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TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.218
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  • Circular transition: scenarios for the future of design

    • Authors: Mario Losasso
      Pages: 7 - 9
      Abstract: The 22nd issue of TECHNE, which deals with the theme of circular transition and design, stems from the planning and scientific-cultural orientations developed with the Direction and Editorial Board for the period 2017-2021.  The conviction that the processes of transferring decisions and knowledge must be accepted and developed along appropriate lines of continuity, is envisaged with the new Board and the new Direction of the journal, in the awareness of the value that it represents for the scientific community of SITdA. Promoting knowledge that supports applied research and technology transfer is the basic reference for the editorial direction also at the start of the 2021-2023 three-year period. TECHNE journal is now an important part of the Society’s common heritage and is increasingly recognized for its ranking and the contents expressed in a significant “critical area” such as the relationship between knowledge, design, technology and the environment in architecture. In recent years, the journal has thus acquired a significant accreditation thanks to the work carried out, since the year of its foundation in 2011, by figures who have succeeded each other in the different roles (Paolo Felli, Roberto Palumbo and Maria Teresa Lucarelli are to be mentioned for their commitment in the Direction, as well as Chiara Torricelli and Emilio Faroldi for their work as Editor in Chief) and thanks to the active participation of the Editorial Boards, organisms and members of SITdA, as with the contributions of experts and stakeholders who have published in the journal.  The topic of this issue, entitled “Circular Transition and Design”, is an emerging theme in the field of technical policy and international and national research, which is treated according to articulated guidelines and forms of scientific debate. Correlating the concepts of circular transition and design is part of a choice of field that is now based on continuity and development of the elaboration of themes that have been clearly announced since the 1970s. From that period a path of sensitivity and knowledge was born, which can be started with “the limits of development” (Meadows et al., 1972), with “the circle to be closed” (Commoner, 1972) and with the need to evolve “beyond growth” (Daly, 1996), until we consciously tend towards climax-type conditions, characterized by the minimization of energy and matter flows in the metabolism of ecosystems (Rifkin, 1983). The conceptual and scientific elaboration of the years in which ecological thinking grew, saw its progressive transfer to the field of architecture, through the central role played by the technological area in its recognition as a science of transformation processes and interactions among the natural and anthropic environment. In the wake of the crises that have occurred over the last few decades, the concept of transition has been developed in the scientific field based on the evidence of the growing degradation of the environment as a living space for communities. From the climate crisis to the socio-economic crisis and up to the latest pandemic crisis, the impacts of processes fuelled by the effects of the Anthropocene era (Crutzen, 2005) require a radical revision of dissipative development models, which consider growth as a factor of constant amplification of productivity in the different fields of human activity, without considering the value of nature and the services it provides.  In the era of the “Great Acceleration”, we are observing the significant transformation of the relationship between the human species and the biosphere: human beings have become bio-geological agents that modify the physical and metabolic processes of the planet, mainly affecting urban areas where, between 1945 and 2015, the settled population increased from 700 million to almost 4 billion (McNeill and Engelke, 2018). The progressive mismatch between technological and biological cycles identifies a trend that is no longer sustainable as turbulent economic growth constantly conflicts with the natural limits of the planet. The metabolism of our societies is carried out by exploiting the stocks and flows of matter and energy from natural systems, which however have limited regenerative and receptive capacities (Bologna and Giovannini, 2017). Human action for continuous and unlimited growth has thus transformed the circular processes, characteristic of the workings of natural systems, into linear processes at the end of which waste and non-reusable waste are produced.  To overcome this model of production and consumption it is necessary to make processes circular again, in which the extraction of resources is reduced by keeping them in a cycle of use for as long as possible (Ronchi, 2021). This challenge must be approached by relocating the whole of humanity within the natural system on which it is dependent and to which it is strongly connected. Thus, development without quantitative growth tends to be implemented within the biophysical limits of natural systems. It is necessary to equip ourselves against the phenomena of large population growth and the enormous withdrawal and consumption of resources by organizing circular development models that minimize waste, make efficient use of resources and drastically reduce t...
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11532
  • Editorial

