Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction



Dora Francese

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Giving birth to this magazine through the specific subjects of earth and water means actualizing the philosophical reflection of the Mediterranean culture and interpreting it according to an approach which, fifteen years after the initial of the new millennium, looks like the more suitable to be adopted, both as intellectual principle and as developing action.
We are talking about the new thought – so called soft – upon which, since the 80s the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo, as well as other known scholars, founded their theory.
It does then appear acceptable to get closer to the constructive activities with a soft approach, which, being that, is not based on strong and nosy sensations, dynamics and actions towards the buildings’ users. Conversely this approach could underline the requirement of “… only alerting, a sort of accessorial consciousness”, a potential at listening and absorbing inside oneself the weaknesses, the minor emotions; and here we agree with Dal Lago when he states that “… the use of strength upsets the human order, his nature”. It will be convenient then to get closer to the project place with a sensitive soul which is careful to scan the context, by surveying also the most minute peculiarities of the site, thus observing and listening their nature and the small biodiversities. It will be suitable to forget to be powerful, and alternatively undermining “… the unity strength” and then finally “… be able to reconvert into nature the artificial elements, if we will be allowed to survive in a world which will not entirely be dehumanized”. […]


SMC N.02 2015


001_ COVER

003_VIEW Water and Mediterranean Construction: How to Build a Soft and Clean Future
Dora Francese



009_Water-scapes in Architectural Design Thinking – a Discussion on Water as Conceptual Cultural Sustainable Design Element
Marina Mihaila

014_ Variability of Groundwater Resources in the Cilento Region (Southern Italy)
Vincenzo Allocca, Pantalone De Vita, Ferdinando Manna

020_Rivers to Live by: The Economic, Social, Cultural Benefits of Rivers and the Role of Architecture in Its Enhancement
Fani Vavili, Sonia Gkounta

025_Patagonia. Water and Built Habitat
Liliana Lolich

030_The Khettaras: a Traditional Management System of the Moroccan Drylands
Khalid Rkha Chaham

033_The Water and Architectural Identity in Mediterranean Buildings
Nicolina Mastrangelo, Emanuela Adamo

038_ Leonardo and the Drawnings of Hydraulic Mines
Adriana Rossi, Luis Palmero, Armando Dinaro

044_“River Cities”: Urban Structure and Configurational Analysis
Angela Esposito

048_Analysis of the Architectural/Historic Heritage and Preventive Mitigation Actions Against Hydraulic Risks
Giorgio Giallocosta, Simona Lanza, Francesca Pirlone, Pietro Ugolini

055_Water Saving Assessment in Residential Buildings
Luca Buoninconti, Cristian Filagrossi Ambrosino

066_Water and Social Housing Architecture
Dora Francese

078_Rising Damp in Historical Buildings: Restoration Using the Charge Neutralization Technology (CNT) Domodry
Roberto Castelluccio, Michele Rossetto

089_Design for Hydrocitizens: Architectural Responses to the Defend-Retreat-Attack scenario
Graeme Evans

093_Urban Stormwater Drainage Management by Low Impact Development Practices
Maurizio Giugni, Francesco De Paola

099_Climate Changes, Adaptation, Construction
Adriano Paolella

103_The Quality Problem in Water Distribution Systems
Domenico Pianese, Carmine Covelli, Luigi Cimorelli, Andrea D’Aniello, Francesco Orlando

111_Innovative Water Concepts for the Resilience to Climate Change of East Naples: a Knowledge Transfer-based Design Approach Social Housing Architecture
Cristina Visconti

117_The Eco-friendly Wastewater Treatment at Mountain Refuges: a Short Overview of the Most Promising Technologies
Domenico Caputo, Daniela Piscopo

121_Water Form: Technologies by Nature
Rossella Siani

126_Sea City: the Waterfront of Naples
Viviana Del Naja


132_The Intercultural Seminar “The Sea as a Bridge between Energy Resources and Social Sharing of Land”, November the 27th, 2014

140_The International Seminar ”Recovering River Landscapes”, September the 28th-30th, 2015

141_The Bio-Architecture Workshops of INBAR Sicily: Light, Earth, Water,…, December the 18th-19th, 2015


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