Territorial enhancement

Circular EconomyAgroFood


The cultural landscape of wine in Piemonte (Italy) and tea in Uji area (Japan)


The research project explores the connection between urban and rural areas from the perspective of food production, supply, and consumption. The research focuses on the increasing cultural value of productive landscapes and traditional agricultural practices, bringing together landscape architects and designers for sustainable land development.


The scope of the project has grown thanks to the synergic work between students and professors, international workshops on the Italy-Japan axis, involving universities, local administrations, and local companies. The research has led to the development of several master's theses.

General Info

Institutional project
Kyoto Institute of Technology
Scientific supervisor:
Claudio Germak, Marco Santangelo
Project team:
Silvia Barbero, Mauro Berta, Andrea Bocco, Marta Bottero, Marco Bozzola, Claudia Cassatella, Massimo Crotti, Beatrice Lerma, Marco Gazzoli, Bianca Maria Rinaldi, Davide Rolfo, Michela Rosso, Mauro Volpiano




Project start

Launch of the Politecnico di Torino - Kyoto Institute of Technology partnership

February 2019

First international workshop

in Japan, in Kyoto in the UJI area

September 2019

Second international workshop

in Italy, in Cella Monte (Alessandria)

March 2020

Theses discussion

for the students involved in the project

March 2020

Project end

Final notes

The project is the result of collaboration between DIST - Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio, DAD - Dipartimento di Architettura e Design of the Politecnico di Torino and the Design Lab of the Kyoto Institute of Technology.


Aulisio, A., Bruno, E. V., (2021). Design sistemico e paesaggi culturali. Una visione olistica e globale per la valorizzazione dell’economia locale. In: OFFICINA, vol. 33, pp. 24-29. ISSN 2532-1218

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