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defining alternative development scenarios, identifying urban politics,
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Architecture, Technologies, and Urban Quality
Federica Ottone
The technological dimension of architecture has to do primarily with the
capacity to express innovation through the forms of language typical to
architecture: thus, architectural innovation that is expressed not through
linguistic syntax, but rather through forms, elements, and devices dictated
by the necessity to track the evolution of external conditions, of necessities,
of instances deriving from changes to social, economic, and productive
Within this framework, for some time now, the themes of renewable
energy and energy savings have come to occupy a relevant position in both
research and the governance of processes transforming the city and the
landscape. However, today, the greatest urgency is that of intervening in the
existing city, seeking to remedy the shortcomings in the overall quality of
the built environment , beginning with the quality of buildings realized
between the 1950s and 1980s 9 . The urgent need to intervene is, however,
discouraged by the incapacity to begin a reflection on the economic impli-
cations of an eventual technological and architectural reconfiguration of
public and private building stock.
This acceptance of responsibility implies the identification of concrete
examples of experimentation to effectively establish to what degree the
advantages of an action of energy refurbishment may be supported by soci-
9 Italian Law n. 10/91: Regulations for the Implementation of the National Energy Plan for the
Rational Use of Energy, Energy Savings and the Development of Renewable Energy Sources, dis-
ciplined by implementation regulations only in 1993 and 1999. These years were marked by the
development of a greater awareness of issues related to energy savings.
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