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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 4448-4473; doi:10.3390/su7044448

Gaetano Vinaccia’s (1881–1971) Theoretical Work on the Relationship between Microclimate and Urban Design

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, Via Santa Croce, 59, 09124 Cagliari, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 14 January 2015 / Revised: 7 April 2015 / Accepted: 8 April 2015 / Published: 15 April 2015
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Because of his classification as a minor architect, Gaetano Vinaccia’s (1881–1971) role in the history of architecture has not been studied in depth. Despite the fact that his impact on the debate about rational architecture was limited, the depth and scientific accuracy of his theoretical contribution to the field of microclimatology in relation to urban design issues deserve to be highlighted, especially today when environmental and bioclimatic questions arise strongly in architecture and planning. Thus, this work aims to reconsider this figure by describing the—unfavorable—context in which his work evolved, by bringing to light his most brilliant statements, by reading his scientific productions, and by starting to consider the validity of some of Vinaccia’s intuitions and their actual correspondence with contemporary research. The question of whether Vinaccia can be considered as an innovator (or not) largely derives from the point of view of architectural criticism and the fact that he did not have a well-defined discipline in which to be classified. Despite the fact that his The City of Tomorrow (1943–1952), which is the first complete treatise on the subject, reveals that he was an absolute pioneer, he has had no chance to influence architecture and urbanism until today. View Full-Text
Keywords: Vinaccia; urban design; microclimate; polisclimatology; sustainability; architecture; environmental design Vinaccia; urban design; microclimate; polisclimatology; sustainability; architecture; environmental design
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Chiri, G.; Giovagnorio, I. Gaetano Vinaccia’s (1881–1971) Theoretical Work on the Relationship between Microclimate and Urban Design. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4448-4473.

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