Special Issue "Architecture and Salutogenesis: Beyond Indoor Environmental Quality"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Rossano Albatici
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, 38122 Trento TN, Italy
Interests: indoor human comfort conditions; passive building elements for heating and cooling; salutogenesis in architecture; ecosustainable building design; building performance and monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last 50 years, a green revolution took place in the building sector, mainly focused on decreasing energy consumption through the whole life cycle, maximizing the use of renewable energy sources, and controlling GHG emission in the atmosphere. Recently, a real paradigm shift occurred in architectural design principles with the introduction of new concepts, such as nearly zero energy buildings, long-term renovation strategies, energy and environmental building rating systems, life cycle assessment procedures, digital design, and so on. Along with these, a stronger attention to the aspects concerning users’ indoor comfort conditions was aroused, and the concept of indoor environmental quality is now commonly accepted. Regardless, in this field, the general approach is always pathogenic oriented, that is limits are defined in order to establish which the proper characteristics are that an environment must satisfy so as to prevent human disease. In the 1970s, the new concept of salutogenesis was proposed, mainly after research by Aaron Antonovsky in the field of health and medicine, now introduced also in the principles of many national health programs. The question is no more why people get sick, but why and how they are healthy, where they recover the “generalized resistant resources” that prevent illness and promote health. From the beginning of the 2000s, “extended salutogenesis” concerned not only physical, psychic, emotional, relational, and spiritual aspects, but also economic, cultural, and environmental ones, the latter related to architecture and the built environment as well.

The question now is, how does a well-designed built environment produce potentially healthful factors enhancing environmental strategies of health promotion?

This is particularly important for hospitals and homes for the elderly, but also schools and residences as well. This novel approach, focusing on wellness factors that promote health, opens up new questions but also extraordinary possibilities to regenerate the architectural design and related research, in the field of building shape, relationship with the environment, construction systems, passive solutions, installation design, materials and processes, interior and furniture design, and so on.

With this in mind, I want to invite researchers and scholars to contribute to this Special Issue of Sustainability, with the aim of forming a solid scientific background to the salutogenic approach to architecture and built environment design, continuing the development of the last 40 years from energy efficiency to comfort to IEQ and, finally, to health.

Therefore, I invite you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting comprehensive reviews, original case studies, or research articles.

Prof. Rossano Albatici
Guest Editor

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  • Salutogenesis
  • Design and health
  • Wellbeing
  • Eco design
  • Indoor comfort conditions
  • Passive building elements
  • Neuroarchitecture
  • Biophilia
  • Materials
  • Interior design
  • Furniture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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