    • Authors: Elena Mussinelli
      Pages: 10 - 15
      Abstract: Every crisis at the same time reveals, forewarns and implies changes with cyclical trends that can be analyzed from different disciplinary perspectives, building scenarios to anticipate the future, despite uncertainties and risks. And the current crisis certainly appears as one of the most problematic of the modern era: recently, Luigi Ferrara, Director of the School of Design at the George Brown College in Toronto and of the connected Institute without Boundaries, highlighted how the pandemic has simply accelerated undergoing dynamics, exacerbating other crises – climatic, environmental, social, economic – which had already been going on for a long time both locally and globally. In the most economically developed contexts, from North America to Europe, the Covid emergency has led, for example, to the closure of almost 30% of the retail trade, as well as to the disposal and sale of many churches. Places of care and assistance, such as hospitals and elderly houses, have become places of death and isolation for over a year, or have been closed. At the same time, the pandemic has imposed the revolution of the remote working and education, which was heralded – without much success – more than twenty years ago. In these even contradictory dynamics, Ferrara sees many possibilities: new roles for stronger and more capable public institutions as well as the opportunity to rethink and redesign the built environment and the landscape. Last but not least, against a future that could be configured as dystopian, a unique chance to enable forms of citizenship and communities capable of inhabiting more sustainable, intelligent and ethical cities and territories; and architects capable of designing them. This multifactorial and pervasive crisis seems therefore to impose a deep review of the current unequal development models, in the perspective of that “creative destruction” that Schumpeter placed at the basis of the dynamic entrepreneurial push: «To produce means to combine materials and forces within our reach. To produce other things, or the same things by a different method, means to combine these materials and forces differently» (Schumpeter, 1912). A concept well suiting to the design practice as a response to social needs and improving the living conditions. This is the perspective of Architectural Technology, in its various forms, which has always placed the experimental method at the center of its action. As Eduardo Vittoria already pointed out: «The specific contribution of the technological project to the development of an industrial culture is aimed at balancing the emotional-aesthetic data of the design with the technical-productive data of the industry. Design becomes a place of convergence of ideas and skills related to factuality, based on a multidisciplinary intelligence» (Vittoria, 1999). A lucid and appropriate critique of the many formalistic emphases that have invested contemporary architecture. In the most acute phases of the pandemic, the radical nature of this polycrisis has been repeatedly invoked as a lever for an equally radical modification of the development models, for the definitive defeat of conjunctural and emergency modes of action. With particular reference to the Italian context, however, it seems improper to talk about a “change of models” – whether economic, social, productive or programming, rather than technological innovation – since in the national reality the models and reference systems prove to not to be actually structured. The current socio-economic and productive framework, and the political and planning actions themselves, are rather a variegated and disordered set of consolidated practices, habits often distorted when not deleterious, that correspond to stratified regulatory apparatuses, which are inconsistent and often ineffective. It is even more difficult to talk about programmatic rationality models in the specific sector of construction and built environment transformation, where the enunciation of objectives and the prospection of planning actions rarely achieve adequate projects and certain implementation processes, verified for the consistency of the results obtained and monitored for the ability in maintaining the required performance over time. Rather than “changing the model”, in the Italian case, we should therefore talk about giving shape and implementation to an organic and rational system of multilevel and inter-sectorial governance models, which assumes the principles of subsidiarity, administrative decentralization, inter-institutional and public-private cooperation. But, even in the current situation, with the pandemic not yet over, we are already experiencing a sort of “return to order”: after having envisaged radical changes – new urban models environmentally and climatically more sustainable, residential systems and public spaces more responsive to the pressing needs of social demand, priority actions to redevelop the suburbs and to strength infrastructures and ecosystem services, new advanced forms of decision-making decentralization for the co-planning of urban and territorial transformations, and so on – everything seems to has been reset to zero. This is evident from the list of actions and projects proposed by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), where no clear national strategy for green transition emerges, even though it is repeatedly mentioned. As highlighted by the Coordination of Technical-Scientific Associations for the Environment and Landscape1, and as required by EU guidelines2, this transition requires ...
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11533
  • Beyond the culture of waste, towards circular processes

    • Authors: Francesca Giglio, Massimo Lauria, Maria Teresa Lucarelli
      Pages: 16 - 21
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11535
  • The challenge of circularity in the construction sector

    • Authors: Stefano Leoni
      Pages: 22 - 27
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11536
  • The circular economy transition in urban areas and communities:
           ENEA’s approach

