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Maria Beatrice Andreucci

Maria Beatrice Andreucci
Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy · PDTA Planning Design Technology of Architecture

PhD Doctor Europaeus in Environmental Design

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Introduction
Positive Energy Districts; Design for circularity; Multifunctional building's envelope; Climate Neutral Cities; Biophilic Design
Additional affiliations
November 2011 - November 2015
Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (69)
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Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) constitute an emerging energy transition paradigm, with an ambitious timeline for rapid upscaling to match the urgency of climate mitigation and adaptation. Increasingly networked and coordinated actors aim to realise 100 PEDs across Europe by 2025. This resonates with the mission orientation turn of the European Gr...
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The evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of Payments for ecosystem services (PES) in fostering positive environmental outcomes has been central to the scientific debate on their implementation. PES cost-effectiveness can be affected by a myriad of environmental, institutional and socio-economic factors operating at different spatial and temporal sc...
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This chapter describes how to design appropriate and cost-effective forest green infrastructure for water payment schemes to protect and improve water quality. It is structured by the main steps involved in establishing a payment scheme, starting with identifying the water issues and how tree planting and forest management can help, managing potent...
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Environmental education in different disciplines puts an accent on acquiring specialised knowledge and, while this remains essential, fostering knowledge alone, without links to real life, personal experiences, competencies, and values, is insufficient. Nature-based solutions (NBS) have the potential to be used as an educational framework that requ...
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This paper presents a critical review and a comprehensive analysis of existing methods and tools for the post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of indoor environmental qualities in buildings, with specific reference to the criteria embedded in the credit requirements of the most popular green building certification schemes. POE procedures allow the quanti...
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Green infrastructure is a structural system of naturally developed human societies, capable of preserving and ensuring as much space as possible to the local biodiversity. For this reason, green infrastructure shall be planned and designed so that the urban built environment is in harmony with the surrounding biotic communities. The challenge is to...
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This chapter outlines the general impacts and direct consequences climate change is producing in urban areas, especially in terms of negative influence on urbanites’ thermal comfort, and how green infrastructure combined with appropriate building technologies could increase our climate-adaptive capacity and reduce the various health risks associate...
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There is an increasing awareness of the role that buildings, districts, and neighborhoods play on health in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that coincides with pressing climate concerns. This has renewed attention to the benefits of nature for both human and climate health. Buildings, cities, and regions are attempting to align regenerative desig...
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Springer’s Future City series combines expertise from designers, and from natural and social scientists, to discuss the wide range of issues facing the architects, planners, developers and inhabitants of the world’s future cities. Its aim is to encourage the integration of ecological theory into the aesthetic, social and practical realities of cont...
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A framework developed by the COST Action Circular City (an EU-funded network of 500+ scientists from 40+ countries; COST = Cooperation in Science and Technology) for addressing Urban Circularity Challenges (UCCs) with nature-based solutions (NBSs) was analyzed by various urban sectors which refer to different fields of activities for circular manag...
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A novel framework is presented that aims to guide practitioners and decision makers toward a better understanding of the role of nature-based solutions (NBS) in the enhancement of resources management in cities, and the mainstreaming of NBS in the urban fabric. Existing frameworks describing the use of NBS to address urban challenges do not specifi...
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Water in the city is typically exploited in a linear process, in which most of it is polluted, treated, and discharged; during this process, valuable nutrients are lost in the treatment process instead of being cycled back and used in urban agriculture or green space. The purpose of this paper is to advance a new paradigm to close water cycles in c...
Technical Report
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The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health has been closely following the research on green and blue spaces because of their importance in addressing human and ecosystem health in urban planning, especially in the context of climate change. Particular attention has been paid to the mental health effects of such spaces. The EKLIPSE Expert Wo...
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It was not until the second half of the XX century that artists and designers, with a growing awareness of environmental issues, refocused attention on the multiple relationships between waste management, public awareness, and aesthetics. Artists and designers began to challenge traditional limits and started considering landfills as settings of ar...
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The European Union (EU) Directive 2013/55/EC amends Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. The 2013 amendment allows Member States to decide on a common set of minimum knowledge, skills and competences required to pursue a given profession through a Common Training Framework (CTF). Such a framework must combine trai...
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Environmental artists and creatives, interested in depicting in their works the structure and functioning of living ecosystems, are being brought to the table to discuss urban planning with design professionals. The separate traditions of arts, ecology and urban design has been finding a common idiom toward improving public space and urban conditio...
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The European Union (EU) Directive 2013/55/EC amends Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. The 2013 amendment allows Member States to decide on a common set of minimum knowledge, skills and competences required to pursue a given profession through a Common Training Framework (CTF). Such a framework must combine trai...
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As a natural conclusion and overarching output after our RESTORE previous Work Package specific dissemination products, this book extends the target group to all the decision makers, including – but not limited to – real estate developers, public administrators, entrepreneurs, politicians, citizens. That is because the global environmental, social,...
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Stimulated by post-2008 austerity measures, civic services and the welfare state are shrinking, while civil society is being called to provide support through bottom-up initiatives. Social innovation to design and implement urban welfare services can render underlying services more resilient to socioeconomic challenges, particularly through co-desi...
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Before the world was impacted by COVID-19, progress towards the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was already uneven, and a more focused attention was needed in most SDGs’ target areas. The pandemic abruptly disrupted plans and efforts towards urban transition, in some cases reverting decades of progress. The concept of resilience change...
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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...
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Global health emergencies such as Covid-19 have highlighted the importance of access to nature and open spaces in our cities for social, physical, and mental health. However, there continues to be a disconnect between our need for nature and our daily lived experience. Recent research indicates that our connectedness and relationship with nature, a...
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Cities across the world are actively exploring the circular economy concept, a key urban planning and design approach for the green transition, simultaneously enabling greater energy and material efficiency and lower pollution, as well as job creation, social inclusion, human health, and well-being. The city can be viewed as a complex socio-ecologi...
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In 1995, the English planner Charles Landry and Franco Bianchini published “The Creative City”, focusing on three intertwined topics: the cultural, social, and economic impact that arises from creativity in cities; the need to promote integrated urban planning levering on knowledge from other disciplines; and the active inclusion in urban planning...
