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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,

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PHD THESIS – introduction & summary

Cooperative design knowledge.
Creative actions overlook sharing practice.

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This doctoral program researched the issues of knowledge production and sharing within design communities.
Starting from the exploration of the local and contextual environment of tools and resources that are usually considered as design knowledge, it suggests a possible cross-field between the field of design knowledge management and the knowledge production practices that typify the cooperation within networks.

[Research context]
This cross-field bases on the increasing presence and significance of the digital knowledge within the wide context of knowledge systems. Internet is considered as a world of fresh inspiration for cooperation and sharing, that offers to contemporary practitioners technology patterns useful to the (digital) knowledge management, and also suggests the existence of a culture that has cognitive and social relevance in the topic of knowledge as public and commons undertaking. In fact the idea of network unveils new and effective organizational, social and productive models, and reveals latent and primary questions for our society: the extension, the meaning, the rules and the features of our own digital nature, which existence is widely recognized (chapter 1).
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La complessità della conoscenza. Nuovi concetti per il design.

This paper is the final outcome of PhD course in Scientific and Technical Research Ephisthemology “Guido Nardi”, helded in 2006 by the PhD school at Politecnico di Milano and professor Marisa Bertoldini.

Some excerpt from this essay has been published in the volume:
La cultura politecnica. Vol. 2, by Marisa Bertoldini, 2007, Bruno Mondadori, Milano

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Content of the essay:
1 – introduzione
2 – informazione ed epistemologia della complessità
3 – rete e spazio dei saperi
4 – il ruolo (e il problema) della conoscenza
5 – conoscenza e progetto
6 – bibliografia

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Identità delle architetture plurali. Ruolo delle comunità nella fenomenologia della rete

Identità delle architetture plurali.
Ruolo delle comunità nella fenomenologia della rete

pubblicato in Matteo Ciastellardi, Le architetture liquide, Milano, LED, 2009

Fluidità: connettivo e complesso

Il concetto di architetture liquide descrive l’esito di una possibile rilettura dei dispositivi di conoscenza e comunicazione che tenga conto delle trasformazioni fenomenologiche ed epistemologiche che animano la società della rete.
La fluidità, che va oltre la capacità dei fenomeni di assumere lo stato di liquidi, esprime la possibilità di configurazioni mutevoli delle forme, includendo la

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Le comunità del Free Software come organizzazioni complesse.Il ruolo del design verso una cultura Open Knowledge

Questo paper è stato presentato alla Conferenza Nazionale Software Libero, Cosenza, nel maggio 2007

Le comunità del Free Software come organizzazioni complesse. Il ruolo del design verso una cultura Open Knowledge

get the full text proceeding (italian) | by Francesca Valsecchi, Massimo Menichinelli

abstract

L’esperienza del Free Software ha esplicitato nuovi modelli organizzativi basati sull’idea di comunità e sulle pratiche della condivisione e del fare comune. La diffusione di strumenti informatici e di forme organizzative
comunitarie ha contribuito al crescere della sensibilità che la società e gli individui oggi hanno verso l’idea di rete, come infrastruttura e tecnologia, e di connettività, come attributo di sempre maggiore rilevanza nel proprio agire quotidiano.
L’opportunità di traslare l’esperienza organizzativa del Free Software e interpretarla in altri ambiti sociali e

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Network shapes design activities. ICT supporting open and shared design processes

This paper has been presented in 2007 at IASDR Conference in Hong Kong.
Emerging Trends in Design Research, 12 – 15 November,2007.
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
conference website

Network shapes design activities. ICT supporting open and shared design processes

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli
Keyword: digital community, ICT tools, design knowledge sharing

Abstract

The network paradigm refers to individuals as being continually involved in processes of sharing and being able to organize into creative communities of practice and knowledge.
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