    • Authors: Roberto Morabito
      Pages: 28 - 34
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11537
  • Geologic architecture. Circular trajectories in the anthropocene

    • Authors: Marco Navarra
      Pages: 35 - 41
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11538
  • What’s left. Globalised “crap”

    • Authors: Mauro Francesco Minervino
      Pages: 42 - 48
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11539
  • Dialogue about Branco

    • Authors: Velasco Vitali
      Pages: 49 - 54
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11540
  • From crisis to a sustainable future. Processes of technology transfer from
           Europe to the MENA region

    • Authors: Emilio Antoniol, Margherita Ferrari
      Pages: 55 - 62
      Abstract: Crisis contexts such as the MENA region allow us to envision effective scenarios of sustainable development based on local production systems supported by digital innovation. The constant exchange of know-how between the MENA area and the European continent represents a fundamental tool in which processes of technology transfer help to accelerate the transformation processes currently underway and make them more effective. This paper investigates the effectiveness of using local resources for producing building components by means of innovative technologies based on circular economy processes. The objective of this analysis is to evaluate the possibilities of transferring enabling technologies from the Italian context to that of MENA as a tool for economic reactivation directed towards circularity.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10564
  • Reasoned catalogue of biogenic products in Europe. An anticipatory vision
           between technical potentials and availability

    • Authors: Olga Beatrice Carcassi, Ingrid Paoletti, Laura Elisabetta Malighetti
      Pages: 63 - 70
      Abstract: Bio-based materials gained momentum in recent years due to their origin from raw materials capable of self-regeneration, locally available and theoretically biodegradable, as well as for their natural ability to store carbon dioxide (CO2) within the biomass. In a circular economy and within the perspective of the diffusion of information, this reasoned catalogue compares their technical and environmental properties together with their availability within the European territory. The aim is to support stakeholders towards a conscious choice of products and, during the process innovation phase, to help them choose the raw materials for the composition of new building materials/components to be included in a “circular” market.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10578
  • Remanufacturing: strategies to enhance the life extension of short-cycle
           building products

    • Authors: Cinzia Talamo, Monica Lavagna, Carol Monticelli, Alessandra Zanelli, Andrea Campioli
      Pages: 71 - 78
      Abstract: This essay explores the issues of reuse and remanufacturing in the construction sector, considered to be key strategies for circularity and value conservation, based on the extension of product life through multiple use cycles. The main levers for boosting the logic of reuse and remanufacturing are investigated, as well as the major barriers that hinder their spread. In particular, the focus is on the components coming from the renovation of tertiary buildings (offices, accommodation, exhibitions, retail), characterised by short use cycles. These components are the most suitable for innovative remanufacturing experiments, since they are distinguished by high economic value and high residual performance after the replacement process.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10591
  • Sustainable finance and the construction industry: new paradigms for
           design development

    • Authors: Giancarlo Paganin
      Pages: 79 - 85
      Abstract: Enabling sustainable growth is highly dependent on the ability of private capital to invest in projects capable of achieving sustainability objectives divided into the three economic, environmental and social components. The international financial system has defined criteria for assessing the sustainability of investments, also applicable in the construction sector. Still, these criteria do not always appear integrated with the sustainability assessment systems developed by the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. This article proposes reflections on the relationships between the sustainability indicators of sustainable finance and those typically used in the AEC industry with the purpose of identifying possible impacts on the disciplines involved in the design process.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10600
  • Material Efficiency design strategies for the circular transition

    • Authors: Ilaria Montella, Paola Marrone
      Pages: 86 - 95
      Abstract: The history of lightness might not only recount aeroplanes and low-density materials, it might also speak of a need for dematerialisation consistent with the control of resource consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Following the Paris Agreement, carbon neutrality policies had initially focused on mitigation actions for energy efficiency and low-carbon sources. Although crucial for the materials industry, other strategies, especially on the demand side, are possible to reduce their production. In the context of the circular economy applied to the built environment, Material Efficiency (ME) constitutes a set of actions for circular design for which functions, configurations and construction processes need to be reinvented.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10601
  • ICT as innovative tools for circular planning in urban areas

