01 Ecological Airport Urbanism. Airports and Landscapes in the Italian Northeast

Published at: 23 July 2015

by Laura Cipriani

Aracne - Rome - 2014 - 256 pages - ISBN 978-88-548-7436-7

Airports play an increasingly important role in cities and in regional development. Aviation itself generates social and economic benefits for the area it serves, but also brings with it considerable environmental and social costs. What do we mean by ‘ecological airport urbanism’? Is it possible to integrate landscape and airport infrastructure in an ecologically-‘sustainable’ way? What are the influences on the urban context? Starting from case-studies, this study seeks to address multiple issues related to the urban and environmental impacts of airports and to identify possible interventions to achieve an ‘eco-airport system’ – an infrastructure model with reduced landscape and environmental impact to be applied in other regional contexts. In particular, this research will focus on the North-East of Italy as an experimental field investigation in order to develop a working methodology and strategic-planning proposal to guide the planning and design of an ecological airport system at regional and urban scale.

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