Technical Report
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The aim of this document is to provide guidance on designing appropriate and cost-effective forests for water payment schemes that support tree planting and forest management to protect and improve water quality. The guide is structured by the main steps involved in establishing a payment scheme, starting with identifying the water issues and how t...
Technical Report
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Urbanization is increasingly putting pressures on biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services. Evidence indicates that green and blue spaces can support the mental health of urban residents. Policy makers, city planners, other decision makers, healthcare professionals, and land managers now face a major challenge to maintain and enhance natural...
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Green spaces have been put forward as contributing to good mental health. In an urban context, space is a scarce resource while urbanisation and climate change are increasingly putting pressure on existing urban green space infrastructures and increasing morbidity caused by mental health disorders. Policy makers, designers, planners and other pract...
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Cities worldwide are facing a number of serious challenges including population growth, resource depletion, climate change, and degradation of ecosystems. To cope with these challenges, the transformation of our cities into sustainable systems using a holistic approach is required. The pathway to this urban transition is adopting the concept of cir...
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In a context where digital giants are increasingly influencing the actions decided by public policies, smart data platforms are a tool for collecting a great deal of information on the territory and a means of producing effective public policies to meet contemporary challenges, improve the quality of the city, and create new services. Within the fr...
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Cities generate about 85% of the EU’s GDP. As such, they are key players in shaping and providing technological and social innovations but also environmental impact. Thus, they must urgently engage in unprecedented systemic transformational and bold transitions towards sustainability and climate neutrality. The contribution—taking into account that...
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Mediterranean cities share some of today’s most urgent urban challenges, such as climate change, environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, sprawl and gentrification, migration and marginalisation, as well as shrinking economies and political turmoil. Policies at all levels call for more sustaina- ble urbanisation models levering on Green...
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Proper technology solution-sets can enable a regenerative indoor environment for building users and for the planet, thereby ensuring occupant wellbeing and health. Several aspects are considered for high indoor environmental quality, such as hygro-thermal comfort, visual comfort, indoor soundscape, indoor air quality and a pleasant ambiance. Regene...
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The main objective of this essay is to illustrate the state-of-the-art on ‘mental health-sensitive’ open space design in the built environment. Urban Green Blue Infrastructure can contribute to urbanites’ mental health and wellbeing as well as healthy aging, while providing co-benefits balancing the negative impacts of climate change, through the p...
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Various studies have been conducted on the relationship between exposure to the nature and human health and well-being. Simultaneously, the heterogeneity of objectives, theoretical frameworks, and research methods make the comparison of results and establishment of overall messages difficult. Research on the relationship between urban green and blu...
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Landscape architecture has experienced a paradigm shift in the last two decades, requiring designers to respond with evidence-based design to the dynamic and temporal quality erosion of the urban ecosystem. The Green Infrastructure approach promotes the elements of biodiversity and organized systems that are part of the natural capital in an urban...
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Discusses the shift in traditional environmental responses to climate change with increased attention to social equity through the lenses of resilience, restorative, and regenerative design at a building and city scale.
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https://www.anuala.ro/proiecte/2019/190/ Anuala de Arhitectura București » Proiecte » Ediția 2019 » Cercetare prin arhitectură / Carte de arhitectură: Apa ca hazard și apa ca patrimoniu Autori: arh. Maria Bostenaru Dan, arh. Alex Dill, specialist relatii europene, fotograf Roxana Mihaly, peisagist, economist Maria Beatrice Andreucci, ing. geol. Mir...
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In the call of 2015, the European Geosciences Union funded the workshop "Water as hazard and water as heritage", to take place in Rome in the consecutive year. The frame for the workshop was given by the "Spazi aperti" (=open spaces) event at the Accademia di Romania a Roma, where the convener (Maria Bostenaru Dan) was a fellow that time on a topic...
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"Water as hazard and water as heritage" was an international workshop funded by the European Geosciences Union and run in frame of the "Spazi aperti" international event of the Romanian Academy in Rome, along with other cultural events. The "Spazi aperti" (open spaces) event is an international exhibition inviting the scholars in arts and humanitie...
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The impact of allergens emitted by urban green spaces on health is one of the main disservices of ecosystems. The objective of this work is to establish the potential allergenic value of some tree species in urban environments, so that the allergenicity of green spaces can be estimated through application of the Index of Urban Green Zones Allergeni...
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The European landscape has been suffering a significant loss of natural habitats because of landscape fragmentation due to intensive human activities and scattered grey infrastructure. Such processes, resulting in an alarming increase of environmental threats and social conflicts, are likely to jeopardize even more in the future social integration,...
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The opportunities that come from framing green blue infrastructure as a multifunctional network that forms a fundamentally vital part of the city are immense. This requires more than simply caring for the aesthetics of existing and future urban and peri-urban green spaces. Combining recreation with flood risk management, heritage with urban cooling...
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Water as hazard and water as heritage“ was an international workshop which took place in the framework of the Spazi Aperti (Open spaces) event at the Accademia di Romania in Rome, an event engaging international fellows in the capital of Italy. The workshop was a winner in the selection of the European Geosciences Union co-sponsored meetings compet...
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The EU Water Framework Directive aims to ensure restoration of Europe’s water bodies to “good ecological status” by 2027. Many Member States will struggle to meet this target, with around half of EU river catchments currently reporting below standard water quality. Diffuse pollution from agriculture represents a major pressure, affecting over 90% o...
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Results of applying the Index of Allergenicity Urban Green zones (IUGZA) to parks located in 20 European cities
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Urban Parks are spaces of interaction between people and nature. They participate in the provision of Ecosystem Services that generate benefits and well-being. But some of the most frequent tree species growing in urban green areas are involved in allergic reactions.
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Chapter 24: Growing the Urban Forest: Our Practitioners’ Perspective Abstract The body of knowledge umbrella known as Urban Forestry, incorporating the protection, preservation and care of the trees and related GI that enhance our urban areas, has been informed by research in such areas as soil science, horticulture, plant form, function and patho...
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China's leaders have set an urbanization target of 70% (approximately 900 million people) by 2025 andhas emphasized that future urbanization will be characterized by growth in rural towns and small cities (ChengZhenHua, 城镇化) not by expansion of megacities (DuShiHua, 都市化). As a consequence of China's urban-focused economy, the role of agriculture ha...
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The research is focused on the role of GI in supporting the development of a green economy and sustainable land, water and city management. Green Infrastructure is a network of natural and semi-natural spaces and is a broad concept and includes both natural and man-made features, such as parks, land and marine reserves, hedgerows, and wetlands, as...

