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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 407; doi:10.3390/su8040407

Urban Environment and Nature. A Methodological Proposal for Spaces’ Reconnection in an Ecosystem Function

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Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Trieste 34127, Italy
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Licensed Architect, Trieste 34100, Italy
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Academic Editors: Filippo Sgroi and Marc A. Rosen
Received: 28 March 2016 / Revised: 16 April 2016 / Accepted: 19 April 2016 / Published: 23 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Competitiveness of Farms)
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Abstract

Our main objective is to highlight the profound disconnect between natural and anthropic elements within urban areas, with particular reference to the morpho-functional dimensions of the urban and territorial pattern. Heterogeneity in the elements underpinning relations in urban environments, absent governing principles, predisposes to conditions of widespread dysfunction and inefficiency in the modalities of anthropic utilization of the various contexts. As a result, the functions inherent to ecological and natural networks tend to be undermined, negatively impacting the environment. To this end, this paper proposes the adoption of ecoducts, on the one hand as a means to support planning and a measure aimed at reactivating the complex functions typical of urban environments and, on the other hand, as a two-way correlation between anthropic and ecological interactions at the territorial scale. Finally, the analysis of an Italian case study will highlight the potential of such instruments in terms of creating an integrated eco-systemic service, capable of significantly contributing to long-term improvement in the quality of life of urban systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural elements; urban environment; ecoduct; functional connectivity; ecosystem service; quality of life natural elements; urban environment; ecoduct; functional connectivity; ecosystem service; quality of life
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Prestamburgo, S.; Premrù, T.; Secondo, G. Urban Environment and Nature. A Methodological Proposal for Spaces’ Reconnection in an Ecosystem Function. Sustainability 2016, 8, 407.

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