Special Issue "Integrating Urban Design and Landscape Architecture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 23864
Interests: sustainable development; architecture and environment integration; designing environments; data-driven planning and design
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2. School of Engineering and Design, Technical University of Munich, 80333 Munich, Germany
Interests: green construction; data-driven design; knowledge-based decision support
Interests: urban land; sustainable development dimensions and urban agglomeration
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Rapid urbanization and related land use changes are key challenges of the 21st century and one of the primary causes of environmental degradation. In this context, new approaches are needed that not only aim to minimize negative impact on the environment, but instead seek to have a net positive impact. This can be initiated by integrating urban design with landscape architecture, and architectures and environments through an inter- and trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar approach to planning and design. This can lead to new hybrid land uses that can better support ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the delivery of ecosystem services, including food production. Strong impulses towards this end are currently emerging from landscape architecture, from ecology and from urban green systems innovation. New research from different disciplines that transform spaces, enhancing landscapes and new economies emphasize the need for integrating green, blue, and grey infrastructure in urban settings. Moreover, the discovery, recovery, and adaptation of land knowledge and new trends in landscape architecture are of vital importance to making cities livable for humans and other species, with a particular interest in the “visible and invisible practices” of collective care. Interdisciplinary research and data-driven computational methods frequently facilitate such work. This Special Issue welcomes innovation-oriented articles related to the topics listed below.
Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel
Dr. Defne Sunguroglu Hensel
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Battisti
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- Integration of urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture
- Urban environmental and ecological restoration
- Multifunctional land use
- Integration of green, blue, and grey infrastructure
- Novel urban green systems
- Urban agriculture, horticulture, and gardening
- Urban ecology and multi-species design
- Decision support systems for integrating urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture
- Data-driven design for integrating urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Conceptual framework for an ontology-aided generative computational design process for ecological building envelopes
Authors: Michael Hensel 1,*, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel 2,* , Tina Selami 1, Jakub Tyc 1, Albin Ahmeti 1, Akif Cifci 1 and Christian Kern 3
Affiliation: Department of Digital Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Abstract: Rapid urbanization and construction causes environmental and ecological degradation, human-nature disconnect and negative impact on human health and well-being. To address this problem the H2020 FET research project “Ecolopes - Ecological Building Enclosures” aims to develop an integrated ecological approach that considers humans, plants, animals and microbiota in architectural design, and the way the building enclosure can provide for these different stakeholders in cities. The goal is to develop a novel computational design framework that integrates different components for the design of ecological building enclosures. This article focuses on one part of this framework: the conceptual framework for an ontology-aided and data-driven generative design process. This research takes place within the formal research of the Ecolopes project and also in master-level architectural design studios that serve as testbeds for the development of the approach through research-by-design. This article portrays an approach to multispecies design in architecture rooted in an alternative understanding of urban form and individual architectures, and based on this a related conceptual approach to an ontology-aided and data-driven generative design process that includes descriptions of the key datasets that serve as input into and benchmarks to set targets for the generative design process. Finally, the future avenues of investigation and subsequent phases of the study are delineated.
Title: Designing food hubs for territory of proximity. Assessing spatial, ecological and cultural potential of places thought multiple criteria decision support systems
Authors: Sara Favargiotti, Giulia Zantedeschi, Angelica Pianegonda, Matteo Brunelli, Michele Urbani
Affiliation: University of Trento
Abstract: Logistics, distribution models and landscapes of food production strongly influence the space of our cities and territories. In addition to the network of large scale retail distribution that is diffused in urban and non-urban areas, with this contribution we would like to study the presence of new forms of local and sustainable distribution of food (such as alternative food network, community supported agriculture). Study and understanding how these distribution models can support and be integrated within a landscape planning and design approach is explored through the support of multicriteria methods (specifically Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method). The fundamental objectives for structuring and locating a food hub can be organized under the three strategic objectives, that is pursuing the benefit of people, planet, and profit. The choice of one distribution method over others, or what is the best location and condition for distribution centers, are the questions we have been tested with the collaboration of L’Ortazzo Association. The case study is a solidarity purchasing group located in upper Valsugana area (Trentino Region - Italy), it is a supra-municipality reality involving about a hundred families, currently the association does not have a physical distribution center.