The water flowing from the tap of our homes accounts for the final step of a long and complicated route beaten by time and man.
The traces that water has left and continues to let in the natural environment and in social fields are indelible, as well as signs left by man, testimonies that the time preserves and history delivered to us and which together form a dense texture that overlaps the physical layout of the environment, integrating and modifying it1. Great works, monuments universally recognized as masterpieces of the mind and of human hands, but also lesser works, everyday artifacts, isolated real estate that make up the elements of a wider and complex organization of settlement phenomena; tiles of a mosaic rich in nuances and reflections, the result of a long process of historical stratification.
Towers, castles, churches, sanctuaries, villas, belong to the category of isolated works but also houses, farms, ranches and not least the artifacts for water: water mills, aqueducts, water mill, water troughs, water towers, express the relevance of this precious liquid. This is the basic element of many vital processes and is the essential component of the Earth and man2. Motore movens of many human activities and of the birth and development of the greatest civilizations.
003_VIEW_ The Air as Parameter for Designing Man’s Space
FOCUS ON AIR AND ENVIRONMENT
011_ From the Chimney to the Air Conditioning in the Mediterranean Buildings
Sabriela Kazazi, Fani Vavili
016_ From the Redrawing of the Papyri to the Paradigms of Passive Ventilation in Architecture
Adriana Rossi, Luis Palmero, Armando Di Nardo
023_ Impact of Natural Ventilation Options on Architectural Synthesis. Floor Plan, Section, Façade
Anastasia D. Stavidrou
029_ Ventilation Performance in Semi-buried Buildings in Greek Architecture
034_ Ventilation in patient’s room
042_ The Wind as a Musical Mapping Tool of the Urban Environment in the Mediterranean Area. The Example of the City of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dimitra Sideridou, George Sideridis
STUDIES AND RESEARCHES
046_ Exercises in Sustainability: Another Case Study
Anca Mitrache, Anca Mihaela Costantin
050_ An Approach to Assess Urban Resilience to Flood Risk Through Spatial Analysis
054_The Restoration of the Pisè Heritage: Experienced Results from Safeguarding Operations for the Marrakech Walling
Khalid Rkha Chaham, Naoual Gamrani, Mounsif Ibnoussina, Dora Francese, Saverio Mecca
066_ The Role of Fluid Dynamics for Green Buildings Performance
067_Technological Design for Bioclimatic Architecture. Strategies and Natural Ventilation Systems for Passive Cooling in Environmental and Energy Retrofit in the Mediterranean Climate
069_ LIST OF AUTHORS