TECHNE 18 (2019): Detailed Design
Essays and Viewpoint

The environmental dimension of detailed design. Experiences and future perspectives

Monica Lavagna
Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Alessandra Bessi
Manens-Tifs S.p.A., Italia
Andrea Meneghelli
Lombardini22, Italia
Paola Moschini
Macro Design Studio, Italia

Published 2019-11-29


  • Integrated design,
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM),
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA),
  • Green Building Rating Systems,
  • Minimum Environmental Criteria (CAM) in Green Public Procurement (GPP)

How to Cite

Lavagna, M., Bessi, A., Meneghelli, A., & Moschini, P. (2019). The environmental dimension of detailed design. Experiences and future perspectives. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (18), 138–146.

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The essay gives an overview about the way the environmental theme is declined in detailed design in the current Italian and international practice, with particular attention to the influence on the choice of constructive and material solutions, based on a literature review, as well as on the direct experience of some Italian design studios strongly oriented to the integration of environmental aspects into the project. It is also based on experiences gathered in working group composed by sector stakeholders.
In particular, criticalities and obstacles, possibilities for improvement and advantages achieved by a detailed design capable of integrating environmental aspects are highlighted, outlining the current (and possible future) professional skills and tools.


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