Symbiotic design for a resilient urban ecosystem


  • Francesca Olivieri Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)



climate change, air quality, heat island effect, nature-based solutions, symbiosis


Numerous sources of scientific evidence show that we are currently facing a profoundly serious environmental emergency, mainly due to the repercussions caused by ongoing climatic changes. The climate and environmental challenges are exacerbated in cities: fragile systems faced with extreme climate events where most of the population currently lives and with a sharply increasing trend. One of the strategies with the greatest potential to contribute to the transition of cities towards a more resilient, sustainable, and healthy model is the integration of Nature-based Solutions in built-up environments if applied with clear functional objectives. For this to be possible, urban space and buildings must be imagined as living systems, that is, created based on a symbiotic relationship with nature and designed to generate a positive impact on the surrounding environment.


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Author Biography

Francesca Olivieri, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

PhD and Architect, she is an Associate Professor of Architectural Technology at the Department of Construction and Architectural Technology (DCTA). She is an expert in Nature-based Solutions and their potential for improving the energy performance of buildings, adapting cities to climate change and improving people’s well-being.


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How to Cite

Olivieri, F. (2022) “Symbiotic design for a resilient urban ecosystem”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 40–49. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1132022.

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