Resilience Through Ecological Network

  • Grazia Brunetta DIST (Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and planning), CED PPN (European Documentation Centre on Nature Park Planning) Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli, 39 - 10125 Turin – Italy
  • Angioletta Voghera DIST (Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and planning), CED PPN (European Documentation Centre on Nature Park Planning) Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli, 39 - 10125 Turin – Italy
Keywords: Green infrastructuresm, Landscape and ecological services, Agro-ecosystems, Resilience


The paper explores the strategic role that urban biodiversity and ecosystem services management, natural infrastructure and adaptive governance approaches can play in making our economies and societies more resilient and in linking human societies and the natural environment. Resilience – a concept that entered the debate on urban governance – means the ability of urban systems, considered as linear-systems, to react to external disturbances by returning to some socio-ecological equilibrium steady-state by overcoming a crisis period (Gunderson & al. 2010, Newman & al. 2009). In this view, green infrastructures can assume a strategic role in restoring and enhancing the ecological and environmental livability in urban areas. Starting from the International and European context, the paper discusses innovative programs and interdisciplinary projects and practices (some cases in Turin Metropolitan Area) to demonstrate how green infrastructures can increase the adaptive capacity of urban systems in term of resilience. They can contribute to increase the ability of European cities to adapt to climate change and to reduce their ecological footprints, to enhance security and life quality.


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Author Biographies

Grazia Brunetta, DIST (Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and planning), CED PPN (European Documentation Centre on Nature Park Planning) Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli, 39 - 10125 Turin – Italy

Architect, PhD in Spatial Planning, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning (DIST) of Turin Polytechnic where she teaches Urban Planning and Strategic Environmental Assessment. She has been member in Editorial Board of Italian Journal of Regional Science until 2010, and in the elected scientific board of Italian Section of the Regional Science Association. Her research activities is related to the following topics: institutional innovation in spatial planning, strategic evaluation in territorial planning, environmental and landscape planning. The results of her researches have been collected in numerous national and international publications.

Angioletta Voghera, DIST (Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and planning), CED PPN (European Documentation Centre on Nature Park Planning) Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli, 39 - 10125 Turin – Italy

Architect, PhD in Territorial Planning and Local Development, Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning - Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino. Hers main research field and teaching activities deals with Regional and Landscape Planning, and Urban Design with reference to the international and European context. Special attention is focused on sensible environments such as: natural and landscape protected areas, fluvial and rural areas. Author of numerous articles and researches findings in this fields have been published both nationally and internationally; particularly author of the monographs: Culture europee di sostenibilità. Storie e innovazioni nella pianificazione (Gangemi Editore, 2006); After the European Landscape Convention. Policies, Plans and Evaluation, (AlineaEditrice, 2010); with Ingaramo R., Planning and Architecture. Searching for an Approach, (Alinea International, 2012).


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How to Cite
Brunetta, G., & Voghera, A. (2014). Resilience Through Ecological Network. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment.