Densifying the city: urban recycle as a strategic system to refurbish the built environment

Vittorino Belpoliti, Paola Borin, Pietromaria Davoli, Nicola Marzot


The persisting economic crisis and the necessity for more sustainable construction processes imply the need for innovative strategies to reuse the existing building stock. Retrofit and recycling plans are already active for whole city districts, adopting the urban densification strategy to reduce the consumption of resources, promoting the functional, technological, and energy refurbishment of the existing city districts The study introduces considerations and tools to increase the efficiency of retrofit action onto abandoned and degraded area through the improvement of their energy and environmental performances. 


Urban Densification; Existing building; District energy diagnosis; Energy/Environmental refurbishment; Urban recycle

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