Sys Lab is a research group at the Politecnico di Torino that has been exploring systemic design methods and tools for sustainability and the Circular Economy for over 10 years.
Systemic Design is a cultural approach that identifies the relations between the parts of a systems as the elements that generate the system itselfIt deals with matter, energy and information flows in order to develop open systems inspired by the dynamics of natural systems. Following this model, the output of a process becomes the input for another one, avoiding waste and creating new value.
The outputs of a system become the inputs for another productive chain.
Relationships generate the open system itself.
Autopoietic systems support and reproduce themselves by co-evolving together...
The operating context is local and emphasises the conscious use of local resources.
The human being, in relation to his or her environmental, social, cultural and ethical context, is the focus of the project.
The Sys Lab team has developed over the years a methodology that combines a design vision with the interest in the analysis, exploration, and development of complex systems in response to wicked problems.
Building on well-established Systemic Design models, the Sys Lab methodology delivers practical tools to approach complex scenarios with a holistic perspective, while supporting active cooperation among involved stakeholders. Starting from a broad analysis of the existing system, all possible solutions are explored to converge towards a systemic project that is then developed and finally implemented into the real system. Within the methodological framework of Sys Lab there are 5 steps for a successful research project:
Director and Co-founder
Vice-Director - Co-founder
Visiting Professor, TU Delft
Visiting PhD Student, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Visiting PhD Student, Jiangnan University
Intern, Politecnico di Torino (2022)
Intern, Università degli studi di Padova (2023)
Intern, Politecnico di Torino (2023)
We do research. We do Systemic Design. Our method links resources, products, people, and territories to design sustainable systems.Our work