The role of Nature-Based Solutions in architectural and urban design

Elena Mussinelli, Andrea Tartaglia, Luca Bisogni, Sergio Malcevschi


In 2015 the European Commission published the report Towards an EU Research and Innovation policy agenda for Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities. The document standardised the many research and innovation opportunities linked to the new designing, realisation and management procedures which utilise the natural component as an important tool to support urban regeneration processes capable of building resilience and developing a green economy. This essay analyses critically the new technical elements of architectural and urban design that make use of nature-based solutions. The aim is to examine their actual capability to generate/regenerate ecosystem services and circular economy processes at various levels.


nature-based solutions; technological environmental design; circolar economy

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