5 December 2013
3:30PM — Cowgill 300

Katia Perini, Architect

Vegetated Architecture

Greening the building envelope with vertical greening systems such as climbing plants or living wall systems provides ecological and environmental benefits. Contemporary architecture is in fact increasingly focusing on vertical greening systems as a means to restore the environmental integrity of urban areas and their biodiversity and sustainability. Applying green facades and living wall systems, which are established features of contemporary urban design, can offer multiple environmental benefits on both new and existing buildings and can be a sustainable approach in terms of energy savings, when considering materials used, nutrients and water needed, and efficient preservation of edifices.

Katia Perini is an architect and postdoctoral researcher. She has been selected as a Fulbright grantee, under the Fulbright-Schuman Program, with a research project regarding the sustainability of urban areas with New York City as case study, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Katia completed her PhD in Architecture at the Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy) focusing on environmental sustainability and on the integration of innovative systems and technologies in architecture.