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Handling changes trough diagrams: Scale and grain in the visual representation of Complex Systems

This paper has been co-written with Donato Ricci and Paolo Ciuccarelli, as members of the Densitydesign team.
It has been presented at Changing the Change conference, Turin, July 2008

Handling changes trough diagrams:
Scale and grain in the visual representation of Complex Systems

get the full text proceeding | by Ciuccarelli Paolo, Donato Ricci, Francesca Valsecchi

Abstract

To change towards a more sustainable development could means to make decisions not only with a systemic approach, but also to be able to decide in the right time: the density. It seems that, when the discipline of Design integrate a systemic approach with the competences of designers in visualization,

it can cope with dense situations, providing effective artefacts – diagrams – to improve the decision process and making profit from the richness of complexity. The prior findings of the Complexity Science are here assumed as a theoretical framework to have an interpretative model on how the knowledge about systems could be organized and depicted. Three tools to produce effective diagrams, framing, graining and scaling are here discussed though six case studies.

Changing the Change Conference. Design Visions, proposal and tools.
An international conference on the role and potential of design research in the transition towards sustainability
Torino 10th – 11th – 12th July 2008
in the framework of WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL TORINO 2008 | © ICSID An Icsid initiative of the IDA

Ciuccarelli Paolo, Donato Ricci, Francesca Valsecchi. 2008. Handling changes trough diagrams: Scale and grain in the visual representation of Complex Systems. In Changing the change Proceedings, ed. Carla Cipolla and Pier Paolo Peruccio. Turin: Allemandi, July 10.

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