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Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy

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  • Relevant for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

  • Provides insights and examples from the pan-european restore COST Action working groups

  • Presents evidence for socio-cultural benefits of Regenerative Design in built environments

Part of the book series: Future City (FUCI, volume 15)

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-3
    2. Axiomatic Design in Regenerative Urban Climate Adaptation

      • Clarice Bleil de Souza, Ilya Vladimirovich Dunichkin
      Pages 5-21Open Access
    3. Regenerative Design Tools for the Existing City: HBIM Potentials

      • Carlo Bianchini, Martina Attenni, Giorgia Potestà
      Pages 23-43Open Access
    4. The Application of Urban Building Energy Modeling in Urban Planning

      • Shimeng Hao, Tianzhen Hong
      Pages 45-63Open Access
    5. Carbon Accounting for Regenerative Cities

      • Jukka Heinonen, Juudit Ottelin
      Pages 115-129Open Access
    6. How Rating Systems Support Regenerative Change in the Built Environment

      • Melinda Orova, András Reith
      Pages 131-144Open Access
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-147
    2. Climatic, Cultural, Behavioural and Technical Influences on the Indoor Environment Quality and Their Relevance for a Regenerative Future

      • Edeltraud Haselsteiner, Marielle Ferreira Silva, Željka Kordej-De Villa
      Pages 201-214Open Access
    3. Textile as Material in Human Built Environment Interaction

      • Preben Hansen, Vesna Grujoska, Milica Jovanoska
      Pages 215-225Open Access
    4. 3D Printing Technology Within a Regenerative Construction Framework

      • Odysseas Kontovourkis
      Pages 245-261Open Access
    5. From Resilient and Regenerative Materials to a Resilient and Regenerative Built Environment

      • Ferhat Bejtullahu, Naomi Morishita-Steffen
      Pages 263-278Open Access

About this book

This open access book is based on work from the COST Action “RESTORE - REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy'', and highlights how sustainability in buildings, facilities and urban governance is crucial for a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, and economically viable, for Europe and the whole planet. In light of the search for fair solutions to the climate crisis, the authors outline the urgency for the built environment sector to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies, as well as a just transition. As shown in the chapters, this can be done by applying a broader framework that enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate, at the core of the design task - with a particular emphasis on the benefits towards health and resilient business practices.

This book is one step on the way to a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings. The authors want to promote forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity. In this vision, cities of the future will enhance users’ experience, health and wellbeing inside and outside of buildings, while reconciling anthropic ecosystems and nature.

A valuable resource for scientists and students in environmental sciences and architecture, as well as policy makers, practitioners and investors in urban and regional development.


  • Biophilic Design
  • Built Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Evidence-based Design
  • Green Roofs
  • Green Economy
  • Open Access
  • Regenerative Design
  • SDG 11
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Urban Climate

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Planning, Design, Technology of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

    Maria Beatrice Andreucci

  • Department of Environmental Research & Innovation (ERIN), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg

    Antonino Marvuglia

  • Burgas Free University, Burgas, Bulgaria

    Milen Baltov

  • Department of Computer and Systems Sciences/DSV, Stockholm University, Kista, Sweden

    Preben Hansen

About the editors

Maria Beatrice Andreucci holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design (Sapienza University of Rome), M.B.A. (INSEAD). She is a registered architect and an economist and focuses her professional activity, research and teaching on the application of environmental technological design and environmental economics theories, principles and methods on urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture projects. Member of the Editorial Committee of the COST Action “Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy”. Management Committee member and leader of the working group “Dissemination, Outreach and Exploitation” of the COST Action “Positive Energy Districts European Network”. Co-chair of the European research project “EKLIPSE - Urban Biodiversity & Mental Health and Well-being”, in cooperation with the French Ministry of the Environment and the World Health Organization. Steering Board member and leader of the working group “Urban Economies and Welfare” in JPI-UERA “Urban Europe Research Alliance”. Chair of IFLA “International Federation of Landscape Architects Advisory Circle”. Member of SITdA “Italian Society of Technology of Architecture”, and EDRA "Environmental Design Research Association”. In the last decade, she has authored two books, co-edited three books and published more than sixty papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Her design projects have been published in international journals, and have won recognitions and prizes at international levels. Currently, she works as Research Professor of “Environmental Technological Design”, member of the Academic Board of the Ph.D. Program in “Planning, Design, Technology of Architecture”; and expert member of the Scientific Didactic Committee of the II level Master in “Environmental Technological Design”, at “Sapienza” University of Rome.

