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The Value of Living Systems Beyond a Price:New Dynamic Potential for Sustainable Technologies Between Citizens and Plants

Jelena Sucic

The Value of Living Systems Beyond a Price:New Dynamic Potential for Sustainable Technologies Between Citizens and Plants.

Rel. Pier Paolo Peruccio, Susu Helen Nousala. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Design Sistemico, 2019

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As can be noticed by observing our society, currently, the topic on everybody’s lips, corporations’ and governments’ heads including common citizens’, is “sustainability”. This term is often over used and abused to capture attention, but it can only be better understood by defining the contextual structure of the intention for achieving a sustainable state or process [1]. The core problems highlighted in this research: show the lack of understanding between human life and the natural world. This lack of understanding is creating a generational gap, evident through the trend of population growth and migration towards cities. Our youth have yet to learn the relations between life and other living systems. This is the result of being at least the 3rd generation that migrated from the countryside to the city. The question is who will transmit the knowledge, experiences and culture to the future population and how? The perception and understanding of the value of Nature is being lost. In particular what plants can provide our basic needs, which are the primary producers in the world and our primary source of food. If we lose the knowledge and experience of obtaining things naturally, and the recognition of this principle on a wider scale, then every age group of generations will not be able to sustain themselves from the remaining natural resources. The result being our sustainment will continue to remain unsustainable in relation to the entire living biosphere. Plants are organism that pre-date human, as such are just as highly adaptive and reactive (if not more so), as we humans. The only difference is that we cannot provide for ourselves without them. Even if we want to solely rely on technological solutions, we still need natural sources for any synthesising process we may planning or considering as solutions, (for example, the lab grown meat from cells in terms of food provision). Many emerging solutions that could solve humanities issues are actually already existing in nature. Since plants have high levels of reactivity and relationships with living systems, they themselves can be considered as the providers of the most sustainable technologies to solve our problems [1].

Relators: Pier Paolo Peruccio, Susu Helen Nousala
Academic year: 2018/19
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 364
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Design Sistemico
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-12 - DESIGN
Ente in cotutela: Tongji University (CINA)
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/11491
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