Santus / Climate Change and Design Form

Climate Change and Design Form Operative Research on the Morphological Role of the Ground Level

Author: Kevin Santus, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Ilaria Valente, Politecnico di Milano; Monica Lavagna, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: Intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Paper


The broad context in which the research moves sees an increasing depletion of resources, where the climate emergency is weighing on the built space and society. These conditions affect the work of the architects, who have to deal with technics and strategies, often technologically driven. The research aims to investigate the morpho-typological dimension of the project, looking at the changing design conditions and impacts related to the implementation of strategies such as the circular economy and nature-based solutions, thus exploring the relationship between climate-related technics and spatial modification. Specifically, the research focuses on the ground level as a typological element that could have a central role in relating climate change issues, working in the relation between the building and the city. This is studied looking at its possible reformulation due to the climate stress events, relating the issue of the form as the primary object of study.

Keywords: Morphological studies, nature-based solutions, circular economy