico applicato ai processi industriali agroalimentari. Studio di fattibilità per la valorizzazione del Fagiolo Cuneo (ICAR/13)
Education
January 2008 - December 2010
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Productive systems and Industrial Design
October 2005 - December 2007
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Systems Design
September 2002 - December 2004
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Design del prodotto ecocompatibile

Publications

Publications (101)
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The new Circular Economy models prompt designers to relocate artefacts within socio-technical systems in which the value of the product, its components, and its materials are maintained and not wasted. Design tools such as product disassembly are not only gaining new impetus in the design field but are also becoming important educational resources....
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Dyeing plants are an endemic resource that powered the European textile industry for centuries until the advent of synthetic pigments led to their complete abandonment. Today, interest in natural dyes is growing again, but the socio-technical complexity of modern supply chains requires more than technological updating. The problem must be framed th...
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The transition of our linear economic models towards a Circular Economy is perceived as a pressin...g need at European level. A growing body of literature highlights the demand for new skills to facilitate this transition: more than new professions, it is about specific professional skills for circular businesses. The European Erasmus+ project MULT...
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The world we live in is hectic and multifaceted, characterised by continuous changes that are more frequent, radical and dramatic than ever before. Their dimension rapidly shifts from local to global and vice-versa, due to the increasingly interconnected nature of relations, affecting society at many different levels. This results in a rising compl...
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The sustainable transition of the regional and urban systems in which we live represents a crucial challenge for our societies and requires a new integrated vision of the social, environmental, cultural, political and economic dimensions. Territorial systems can be considered as socio-technical systems, made up of a complex network of infrastructur...
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This report is part of the Task 2.1, Work Package 2 – Planning, design and participation processes for nature-based solutions (NBS) coordination providing an overview of the state of art of the development in the proGIreg project Front Runner Cities (FRC) and Follower Cities (FC) concerning the project’s four key assessment domains: socio-cultural...
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The manufacturing sector needs to change its linear production model to provide an answer to sustainability requirements. Systemic Design integrates systems thinking in the design approach and can represent an effective methodology to design different solutions at system level and obtain a circular and blue economy. This paper wants to test and val...
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The vast transformation the circular economy that will occur in the upcoming years inevitably will change the EU panorama, designing new scenarios from an economical-social-environmental perspective. To best build a circular economy, it is necessary innovative policy-planning with a holistic and systemic perspective that fosters a cohesive and smoo...
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The current global environmental situation, with its interconnected problems, requires holistic approaches to provide a cultural paradigm shift and a different economy to overcome the linear one. Systemic Design (SD) can represent a solution creating opportunities for eco- and system innovation, especially in the manufacturing sector, which will so...
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This article aims to frame the role of Systemic Design (SD) as an alternative design model for the future of design for sustainability, by defining and assessing a structured process to execute Holistic Diagnosis (HD), an innovative context framework. Taking as its background a deep understanding of the design for sustainability and systems thinkin...
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The paradigm shift from a linear to a circular economic model has been increasingly advocated by many, from the scientific community to governments. The benefits of a Circular Economy (CE) are particularly appealing for Europe, considering the issues Europe is currently facing. Even though the European Union (EU) promotes activities to support the...
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Rural regions have high potential for local economic development offered by social innovation (Neumeier, Sociologia Ruralis 52:48–69, 2012) and social transformation and transition (Markard et al., Research Policy 41:955–967, 2012).
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The complex systems defined as 'sociotechnical systems' are made of software, hardware and people, somehow linked to the policy and a large number of stakeholders. They show complex dependencies and functional-based constraints. Over the last decades, the need to cope with the complexity took different forms, evolving in research activities and new...
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Rural Development is a fundamental point in the action plans by the United Nations: the Sustainable Development Goal 2 of the Post-2015 Development Agenda attests the importance of increasing investment and international cooperation to end hunger and achieve food security (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/21252030%20Agenda%20...