Antonino Marvuglia holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Applied Physics (2007) from the University of Palermo (Italy). In 2009 he has been a Marie Curie research fellow at the University College Cork (Ireland), where he worked in the framework of the project CREEDS (Constraint Reasoning Extended to Enhance Decision Support). Since 2010, he is a researcher in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, currently working as a Senior Research and Technology Associate at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). His main research interests are at the intersection between life cycle assessment (LCA), data analytics (including machine learning) and simulation for sustainability assessment. He has been Management Committee (MC) member of the COST Actions “Mining the European Anthroposphere” and “Mathematical and Computer Science Methods for Food Science and Industry”. He is currently MC member of the COST Actions “Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy” and “Positive Energy Districts European Network”. He has published about 50 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals and 10 book chapters, in addition to numerous other research products (reports, conference proceedings, etc.). He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management (Associate editor for “Computational Sustainability”) and of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (for the topic “Stochastic Optimisation in Energy Systems”). He has delivered talks to about 40 different events between international conferences, colloquia, workshops.

Milen Baltov, Ph.D., went through a transition from entrepreneur and consultant to small and medium-sized enterprises, to the world of academia. He is an expert in evaluation and monitoring of support schemes to the public administration, transport, infrastructure and the cross-border cooperation programmes. For 25 years he has been an expert and a team leader in capacity building and business promotion projects for several EU applicant countries, with missions in Macedonia, Croatia and Kazakhstan. He has been Member of the Management Committee and working group leader in the COST Actions: “The effective design and delivery of megaprojects in the European Union”, “The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation”, and "Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy", supported by the EU FP7 and FP8 (Horizon 2020) programmes. Currently, he is deputy Chair of a WG in "А pan-European network for marine renewable energy", and Member of the MC of “Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change" COST Actions (EU Horizon 2020 financed). Member of the Assembly to the mission board for “Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters” in the next Horizon Europe programme design, and a co-chair of the “Stakeholders” WG on “Black Sea Strategy for Research and Innovation Agenda.” He is a professor and Vice Rector of the Burgas Free University, and represents Bulgaria in the Programming Committee for “SMEs and Access to Risk Finance”, introducing the EIC instruments under the EU Horizon 2020, and next Horizon Europe programmes.

Preben Hansen is a Docent and Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Stockholm University, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. He is also a Visiting Professor at Peking University and a Research Fellow at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. Before entering the academy, he worked at SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science, now RISE). Preben Hansen pursues national and international research in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Industrial Design and Information Access focusing on how humans use, experience, and live with collaborative technologies and interactive artefacts. In this line of research, he has been involved in national projects with funding from companies like Ericsson, Telia, SAAB, ABB and Bombardier. Internationally, he currently participates in the following EU-project: RESTORE and has worked in the following EU-COST projects:  CyberParks, KEYSTONE, KNOWeSCAPE, MUMIA and has participated in the following large FP7 EU-projects: PROMISE (2010- 2013), ASSETS (2010-2012), COMPANIONS; DELOS NoE 2; CLARITY, DUMAS, SCHOLNET and DELOS-NoE. Preben Hansen regularly serves as Chair of the international ACM and IEEE Conferences, and as a Program Committee (PC) member for several conferences. He has also worked as reviewer for several ACM/IEEE journals. He is currently supervising several national as well as international Master and PhD students within the area of HCI and has authored over 120 articles in journals and conferences as well as co-edited 3 books.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy

  • Editors: Maria Beatrice Andreucci, Antonino Marvuglia, Milen Baltov, Preben Hansen

  • Series Title: Future City

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-71818-3Published: 25 June 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-71821-3Published: 25 June 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-71819-0Published: 24 June 2021

  • Series ISSN: 1876-0899

  • Series E-ISSN: 1876-0880

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXV, 418

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 54 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Urban Ecology, Environment, general, Sustainable Architecture/Green Buildings

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