TECHNE 17 (2019): Horizontality/verticality in architecture
Research & Experimentation

Rooftop architecture and urban roofscape: designing the new vertical city

Oscar Bellini
Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Martino Mocchi
Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Published January 17, 2019
Keywords
  • Rooftop Architecture,
  • Density,
  • Urban Verticality,
  • Urban Landscape
How to Cite
Bellini, O., & Mocchi, M. (2019). Rooftop architecture and urban roofscape: designing the new vertical city. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (17), 264-277. https://doi.org/10.13128/Techne-24021

Abstract

Rooftop architecture reveals great potentialities in favoring a new interpretation of urban spaces and new ways of living the city. Thanks to the redefinition of the morpho-techno-typological characteristics of urban-fabric, the verticalization and concentration of the city and its skyline, rooftop architecture creates unexpected spaces in contemporary metropolis, encouraging the performance upgrade of buildings and introducing new functions. This leads to the growth of innovative social and collective models. At present, the process is compromised by a lack of consideration of the contextual frame and the ‘genius loci’, due to the absence of a regulation able to relate the quality of interventions to a landscape scale. This means missing an opportunity for rethinking urban regeneration.

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