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Sustainability, meaning its three pillars, social, economic and environmental, is by now a prerequisite in the design phase and one of the mandatory topics in educational programs, both for future designers and other professions. This happens even more if the project theme concerns mobility or waste management, fields in which daily behaviours impa...
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The specific nature and the size of the healthcare sector make its impact on the environment very significant. Over the past years, interest in Sustainable Healthcare has grown globally, and an increasing number of companies is addressing a discipline, Sustainable Design, that is relatively new for the health sector. Design for healthcare must face...
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After a deep recession in 2009, home appliance manufacturing has evolved quickly, increasing sales and forecasting of a huge spread of Internet of Things connected products. Despite the potential of the IoT as a future scenario for the development of major home appliances, data collected on actual purchases seem to contradict the trend. Manufacture...
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The healthcare sector is a complex system that is facing new emerging trends without, however, having the proper resources and structures to address them. The necessity for a change in the approach to new challenges of the healthcare sector provides a stimulating field of application for design disciplines. One of the major issues to be tackled is...
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The era of transition that we are experiencing need a radical change also in the structure of society. This must be reflected in political commitment to find a new structure of rules able to facilitate participatory processes and to support initiatives than can bring social innovation. For this reason, cooperation between design, technology, econom...
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In the 19th century, new discoveries permitted to pass from the Cartesian mechanism to a holistic view of life. In the educational field movements as Constructivist Learning and Holistic Education have represented an important contribution to this change of paradigm. In this scenario Systemic Design was born: it aims to imitate Nature in anthropic...
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For the management of a (micro)-smart grid it is important to know the patters of the load profiles and of the generators. In this article the power consumption data obtained through a monitoring activity developed on a micro-smart grid in an agro-industrial test-site are presented. In particular, this reports the synthesis of the monitoring result...
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The development of smart grids is a strategic goal at both national and international levels and has been funded by many research programs. At the same time, an increasing interest is rising about local energy systems using renewable energy sources (RES). In this paper, the creation of a monitoring and managing procedure of an electricity micro-sma...
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The current market situation is characterized by planned obsolescence. It warns the need to design in a more efficiently way, by optimizing the recycle and disassembly operations and lowering the impact on the environment of all kind of products, from the easiest to the most complex ones. This paper focuses on short-lived and long durability produc...
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The contamination between design and theory of systems as a field of development of new design processes is nowadays consolidated. However, the issue concerning the methodology to apply in teaching systemic design remains an open question. The approach adopted in the Master Degree in Systemic Design at Politecnico di Torino is based on the assumpti...
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The subject of this study is to define the possible strategies in order to reduce the environmental impact of designing store and to increase the consumers' awareness about the new sustainable design in fair trade shops. From the analysis of some crucial elements in the store at environmental level, the weaknesses and the strengthens of fair trade...
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The production model's analysis of a world leader biscuit factory identifies several environmental problems, mainly involving the international supply chain and the release of waste on its territory. Applying systemic design approach permits to rethink about the entire production, defining a complex system that gives new values to territorial and c...
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Water is the most precious and one of the most threatened resources on earth: environmental, economic, social and management factors are posing at risk this precious resource. The roots of these problems can be traced in the loss of relation between man and water: from being a vital element with a spiritual character, water has become seen as just...
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An healthy and safe feeding is the key element to ensure a sustainable development for the entire planet. The theme of food is one of the major challenges for the near future, indeed it involves every aspect of our lives. The paper investigates how the Systemic Design approach applied to the food sectors can contribute to decent life and, better, w...
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This paper investigates how systems and complexity theories applied to the food sectors can contribute to wellbeing and decent life for all, maintaining the global ecological capacity for future generations. The reflections on this topic come out from the author's last ten years of field experiences, mapping the significant problems directly faced...
