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Post-carbon sustainable communities (Atelier)

01VIMTD

A.A. 2023/24

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
2022/23
The atelier focuses on the decision-making process in the context of societal transition. It introduces the challenge of sustainable communities posed by United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 11) and it illustrates from a theoretical and practical viewpoint the main assessment and management methods and tools in support of complex and 'wicked' problems related to energy transition. Specific attention is paid to systemic and multidisciplinary approaches. All theoretical topics are intertwined with workshops and interactive sessions carried out within smaller groups of students. The university campus and urban districts are used as demonstrators and virtual laboratories, to visualize the practical impact of the decision-making processes studied at the urban district level.
The atelier focuses on the decision-making process in the context of the societal energy transition. It introduces the challenge of post-carbon sustainable communities posed by United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 11) and it illustrates from a theoretical and practical viewpoint the primary assessment and management methods and tools in support of complex and 'wicked' problems related to the energy transition. Specific attention is paid to systemic and multidisciplinary approaches. All theoretical topics are intertwined with workshops and interactive sessions carried out within smaller groups of students. The urban districts will be used as demonstrators and virtual laboratories, to visualize the practical impact of the decision-making processes studied at the urban district level.
At the end of the course students are able to: - identify and analyze trade-offs and synergies between SDG 11, aimed at "Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable", and SDGs 7 “Affordable Clean Energy”. These two topics will be also connected to SDGs 12 (Circular economy) and 13 (Climate change). Thanks to system thinking approaches, students will be able to acquire capacity for viewing problems and human action as interconnected wholes and for understanding the (often lagged) feedback loops that may make complexity very difficult to address through the traditional, linear modeling processes; - connect decision-making and sustainable urban development with the paradigm of complexity and interdisciplinary. Thanks to the illustration and application of methods and approaches based on environmental economics, multicriteria analysis and systems thinking, students will be able to understand the big picture around a problem and forecast its long-term evolution rather than concentrating on specific, short-term cause-effect relationships; - understand and connect scientific knowledge with decision-making problems at urban district level, by means of a rigorous definition of sustainability challenges in terms of measurable levels and flows of common resources (such as air quality) and an ability to build mental models of the complex net of cause-effect relationships that revolve around such common resources; - analyze the pros and cons of alternatives towards sustainable communities, using the evaluation methods illustrated in this course; - apply in real case studies sustainable development actions thanks to the interactive workshops applied during the class.
At the end of the course students can: - Identify and analyze trade-offs and synergies between SDG 11, aimed at "Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable", and SDG 7 “Affordable Clean Energy”. These two topics will also be connected to SDGs 12 (Circular economy) and 13 (Climate change). Thanks to system thinking approaches, students will be able to acquire the capacity for viewing problems and human action as interconnected wholes and for understanding the (often lagged) feedback loops that may make complexity very difficult to address through the traditional, linear modeling processes; - Connect decision-making and sustainable urban development with the paradigm of complexity and interdisciplinary. Thanks to the illustration and application of methods and approaches based on environmental economics, multicriteria analysis, and systems thinking, students will be able to understand the big picture around a problem and forecast its long-term evolution rather than concentrating on specific, short-term cause-effect relationships; - Understand and connect scientific knowledge with decision-making problems at the urban district level, using a rigorous definition of sustainability challenges in terms of measurable levels and flows of shared resources (such as air quality) and an ability to build mental models of the complex net of cause-effect relationships that revolve around such common resources; - Analyze the pros and cons of alternatives towards sustainable communities, using the participatory evaluation methods illustrated in this course; - Apply in real case studies sustainable development actions thanks to the interactive workshops applied during the class. - Implement the decision-making methods to make select sustainable scenarios at the urban scale.
A basic GIS knowledge and Agenda 2030 (on-line free course available on the portal) are the only pre-requirements.
A basic GIS knowledge and Agenda 2030 (on-line free course available on the portal) are the only pre-requirements.
The Atelier includes three main themes with sub-themes as follows: ENERGY TRANSITION AND ENERGY MODELING • Energy challenges in urban context • Energy modelling of buildings at urban scale • Energy atlases and open databases • Energy efficiency measures • Renewable energy technologies • Self-consumption and energy independence communities PROJECT CYCLE ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION METHODS • Project cycle management/SWOT analysis/Stakeholders analysis • Cost Benefit Analysis, Environmental Economics • Multi attribute Utility and Multi Criteria Evaluation • Environmental rating protocols (e.g. LEED, Itaca, etc.) SYSTEM THINKING APPROACHES, DYNAMIC SPATIAL DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS • System thinking, Scenario workshops and Storytelling methods • Multicriteria GIS-based theories and application The three blocs will include interactive laboratories and workshops where students have the opportunity to apply the theories presented in each part.
The Atelier includes two main parts (THEORIES & PROJECT) with sub-themes as follows within Agenda 2030 and SDGs interactions: I. THEORIES | Sustainability theories and applications - Energy transition and energy modeling - Energy challenges in an urban context - Energy modeling of buildings at the urban scale - Energy atlases and open databases - Energy efficiency measures - Renewable energy technologies - Self-consumption and energy independence communities - Urban resilience and rural regeneration - LCA, Ecological footprint, and Carbon footprint - Circular economy and society - Environmental rating protocols (e.g., LEED, ITACA) II. PROJECT | Evaluation methods to support decision-making processes - Project cycle management/SWOT analysis/Stakeholders analysis - Multi-attribute Utility / Multi-Criteria Evaluation/ Indicator selection - Design thinking/Participatory approaches for sustainable communities - System thinking/Co-design Scenario/ Scenarios analysis - Cost Benefit Analysis, Environmental Economics - Interactive Spatial Decision Support System/GIS-based theories and application The two blocs will include interactive laboratories and workshops where students have the opportunity to apply the theories presented in each part taking into account the SDGs of Agenda 2030.
Due to the nature of the Atelier, a support in the interactive workshop development from 2 external collaborators is required.
Although all the 17SDGs will be introduced, considering the UN Agenda2030 focus of this course, major attention will be paid to the following urban context related SDGs: 3, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17.
The structure of the course requires: 60 h of face-to-face theories and 60 h of exercise and application in classroom, including students group interacting workshops supported by lecturer collaborators. This learning approach and structure will be also possible in case of distance learning, by using on-line BBB platform opening a number of virtual rooms where students can interact and provide results which will discuss during plenary session.
The structure of the course requires: 60 h of face-to-face theories and 60 h of exercise and application in classroom, including students group interacting workshops supported by lecturer collaborators. A number of interactive workshops, individual and/or group presentations and exercises will be held and the final assignment is required. The course will rhythmically alternate theoretical lectures from the teacher and interactive discussions with students and presentations. These workshops help to make better understand the approaches and theories. Moreover, different seminars will be held during the course by the guest speakers and experts.
• AA.VV., Solar Portal of Turin Metropolitan City, http://www.provincia.torino.gov.it/speciali/2013/portale_solare/; http://www.cittametropolitana.torino.it/cms/ambiente/risorse-energetiche/osservatorio-energia/portale-solare • Albino, V., Berardi, U., Dangelico, R.M. (2015), Smart Cities: Definitions, Dimensions, Performance, and Initiatives, Journal of Urban Technology, vol. 22, issue 1, pp. 3-21. doi: 10.1080/10630732.2014.942092. • Brandon P.S., P. Lombardi. Evaluating Sustainable Development in the Built Environment (second ed.), A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication (2011). http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0632064862.html • European Environment Agency (2013), Achieving energy efficiency through behaviour change. https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/achieving-energy-efficiency-through-behaviour . Accessed July 2019. • JRC, Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS), https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/pvgis • Lombardi P., F. Abastante, S.T. Moghadam (2017), Multicriteria spatial decision support systems for future urban energy retrofitting scenarios, Sustainability 10.3390/su9071252. • Lombardi P., S Giordano, H Farouh, W Yousef (2012), Modelling the smart city performance, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 25 (2), 137-149 • McKinsey Global Institute (2018), Smart cities: digital solutions for a more livable future. mckinsey.com/mgi. Accessed June 2019. • Mutani, G., Beltramino, S., Forte, A., A Clean Energy Atlas for Energy Communities in Piedmont Region (Italy), International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2020, pp. 343-353, DOI 10.18280/ijdne.150308). • Mutani, G., Pisanello, F., Nuvoli, G., nZEB towards a nearly future. Critical issues and strengths of a technological development, IEEE CANDO EPE 2019 Conference, Budapest, November 2019, pp 191-196, ISBN: 978-1-7281-4358-3, DOI 10.1109/CANDO-EPE47959.2019.9110965. • Mutani, G., Todeschi, V., Beltramino, S., Energy consumption models at urban scale to measure energy resilience, Sustainability - Bridging the Gap: The Measure of Urban Resilience, Sustainability 2020, 12 (14), 5678, pp.1-31; DOI:10.3390/su12145678. • Mutani, G., Todeschi, V., Building Energy Modeling at Neighborhood Scale, Energy Efficiency, Volume 13, Issue 5, June 2020, Springer Ed., DOI 10.1007/s12053-020-09882-4. • Nazem, S., Bruni, V., Fabris, E., Marcus, A., Melis, B., Roccella, G. (2020), Building Communities Through Digital Data Sharing, Springer. • Serge Salat, Françoise Labbe and Caroline Nowacki 2011. Cities and Forms. On Sustainable Urbanism, Hermann. • Todeschi, V., Mutani, G., Baima, L., Nigra, M., Robiglio, M., Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities—The Re-Coding Experience for Harnessing the Potential of Urban Rooftops, Applied Science, Special Issue Building Physics and Building Energy Systems, Vol. 10, 7112, 2020, pp. 1-27; doi:10.3390/app10207112. • Torabi Moghadam, S., Delmastro, C., Corgnati, S.P, Lombardi, P. (2017), Urban energy planning procedure for sustainable development in the built environment: A review of available spatial approaches, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 165, pp. 811-827. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.07.142. • Torabi Moghadam, S., Lombardi, P. (2019), An interactive multi-criteria spatial decision support system for energy retrofitting of building stocks using CommuntiyVIZ to support urban energy planning, Building and Environment, vol. 163, pp. 106-233. doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.106233 • World Economic Forum (2019), Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Cities, WEF Report. https://www.weforum.org/whitepapers/making-affordable-housing-a-reality-in-cities. Accessed Novembre 2019.
- AA.VV., Solar Portal of Turin Metropolitan City, http://www.provincia.torino.gov.it/speciali/2013/portale_solare/; http://www.cittametropolitana.torino.it/cms/ambiente/risorse-energetiche/osservatorio-energia/portale-solare - Albino, V., Berardi, U., Dangelico, R.M. (2015), Smart Cities: Definitions, Dimensions, Performance, and Initiatives, Journal of Urban Technology, vol. 22, issue 1, pp. 3-21. doi: 10.1080/10630732.2014.942092. - Brandon P.S., P. Lombardi. Evaluating Sustainable Development in the Built Environment (second ed.), A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication (2011). http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0632064862.html - European Environment Agency (2013), Achieving energy efficiency through behaviour change. https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/achieving-energy-efficiency-through-behaviour . Accessed July 2019. - JRC, Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS), https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/pvgis - Lombardi P., F. Abastante, S.T. Moghadam (2017), Multicriteria spatial decision support systems for future urban energy retrofitting scenarios, Sustainability 10.3390/su9071252. - Lombardi P., S Giordano, H Farouh, W Yousef (2012), Modelling the smart city performance, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 25 (2), 137-149 - McKinsey Global Institute (2018), Smart cities: digital solutions for a more livable future. mckinsey.com/mgi. Accessed June 2019. - Mutani, G., Beltramino, S., Forte, A., A Clean Energy Atlas for Energy Communities in Piedmont Region (Italy), International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2020, pp. 343-353, DOI 10.18280/ijdne.150308). - Mutani, G., Pisanello, F., Nuvoli, G., nZEB towards a nearly future. Critical issues and strengths of a technological development, IEEE CANDO EPE 2019 Conference, Budapest, November 2019, pp 