City that embraces nature. Designing with vertical greenery

  • Elena Comino Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
  • Matilde Molari Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
  • Laura Dominici Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
Keywords: vertical green, revitalisation strategies, biophilia, social cohesion, urban ecology

Abstract

Vertical greenery offers the possibility of redefining the relationship between buildings and vegetation, promoting a biophilic concept of the city that aims to reactivate natural processes and social cohesion. The flexibility and multifunctionality of these systems allow their application in very different contexts, seeing unused urban spaces as alternative places suitable for plant colonisation. The present contribution expands the contemporary debate within which to evaluate the collaboration between man and nature by exploring functional possibilities aimed at overcoming the use of vertical greenery as mere ornamentation. The approaches presented feed the reflection on the interdisciplinary character of this type of technological green, showing an evolving understanding of the environmental, social and economic impacts at a territorial level.

Author Biographies

Elena Comino, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI). Coordinator and Scientific Coordinator of the Applied Ecology Group (DIATI), she carries out research on the issues of environmental sustainability and the interaction of human activity on ecosystems.
E-mail: elena.comino@polito.it

Matilde Molari, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

MSc in Systemic Design, she is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Environmental, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI). She carries out research in the Applied Ecology Group, dealing with vertical greenery in outdoor contexts.
E-mail: matilde.molari@polito.it

Laura Dominici, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

She is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Environmental, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI). She carries out research in the Applied Ecology Group, dealing with vertical greening systems in indoor contexts.
E-mail: laura.dominici@polito.it

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Published
2021-06-22
How to Cite
Comino, E., Molari, M. and Dominici, L. (2021) “City that embraces nature. Designing with vertical greenery”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 112-123. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/9112021.
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Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint
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