Re-manufacturing networks for tertiary architectures

Innovative organizational models towards circularity


Cinzia Maria Luisa Talamo (ed)


This book deals with re-manufacturing, recondition, reuse and repurpose considered as winning strategies for boosting regenerative circular economy in the building sector. It presents many of the outcomes of the research Re-NetTA (Re-manufacturing Networks for Tertiary Architectures).
New organisational models and tools for re-manufacturing and re-using short life components coming from tertiary buildings renewal, funded in Italy by Fondazione Cariplo for the period 2019-2021.
The field of interest of the book is the building sector, focusing on various categories of tertiary buildings, characterized by short term cycles of use.
The book investigates the most promising strategies and organizational models to maintain over time the value of the environmental and economic resources integrated into manufactured products, once they have been removed from buildings, by extending their useful life and their usability with the lower possible consumption of other materials and energy and with the maximum containment of emissions into the environment. The text is articulated into three sections.
Part I BACKGROUND introduces the current theoretical background and identifies key strategies about circular economy and re-manufacturing processes within the building sector, focusing on tertiary architectures. It is divided into three chapters.
Part II PROMISING MODELS outlines, according to a proposed framework, a set of promising circular organizational models to facilitate re-manufacturing practices and their application to the different categories of the tertiary sectors: exhibition, office and retail. This part also reports the results of active dialogues and roundtables with several categories of operators, adopting a stakeholder perspective.
Part III INSIGHTS provides some insights on the issue of re-manufacturing, analyzed from different perspectives with the aim of outlining a comprehensive overview of challenges and opportunities for the application of virtuous circular processes within building sector. Part III is organized in four key topics: A) Design for Re-manufacturing; B) Digital Transformation; C) Environmental Sustainability; D) Stakeholder Management, Regulations & Policies.


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Author Biography

Cinzia Maria Luisa Talamo

Architect, Ph.D., she is Full Professor of Technology of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (DABC) of Politecnico di Milano. Since 2019 she is a Member of the Academic Senate at Politecnico di Milano and she was Coordinator of the DABC Scientific Commission from 2016 to 2019. She participates as Principal Investigator in researches on a national and international scale concerning innovation in the field of management of the built environment. She develops her scientific activity on the Technology of Architecture discipline focusing on the role of technological innovation in architectural design and building management, deepening the following topics: strategies for the improvement of recycling and reuse processes of waste; cross-sectoral approaches for recycling, re-manufacturing and reuse of waste in a perspective of industrial symbiosis and circular economy; building maintenance, urban maintenance and Facility Management; information systems for Facility Management. On these topics, she is author of over 170 publications including books, essays, national and international conference proceedings and journal articles.


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