Vegetation in architecture and in urban areas

Verde in architettura e in ambito urbano

The research, teaching and dissemination activity of the group deal salso with the integration of vegetation in architecture, with green façades and roofs, and in urban environment to improve ecological and environmental conditions.

RESEARCH PROJECTS 

The group developed several research projects on the use of vegetation and the quantification of the ecosystem services provided in cities. In this field, after working on the design of Proterina Rain Garden (Genoa, Italy, as part of the EU funded project Proterina 3 Evolution), the group is monitoring its performances in terms of filtration and infiltration of rain water. The group evaluated the positive effects of vertical greening systems, monitoring of the performances of INPS green façade (Genoa) with regard to environmental quality and energy performances of the building envelope. In addition a Post-doc research funded by the University of Genoa regarding the use of vegetation for the improvement of environmental conditions for human health and a PhD research “The integration of vegetation in architecture. Innovative methods and tools”, regards the evaluation of the many architectural and functional aspects related to the integration of vegetation in architecture in the field of environmental sustainability. The group collaborates with the Delft University of Technology since 2010 on researches regarding the positive effects of vertical green. Aspects related to the environmental sustainability of dense urban areas and the role of green infrastructures, considering the policies implemented in New York city and the role of the community involvement, were deepened thanks to a research funded by  Fulbright Schuman, Columbia University, New York City. Among the research projects developed thanks to international collaborations, a study on the urban thermal comfort – started with a DAAD funding) at the Technische Universität München, Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design.

PUBLICATIONS

Group members authored several monographs and journal papers regarding the integration of vegetation in architecture, green façades and roofs, green infrastructure, LCA and cost benefit analysis.

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TEACHING ACTIVITIES AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION

Professors and researchers of the group carry out teaching activities on the integration of vegetation in architecture and in urban environment, in Italy and abroad. They are also teacher in several post-graduation courses. Results of research works have been presented in national and international conferences.

 


PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018) Edited by. “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.
  • Perini Katia, Paola Sabbion (2017). “Urban sustainability and river restoration. Green and blue infrastructure” (pagine 304). Construction Sustainability John Wiley & Sons Limited. ISBN: 978-1-119-24496-7.
  • Perini Katia (2013). “Urban areas and green infrastructure. Local communities and environmental policies in New York City. The case of the Bronx River”(pp. 122), Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, ISBN 978-09822174-5-0.
  • Perini Katia (2013). “Progettare il verde in città. Una strategia per l’architettura sostenibile”(pp. 172), Franco Angeli Editore, ISBN 978-88-204-5319-0.
  • Perini Katia (2012).“L’integrazione di vegetazione in architettura. Metodi e strumenti innovativi – The integration of vegetation in architecture. Innovative methods and tools” (pp. 272), Tesi di Dottorato, Università degli Studi di Genova, ISBN 9788890692505.
  • Giachetta Andrea, Magliocco Adriano (2007). “Progettazione sostenibile: dalla pianificazione territoriale all’eco-design (pp. 370).Carocci editore, Roma, ISBN 978-88-430-4091-9.

