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Patrizia Tassinari

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

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

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Health, Safety and Green Systems


1 Analysis of the rural built environment aimed at defining functional needs. Definition of criteria for structural and technological optimization of existing constructions; study of buildings typologies aimed at conciliating agricultural competitiveness and environmental and landscape compatibility; definition of specific design criteria for rural and agro-industrial buildings.

2 Study of changes in rural land-use/land-cover and landscape, through integrated analysis of the agricultural system, of structures and infrastructure, and built environment.

3 Landscape Design for the enhancement of farms' open spaces and urban and periurban green areas.

4 Land and site suitability analysis aimed at the location planning of structures and infrastructure in rural areas, considering both functional needs and environmental and landscape preservation.

5 Development of criteria for the typological analysis of historic rural buildings.

The research is based primarily on the characterization of the current rural built system aimed at the qualitative and quantitative identification of functional requirements and at the analysis of the productive and landscape features. The theoretical basis of the research is represented by the definition of references and criteria for architectural and landscape quality in rural building design. In this regard historic rural buildings are recognized as an expression of empirical knowledge which is generally characterized by high architectural quality: their analysis proves thus to be useful to define criteria for the design of new buildings. The in-depth analysis of historic rural buildings is therefore a basic step to define 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 results of the research can be useful in the field of technological and structural optimization of existing constructions, of the study of buildings typologies aimed at conciliating agricultural competitiveness and environmental and landscape compatibility, and of the definition of specific design criteria for rural and agroindustrial buildings.

The study of changes in rural landscape is carried out through the integrated investigation of the agricultural, structural, infrastructural and settlement systems, also considering the relations of such trends with programming and planning policies. The following issues are studied: changes in the socio-economic, land-use/land-cover, physical, structural and infrastructural elements of rural  landscape; analysis of areas where such features underwent the most peculiar and severe trends; analysis of the driving forces and relations among the trends of the various systems; definition of future scenarios.

The analysis are carried out in order to define criteria, tools and strategies for landscape design in farms' open spaces and urban and periurban green areas, within the broader theme of enhancement of landscape and environment. Issues concerning planning and regulations are also analyzed, in order to encourage the proper harmonization and environmental and landscape sustainability of facilities and infrastructure.

The research is part of the broader analysis of the many factors that must be considered in order to define a proper design process. These factors, mutually linked, concern both functional needs and the interactions between the built environment and landscape. The land-suitability/site-planning problem deals with the definition of the most suitable location for new developments and infrastructure in rural areas, considering both the availability of facilities and services and landscape compatibility. As for the rural built environment and its relationships with landscape and agricultural arrangement, the study aims to develop methodologies capable of assessing the potential visual impact caused by rural structures and infrastructure, and the mitigating potential of different solutions.

Within the theme of a proper holistic protection of the cultural and physical integrity of landscape, the study deals with the protection of the historic settlement system of the countryside, which is analyzed in terms of dating, distribution and architectural features. In particular the research focuses on the development of methodologies aimed at the typological study of the historic rural built environment. The results are analyzed to investigate possible correlations among the above-mentioned issues and also to derive criteria useful for the design of new rural buildings.