Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

GREEN WALLS AS NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR URBAN AND BUILDING RESILIENCE: A CASE STUDY

Authors  

Silvia Tedesco, Elena Montacchini, Roberto Giordano, Federica Larcher

Keywords: 

Nature-based solutions; Living walls; Green walls; Ecosystem services; Resilience

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Abstract

The Nature-based solution concept builds on other closely related concepts, such as ecosystem services, resilience, green infrastructures. Green walls (or Living Walls) can be considered natural based solutions with environmental, social and economic positive effects on buildings and, if widely applied, on cities, as demonstrated by the scientific literature.
Moreover, different international guidelines drive EU countries to use green walls as a sustainable strategy to resilience of buildings and cities. These guidelines underline four fundamental aspects to consider: the designing, the installation, the plant species selection and the maintenance.
Through the description of a case study in Turin (I) – an intervention on an existing building located in the city center – the paper focuses on the above-mentioned aspects, from technological to agronomic point of view.
The paper deals with the objectives of the project, the design phase (analysis of the building/support structure and site), plant selection (ecological needs, aesthetic and functional aspects), the installation (frame, vegetated panels, irrigation system), the monitoring and maintenance activities (water supply needs, pruning per year, replacements), and highlights the quantitatively and qualitatively performance of the green wall. The paper includes a discussion about the potential of this technological solution for urban resilience.

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SMC N.09 2019

SMC MAGAZINE N. NINE/2019

001_ COVER AND INDEX

003_ VIEW_Green: the new challenge of living
Paola De Joanna

007_ BOARDS AND INFORMATION

FOCUS ON GREEN

008_ The role of greenery in healtcare facilities for children
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013_Rethinking the green. Technical implementations, bioclimatic involvements and technological perspectives of greenery in Architecture
Valentina Frighi

018_The vegetation as a constant in the Mediterranean cultural landscape
Francisco Pérez Gallego

030_By using GIS technologies into the relationship between urban green and the social and built environment of the Municipality of Pozzuoli
Barbara Cardone, Ferdinando Di Martino, Salvatore Sessa

034_The configurational approach to measure the impact of green spaces on urban landscape
Valerio Di Pinto

040_Green building/infrastructure system with manifacturing/distribution strategy
Pliny Fisk III, Brittany M. Faulkner

044_The role of vegetation in the mechanism of absorption and acoustic isolation
Luca Buoninconti

049_Sensorium | Five senses interaction center. Green and smart healthcare facility
Tasos Tyrimos, Evangelos Chryafidis, Aliki Ralli, Marianna Pontiki

057_When the green enters the buildings: the beneficial impact on users
Ilaria Oberti, Michela Lecci

062_Green in hospital – The necessity
Fotini Daskayanni

066_Visions, perceptions and benefits of natural green
Giuseppe Vaccaro

073_What it means to plant a tree
Gigliola Ausiello, Enza Santoro

079_A method for the ecological use of vegetation in the built environment
Mauirizio Sibilla, Anna Barbati

086_Green materials and applications, the future for a green product design
Georgia Chieirchanteri

093_Integrated methodologies for the knowledge and regeneration of the Paestum site. The role of the nature between the temples and the sea
Riccardo Florio, Raffaele Catuogno, Teresa Della Corte

102_The forest as a tool to regenerate urban and sub-urban environments
Christina Conti, Giovanni La Varra, Ambra Pecile

107_Green interventions for reconnecting urban liminal spaces. Two experiences in research and teaching
Filippo Angelucci, Claudia Di Girolamo

112_Techno-functional green-lines. Comparing urban experiences
Rossella Franchino, Caterina Frettoloso, Francesca Muzzillo, Antonella Violano

120_Frontiers of green architecture
Sonia Capece, Camelia Chivaran

127_+4°C. Green design and extreme climate change
Federico Orsini

132_Green walls as nature-based solutions for urban and building resilience: a case study
Silvia Tedesco, Elena Montacchini, Roberto Giordano, Federica Larcher

137_Rooftop farming in Buenos Aires: nature-based solutions for urban resilience
Francesca De Filippi, Francesca Letizia, Emanuela Saporito

142_Green-algae resilient architecture
Antonella Violano, Monica Cannaviello

150_Sustainable technologies for bioregionalist architecture. Regulatory aspects and pilot experiences
Luca Buoninconti, Paola De Joanna, Giuseppe Vaccaro

158_LIST OF AUTHORS

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