Book chapters

  • McPhearson Timon, Karki Madhav, Herzog Cecilia, Santiago Fink Helen, Abbadie Luc, Kremer Peleg, Clark Christopher M., Palmer Matthew I., and Perini Katia (2018). Chapter 7: Urban Ecosystems and Biodiversity. In Climate Change and Cities Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316603338.
  • Fernández-Cañero Rafael, Pérez Urrestarazu Luis, Perini Katia (2018). Vertical greening systems: classifications, plant species, substrates. In Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018). “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”, Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.
  • Perini Katia, Chokhachian  Ata, Auer Thomas (2018). Green streets to enhance outdoor comfort. . In Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018). “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”, Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.
  • Perini Katia, Roccotiello Enrica (2018). Vertical greening systems for pollutants reduction. In Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018). “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”, Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.
  • Lazzari Stefano, Perini Katia, Enrica Roccotiello (2018). Green streets for pollutants reduction. In Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018). “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”, Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.
  • Perini Katia, (2018). Life cycle assessment of vertical greening systems. In Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018). “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”, Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.
  • Perini Katia (2016), “Riqualificazione del Bronx River: processi partecipativi e politiche bottom-up. The Bronx River restoration: participative processes and bottom-up policies”. In Cluster in progress. Technologia dell’architettura in rete per l’innovazione – The architectural technology network for innovation. Maggioli Editore. ISBN9788891612496.
  • Ottelé Marc, Perini Katia, HaasMichiel (2013). “Life cycle assessment (LCA) of green facades and living wall systems” (pp. 457-483), in Pacheco-Torgal, Cabeza, Labrincha, de Magalhaes (edited by), Eco-efficient construction and building materials: Life cycle assessment (LCA), eco-labelling and case studies. Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering No. 49. ISBN : 9780857097675.
  • Perini Katia (2014). Il verde in architettura, sostenibilità o greenwash?” in Perini Katia, Gian Luca Porcile, Architettura & ICAR65 Percorsi multidisciplinari di ricerca Vol. I, Genova University Press, Ricerca, ISBN-13: 978-88-97752-34-9.
  • Perini Katia (2011).“Facciate verdi per la riqualificazione sostenibile. Permanenze e trasformazioni nell’architettura del Mediterraneo”, in Germanà Maria Luisa, Mediterranea Architecturebetweenheritage and innovation, Firenze University Press (Italy); ISBN 978-88-66-55-007-5 (online)-ISBN 978-88-66-55-003-7 (print).

