The Italian Pavilion 2021 Project: a Low Impact Experiment

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Embodied energy makes up 25%-50% of the annual built environment CO2 emissions (Giesekam, Pomponi, 2018; Meneghelli, 2018). Considering the major role the construction industry plays in the emission of greenhouse gases, Architects and designers can play a significant role in mitigating the catastrophic consequences of GHG. Therefore, Italian Pavilion exhibition space has been designed and built with cradle-to-cradle cycle approach. Two scenarios for the exhibition have been analyzed for comparison; the first considering that the exhibition is entirely built from scratch using timber structure, and the second through utilizing the existing gypsum boards from the 2019 art exhibition, which would have been sent to landfill otherwise. The estimated embodied carbon footprint of the exhibition would be 0 for the 2021 exhibition space. And would be 80% less than it would have been if the exhibition would have been built from scratch as it was initially planned when the whole life cycle is considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCatalog of the Italian Pavilion “Resilient Communities” at the 2021 Architecture Biennale
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2021


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