Informality and commons

Simone Sfriso, Massimo Lepore, Raul Pantaleo, Barbora Foerster

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This chapter explores the possibilities of practice-based research in marginal and extreme environmental conditions in the Global South. The contemporary debate on the direction to be given to architecture in recent years has been characterised increasingly by a strong reference to the social impact of the discipline. Strategic issues such as environmental protection, climate change, growing urbanisation, migratory phenomena and the rational use of resources raise the question of whether architecture, with its own disciplinary tools, can be somehow part of a process aimed at guaranteeing access to greater social justice. The environmental crisis is largely due to the emissions of the formal settlements of the Western world, whose economic and political interests often contribute to fomenting the wars cited. The sustainable approach includes rainwater collection, the filtration systems and natural ventilation, passive strategies, clean energy generation, phytodepuration and photovoltaic energy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformality Through Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Informlity Now
EditorsAntonio Di Raimo, Steffen Lehmann, Alessandro Melis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780429331701
ISBN (Print)9780367354770
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameEarthscan Series on Sustainable Design


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