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Lightweight Landscape

Enhancing Design through Minimal Mass Structures

  • Alessandra Zanelli
  • Luigi Spinelli
  • Carol Monticelli
  • Paolo Pedrali


  • Examines the merits of lightweight materials and membrane structures in terms of design and the environment

  • Explains how to improve the urban landscape through minimal use of materials and energy

  • Discusses the cultural and environmental context of lightweight landscape design


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Lightweight Architecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alessandra Zanelli
      Pages 3-18
    3. Paolo Beccarelli
      Pages 19-27
    4. Bernd Stimpfle
      Pages 61-69
  3. Lightweight Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Luigi Spinelli
      Pages 73-84
    3. Arantza Ozaeta Cortazar, Álvaro Martin Fidalgo
      Pages 85-93
    4. Paolo Pedrali
      Pages 95-99
    5. Alessandro Villari
      Pages 101-109

About this book


This book explains how lightweight materials and structures can be deployed in buildings to meet high environmental and aesthetic standards and emphasizes how the concept of lightness in building technology and design dovetails with the desire to enhance landscape. The first part of the book, on lightweight construction, aims to foster the use of membranes within the specific climatic context and in particular considers how lightweight materials and innovative technologies can enrich the quality of temporary spaces. The second part focuses exclusively on landscape, presenting novel approaches in the search for visual lightness and the quest to improve urban spaces. Particular attention is paid to the Italian experience, where the traditional appreciation of brick and stone has limited the scope for use of lightweight structures and membrane materials, often relegating them to a secondary or inappropriate role. The reader will come to appreciate how this attitude demeans a very advanced productive sector and neglects the ancient tradition of temporary architecture.


Lightweight Construction Lightweight Structures Membrane Materials Plus-Energy Buildings Sustainable Design Technical Textile

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandra Zanelli
    • 1
  • Luigi Spinelli
    • 2
  • Carol Monticelli
    • 3
  • Paolo Pedrali
    • 4
  1. 1.Department ABCPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of DAStUPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  3. 3.Department ABCPolitecnico di Milano20133Italy
  4. 4.Department of DAStUPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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