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Daniele Torreggiani

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/10 Rural Buildings and Agro-forest Land Planning

Director of First Cycle Degree in Sciences and Technologies for Green and Landscape


1. Study of farms, of the rural built environment and of features and characters of rural landscape aimed at supporting rural building design, through GIS and digital architectural modelling techniques.

2. Development of methods for multi-time and multi-level spatial analysis in rural landscape.

3. Analysis of landscape resources, of the evolutions in the planning framework and of critical issues of rural areas, aimed to establish innovative criteria for the enhancement of local resources.

4. Definition of conceptual GIS models for site-suitability and land-suitability problems aimed at finding the best location for new developments and infrastructure in rural areas and assessing the interactions among the project components and landscape features.

5. Integrated analysis of landscape and architectural features aimed at defining criteria for the reuse of historic rural buildings and their regulation within spatial and landscape planning.

The study of farms and their functional needs, of the rural built environment and of features and characters of rural landscape aimed at supporting the design of the rural built system is carried out through integrated procedures developed jointly with the other members of the research team, both through remote sensing and GIS techniques and on-site surveys, also on sample study areas. The research also focuses on the development of methods, based on the integration of GIS and digital architecture modelling techniques, aimed at the iterative definition, testing and calibration of design criteria based on historical and typological consistency and thus aimed at approaching the historic characters or at reducing the perception of  inconsistent elements. The specific goal of the research is to identify, through codified, repeatable, objective and shared methodologies, reference criteria and parameters for rural building design.

The study of changes in rural landscape is carried out through the integrated investigation of the agricultural, structural, infrastructural and settlement systems. The research focuses on: development of ad hoc methods for wide-area spatial analysis aimed at multi-time investigation of several features of rural landscape; integration between different close-range and remote survey techniques and between geographical and alphanumeric data, characterized by different origin, date, datum, spatial and spectral resolution and metric and informative content; definition of areal sampling techniques aimed at surveying and analysing quantitative indicators about landscape change; development of models and criteria for the interpretation of spatial trends and driving forces.

Analysis and planning mainly deal about landscape resources, changes in planning and programming regulations and critical issues of rural areas, in order to define criteria, tools and innovative strategies for the exploitation of local resources. The goal is to identify spatial-planning and landscape-design criteria based on sustainable land development. The research deals thus with the integrated analysis of space and time trends in the rural built environment and planning and programming policies, in order to assess the efficiency of various land development models and to develop criteria inspired by efficiency and environmental sustainability, with regard to rural areas and suburban fringes. The elaboration, calibration and development of methods for the visual analysis of projects and for landscape analysis are fundamental for developing planning and design criteria aimed at the landscape integration and enhancement of farms' open spaces and at the design of urban and periurban green areas.

Within the definition of criteria and building typologies at architectural and farm scale aimed at conciliating agricultural competitiveness and environmental and landscape compatibility, landscape and interactions between structures and the environment are in particular investigated. The research focuses on developing conceptual models implemented through GIS aimed at identifying the most suitable site for the location of developments and infrastructure in rural areas and the assessment of interactions between components of the project and landscape features, in terms of basic perception elements and contrast and dominance at landscape scale.

The research about the theme of the protection of historic rural buildings focuses on the integrated analysis of both architectural features and landscape characters, aimed at the calculation of synthetic information about historic rural buildings and their relationships with landscape and contemporary buildings. The issues regarding the reuse of historic farm buildings and their regulation within planning policies are also analysed, considering the characteristics of buildings, infrastructure, environmental and landscape critical issues and potentials.

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