    • Authors: Francesca De Filippi, Carmelo Carbone
      Pages: 96 - 103
      Abstract: The challenges related to the implementation of a circular economy at an urban scale have scarcely been studied or critically interrogated. This contribution aims to define the possible ways in which ICT can be used to stimulate and monitor circular actions on an urban scale. Four urban subsystems have been identified from which circular urban programmes can be linked, providing benefits for numerous categories of stakeholders. This work investigates the main possibilities offered by the use of ICT and the most recurrent functionalities associated with and implemented by digital tools. Finally, among indicators that already exist in the literature, this work identifies a strategy to monitor the effects of the actions on the ecosystem.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10610
  • Designing a steel connection with a high degree of disassembly: a
           practice-based experience

    • Authors: Francesco Incelli, Luciano Cardellicchio
      Pages: 104 - 113
      Abstract: This article is derived from a feasibility study for a single-story elevation at the Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) in the United Kingdom. This project embraced two fundamental principles of the circular economy: flexibility of interior spaces and Design for Disassembly (DfD). The goals were to reduce the risk of demolition and preserve the value of the building material to empower its later use. These principles formed the solution for the structural frame. For this paper, the engineering phase was carried out to improve the structural connections designed according to DfD principles and following generative design methods.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10574
  • UNPark, Milan. A social innovation experiment beneath the Serra Monte
           Ceneri Flyover

    • Authors: Paolo Carli, Patrizia Scrugli
      Pages: 114 - 121
      Abstract: Urban infrastructure in high-density metropolitan contexts constitutes an experimental frontier for improving the citizens’ quality of life and also represents a still undervalued resource in producing economic, energy, environmental and social value. Infrastructure such as the Serra Monte Ceneri Flyover in Milan, a source of distress and degradation associable with the idea of “wasted architecture”, can only be transformed into resource through a process of enhancement and a circular, multi-layer and multi-functional design vision. UNPark research is configured as an urban innovation hub by which to trigger reflection on the transition potential towards infrastructure multifunctionality.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10576
  • Validating collaborative practices for urban circular economy: the design

    • Authors: Veronica De Salvo, Martina Carraro, Massimo Bianchini, Stefano Maffei
      Pages: 122 - 130
      Abstract: The article presents the results of the research activity carried out within the framework of the European project H2020 REFLOW, which aims to build an integrated approach for the development of innovative participatory practices dedicated to urban circular metabolisms. As a result of the survey conducted on the application of collaborative models for the urban circular economy, it emerged that there is no shared operational strategy that can be adopted for the circular development of complex systems, such as cities. Based on this premise, this paper offers a new perspective on how to build and validate a transitional pathway for the development of circular cities through the adoption of a design-oriented approach that orchestrates different resources and capacities.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10580
  • Mapping of building cycle waste for scenarios of industrial symbiosis

    • Authors: Antonello Monsù Scolaro, Lia Marchi, Sara Corridori
      Pages: 131 - 139
      Abstract: For years, the building sector has been marked by the progressive exploitation of raw materials and the growing production of waste. The product and process innovations, based on waste valorisation starting from their geographical location and identification, prefigure potential reductions of environmental impacts. This paper presents the methodology and findings of the mapping of waste from construction and manufacturing processes, carried out in Sardinia to identify possible scenarios of valorisation. The geographical location of waste production both in construction and manufacturing processes, along with their possible reuse, have allowed the definition of some supply chains which are able to process their own waste, according to industrial symbiosis scenarios.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10581
  • Circularity within the construction sector: organisational models based on

    • Authors: Anna Dalla Valle, Nazly Atta, Luca Macrì, Sara Ratti
      Pages: 140 - 148
      Abstract: Unlike other industrial sectors that already apply re-manufacturing, the construction sector is slow to experiment with these sustainable practices. Hence, this paper introduces key results of the Re-NetTA project, conducted at Politecnico di Milano and funded by Fondazione Cariplo (2018-0991), which intends to outline the conditions necessary to activate circular processes in the field of tertiary construction. In order to extend the life of construction products, the paper proposes three circular models based on re-manufacturing. Developed with stakeholders and experts in an inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach, the proposed models represent a contribution towards sustainable design and organisational practices of construction products.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10584
  • Ecology, landscape and urban agriculture. An innovative envelope for
           vertical farms

