Architecture

Novel hybrid vacuum/triple glazing units with pressure equalisation design
Vacuum glazing units (VGUs) are thought to be a type of glazing system with superior effective insulation performance. However, the differential pressure between the outside and the inner spaces and the supporting pillars create a high pre-existing stress field in the constituent glass during fabrication and hence make the units highly susceptible to breakage, even under small applied loads. In...


Valuing Indoor Air Quality Benefits in a Healthcare Construction Project with Real Option Analysis
Indoor air quality (IAQ) can produce significant economic benefits for the tenant during the use of the building. However, currently the potential economic benefits on a tenant’s employees’ health and performance are not considered in feasibility studies for IAQ investments. Here, the economic value refers to benefits that can be expressed numerically in terms of money such as cost savings ...
Seismic behavior and modeling of steel reinforced concrete (SRC) walls
The steel reinforced concrete (SRC) wall consists of structural steel embedded at the boundary elements of a reinforced concrete (RC) wall. The use of SRC walls has gained popularity in the construction of high-rise buildings because of their superior performance over conventional RC walls. This paper presents a series of quasi-static tests used to examine the behavior of SRC walls subjected to...


Development of empirical and analytical fragility functions using kernel smoothing methods
Fragility functions that define the probabilistic relationship between structural damage and ground motion intensity are an integral part of performance-based earthquake engineering or seismic risk analysis. This paper introduces three approaches based on kernel smoothing methods for developing analytical and empirical fragility functions. A kernel assigns a weight to each data that is inversel...
Strategies for spatial and technological flexibility
The design of housing sys- tems is today challenged by a highly uncertain context, dominated by the rapid development of functional and technological obsolescence in inherited housing models. The design of housing systems should first and foremost optimise the longevity of the sub-systems and be able to offset the process of obsolescence which is concomitant to both the current use of materials...


Considerations on the environmental performances of deck-ventilated roofs for developing contexts
In hot-climate developing contexts roofs have undergone radical changes under the effect of the avai ability of profiled metal sheets, and that has often determined a decrease of their environmental performances. In the present article the thermal performances of low-cost roofs for hot climates are taken into account through computational experiments and compared, to reason about the available ...
Tools and methods for the management of healthcare real estate assets. The experience of the multidisciplinary laboratory of the Careggi University Hospital
There is a number of different factors and data that require knowledge and responsibilities in the requalification and reorganization of a hospital building system. For the process to be successful and for its full implementation, there must be an inter-operation between this information and knowledge. This paper aims at contributing to this process by illustrating the experience of a multidisc...

Integrated management of information inside maintenance processes. From the building registry to BIM systems
The paper presents objec- tives, methods and results of two researches dealing with the improvement of integrated information management within maintenance processes. Focusing on information needs regarding the last phases of the building process, the two researches draft approaches characterizing a path of progressive improve- ment of strategies for integration: from a building registry, uniqu...
The new chamber building of Malta: architectural image and building technology
The knowledge of the most innovative technologies is a basic tool for all the protagonists of the building process. This is because the right resolution of the details is the main way to obtain an architectonic image that is correctly related to the design intents. This work would like to contribute to the spread of the expertise, through the choice of an interesting case study: the new Chamber...

Baukunst and the project of the construction’s form. Research and didactics
In the ICAR Department of Bari, there is an ongoing research on some German architects of the last century: Paul Schmitthenner, Heinrich Tessenow, Theodor Fischer, Hans Doellgast etc. In detail, they are studying the aspects of construction of the architecture, construction techniques, use of materials, construction systems and construction processes. The main subject is the “architectural ob...
S. Johannes in Jerusalem Church: enhancement through technological analysis
The research aims to exhaust the store of knowledge on a nearly one thousand years monument through the study and the interpretation of ancient technological devices that have generated unique formal characteristics. The analysis on the church of the Castello della Magione in Poggibonsi, monumental complex near the ancient Via Francigena, face the evolutionary history in an attempt to fill the ...

Sustainability and heritage: from a case study, new horizon of research
Changes in contemporary age force the scientific community to face the challenges of sustainability also within the historical context. It is not just a purely investigation on ecological footprint or energy efficiency; it is a crucial issue for human activity and behaviour. The article presents the new horizon of research opened within the work of a multidisciplinary group on the complex of th...
Innovative methods for a sustainable retrofit of the existing building stock. A cross-path from social housing to the listed heritage
Three correlated researches try to give operative answers to the problem of defining procedures and tools for a correct survey and retrofit actions for the existing building stock. Starting from a first research on social housing energy retrofit, a fast audit protocol and different intervention scenarios have been defined, with the ultimate purpose of supporting the energy transformation of old...
Circular processes for a new urban metabolysm: the role of municipal solid waste in the sustainable requalification
Through this paper we present the first results of a research combining the management problem of Municipal Solid Waste to the requalification of built environment. The goal of this research is to mitigate the vulnerability of territory and urban heritage and to transform a problem into opportunities. Above all, we have paid attention to several exemplifying cases of Italian territory: suburbs ...
Risk security and soil loss mitigation: the EU case study of the Sufalnet Project
Former and abandoned landfills represent a good opportunity for producing new impervious surfaces for the urban environment, contrasting soil loss (specially the agricultural one) and improving the recovery of brownfield. From such perspective, landfill redevelopment could be intended as the beginning of a new life cycle for the site, corresponding to a kick off action for achieving environment...