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The relationship between the Benedictine monks of the Camaldolese Congregation and the forest around the Italian Hermitage of Camaldoli in Arezzo can be considered as special case of sustainability. The agrosilvopastoral productive system established and managed for over eight centuries by the monks is a tangible example of multifunctional, flexible and sustainable management of environmental resources, and of socio-economic development. However, this relationship suggests an inner development chance for everyone, beside having a spiritual significance for the monks. All the activities performed by the monks had a meaning that trascended the practical dimension.

The paper aims to explain Camaldolese Forest Code, The roots of sustainability, an initially project launched by Collegium Scriptorium Fontis Avellanae in 2003 that has undergone further development. Moreover, it wants to suggest new approaches within the sustenability culture starting with a reinterpretation of the monks' agrosilvopastoral productive system to save the environment, saving the human.

Authors: Claudio Gambardella, Raoul Romano

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 have been developed with the intent to transit towards a more sustainable society. This paper focuses in particular, in goals 10, 11 and 12 (10-reduce inequalities, 11-sustainable cities and communities, 12-sustainable consumption and production), and links these goals to the concept of Circular Economy (CE) via the co-construction of a new design artifact. Although important, the concept of CE seem to focus on organizations and industries, and still little research has focused on exploring citizen’s role to achieve sustainability. This study attempts to provide a critical analysis of CE application within human sphere, through a design research methodology. A design artifact is developed through a co-creation workshop at BIN Porto 2018 which involved the collaboration of eight people, including academics, industry and government representatives. The artifact resulted in a visual, intuitive communication tool with four domains and multiple criteria. ESSA enables users to visually and intuitively understand the impact of the product/services they purchase and make more informed decisions on-spot. The artefact was publicly presented at the end of the Bin Porto 2018 event, and has received positive feedback. The present article focuses on the reflection of the artefact.

Authors: Nina Costa, Cristóvão Gonçalves, Isabel Vasconcelos, Dânia Ascensão, Adriana Duarte


Authors: Nina Costa, Alexandra Duborjal Cabral, Andreia Duborjal Cabral, Cristóvão Gonçalves, Adriana Duarte, Dânia Ascenção, Isabel Vasconcelos

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