    • Authors: Valerio Morabito
      Pages: 149 - 158
      Abstract: This text explores the birth of the science of ecology relating to the landscape architecture discipline and, through the lens of circular economy and recycling, urban agriculture and its most recent experiments concerning vertical farms. Agriculture, which has always been an integral part of the urban landscape, plays an ecological, social, cultural and aesthetic role in the sustainable growth of contemporary cities. With the development of vertical farms and new production technologies, urban agriculture is increasingly evolving towards new architectural experiments. In its final part, the text describes a building envelope, a patent developed by APS spin-off UNIRC, for vertical farms to be organised in unfinished buildings.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10588
  • The requalification of industrial buildings: a circular economy

    • Authors: Agata Maniero, Giorgia Fattori
      Pages: 159 - 169
      Abstract: Since the 1970s, in Europe the industrial decommissioning phenomenon has led to the generation of an obsolescent and widespread building stock, located in highly strategic areas. This paper, aiming to make abandoned industrial buildings re-enter the market, focused on the development of prefabricated housing modules, according to the nested-building renovation approach. The project started from the constraint’s typological analysis (architectural, functional and structural) of 900 reinforced concrete industrial buildings in view of the intervention replicability. Finally, to validate the design and technological choices, the analysed system was applied to a real case study in Verona: the Greggi Warehouse (1960) in the “ex-Manifattura Tabacchi” factory area.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10592
  • Enabling strategies for mixed-used PEDs: energy efficiency between smart
           cities and Industry 4.0

    • Authors: Andrea Boeri, Saveria Olga Murielle Boulanger, Giulia Turci, Serena Pagliula
      Pages: 170 - 180
      Abstract: The Green Deal places at the centre of its policies the need to act in order to achieve climate neutrality goals by 2050. In this context, the role of cities and, in particular, of already existing buildings is relevant. Although they are responsible for 40% of energy consumption, only 1% are involved in major restructuring processes. In the context of smart city strategies and to improve their performances, Europe proposes various approaches such as Positive Energy Districts and Industry 4.0. This paper analyses case studies and innovative European projects with the aim of identifying the most relevant strategic actions. Eventually, it presents a real case in the city of Bologna as a basepoint for the reflection proposed.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10594
  • Design for Disassembly and the rehabilitation of public housing stock. A
           case study

    • Authors: Lidia Errante, Alberto De Capua
      Pages: 181 - 191
      Abstract: This contribution presents the meta-design research scenario of the sustainable building redevelopment of the INA Casa “Sbarre Inferiori” district in Reggio Calabria based on a twofold reflection. On the one hand, the transformative potential, both technological and formal, of the public housing stock created under the INA Casa Plan. On the other, the extension of the life cycle of the buildings and the improvement of the spatial quality of the housing according to a circular, low-tech and ecological approach. The result is an abacus of technological additions in bio-xlam conceived according to the principles of Design for Disassembly, which allows the reuse of the modules in new spatial and functional configurations, and the remanufacturing and recycling of the elements at the end of their life.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10596
  • Product innovation between circular economy and Industry 4.0

    • Authors: Marianna Rotilio
      Pages: 192 - 200
      Abstract: In the construction sector, the new Industry 4.0 and circular economy paradigms are currently playing an increasingly important role in order to respond to demands for energetic efficiency, optimisation of resource usage, automation and production activities monitoring. Therefore, this article aims to at illustrate industrial research and an experimental development activity that led to the creation of an innovative product named MULTIFId. It consists of an intelligent, economical and low-emission panel, made with waste from the paper and cardboard industrial manufacturing process which intends to contribute to the development of the fundamental enabling technology of “Advanced Materials” for Intelligent Factories.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10598
  • Degrowing circular cities: emerging socio-technical experiments for

    • Authors: Cristina Visconti
      Pages: 201 - 207
      Abstract: The circular economy applied to the urban context is linked to sustainability objectives focused on environmental performances overlooking socio-political implications, in order to achieve a circular balance within the neoliberal paradigm of business-nature-society in a continuous growth scenario. This paper discusses this criticality, articulating a counter perspective based on the debate of degrowth, circularity and technology through the analysis of three cases of socio-technical assemblages: Transition Towns; Repair Cafes; Community Gardens. The research individuates the effectiveness of urban practices in which the circularity is implemented beyond purely economic interactions or eco-efficiency parameters, defining the potentialities of a degrowing circular city based on inclusiveness, social justice and reciprocity.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10599
  • A circular approach to technological innovation with waste from the
           agri-industrial supply chain