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I am interested in exploring if the topics of Economic Sustainability/Regenerative Economy are included in curricula of international Schools of Architecture/Technology of Architecture.
More often the focus is on Environmental/Social Sustainability.

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Projects (15)
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The core idea of this editorial project is that sustainable planning and design would require a paradigmatic shift, where natural ecosystems should benefit from human actions. To highlight the multifaceted aspects of the GI concept, the book contains contributions written not solely by vegetation ecology scholars but also by other scientists and practitioners such as agronomists, urban ecologists, architects, landscape architects and urban foresters. The 26 Chapters of this book were blind peer-reviewed by the editors as well as by independent parties, involved 75 authors and presented the experience from 14 countries, grouped in the following three thematic sections: a) Green Infrastructure, Urban Ecology and Vegetation Science: Chapters dealing with applied ecological research and monitoring activities on habitat connectivity, plant dynamics, ecological design and ecosystem functioning b) Planning and Implementation of Green Infrastructure: Chapters illustrating from a planning perspective and through a holistic approach, how GI can integrate landscape resources and foodscapes, multifunctional ecological network, conservation strategies, water resources management, land restoration and urban revitalisation c) Nature-based Solutions and Innovative Design Approaches: Chapters focusing on the relationships between wild species and ecosystem functioning and their benefits to human health and well-being, aiming at better connect urbanites with the natural and cultural history of the cities.