cod. 1010594

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Annual
Emanuele NABONI
Academic discipline
Architettura tecnica (ICAR/10)
"discipline tecnologiche per l'architettura e la produzione edilizia"
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

- Situate the thesis focus within the framework of UN Sustainable
Development Goals and Climate Change Scenarios
- Define a project-based regenerative design problem statements
- Define a regenerative design thesis focus that relate to one or more of
the interrelated scales: Ecosystems, Urban Environments, Buildings,
Façades, Components and Material, Human
- Orchestrate the conceptual framework with Parametric Tools to Frame
Sustainable Strategies
- navigate the big data that informs the regenerative design
- simulate design scenarios according to regenerative targets and cobenefits
- generate scientific knowledge derived by the "research by design"
conducted in the Studio
- Write a short scientific report describing the regenerative design
strategy that is of interest of the candidate. For those interested the
scientific paper will constitute the premises of their thesis.


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Course unit content

Given the context of climate change, architectural design should not be
merely concerned with developing artefacts that limit environmental
impacts on the ecosystem or people’s health within a certain threshold.
Instead, cities, buildings and technology must be designed to enhance
the quality of the relationships between natural systems, the built
environment, and their inhabitants. This approach is called regenerative
design, and is the focus of the course.
The course presents and reviews a variety of emerging practices that can
support the implementation of Regenerative Design, with the aim to
establish a series of Master thesis tracks. These are introduced by a
series of key literature references, design approaches and digital
implementation, drawing from the international practitioners and researchers. Their common effort is, with extensive use of science-based
approaches, to seek multi-domains approaches and integrate measured
and simulated data into their design generation.

Full programme

The course is organized around areas that gravitate around parametric
analysis and modelling.
The main focus is on Climate Change. Urban Microclimate and
Decarbonisation. The design focuses on how the built environment and
its local current and future climate can be designed in ways to optimise
both outdoor comfort and indoor comfort while balancing energy use and
seeking nature-based solutions (NBS) that are part of nature (rather than
apart from nature).


NABONI, E., HAVINGA L. Regenerative Design in Digital Practice: A
Handbook for the Built Environment. Bozen-Bolzano: Eurac Research,
2019 (please download for free from Emanuele Naboni's profile in
Design: Transforming Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism. Oxon,
Routledge Earthscan. 1st Edition
PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2018 Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem
Biomimicry. Oxon, Routledge. 1st Edition (hard cover).

Teaching methods

Students will attend Lectures by researchers that focus on sustainable,
regenerative design. They will be introduced to to the use of simulation
and parametric techniques, quantitative and qualitative design methods.
Their work will focus on the concept of net ecological and social positive
balance, and on formulating a robust and testable, regenerative research

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will have to show how their future thesis projects will embody
regenerative design principles (by design means) and provide a series of
evidences of their design strategies.

Other information

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