    • Authors: Corrado Carbonaro, Roberto Giordano, Jacopo Andreotti, Denis Faruku
      Pages: 208 - 217
      Abstract: Today’s construction sector is able to act as a catalyst for circular processes in synergy with various industrial supply chains, including those that include the reuse of plant by-products, which can potentially be used as secondary raw materials (SRM). These processes fall within a research cluster described through four projects, articulated on the basis of an experimental work method, performance monitoring and assessment of environmental impact. The activities of the cluster have led to collaboration between companies and universities, laying the foundations for process and product innovation, highlighting the need to implement tools and policies to streamline SRM recovery and storage chains.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10604
  • Cultural heritage as activator of circular urban dynamics

    • Authors: Rossella Roversi, Danila Longo, Martina Massari, Serena Orlandi, Beatrice Turillazzi
      Pages: 218 - 226
      Abstract: Cultural heritage can represent a key factor in circular processes on an urban scale that trigger relationships between users and the surrounding environment, generating new urban capital and enhancing individual and collective capacities. This topic is addressed through a review of academic literature and policy documents and a comparative analysis of two regeneration processes carried out in the cities of Bologna and Bogotà: the H2020 ROCK – Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural Heritage in creative and Knowledge cities (GA 730280) project – on the historical university area, and the experiments on the former Ravone railway station of the OBRAS – Opportunities for Boosting urban capabilities project – developed in parallel on the La Sabana Station in Bogotá, Colombia.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10607
  • District Circular Transition e progettoDistrict Circular Transition and
           technological design towards a Circular City model

    • Authors: Fabrizio Tucci, Serena Baiani, Paola Altamura, Valeria Cecafosso
      Pages: 227 - 239
      Abstract: In the processes of urban regeneration, in a circular transition perspective, a multiscalar, integrated and systemic approach allows intervention scenarios to be defined, based on a renewed conception of environmental-economic-social sustainability characterised by circular flows of material and non-material resources. Research results translate these demands into a methodological model at the district scale, trialled in two public housing neighbourhoods in Rome, to turn them into “circular districts”. It is demonstrated that, by applying a circular model of ecological transition to urban districts, the 2050 goal of climate neutrality may be attained, while at the same time improving ecosystemic quality, environmental performance and bioclimatic adaptivity in a wide vision of green cities. 
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10612
  • Management of the C&D waste in the urban regeneration project

    • Authors: Maria Teresa Giammetti, Marina Rigillo
      Pages: 240 - 248
      Abstract: This paper presents the first results of the research agreement signed by the Federico II University and CDP Immobiliare concerning reusing  and recycling construction waste in the urban regeneration project. The research is aimed to develop a technical protocol for the ex-ante evaluation of the demolition operations, with a special focus on the criteria for picking the material samples to undergo chemical-physical analysis. The article is focused on the demolition process, implementing a BIM-based filing of the building system and aimed at a preliminary understanding of the material quantity, the material consistency and the state of conservation of the elements to be demolished. A tentative pre-characterisation, and an inventory of any contaminants present in the materials are also provided. In the form of discussion, further implications related the building characterisation and the planning of material flows with the reuse and recycle supply chains are provided as well.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10615
  • Mortars and screeds containing polymeric aggregates recycled from
           industrial waste and tyres

    • Authors: Valentina Marino, Marco Dutto, Alessandro Pasquale Fantilli, Diana Yanover, Luigi Russo
      Pages: 249 - 259
      Abstract: Given the growing market demand for products containing recycled components dictated by European and national policies, the presented research aimed to replace part of the natural aggregates in construction mortars and screeds with recycled polymeric aggregates (RA): industrial technopolymers and ground tyre rubber (GTR). The strategy involved the substitution of aggregates, both in market products and in the design of standard mortars, first verifying the CE certification and then the achievable mechanical performance. The whole process has been discussed in the context of a circular approach, extended to the analysis of the aggregate production phase, highlighting factors that influence environmental and economic impacts.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10616
  • End-of-life management as a design tool: the case of a dry wood envelope

