TECHNE: Special Series Vol. 2
Essays and Viewpoint

Back o Future. Morpho-typological approach and environmental performance of urban fabrics

Carlotta Fontana
Department of architecture and urban studies, Politecnico of Milan, Italy
Shuyi Xie
School of Architecture, Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China
Published March 22, 2021
Keywords
  • Adaptive Reuse,
  • Morpho-typology,
  • Historical urban fabric,
  • Environmental performance
How to Cite
Fontana, C., & Xie, S. (2021). Back o Future. Morpho-typological approach and environmental performance of urban fabrics. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (2), 58-63. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-10683

Abstract

Human settlements grew up over time due to the action of many generations, taking shape according to the local geo-climatic characteristics and resources. This article discusses the co-evolutionary, largely unintentional and complex quality of the built environment, envisaged by studies on its morphogenesis since the mid-20th Century, in its relationship to the studies on the energetic performance of building fabrics, based on an urban morphological approach. The research-and-action proposal for the adaptive reuse of a historic residential neighbourhood in China, described here, endeavours to provide fine-tuned and ‘tailor-made’ improvements, making the most of the existing quality of the built environment while meeting present-day needs and expectations of the inhabitants.

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