Resilience and circularity in sustainable building design. Integrated tools for pre-intervention assessment


  • Paola De Joanna ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy)
  • Elisabetta Bronzino ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy)
  • Virginia Lusi University of L’Aquila (Italy)



resilience, parametric design, ecosystems, built environment, circular economy


The new demands on environmental protection and the energy efficiency of architectural assets open new frontiers to studies for the development of technologies for the control of the building process. The study presented here aims to identify criteria and tools for the control of resilience and circularity factors in construction as moderators of obsolescence processes, capable of stabilizing the construction product in ecosystem growth. The work integrates the results of two ongoing doctoral types of research that address the issue of controlling resilience and circularity in construction as a strategy for reducing environmental impact by identifying specific methodologies for interventions on the built heritage and the digital design process of new buildings.


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Author Biographies

Paola De Joanna, ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is an Associate Professor of Architecture Technology at the Department of Architecture. She carries out research on the issues of environmental sustainability, and the protection and enhancement of heritage and territorial resources; she is the Scientific Manager of agreements with local and international bodies.

Elisabetta Bronzino, ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy)

Architect and PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture, carries out research activities related to CITTAM (Interdepartmental Research Centre for the Study and Traditional Techniques of the Mediterranean Area).

Virginia Lusi, University of L’Aquila (Italy)

Architect and PhD Candidate at the Department of Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Her studies concern the sustainability of the built environment, with a focus on the evaluation of the circular economy and resilience for building recovery.


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Matrix of environmental units for the dwelling/work model, shows the relationships between environmental units and living activities and a graph of the Ratio of Elementary Actions and Environmental Units (credit: P. De Joanna, 2022). AGATHÓN 12 | 2022




How to Cite

De Joanna, P., Bronzino, E. and Lusi, V. (2022) “Resilience and circularity in sustainable building design. Integrated tools for pre-intervention assessment”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 12(online), pp. 122–135. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/12112022.

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