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Ilaria Montella - XXVIII cycle


Graduated with full marks in Architecture from Roma Tre University with an experimental thesis at ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies) on energy retrofitting. She has collaborated with  the DiPsa Department of Roma Tre University since 2006, where she carries out activities regarding dynamic simulation and experimentation on energy efficiency. She is an assistant in Architectural Technology with the DiPsa Department since 2007. She is Energy Advisor for the CasaClima Agency in Bolzano since 2009.

She teaches Energy efficiency of buildings and interior projects at the European Institute of Design since 2010. In 2012 she was awarded a grant by the European Community – Leonardo Project, for the creation of a database on sustainable building.

She participated, as energy advisor and prototype certifier, at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, with the Team RhOME-RomaTre, which obtained the highest award with the project “RhOME for denCity”.


Scientific interests

Urban regeneration, urban metabolism, energy retrofitting, energy efficiency and simulation in buildings, ecological footprint.


Title of the thesis

“Housing Emergency; elements of technological resilience” (“Emergenza abitativa: elementi di resilienza tecnologica”)



Housing problems are linked to a complex series of factors. The high cost of housing has a strong impact on the family economy, which in turn has an incidence on the increase of evictions for default in payments, or of the number of families who have no access to the real estate market, not even as renters, due to lack of income, or disadvantaged economic conditions.

The situation is aggravated by the constant migratory flow of foreigners who arrive looking for work to the big cities, which function as economic magnets.

In the absence of concrete answers, the housing emergency is often solved through the creation of self-managed informal settlements, established in marginal areas.

The housing emergency, which presents a high degree of heterogeneity, constitutes one of the main reasons why cities are required to be more resilient, more capable of surviving, adapting and developing, independently of the type of shock they may suffer, without putting their particular structure in crisis.

Rome was one of the hundred cities around the world chosen by the Rockefeller Foundation for the "100 Resilient Cities" project, established with the purpose of implementing urban policies and actions aimed at increasing the resilience capacities of the city.

Based upon these premises, and on the experience obtained during the Solar Decathlon’14, the research wants to investigate how large cities may prepare themselves to satisfy housing needs by maintaining and increasing resilience. It inquires whether there are technological resilience features in buildings which, from the project phase, may allow them to adapt to the changing needs of both context and users.

The product of the research is the creation of a check list of technological features and guidelines capable of increasing the resilience-building of a project. The research attempts as well to provide a meta-project answer that could be included in the “100 Resilient Cities” project, in the indicators concerning “Health and welfare” of the “City Resilience Framework”, in order to increase the technological resilience of housing solutions in the Roman context.
last update: 22-Mar-2016
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