    • Authors: Elisabetta Palumbo, Francesca Camerin, Chiara Panozzo, Massimo Rossetti
      Pages: 260 - 270
      Abstract: This paper is part of the design strategies of reassembly and reuse of buildings according to the transition to circular economy. Specifically, the paper addresses the issue of architectural envelopes made of drywall and their executive design according to a Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) approach, based on a case study of a temporary wooden housing unit for which there are several scenarios of use and end of life once the first cycle of use of the components of the envelope has come to an end. In particular, the paper, based on the collection of environmental profiles of products through Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), wants to define a balance between the environmental impacts incorporated in the used materials and the benefits related to the adoption of dry construction techniques.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10617
  • Coding the circularity. Design for the disassembly and reuse of building

    • Authors: Salvatore Viscuso
      Pages: 271 - 278
      Abstract: The architecture design today has new expressive features due to the parametric and computational modelling software, which greatly amplify the potential of language. This condition makes it possible to generate customised elements and systems through a process of cyber-physical interaction between design and architectural production. As well as the geometric constraints, dictated by manufacturing and assembly processes of materials, they can be incorporated in the generative design codes. The article examines the possibility to also include the main conditions that enable the selective disassembly of the elements and their reuse at the end of life, avoiding the generation of parts that are not remanufacturable or reusable.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-10620
  • Let us sow the seed of awareness: ideals vs ideologies

    • Authors: Antonella Violano, Filippo de Rossi
      Pages: 279 - 285
      Abstract: This contingent historical period is characterized by a strong dichotomy: the difficulty of programming and planning the future due to the immanence of the pandemic crisis and the impetus towards innovation in the political world that offers effective instruments to think about production sectors in an eco-oriented key. We will ask Filippo de Rossi, responsible for editing the National Research Programme – NRP 2021-2027 of the Ministry of University and Research about his point of view, his recipe, his secret ingredient so that the world of Research in the construction sector can make a real ecological transition thanks to which an effective strategy for the development of new paradigms, a multi-perspective of Research can be implemented.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11541
  • Reviews

    • Authors: Francesca Giglio
      Pages: 286 - 287
      Abstract: Transizione circolare e progetto. Un tema particolarmente presente, quello della Transizione, nell’attuale quotidianità politica, televisiva e di stampa, quasi abusato e non sempre completamente compreso. In relazione al progetto, la Transizione circolare assume una configurazione più specialistica, diventando al contempo una sfida, un obiettivo, un metodo per tutti gli stakeholder del mondo della progettazione. Una dinamica che coinvolge da diversi anni l’industria e che trova riscontro nel settore delle costruzioni, partendo da un assunto ormai consolidato rispetto alla necessità di modificare il rapporto tra consumo di risorse non rinnovabili e produzione di rifiuti, delineando il concetto di rifiuto come errore di progettazione e ripensando i cicli di vita di qualsiasi prodotto/componente. Edo Ronchi, nel suo recente testo “Le sfide della transizione ecologica”1, ribadisce non solo la necessità ma soprattutto la possibilità che le sfide della transizione ecologica possono segnare un cambiamento storico profondo della società e dell’economia, un vero e proprio cambiamento di civiltà per poter puntare su un benessere sostenibile.
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11542
  • Marco Migliore, Cinzia Talamo e Giancarlo Paganin. Strategies for Circular
           Economy and Cross-sectoral Exchanges for Sustainable Building Products.
           Preventing and Recycling Waste

    • Authors: Jacopo Gaspari
      Pages: 288 - 289
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11543
  • Natalia Marzia Gusmerotti, Marco Frey e Fabio Iraldo. Management
           dell’economia circolare. Principi, drivers, modelli di business e

    • Authors: Rosa Romano
      Pages: 290 - 291
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11544
  • Maurizio Carta, Barbara Lino e Daniele Ronsinvalle (Eds.). RE_CYCLE
           URBANISM. Visioni, paradigmi e progetti per la metamorfosi circolare

    • Authors: Daniele Fanzini
      Pages: 292 - 293
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11545
  • The new domestic landscape after the pandemic Covid-19

    • Authors: Alessandro Claudi de Saint Mihiel
      Pages: 294 - 298
      PubDate: 2021-07-29
      DOI: 10.36253/techne-11546
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