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Promote economic diversification combining traditional agricultural skills and new technical know- how. Support and develop agro-food systems, thus contributing to sustainable, inclusive and economic growth in rural regions
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Design è un sostantivo inglese che significa "progetto", deriva dal latino pro-iacere (gettare in avanti) a indicare un'attività che contiene in sè l'idea di proiezione in avanti, di futuro. La parola design ha acquisito nel tempo molteplici significati: oggi non riguarda solo più il prodotto e la comunicazione ma anche i servizi, le strategie e i...
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Le borracce per l'acqua verso la sostenibilità ambientale e l'educazione a comportamenti rispettosi dell'ambiente
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Le borracce per l'acqua verso la sostenibilità ambientale e l'educazione a comportamenti rispettosi dell'ambiente
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Annual generation of Spent Coffee Grounds (SCG) is estimated around six million tonnes per year. They currently do not have a commercial value and are disposed of in landfills or as compost. Systemic Design approach developed by Politecnico di Torino (Department of Architecture and Design) wants to provide a holistic vision in which these productio...
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In the wide panorama of social and environmental communication the graphic design contests plays an important role, especially for the experimentations in techniques and languages. This paper aims to give a global overview of this kind of contest that find their large diffusion in the last ten years and then analyze their results in order to define...
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Approximately 2 million chronic haemodialysis patients produce over 2 000 000 tons of waste per year that includes about 600 000 tons of potentially hazardous waste. The aim of the present study was to analyse the characteristics of the waste that is produced through chronic haemodialysis in an effort to identify strategies to reduce its environmen...
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In the last century, the role of graphic designer has changed from mere material executor to intellectual problem solver and content-bearer. The action field of graphic designers has broaden and, along with it, the influence that this profession has within companies, public administrations and citizens. Furthermore, printmakers and graphic designer...
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In the medical field, the attention to the environmental impact of industrial processes and products is still limited. In recent years there has been an increased sensitivity towards the environment; meanwhile, the economic burden of hazardous waste disposal is becoming evident. Dialysis is a "big producer" of waste and it has been estimated that d...
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The Systemic Approach sets out the basis for the acquisition of a new awareness based on collaboration and integration among elements and actors of the system. The systemic thinking helps to open the boundaries of the building, focusing the study on its qualitative and quantitative aspects and pointing out exchanges with the context to reach the ov...
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This research arose from the recognition of a problem that involves the fields of design and biomedicine: the medical wastes of one of the most expensive, life saving treatments all over the world: hemodialysis. The awareness of their environmental and economical impacts drove the researcher of the SS Nephrology of San Luigi University Hospital (Or...
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Attention to the environmental impact is still limited in medicine. Chronic Hemodialysis produces about 6000000 tons of plastic wastes per year. The economic crisis and the awarness of the ecosystem induced to focus attention on the lifespan of disposables. A new look is presently focused on recycle, that is the subsequent start of new cycles leadi...
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Communications about sustainability issues have traditionally been under public responsibility with the purpose of sensitise and educate citizens. The advertising is one of the most common form of communication able to involve the larger number of people as possible.The first examples come in late Sixties, when the environmental problems were stron...
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Article] Analysis on existent thermal insulating plasters towards innovative applications: evaluation methodology for a real cost-performance comparison Original Citation: Barbero S.; Dutto M.; Ferrua C.; Pereno A. (2014). Analysis on existent thermal insulating plasters towards innovative applications: evaluation methodology for a real cost-perfor...
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In the medical field, the attention to the environmental impact of industrial processes and products is still limited. In recent years there has been an increased sensitivity towards the environment; meanwhile, the economic burden of hazardous waste disposal is becoming evident. Dialysis is a "big producer" of waste and it has been estimated that d...
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Vengono descritti approcci metodologici differenti per offrire suggerimenti e spunti pratici utili per gli imprenditori e le aziende. In particolare questi elementi possono alimentare alcune prime riflessioni con riferimento agli aspetti organizzativi, fattori strategici "da far crescere" e opportunità da cogliere, potendo beneficiare sie del "viss...
