The (sixth) sense of design: the ability of mediating and linking the territories with the local systems and the knowledge with the new forms of innovation


The research aims to contribute to the development of a spatial networking system centred on new knowledge. For this purpose, the following projects have been designed: a Master's degree that, on the basis of the knowledge paradigm shift that emerged, aims to broaden the designer's skills to prepare him or her for the role of mediator and knowledge integrator; a platform aimed at creating strategic links between territorial stakeholders, equating the roles of manager-user, through a collaborative platform model with a non-hierarchical structure. The platform develops a system of services based on the input of questions/offers and becomes itself the administrator of the interaction thanks to an algorithm that allows it to manage data flows from users, connecting profiles and structures according to real needs. Such tools will facilitate the connection between physical and virtual places and transform local systems into cognitive multipliers.

These outputs are an expression of the creative ecosystem and its actors, representing an attempt to give life to a formative and virtual place of performance and growth, where the various stakeholders can make themselves available to the territorial system and get back certain services that facilitate and improve their work/training activities, thus improving the impact they have in the local productive ecosystem, in a reticular collaboration. Consequently, territorial reorganization finds its balance in network conformation, in the connection between places and flows; the local system becomes a cognitive multiplier, aimed at developing forms of localized learning, producing knowledge capable of spreading and increasing the territory's own value (Rullani, 2002).



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DIDA – Department of Architecture

Design ICAR/13