Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction



Alessandra Battisti


urban requalification process, sustainable agricultural practices, public health, well-being, green technologies.

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This article explores the role of urban agriculture in promoting initiatives to improve the constructed and intermediate spaces of cities, as well as the health, quality of life and wellbeing of their inhabitants.
In recent decades, the definition of health has gone from focussing on a state of total physical, mental and social wellbeing to considering health to be a dynamic, ongoing process involving the relationship between the individual and the environment, as well as the idea that an elevated capacity for adaptation is of the utmost importance in managing the events of life. Starting from this premise, the text describes a new alliance between agriculture, health and urban regeneration, with the role of urban agriculture being to supply fresh food, generate employment, recycle the city’s refuse, create green belts and reinforce the resilience of cities in the face of climate change.
Drawing on a series of examples, the text analyses the frontiers of urban agriculture, both traditional and innovative, from gardening to growing with aquaponic and aeroponic techniques, differentiating these methods on the basis of the types of equipment used, the labour required and the capital invested, all while noting the wide range of objectives met by such methods of growing, including food production, heightened biodiversity, good health, nutritional education, social inclusion and the establishment of business incubators. The case studies are also classified under functional and physical parameters, laying the groundwork for understanding and encouraging the integration of urban agriculture into the city context while identifying shortcomings and proposing new combinations of projects able to accelerate the rise of a renewed approach to urban regeneration.


SMC N.10 2019



005_ VIEW_City, Nature and Design
Dora Francese



023_ Cities designed as ecosystems: the new challenge for urban architectural design
Georgia Cheircantieri

028_Biometric of xerophilous plants in the design of water storage systems
Wedscley Melo, Itamar Silva, Pablo Torres

033_Human and Mediterranean environment: biotic interactions in the rural districts of Cilento
Giuseppe Vaccaro

040_Importance of green spaces in planning sustainable urban areas
Lea Petrovic Kranik, Vedrana Krizanic, Damir Kranik

047_Enforceability and benefits of Mediterranean green streets
Renata Valente, Salvatore Cozzolino, Pietro Ferrara

054_The microclimatic contribution of urban green fraction. Case study: Medellin, Colombia
Ricardo Ramirez-Naranjo, Maria Alejandra Herrera-Hurtado

060_The city is growing up: agricolture and urban regeneration
Alessandra Battisti

069_Path for the river rebirth of Olona Valley
Daniele Fanzini, Raffaella Riva, Raul Dal Santo

074_Water as valorization source and resilient element of historical built heritage
Chiara Marchionni, Marianna Rotilio, Pierluigi De Bernardinis

079_The role of water in the environmental design of urban space
Laura Daglio, Elena Mussinelli

084_The pratical aspect of teaching and research: a laboratory with natural materials in the Federal University of Pelotas
Sara Parlato, Ricardo Luis Sampaio Pintado

088_The historical city of Sfax – Tunisia: Valorization of the traditional building stone
Ben Ali Fouad, Raida Kchaw, Ali Abdelmonem Zribi

093_Simulation tools for energy performance evaluation on early stage of architectural design in academic context
Paulo Mendonça, Nzar Faiq, Jorge Fernandes, Ricardo Mateus

100_Adaptive retrofitting strategies for social and ecological balance in urban Mediterranean area
Cristiana Cellucci

105_Sustainable building materials for touristic Mediterranean infrastructures
Anna Maria Giovenale, Elisa Pennacchia, Fabrizio Cumo, Federico Cinquepalmi

110_Climate change adaptation and vegetation: the case of Ufa fabric
Federica Dell’Acqua

116_Palermo garden of Sicily
Tiziana Firrone, Carmelo Bustinto

125_The design of biotic environment fro balancing urban microclimate
Fabrizio Tucci, Domenico D’Olimpo

131_Sustainable materials for the design of the city: eco-compounds with recycled materials for the realization of urban flooring
Mercedes del Rio Merino, Jamie Santa Cruz Astorqui, Veronica Vitiello, Roberto Castelluccio, Paola Vittoria

136_Feasibility Study of a Low Carbon House in Tabriz, Iran
Sanaz Hariri Shaberstari, Hossein Mirzaii

140_The Kessariani Monastery: a significant testimony of Bizantine architecture
Emanuele La Mantia

146_The contribution of the park trees to the adaptation of a city to climate change: the case of Thessaloniki
D.N. Papagiannopoulou, T.K. Tsitsoni, A.B. Kontogianni


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