Distribution of Articles published per year
(2011 - 2018)
(2011 - 2018)
Total number of journals
Article 4 Reads 0 Citations Merchandising as a Strategic Tool to Enhance and Spread Intangible Values of Cultural Resources Published: 21 June 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10072122
The design of cultural and environmental goods can aim at valorising both material and immaterial cultural heritage at different scales. Specifically, the merchandising product, which is often the victim of production stereotypes, can instead collaborate with a disruptive force in the construction of the non-ephemeral “sense” of a visit. It is, in fact, able to spread complex contents in scientifically correct and comprehensible ways for different targets, condensing the immaterial patrimony into (small) new, low-cost and rich-in-meaning artefacts. This case study, proposed as evidence of such an approach, pertains to a research and teaching activity that was developed in 2017 with 230 university students of design, with the aim of setting up a collection of dedicated merchandising products for a regional talc mine Ecomuseum. The challenge involved narrating the material culture of the location through products that were philologically coherent with the context, but new from the language, functionality, productivity, user involvement and economic accessibility points of view. The resulting projects are, at present, being screened by the Ecomuseum in order to select the most significant for future production. In conclusion, the activity was shown to be potentially scalable and repeatable in other contexts, in which design can valorise an intangible heritage of immense value through products that, inserted into a more extensive strategy of valorisation of the cultural heritage, are within the reach of all.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Design for Leftovers. From Food Waste to Social Responsibility Published: 28 July 2017
The Design Journal, doi: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352692
The paper deals with a didactics and research experience, in which actors from cultural (international no-profit Association enhancing food value), academic (University), commercial (packaging production Firm) and social fields (Foundation recovering and re-distributing food excess) converged on the exploration of post-consumption food waste in public spaces. The aim was to develop products for leftovers pack and transport, the so-called “doggy-bags”, increasing meaningfulness and value perception of food resources, raising public awareness on the food waste reduction importance in an environmental, ethical, social, cultural and economical context. The activity involved about 200 students, generated around 50 projects and proceeded with the realization and commercialization of one selected product. A campaign promoting this action and raising awareness about the global urgent phenomenon of post-consumption food waste was launched: the new food bags represent a smart and friendly tool enabling everyone to play their part in assuring food waste minimization and leftovers recover.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Design and Craftsmanship for Cultural Heritage: The ‘Materialmente’ Project – An Experience from Italy Published: 03 March 2016
The Design Journal, doi: 10.1080/14606925.2016.1129213
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Material, Semi-finished Product, Product: Creation of New Fields of Application and of Project Guide Lines for the Produ... Published: 01 January 2011
Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal—Annual Review, doi: 10.18848/1833-1874/cgp/v04i06/37991