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Elisabetta Fossi - XXIX cycle


Elisabetta Fossi graduated with honours at the University of Florence, Department of Architecture, during the academic year 2012/2013, with a thesis titled “BASIC: Benchmark of Architectural Solutions for the Italian Core Network ” (“BASIC: Benchmark di Soluzioni Architettoniche per la Core Network Italiana”).

As of 2013 she has been a member of TxP Research UniFi, a group doing research in the field of airport design. She has had professional experience in architecture studios (2013/2014), and became a licensed architect in February 2015. From September 2013 she is a Teaching Assistant in the Environmental Design Lab and Project Management courses (DIDA, Unifi).


Scientific interests:

Project Design Management, Airport planning, Airport terminal design, Life cycle design, Life cycle costing


Title of the thesis_

“LiCyT - Life Cycle and Terminal Design”



Airport design is characterised by an evolutionary nature, typical of any infrastructure. The airport terminal is thus a building in constant growth and evolution whose layout may vary according to the needs of the original project but which must necessarily include the main subsystems required for the 'processing' of passengers. These subsystems need to increase their capacity to meet the increase of passengers throughout the years, and this in turn creates the need to accordingly adapt the pathways, equipment, facilities, and general architectural apparatus.

From a project point of view that is coherent with the general overview of the life-cycle of the terminal, the choice between the various project options is currently based upon function and capacity oriented evaluations (thus the originality of the research). A better structured approach to the process of decision-making, based upon economic and environmental quantitative inputs, can help to manage the project choices in the long-term in a better informed way. The aim of the research is thus to integrate a life-cycle point of view and the Life Cycle Costing method into airport management practice.                                                                                                                                                    

The purpose is to propose a state of the art methodology based upon desk research and to apply the said methodology on an appropriate case study.                                                                                                                                    

Further possibilities for developing the research in question are related to the fact that Life Cycle Costing analysis is still a scarcely used tool in the project phase (and not only in the case of airports) at the national level; at the European level, on the other hand, there is a lack of homogeneity in the diffusion of the methodology. Precisely due to this a greater awareness and attention regarding assessment of costs is encouraged at the European level, not only at the moment of the initial investment, but especially taking into consideration a comprehensive life-cycle point of view. These results are even more interesting if we take into consideration the “environmental” economic weight of the number of parameters under observation.
last update: 22-Mar-2016
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