TECHNE 19 (2020): The public space
Research and Experimentation

Environmental quality of the historical city: the wind strategy challenge

Gaia Turchetti
Dipartimento di Pianificazione, Design, Tecnologia dell’Architettura, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia

Published 2020-01-13


  • natural ventilation,
  • historical city,
  • adaptation to climate change,
  • urban regeneration,
  • cultural performance

How to Cite

Turchetti, G. (2020). Environmental quality of the historical city: the wind strategy challenge. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (19), 203–212.


The research focuses on the potential and limits of natural ventilation, analysing with a critical look possible design effects in a specific field of investigation, the historical city. The proposed wind strategy, through the calibration of existing instruments (computational and parametric), the definition of new and specific morphometric factors, the definition of prescriptive and performance indicators, speditive sheets of analysis and planning direction, aims to provide tools more effective and responsive to the peculiarities of the historical fabric, which help designers and administration to integrate the wind factor from the earliest stages of thought out transformation of the consolidated urban space.