Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Civil Engineering (cod. 8895)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student acquires theoretical knowledge and application skills on the subject of the design of green systems and nature-based solutions integrated with urban mobility infrastructures, considering the goals of connection with the environmental context, landscape and environmental impact mitigation, usability improvement, and increase of territorial systems resilience. The student is also able to identify the most suitable solutions depending on the type of infrastructure and context (urban, periurban, rural), considering both functional performance and perceptive quality, economic sustainability in the design, construction and management phases, and safety issues.

Course contents

The teaching course includes theoretical lessons, practice exercise activities also using computer tools as CAD software, seminars. Specifically, the following topics will be addressed:

  • Green systems in infrastructure and mobility
  • Nature-Based Solutions (systems built on an urban scale integrated into greenery)
  • Study and analysis of solutions for the growth and development of vegetation in the built dimension linked to infrastructures in different contexts.
  • Study and analysis of the characteristics of hanging and vertical green systems connected to infrastructures, classification of green roofs, elements and layers making up the sub-system, materials and components.
  • Construction technologies, technical solutions and construction details in the green roof and vertical walls.
  • Green structures, plants and systems for the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater and rainwater.
  • Study and analysis of rain gardens
  • Representation of green and vegetation in CAD environment


Lecture notes prepared by teachers in relation to the course (the material is made available on “Virtuale” progressively during the course, functionally for the lectures). Lecture notes given by the professor represent the necessary base for preparing the exam if integrated by notes taken by students during the lessons.

For further in-depth study of specific subjects and in particular in case the student cannot attend the lessons or can attend only part of them, it is warmly recommended to refer to specific chapters of the following books (please contact the teachers in advance):

  • Floriana Romagnolli (2013) Fitodepurazione Editore Flaccovio. Palermo.
  • Mauro Lajo Paul Luther (2012) Biopiscine progettazione ed esecuzione. Gruppo editoriale Esselibri. Napoli.
  • ISPRA (2012) Verde pensile: prestazioni di sistema e valore ecologico. Manuale 78.3/ 2012 (disponibile su internet).
  • R. Maggio, N. Mordà (2016) Progetto delle piste ciclabili. Maggioli Editore.
  • UNI 11235:2007 “Istruzioni per la progettazione, l' esecuzione, il controllo e la manutenzione di coperture a verde”
  • Paolo Abram «Giardini pensili. Coperture a verde e gestione delle acque meteoriche» 2004 – Gruppo editoriale Esselibri
  • Antonella Bellomo «Pareti verdi. Nuove tecniche» Sistemi Editoriali SE, Gruppo editoriale Esselibri
  • Oscar Eugenio Bellini, Laura Daglio «Verde verticale, aspetti figurativi, ragioni funzionali e soluzioni tecniche nella realizzazione di living walls e green façades» Maggioli Editore
  • Annibale Sicurella «Progettare il verde. Tecnihee soluzioni» Sistemi Editoriali SE, Gruppo editoriale Esselibri--
  • «Verde: naturalizzare in verticale» a cura di Valerio Tatano, Maggioli Editore

Teaching methods

The course includes lectures accompanied by CAD laboratory activities and seminars.

Theoretical lessons will be preparatory to the laboratory activities. The latter will be aimed at the creation of a final paper (graphic tables and summary report) and will be carried out individually under the supervision of the teacher.

The activities in the computer lab will be aimed at the graphic rendering of a project idea on a theme suggested by the teacher. In particular, the student will be asked to represent general layouts, functional schemes, construction details and architectural-structural elements. The final drawings, accompanied by a brief report, will be discussed and reviewed in the classroom with the teacher and evaluated during the final exam.

Assessment methods

The knowledge and skills of this teaching are assessed in the following way. During the final exam, the knowledge and skills acquired on each of the two modules are assessed.

The learning evaluation of the contents of course involves an oral exam in which the teachers will evaluate:

  • the final papers (design and report produced under the supervision of the teachers);
  • their defense;
  • knowledge and preparation achieved on the theoretical part through specific questions.

The overall assessment is made by the Commission taking into account:

  • for the theoretical part: the knowledge and skill level achieved by the student on the contents of all the teaching units;
  • for the graphic documents: the contents, clarity, consistency, and graphical quality.

Marks are expressed as a score out of 30.

To pass the exam the student has to show to have acquired sufficient knowledge on the course contents. To achieve the honors, an autonomous and competent capability to deal with in-depth analysis on the discussed subjects is required.

Missing the theoretical lectures or exercises does not preclude passing the exam: those who cannot attend must contact the teacher to contact a replacement activity.

Examination dates, times and locations are published on the degree course website. Subscription to exams through the AlmaEsami web application.

Teaching tools

Overhead projector and PC.

Office hours

See the website of Alberto Barbaresi


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.