ECAM Engineering Program
Combined Bachelor's / Master's Degree
General Data
Academic program ECAM Engineering Program :
Type d'EC Classes
Lectures : 240h00
Total duration : : 240
Status :
Period :
Semester 8 - POLITECNICO
General objectives
This obligatory laboratory is multidisciplinary: it therefore includes contributions in various disciplinary fields that integrate to configure a new development model (economic and social) in which the outputs of a system become the input of another and new relational links among production, community and territorial context therefore emerge, with the goal to tend to zero emissions. The laboratory leads to a single exam. It lasts for six months, is held in the 2nd semester and can be attended indifferently in the 1st or 2nd year. We strongly recommend you follow this course after completing the module Components of the Product.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, the students will have:
- Knowledge of new productive and consumption scenarios based on a systemic systemic perspective (according Science Generative), in which the "output" of a productive supply chain become the "input" of another, with the objective reduce of waste and creation of an "open"relational system between production, society and environment.
- Ability to develop analysis aimed at the knowledge of the environmental and productive context
- Ability to outline the energy and matter that flow from one productive system to another, and their impact on the environment and territory
- Ability to define objectives, contents and phases of the system design
- Ability to realise an "open" relational system between production, community and environment
- Ability to elaborate new economic-productive models
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively and to discuss the proposals elaborated and familiarity with different communication techniques (written, oral, graphic).
The Laboratory activity is centred on one theme: the configuration of an open and autopoietic system starting from an holistic survey of the current state identifying the flows of matter and energy that are used. The activity is carried out by the students in groups (around 3 per group). Starting from the current linear system of a concrete case provided by an industry or agricultural business, an event or a territorial ambit, we identify the resources used, waste obtained, the public and private participants in the creation and their relationships in order to redefine the process and obtain an open system in which the output generated becomes an input to be used as a resource. We obtain a general vision of all the flows that lead to a consistent decrease of environmental impact; we will also study in depth the single steps of transformation with the environmental, economic and social spinoffs. Each group will be required to carry out individual analysis and discuss it with the others so as to be able to share a common critical vision on the topic. During the project, the presentation of the individual works will be carried out with external experts and organisations with whom we collaborate, to discuss the results reached in open dialogue between the parties.

The laboratory is interdisciplinary in character. The disciplinary contributions include:
SYSTEM DESIGN (6 CFU, 60 hours)
Established knowledge in the field of industrial production in relation to natural systems, the technology of the use of scraps (output) and natural techniques to purify outputs of the individual processes of transformation
- L. Bistagnino, Design Sistemico, ebook 2° edizione, Slow Food editore. Bra 2011
- L. R. Brown, Piano B 4.0, Edizioni Ambiente, 2010
- F. Capra, Il punto di svolta, Feltrinelli editore 1984
- G. Pauli, The Blue Economy, Edizioni Ambiente, Milan, 2010
- C. Petrini, Terra Madre, Giunti/Slow Food editori, 2010
Nature Coefficient Observable objectives
1Practical work