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Vengono descritti approcci metodologici differenti per offrire suggerimenti e spunti pratici utili per gli imprenditori e le aziende. In particolare questi elementi possono alimentare alcune prime riflessioni con riferimento agli aspetti organizzativi, fattori strategici "da far crescere" e opportunità da cogliere, potendo beneficiare sie del "viss...
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Il ruolo della grafica ha una componente etica sempre più marcata, perché è pre- sente in modo crescente nella quotidianità di ciascuna persona per informare e per comunicare. Il fattore etico della comunicazione visiva si manifesta non solo a livello di contenuti, ma anche a livello di buon progetto. La comunicazione che si occupa di temi di inter...
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il piano aziendale deve essere ottimanle, legato all'ambiente che circonda l'impresa, ai vantaggi derivanti dalla sua collocazione territoriale e alla storia stessa dell'azienda
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The role of graphics has an increasingly remarkable ethical component, since it is becoming central in everyone's daily life as a means of informing and communicat- ing. Visual communication retains an ethical element that is noticeable not just in content, but also in good design. Governments have traditionally been accountable for managing the br...
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componenti, materiali, funzionalitù, usi e riusi. Ottimizzazione degli impatti dell'impatto ecologico.
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Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world after oil. The worldwide annual generation of Spent Coffee Grounds (SCG) is about 6 million tons, but up till now they are practically unutilized, being discharged to the environment or burned. Nowadays, many universities have worked to find new solutions for coffee grounds. There are many...
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A smart grid is defined where different elements are interconnected between them and with the public utility grid. The development of smart grids is considered a strategic goal at both national and international levels and has been funded by many research programs. Within the BEE (Building Energy Ecosystems) project, funded by the Piedmont Region u...
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The current energy system presents many functional, environmental, and social challenges, including the maximization paradigm, energy dependence, the environmental impacts of large energy plants, and the lack of awareness of end users. These challenges represent the major problems that affect the sustainability of our energy systems and point to ne...
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Background / Purpose: Chronic hemodialysis produces about 600,000 tons of plastic wastes per year. The Systemic Design is an innovative method to analyse the environmental impact and the improvement strategies needed for a “planet friendly” production hardware and supplies, in all fields of human life, with an approach that progressively moved fr...
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A smart grid is defined where different elements are interconnected between them and with the public utility grid. The development of smart grids is considered a strategic goal at both national and international levels and has been funded by many research programs. Within the BEE (Building Energy Ecosystems) project, funded by the Piedmont Region u...
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Local Economic Development (LED) is of considerable significance within the cultural context in which it operates and is currently becoming an increasingly important part in international cooperation. The possibility to enable scenarios of bottom-up economic and social development, led by local actors, is gaining ground in the last decade. In this...
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The Department of Architecture and Design (Dad) and the course on Environmental Requirements of Industrial Products founded the Observatory of Eco-Pack (Oep) in 2005. The Oep is a strategic body that joins theoretical research with teaching: part of the pack screening is updated by the students of the course, so they can work together with the rese...
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The EN.FA.SI. project (l'ENergia e il FAgiolo in SIstema), supported by the Piedmont Region with POR-FESR 2007-13 funds on productive transition and innovation, aims to develop a specific area in the North West of Italy (province of Cuneo) through a process of designing for food. The project will have a strong impact on: -the Environment: land cons...
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The energy affects the lives of individuals and their various combinations, as for example the companies and their external/internal exchanges of resources that determine largely their environmental impacts. The theory of Systemic Design, explained in volume 1, gives a scientific way to find how the output in a territory can be considered and used...
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The rapid evolution of the worldwide scenario, the climate change, biodiversity loss, resources depletion and rapid technological and social development call for radical changes. Anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System have reached a scale where an urgent change of route is inescapable. Despite the actual environmental, economic and social cris...
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The local economic development is becoming increasingly important, and governments are going to develop strategies in order to lead the chance to widespread prosperity of the people and the ecosystem. To aim at holistic wellbeing, specific and punctual solutions should be got over and tend to approach that creates connections between local material...
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