Women in Buildings


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Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
Interests: use of recycled components for structural materials; reinforced concrete structures design and assessment; seismic assessment of reinforced concrete structures; assessment; rehabilitation; strengthening and retrofit of buildings and bridges
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Department of Engineering and Architecture, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy
Interests: material characterization; mechanical properties; microstructure materials; fluid mechanics; mechanical behavior of materials; numerical simulation materials; processing material characteristics; nanomaterials

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Department of Energy, Systems, Territory and Constructions Engineering, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Interests: earthquake engineering; sustainable buildings; structural dynamics; historic structures; resilient infrastructures; mechanical characterization of building materials
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Dear Colleagues,

It is well known that in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), the bias of gender balance is particularly exaggerated. The number of male researchers working in STEM is much larger than that of women, and this is consistent in countries all over the world. This huge and rather constant imbalance affects the visibility of the work done by women, and very few studies can be found among a large number of male names. In the field of Buildings, even a few women can be found.

The present Special Issue, in this regard, aims to gather research work done by “Women in Buildings” as an open access journal issue able to enhance the visibility of their efforts. It is also expected that this call may also contribute to greater dissemination of the exceptional research being done by female scientists.

Research and design in the buildings field is rather wide and complex, including investigations on material properties and characterization, structural and/or thermal analysis of building components and systems, experimental investigation and/or numerical analysis of complex building systems, definition of new design tools and concepts to withstand extreme design loads, and even more.

We encourage women scientists with active research on buildings to submit an original manuscript to this Special Issue. We welcome submissions from all authors, irrespective of gender.

The collection "Women in Buildings" will welcome research teams and contributions dealing with:

  • Building engineering;
  • Architecture;
  • Constructional design;
  • Earthquake engineering;
  • Building construction & management;
  • Building materials;
  • Building structures;
  • Composites;
  • Energy in buildings and building physics;
  • Green buildings;
  • And others.

Dr. Chiara Bedon
Dr. Flora Faleschini
Dr. Laura Galuppi
Dr. Linda Giresini
Collection Editors

Women’s Special Issue Series

This Special Issue is part of Buildings's Women’s Special Issue Series, hosted by women editors for women researchers. The Series advocates the advancement of women in science. We invite contributions to the Special Issue whose lead authors identify as women. The submission of articles with all-women authorship is especially encouraged. However, we do welcome articles from all authors, irrespective of gender.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • building engineering
  • building materials
  • building structures
  • building physics
  • structural analysis and characterization
  • thermal analysis and characterization
  • design
  • experimental analysis in buildings
  • numerical analysis in buildings

Published Papers (1 paper)


33 pages, 3366 KiB  
Architectural Glass under Climatic Actions and Fire: Review of State of the Art, Open Problems and Future Perspectives
by Laura Galuppi, Annalisa Franco and Chiara Bedon
Buildings 2023, 13(4), 939; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13040939 - 01 Apr 2023
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A critical issue in the design of structural glass elements in buildings is represented by the evaluation of thermally induced stresses and strains. For both climatic actions and fire, thermal stresses represent one of the main causes of premature failure, due to the [...] Read more.
A critical issue in the design of structural glass elements in buildings is represented by the evaluation of thermally induced stresses and strains. For both climatic actions and fire, thermal stresses represent one of the main causes of premature failure, due to the high sensitivity of glass to temperature gradients. Thermal loads pose a severe safety risk for glass, due to their uneven distribution but also the lack of knowledge on the modification of mechanical properties with temperature. In design practice, approximate tools are used to describe temperature fields in glazing, which do not adequately estimate the thermally induced stresses. Additionally, the existing standards prescribe different methods for the calculation of both the temperature field and the consequent stress, usually based on strong simplifying assumptions, and there is a lack of uniformly defined procedures. Here, an accurate review of the state of the art on glass elements exposed to thermal actions, from both the scientific and the regulatory perspectives, is presented. Reference is made first to the evaluation of the thermal actions, and further to the proper assessment of both the temperature distribution and the consequent thermal stress. The paper also emphasizes open problems and future perspectives related to these topics, to evidence areas of research that should be strengthened and possible future enhancements to the current design and assessment methodologies, which should also be introduced in a regulatory framework. Full article
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