Scientific journal papers

  • Rosasco Paolo, Perini Katia, 2018. Evaluating the economic sustainability of a vertical greening system: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a pilot project in mediterranean area. Build. Environ. 142, 524–533. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.06.017
  • Ottelé Marc, Perini Katia (2017). Comparative experimental approach to investigate the thermal behaviour of vertical greened façades of buildings. ECOLOGICAL ENGENEERING, Vol. 108, pp. 152-161. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.08.016.
  • Perini Katia, Bazzocchi Francesca, Croci Lorenzo, Magliocco Adriano, Cattaneo Enrica (2017). The use of vertical greening systems to reduce the energy demand for air conditioning. Field monitoring in Mediterranean climate. ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, vol. 143, p. 35-42, ISSN: 0378-7788, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.03.036
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc, Giulini Saverio, Magliocco Adriano, Roccotiello Enrica (2017). Quantification of fine dust deposition on different plants in a vertical greening system. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING 100 (2017) 268–276. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.12.032
  • Perini Katia, Rosasco Paolo (2016). Is greening the building envelope economically sustainable? An analysis to evaluate the advantages of economy of scope of vertical greening systems and green roofs. Urban For. Urban Green. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2016.08.002.
  • Perini Katia, Paola Sabbion (2016). Infrastrutture verdi-blu in ambito urbano, i casi del Bronx River a NYC e del Paillon a Nizza – Green-blue infrastructure in urban areas, the case of the Bronx River (NYC) and Paillon (Nice), Techne – Firenze University Press (Italy), Vol. 11 (pp. 120-126), doi: 10.13128/Techne-15070; ISSN online: 2239-0243 (http://www.fupress.com/techne).
  • Perini Katia, Novi Fausto (2016). Is Greening the Building Envelope a Sustainable Design Practice?” J. Civ. Eng. Archit. 10. doi:10.17265/1934-7359/2016.06.004.
  • Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia (2015). The perception of green integrated into architecture: installation of a green facade in Genoa, Italy. DOI:10.3934/environsci.2015.5.899. pp.899-909. In AIMS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – ISSN:2372-0352.
  • Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia (2015). Una facciata verde a Genova Sestri Ponente. pp.146-151. In IL PROGETTO SOSTENIBILE – ISSN:1974-3327.
  • Katia Perini, Adriano Magliocco & Saverio Giulini (2016): “Vertical greening systems evaporation measurements: does plant species influence cooling performances?”, International Journal of Ventilation, DOI: 10.1080/14733315.2016.1214388.
  • Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2016). “Una facciata verde a Genova Sestri Ponente”. IlProgettoSostenibile, Ricerca e tecnologie per l’ambiente costruito, Volume 36-37 (pp. 146-151). Edicom Edizioni (Italy); ISSN 1974-3327.
  • Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2014). Effects of vegetation, urban density, building height, and atmospheric conditions on local temperatures and thermal comfort”Urban Forestry & Urban Greening – Elsevier (Netherlands), – Elsevier (Netherlands), Vol. 13, Number 3 (pp. 495–506), doi: 1016/j.ufug.2014.03.003. Published online March 2014; ISSN: 1618-8667 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/urban-forestry-and-urban-greening/).
  • Perini Katia, Rosasco Paolo (2013). “Cost Benefit Analysis for green façades and living wall systems”,Building and Environment – Elsevier (Netherlands), Vol. 70, December (pp.110-121), doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.08.012; ISSN:0360-1323 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/building-and-environment/).
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc, HaasMichiel, Raiteri Rossana (2012).“Vertical greening systems, a process tree for green façades and living walls”Urban Ecosystems – Springer, 16, Number 2 (pp. 265-277), doi: 10.1007/s11252-012-0262-3, Published online September 2012; ISSN print:1083-8155, ISSN online: 1573-1642 (http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/journal/11252).
  • Ottelé Marc, Perini Katia, Fraaij Alex, HaasMichiel, RaiteriRaiteri (2011). “Comparative life cycle analysis for green façades and living wall systems”Energy and Buildings– Elsevier (Netherlands),Vol. 43, Number 12, December (pp. 3419–3429), doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.09.010; ISSN: 0378-7788 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/energy-and-buildings).
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc, Fraaij Alex, HaasMichiel, Raiteri Rossana (2011). “Vertical greening systems and the effect on air flow and temperature on the building envelope”, Building and Environment – Elsevier (Netherlands), Vol. 46, Number 12, November (pp. 2287-2294), doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.05.009;ISSN: 0360-1323 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/building-and-environment).
  • Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia (2014), “Urban environment and vegetation: comfort and urban heat island mitigation (La vegetazione in ambiente urbano: comfort e riduzione del fenomeno isola di calore)”,Techne – Firenze University Press (Italy), Vol. 8 (pp. 155-162),doi: 13128/Techne-15070; ISSN online: 2239-0243 (http://www.fupress.com/techne).
  • Perini Katia (2013). “Retrotting with vegetation recent building heritage applying a design tool—the case study of a school building”Frontiers of Architectural Research – Higher Education Press (production and hosting by Elsevier), Vol. 2, Number 3, September 2013 (pp. 267–277), doi: 10.1016/j.foar.2013.06.002; ISSN Print; ISSN: 2095-2635 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/frontiers-of-architectural-research)
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc (2014). Designing green façades and living wall systems for sustainable constructions. International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics. Vol. 9, No. 1 (2014) WIT Press. ISSN 1755-7437.
  • Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2012). The integration of vegetation in architecture, vertical and horizontal greened surfaces”,International Journal of Biology – Canadian Center of Science and Education, 4, Number 2, April (pp. 79-91), doi:10.5539/ijb.v4n2p79;ISSN Print 1916-9671, ISSN on line 1916-968X (http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijb).
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc, HaasMichiel, Raiteri Rossana (2011). Greening the building envelope, façade greening and living wall systems”Open Journal of Ecology – Scientific Research Publishing(USA-China), Vol.1, Number 1 (pp. 1-8), doi:10.4236/oje.2011.11001. ISSN Print:2162-1985. ISSN Online: 2162-1993 (http://www.scirp.org/journal/oje/).
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc (2012). Life cycleanalysis comparativa di sistemi per il verde verticaleIlProgettoSostenibile,Ricerca e tecnologie per l’ambiente costruito, Volume 30 (pp. 82-85). Edicom Edizioni (Italy); ISSN 1974-3327.
  • Perini Katia (2012). L’integrazione di vegetazione in architettura. Metodi e strumenti innovativi”, Il Progetto Sostenibile. Ricerca e tecnologia per l’ambiente costruito. Volume 31 (p.91) Edicom Edizioni (Italy); ISSN 1974-3327.

