TECHNE 21 (2021): Eteronomia dell'Architettura
Research and Experimentation

Beyond sustainability. Regenerative technologies for a restorative indoor environment

Rosa Romano
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italia
Thaleia Konstantinou
Facoltà di Architettura e Ambiente Costruito, TU Delf, Olanda
Francesco Fiorito
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, del Territorio, Edile e di Chimica, Politecnico di Bari, Italia
Published March 24, 2021
  • Restorative design,
  • Biophilic design,
  • Regenerative design,
  • Technology innovation,
  • Salutogenesis
How to Cite
Romano, R., Konstantinou, T., & Fiorito, F. (2021). Beyond sustainability. Regenerative technologies for a restorative indoor environment. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (21), 315-326.


Starting from the results of the COST RESTORE research, the paper promotes the adoption of a new methodological approach to sustainable design capable of ensuring the energy efficiency of a building and the psychological well-being and health of its users by re-establishing harmony with nature. More specifically, it presents some of the most innovative technological envelope and system solutions used to create restorative environments, identifying existing connections between the design and implementation of regenerative building systems. The aim is to define a project idea that increasingly features typological and morphological contaminations of the environment.


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