Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

SMC Special Issue N.06 2021 | PRESENTATION


Marina Fumo

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Preserving the terraces of UNESCO’s Amalfi Coast Cultural Landscape is a highly topical issue, not only for people living in this area, but for the entire scientific and cultural world, as the hydrogeological fragility of the coastline risks leading to the loss of a unique heritage, threatened by recent climatic changes and inevitable economic and social transformations. The CITTAM interdepartmental research centre is dedicated to the study of traditional techniques in the Mediterranean area and, in recent years, the problem of maintaining the terraces of the Amalfi Coast has become an objective of our interdisciplinary research on rural landscapes, following the more frequent collapses and landslides, which often interrupt public roads. Considering that this is a hilly area, sloping steeply down towards the sea, with great interest for tourists because of this exceptional quality of landscape, it is essential that the roads remain clear to avoid increasing the problems for the agricultural economy and for inhabitants’ daily lives. Unfortunately, in recent years, extraordinary meteorological events have intensified, partly due to climate change, and the incessant rainfall, concentrated in a few hours, has seriously damaged the plots of land, which are often abandoned or poorly maintained resulting in a lack of vegetation that would contribute to water absorption. The terracing system on the Amalfi coast is a complex system of dry stone walls – màcere in the local language – and the land behind them, maintained by these stones, on which crops were grown; if farming is abandoned and the soils of the plots are no longer cultivated, it is clear that extraordinary rainfall, falling on arid land, becomes a problem. A solution to the problem of terracing must obviously be sought with a multidisciplinary approach, and CITTAM has the skills and potential to deal with this issue, since the interdepartmental research centre includes experts in geology, hydraulics, construction techniques, etc., as well as experts in the field of soil conservation.
Actually, CITTAM’s encouragement came from the territory itself, some time ago. The latest landslide episode in February accelerated the promotion of the first meeting, even if remotely with a webinar, held on 26 March. […]


SMC Special Issue N.06 2021




Marina Fumo

015_Conference speaker | Editors of the conference proceedings

022_ The architecture of being: a “best practice” to regenerate the terraced landscape
Anna Pina Arcaro

034_Malacoccola and Sant’Elia, history and anthropology of a timeless terraced landscape
Giovanni Gugg

046_The problem of terracing in Italy: analysis of an operating procedure applied in Piedmont
Francesco Pernice

058_ Water architecture: notes on some material and cultural elements of the Amalfi coast landscape
Pietro Santoriello

070_The cultural value of the Amalfi coast terracing. A legacy of the past and opportunity for the future
Giorgia De Pasquale

082_Terraces: examples of conservation and innovation
Maria Paola Gatti

098_The terrace cultivation of the Amalfi coast in the territorial planning scheme of the Sorrento-Amalfi area between protection and sustainable development
Maria Parente

110_The value of the technological footprint on the territory in bio-cultural landscapes: the terraces of the Amalfi coast
Marica Merola

126_A future for old terraces. Opportunities and suggestions for the recovery of abandoned agricultural terraces of the Amalfi coast
Ferruccio Ferrigni

138_Protection of the terraced landscape between rural culture, climate resilience and biodiversity
Gigliola Ausiello, Luca Di Girolamo, Francesco Sommese

159_LIDAR-based approach for the management of terraced landscapes
Pierpaolo D’Agostino, Giuseppe Antuono, Tomàs E. MartìnezChao,Lia Maria Papa

171_The school construction sites and the recovery of the dry stone walling of the Amalfi coast – Pontinpietra from academic training to the art of the master builder
Gianfranca Mastroianni, Amelia Maris

183_Experimental tilting plane tests for the ultimate shear estimation of perforated dry joint masonry panels
Gabriele Milani, Antonio Formisano

202_The contribution provided by geology and geotechnical engineering in the restoration of terraces on Amalfi coast
Paolo Budetta, Giovanni Forte, Marianna Pirone, Antonio Santo, Marialaura Tartaglia, Gianfranco Urcioli

218_Potential use of alkali-activated materials in naturalistic engineering
Gigliola D’Angelo, Ilaria Capasso, Antonio Santo, Barbara Liguori

232_Terraces and dry stone walls: history of unbound stones. Respect for tradition and innovative design for unprecedented socio-environmental challenges
Giuseppe Trinchese

252_Towards the definition of guidelines for the recovery and enhancement of terraces
Veronica Vitiello, Roberto Castelluccio

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