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Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective

  • Explores key challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective

  • Stresses principles of sustainability and circularity

  • Offers a rich selection of conceptual, empirical, methodological, technical, and case study/project-based research

Part of the book series: Research for Development (REDE)

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Table of contents (36 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Socio-Economic Development and Regeneration of Territories

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-2
    2. A Research Programme on Urban Dynamics

      • Roberto Camagni, Roberta Capello, Andrea Caragliu
      Pages 3-9Open Access
    3. Cultural Heritage, Creativity, and Local Development: A Scientific Research Program

      • Roberta Capello, Silvia Cerisola, Giovanni Perucca
      Pages 11-19Open Access
    4. Urbanization and Subjective Well-Being

      • Camilla Lenzi, Giovanni Perucca
      Pages 21-28Open Access
    5. EU Regional Policy Effectiveness and the Role of Territorial Capital

      • Ugo Fratesi, Giovanni Perucca
      Pages 29-37Open Access
    6. Demolition as a Territorial Reform Project

      • Chiara Merlini
      Pages 39-45Open Access
    7. The Evaluation of Urban Regeneration Processes

      • Leopoldo Sdino, Paolo Rosasco, Gianpiero Lombardini
      Pages 47-57Open Access
    8. New Paradigms for the Urban Regeneration Project Between Green Economy and Resilience

      • Elena Mussinelli, Andrea Tartaglia, Daniele Fanzini, Raffaella Riva, Davide Cerati, Giovanni Castaldo
      Pages 59-67Open Access
    9. The Technological Project for the Enhancement of Rural Heritage

      • Elena Mussinelli, Raffaella Riva, Roberto Bolici, Andrea Tartaglia, Davide Cerati, Giovanni Castaldo
      Pages 69-76Open Access
    10. Real Estate Assets for Social Impact: The Case of the Public Company for Social Services “ASP City of Bologna”

      • Angela S. Pavesi, Andrea Ciaramella, Marzia Morena, Genny Cia
      Pages 77-86Open Access
  3. Reuse and Regeneration of Urban Spaces From a Resilient Perspective

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. Participated Strategies for Small Towns Regeneration. The Case of Oliena (Nu) Historic Centre

      • Laura Daglio, Giuseppe Boi, Roberto Podda
      Pages 89-97Open Access
    3. Living and Learning: A New Identity for Student Housing in City Suburbs

      • Oscar E. Bellini, Matteo Gambaro, Martino Mocchi
      Pages 99-109Open Access
    4. PolimiparaRocinha: Environmental Performances and Social Inclusion—A Project for the Favela Rocinha

      • Gabriele Masera, Massimo Tadi, Carlo Biraghi, Hadi Mohammad Zadeh
      Pages 111-123Open Access
    5. Urban Renovation: An Opportunity for Economic Development, Environmental Improvement, and Social Redemption

      • Paola Caputo, Simone Ferrari, Federica Zagarella
      Pages 125-135Open Access
    6. Regenerative Urban Space: A Box for Public Space Use

      • Elisabetta Ginelli, Gianluca Pozzi, Giuditta Lazzati, Davide Pirillo, Giulia Vignati
      Pages 137-147Open Access
    7. Nature and Mixed Types Architecture for Milano Farini

      • Adalberto Del Bo, Maria Vittoria Cardinale, Martina Landsberger, Stefano Perego, Giampaolo Turini, Daniele Beacco
      Pages 159-168Open Access

About this book

This open access book explores the strategic importance and advantages of adopting multidisciplinary and multiscalar approaches of inquiry and intervention with respect to the built environment, based on principles of sustainability and circular economy strategies. A series of key challenges are considered in depth from a multidisciplinary perspective, spanning engineering, architecture, and regional and urban economics. These challenges include strategies to relaunch socioeconomic development through regenerative processes, the regeneration of urban spaces from the perspective of resilience, the development and deployment of innovative products and processes in the construction sector in order to comply more fully with the principles of sustainability and circularity, and the development of multiscale approaches to enhance the performance of both the existing building stock and new buildings. The book offers a rich selection of conceptual, empirical, methodological, technical, and case study/project-based research. It will be of value for all who have an interest in regeneration of the built environment from a circular economy perspective.


  • Urban development
  • Regional economic development
  • Regeneration of urban spaces
  • Construction sector
  • Building performance
  • Sustainable products
  • Circular economy
  • Social inclusion
  • Built heritage
  • Resilience
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering—ABC Department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

    Stefano Della Torre, Sara Cattaneo, Camilla Lenzi, Alessandra Zanelli

About the editors

Stefano Della Torre, who graduated in Civil Engineering and in Architecture, is a Full Professor of Restoration at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and Director of the ABC Department (Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering). He is the author of more than 360 publications. He served as an advisor to the CARIPLO Foundation (Cultural Districts), the Italian Government and Lombardy Region (policies on planned conservation of historical-architectural heritage). He has been President of BuildingSMART Italia – the national chapter of BuildingSMART International (2011-2017).

Sara Cattaneo has been Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at Politecnico di Milano since 2011, where she received both her MS and PhD in Structural Engineering. Since 2017 she has also been an Associate at the Construction Technologies Institute, Italian National Research Council (ITC-CNR). Examples of her wide-ranging research interests include fracture and damage of quasi-brittle materials, constitutive behavior, and the structural response of high-performance and self-consolidating concrete. She has been involved in a number of research projects at the national and European levels. Since 1999 she has spent periods at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA), where she has been a Visiting Professor. She is the author of more than 100 papers in international journals and international conference proceedings and serves as a reviewer for several international journals.

Camilla Lenzi has been an Associate Professor of Regional and Urban Economics at Politecnico di Milano since 2015. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pavia and a Master of Science in Industry and Innovation Analysis from SPRU – University of Sussex, UK. From 2005 to 2008, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Economics of Bocconi University and CESPRI (now I-CRIOS). Her main research interests are in the fields of regional and innovation studies, urban economics, highly skilled worker mobility, and entrepreneurship.  She has participated in several EU-funded projects and has published in various international refereed journals, such as the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Regional Science, Urban Studies, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, and Small Business Economics.

Alessandra Zanelli is an architect and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Built Environment, and Engineering Construction at Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches for both the School of Architecture, Urbanism, and Construction Engineering and the School of Design. She holds a PhD in the Technology of Architecture and the Environment. Since 2015 she has been coordinator of the Interdepartmental Research Laboratory of Textiles and Polymer Materials. She is also the Regional Representative and an Associate Partner of TensiNet, the thematic network for upgrading the built environment in Europe through tensile structures. She has been involved in many research projects co-financed by national and international bodies, focusing on the sustainable innovation of ultra-lightweight and flexible materials in both architecture and interior design. She is the author of more than 180 publications and holds four international patents.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective

  • Editors: Stefano Della Torre, Sara Cattaneo, Camilla Lenzi, Alessandra Zanelli

  • Series Title: Research for Development

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-33255-6Published: 31 December 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-33258-7Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-33256-3Published: 30 December 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2198-7300

  • Series E-ISSN: 2198-7319

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 386

  • Number of Illustrations: 50 b/w illustrations, 60 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Building Construction and Design, Urban Sociology, Development Studies, Sustainability, Environmental Economics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)