No. 26 (2023): Transizione Energetica
Essays and Viewpoint

Syn(En)ergies in neighbourhood regeneration. Al Safarat experimental laboratory in transition

Monica Moscatelli
Architecture Department, College of Architecture and Design, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh
Alessandro Raffa
Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures: Architecture, Environment and Cultural Heritage, University of Basilicata

Published 2023-10-31


  • Energy transition,
  • Regeneration,
  • Neighbourhood,
  • Landscape,
  • Design

How to Cite

Moscatelli, M., & Raffa, A. (2023). Syn(En)ergies in neighbourhood regeneration. Al Safarat experimental laboratory in transition. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (26), 94–102.


Integrating the energy issue in the regeneration of neighbourhoods influences the entire metabolism of the urban settlement. It opens up a reflection, within the disciplines of the project, on approaches, methods, and tools to make the energy transition operational in space. The complexity of the energy transition requires a holistic, multidisciplinary and integrated approach to design, capable of addressing energy transition processes at the neighbourhood scale. By adopting a method that interprets the landscape as a complex techno-natural infrastructure, the Al Safarat neighbourhood in Riyadh will be considered a possible experimental laboratory for the energy transition of the districts of the Gulf cities.


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