Conference papers

  • Magrassi Fabio, Perini Katia (2017). Environmental and energetic assessment of a vertical greening system installed in Genoa, Italy. In Burlando Massimiliano, Canepa Maria, Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia, Repetto Maria Pia (edite by) (2017). International Conference on Urban Comfort and Environmental Quality (URBAN-CEQ). 28-29 September 2017 – University of Genoa, Italy. Genova University Press. ISBN: 978-88-97752-91-2. http://gup.unige.it/sites/gup.unige.it/files/pagine/URBAN-CEQ.pdf
  • Perini Katia, Francesca Bazzocchi (2017). “Field monitoring in Mediterranean climate to quantify thermal performances of vertical greening systems”. PowerSkin International Conference, January 19th 2017, Organized by Technical University of Munich in Powerskin Conference | Proceedings, Delft, The Netherlands, 2017, pp. 113-122. ISBN-13: 978-94-92516-29-9
  • Chokhachian, A., Perini, K., Dong, S., and Auer, T., (2017) “How Material Performance of Building Façade Affect Urban Microclimate,” PowerSkin International Conference, January 19th 2017, Organized by Technical University of Munich in Powerskin Conference | Proceedings, Delft, The Netherlands, 2017, pp. 83–96. ISBN-13: 978-94-92516-29-9
  • Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2017). Urban sustainable development in Mediterranean area. The case of Sestri Ponente, Genoa. Mediterranean Green Buildings & Renewable Energy. Springer International Publishing pp. 599-607. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-30746-6.
  • Perini Katia (2016). “Between research and teaching: green infrastructure for dense urban areas”. EAAE ARCC 10th international conference on architectural research – 15-18 June 2016. ISBN9781138029668.
  • Perini Katia (2016). “Green infrastructure in New York City: top down and bottom up initiatives to improve environmental quality”. EAAE ARCC 10th international conference on architectural research – 15-18 June 2016. ISBN9781138029668.
  • Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2015). Urban sustainable development in Mediterranean area. The case of Sestri Ponente, Genoa. MedGreen Forum. In stampa.
  • Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano, Roberta Prampolini (2015). “Qualità ambientale e percezione dei sistemi di verde verticale: un caso studio”.3° edizione di “Abitare il Futuro”-3° edition of “Inhabiting the Future”. Giornate Internazionali di Studio – International Conference. Università di Napoli Federico II – Dipartimento di Architettura. pp. 1462-1470ISBN 978-88-84-97-544-7.
  • Perini Katia (2015), “Green Infrastructure in New York City: The case of the Bronx River”, in Cities of the Future Conference. Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow (TRUST), Mülheim An Der Ruhr, Germany, 28 – 30 April 2015. ISNB 9781780407760.
  • Perini Katia, Novi Fausto (2014), “Sustainable Design Practice and Greenwash Effect. The Case of Vegetated Architecture” (pp. 593-605), ACROSS: Architectural Research through to Practice 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), December 2014, Genoa, Italy, Genova University Press, ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0.
  • Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc (2012), “Vertical greening systems: contribution to thermal behaviour on the building envelope and environmental sustainability” (pp. 239-250), Fourth International Conference on
  • Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, Semptember 2012, Kos, Greece – WIT Press (United Kingdom), WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment, Vol 165doi:10.2495/ARC120221; ISSN online 1743-3541 (www.witpress.com).
  • Perini Katia (2012). Vegetation, architecture and sustainability” (480-483), Cities in transformation. Research & Design. International Conference on Architectural Research, 7-10 June, Milan, Italy, Politecnico di Milano; ISBN 978-2-930301-56-3.
  • Perini Katia (2012)“Vegetazione e costruito nell’area mediterranea”(pp. 315-319).Med-Net.Eu, Report convegno, 28-29 June, Genova, Italy, Università degli Studi di Genova; ISBN 9788895623856
  • Perini Katia (2010). Progetto sperimentale di una facciata verde” (pp. 1218-1225), Abitare il futuro, 13-14 December, Napoli, Italy; ISBN 987-88-8497-163-0.
  • Ottelé Marc, Perini Katia, Fraaij Alex, HaasMichiel, Raiteri Rossana (2011). “Comparative life cycle analysis for green façades and living wall systems” (pp.89-109), Journal of International Scientific Publications: Ecology and Safety, Volume 5 part 1, June 4–8, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria; ISSN 1313-2563.
  • Cassinelli Giacomo, Perini Katia (2010). “L’estetica della sostenibilità” (pp. 67-72), Eurau’10, 23-26 June, Napoli, Italy; ISBN: 978-88-8497-162-3.