191-196, ISBN: 978-1-7281-4358-3, DOI 10.1109/CANDO-EPE47959.2019.9110965. - Mutani, G., Todeschi, V., Beltramino, S., Energy consumption models at urban scale to measure energy resilience, Sustainability - Bridging the Gap: The Measure of Urban Resilience, Sustainability 2020, 12 (14), 5678, pp.1-31; DOI:10.3390/su12145678. - Mutani, G., Todeschi, V., Building Energy Modeling at Neighborhood Scale, Energy Efficiency, Volume 13, Issue 5, June 2020, Springer Ed., DOI 10.1007/s12053-020-09882-4. - Nazem, S., Bruni, V., Fabris, E., Marcus, A., Melis, B., Roccella, G. (2020), Building Communities Through Digital Data Sharing, Springer. - Serge Salat, Françoise Labbe and Caroline Nowacki 2011. Cities and Forms. On Sustainable Urbanism, Hermann. - Todeschi, V., Mutani, G., Baima, L., Nigra, M., Robiglio, M., Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities—The Re-Coding Experience for Harnessing the Potential of Urban Rooftops, Applied Science, Special Issue Building Physics and Building Energy Systems, Vol. 10, 7112, 2020, pp. 1-27; doi:10.3390/app10207112. - Torabi Moghadam, S., Delmastro, C., Corgnati, S.P, Lombardi, P. (2017), Urban energy planning procedure for sustainable development in the built environment: A review of available spatial approaches, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 165, pp. 811-827. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.07.142. - Torabi Moghadam, S., Lombardi, P. (2019), An interactive multi-criteria spatial decision support system for energy retrofitting of building stocks using CommuntiyVIZ to support urban energy planning, Building and Environment, vol. 163, pp. 106-233. doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.106233 - World Economic Forum (2019), Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Cities, WEF Report. https://www.weforum.org/whitepapers/making-affordable-housing-a-reality-in-cities. Accessed Novembre 2019.
Modalità di esame: Prova scritta (in aula); Prova orale obbligatoria; Elaborato progettuale in gruppo;
Exam: Written test; Compulsory oral exam; Group project;
... The assessment is expressed in 30/30 marks and the criteria guiding the evaluation are the followings: a) comprehension of the topics; b) ability to present adequately the topic; c) ability to understand the implications of real-world case studies and the connections with other topics. The exams is consisting of three mandatory parts as follows. 1. An individual written test, which will be multiple choices. The weight of this written test is 1/3 of the total. 2. An oral exam for each group presenting the workshop's results and exercises. The portfolio includes all workshop results and classroom exercises. The weight of this oral test is 2/3 of the total. The written exams will focus on the theoretical approaches and methodologies illustrated in the three modules.
Gli studenti e le studentesse con disabilità o con Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento (DSA), oltre alla segnalazione tramite procedura informatizzata, sono invitati a comunicare anche direttamente al/la docente titolare dell'insegnamento, con un preavviso non inferiore ad una settimana dall'avvio della sessione d'esame, gli strumenti compensativi concordati con l'Unità Special Needs, al fine di permettere al/la docente la declinazione più idonea in riferimento alla specifica tipologia di esame.
Exam: Written test; Compulsory oral exam; Group project;
The assessment is expressed in 30/30 marks and the criteria guiding the evaluation are the followings: a) comprehension of the topics; b) ability to present adequately the topic; c) ability to understand the implications of real-world case studies and the connections with other topics. The exams is consisting of three mandatory parts as follows. 1. An individual written test, which will be multiple choices. The weight of this written test is 1/3 of the total. 2. An oral exam for each group presenting the workshop's results and exercises. The portfolio includes all workshop results and classroom exercises. The weight of this oral test is 2/3 of the total. The written exams will focus on the theoretical approaches and methodologies illustrated in the three modules.
In addition to the message sent by the online system, students with disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) are invited to directly inform the professor in charge of the course about the special arrangements for the exam that have been agreed with the Special Needs Unit. The professor has to be informed at least one week before the beginning of the examination session in order to provide students with the most suitable arrangements for each specific type of exam.
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