resilient design, regenerative design, built environment, technological design


The paper explains critically principles, methodological approaches and strategic project actions for a greater resilience of the built environment. In particular, the concept of resilience is explored in relation to sustainability and Regenerative Design applied to the built environment. The theme of Regenerative Design is studied and promoted as an adaptive strategy in the planning phase, it requires, compared to Resilience’s theme, that nature strengthens its capacity for self-healing and its integrity, trying to give us back what the industrial development has taken away from the natural system, through the use of integrated regenerative methodologies. We examine in depth the case study of Palma di Montechiaro, that is the creation of Guidelines for the resilient regeneration of the Marina di Palma’s waterfront. The contribution is aimed at academics of architecture and technological design interested in examining in depth the principles and systems of resilient design and sustainable regeneration. These systems are absolutely innovative from a technological and morphological point of view also in the use of vertical gardens with particular local plant species.


Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint

Principles of resilience and regenerative design in coastal environment

pp. 84-97


Rosa Maria Vitrano

Author(s) Biography

Rosa Maria Vitrano is an Associate Professor of Architectural Technology, Department of Architecture, University of Palermo (Italy). She carries out research activities on the themes of technological innovation, enhancement of the architectural heritage and environmental regeneration in a sustainable way, considering social inclusiveness as a tool for design choices.


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