DCEE 2016
5th International Workshop on design in Civil and Environmental Engineering

October 6-8th Sapienza University of Rome, ITALY

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The 5th International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering (DCEE5) will be held at the Sapienza University of Rome during October 6-8, 2016.


In his 1969 book "The Sciences of the Artificial" (MIT Press), Herbert A. Simon, argues that design is the central activity that defines engineering and distinguishes it from the natural sciences. In fact, design is much more than engineering: it encompasses many different skills and disciplines.

In Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in particular, design has typically been housed within each of the civil domains, shrouded by analysis, replaced by standards and building codes, and unable to cross the disciplinary boundaries as it was meant to do.

Yet, many of the greatest challenges that humanity will face in the 21st century will require civil and environmental engineers and architects to develop creative and innovative solutions that will radically alter our infrastructure and the built environment.

The DCEE series of workshops explore what it would mean for design to be a discipline within CEE, what it means for design to be a discipline in other areas of engineering, and the implication for interdisciplinary design in cooperation with other fields such as architecture, urban planning, industrial design, product design and more.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Rome for the 5th International Workshop on Design for Civil and Environmental Engineering where we will explore the nature of design in civil and environmental engineering and establish the foundation for civil design research.

The workshop scientific program is divided in 6 sessions on design methodology and education, and on the role of the interdisciplinarity in the design process, with 18 presentations and 2 plenary lectures.

The workshop includes two guided tours. The first tour is at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana known also as the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum), an icon of Modern Architecture, nowadays housing the luxury fashion label Fendi. The second tour will focus on ancient Rome, and on recent and extraordinary findings in the north-eastern area of the Palatine Hill archaeological site.

We hope you will enjoy your staying in Rome and we look forward to fruitful discussions during the meetings and the other activities.

The workshop chairs
Prof. Franco Bontempi, Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Konstantinos Gkoumas, StroNGER srl


Workshop Chairs:

Prof. Franco Bontempi, Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Konstantinos Gkoumas, StroNGER srl

International Advisory Committee:

Prof. Franco Bontempi, Sapienza University of Rome
Prof. Cristopher A. Brown, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Prof. Markus J. Buehler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Renate Fruchter, Stanford University
Prof. Charis Gantes, National Technical University of Athens
Prof. Timo Hartmann, TU Berlin
Prof. Shang-Hsien “Patrick” Hsieh, National Taiwan University
Prof. Lotte Bjerregaard Jensen, Technical University of Denmark
Prof. Adib Kanafani, University of California Berkeley
Prof. Yoshiaki Kubota, University of Toyama
Prof. H.K. Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Prof. Giuseppe Longhi, Università IUAV di Venezia
Prof. Pier Giorgio Malerba, Politecnico di Milano
Prof. Ser Tong Quek, National University of Singapore
Prof. Mary Kathryn Thompson, Technical University of Denmark
Dr. Nicola Tollin, Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments
Prof. Nobuyoshi Yabuki, Osaka University

Local Advisory Committee:

Monica Antinori, MSc, Fondazione Promozione Acciaio
Prof. Fabio Biondini, Politecnico di Milano
Prof. Antonio Cappuccitti, Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Linda Comerlati, Università IUAV di Venezia
Prof. Mario De Stefano, University of Florence
Dr. Antonio Fioravanti, Sapienza University of Rome
Prof. Elena Mele, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Dr. Fausto Mistretta, Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Dr. Pierluigi Olmati, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan
Prof. Maria Laura Santarelli, Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Luca Sgambi, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Prof. Mauro Sassu, Università di Pisa
Prof. Tomaso Trombetti, University of Bologna
Prof. Patrizia Trovalusci, Sapienza University of Rome

Organizing Committee:

Alessandra Aguinagalde, Civil Engineer, BSc
Dr. Stefania Arangio, Sapienza University of Rome
Agnese Bregnocchi, MSc, Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Chiara Crosti, StroNGER srl
Giovanni Dimase, Civil Engineer, MSc
Giuseppe Galiano, MSc, Sapienza University of Rome
Marco Lucidi, Civil Engineer, MSc
Dr. Francesco Petrini, Sapienza University of Rome


  • call for papers

    You are cordially invited to submit a paper for the 5th International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    (Workshop Poster).

    Original research papers, educational and professional case studies, and editorial essays are all welcome.

    Papers must be original, unpublished, and prepared using the template provided.

    The abstracts should be written in English and must not exceed 300 words.

    Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail as PDF files to analisi-strutturale@uniroma1.it


    July 30, 2016: Abstract submission

    August 15, 2016: Abstract peer review

    September 15, 2016: Paper submission

    September 30, 2016: Paper peer review

    Review and publication

    All papers will be peer reviewed and authors will be notified of the results via e-mail.

    The workshop acceptance is based on the abstact review. The paper review will provide authors with additional feedback for the presentation and for the final submission that will take place after the workshop.

    All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and will be available in electronic form after the workshop.

    At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register and present the paper.

  • Topics

    Topics include but are not limited to:

    • Interdisciplinary challenges in engineering design
      • Structure (Heritage structures, Civil/structural, Optimization, new materials)
      • Systems (Indoor climate/energy, District and urban scale, Resilience, Energy Harvesting)
      • Construction (BIM, drones, Surveying…)
      • Life Cycle Assessment in engineering design
      • Environmental Engineering (Flood risk and climate change design challenges)
    • Design methodology
      • Integration and interdisciplinarity
      • Philosophy
      • Aesthetics
      • Form finding/Parametric Design
      • Influence from other sciences (e.g. biology, neuroscience)
      • Innovation
      • Economic challenges/governance
    • Design Education in engineering design

  • Programme

    The workshop will include two guided tours and invited lectures.

    You can download the final programme and book of abstracts.

    Invited plenary lectures:

    Prof. Pier Giorgio Malerba (CV),

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

    Conceptual design: from abstract reasoning to consistent details.

    Prof. Charis Gantes (CV),

    School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.

    Interaction between education, research and practice in structural steel design.

  • Registration

    Participation cost:
      • Early (by September 15)/student: 300 €
      • Normal: 350 €
      • Extra paper: 100 €

      For registering, please use the following registration form (Mod. A). If your affiliation is an Italian University or other Italian Public Administration, use this registration form (Mod. B) instead.

  • Travel Information

    DCEE 2016 will be held at the Engineering Faculty of the Sapienza University of Rome (Google Maps ). The faculty is located only 1 km from the Roma Termini train station and is within walking distance of the metro station “Cavour” and “Colosseo” (blue line - B).


    By Plane: The Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport is linked to the city by highway and an express train service (Leonardo Express) departing every 30 minutes to and from the Termini train station (about 40 minutes). Several buses also operate the route. The G.B. Pastine Ciampino Airport is also connected to Termini Station by bus, or bus + subway Line A at Anagnina station towards Battistini. The journey may take between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on traffic.

    By train: Roma Termini station is Rome’s main train station. Trenitalia provides train routes.

    Underground: The Termini subway station is an interchange hub between underground lines A and B. To reach the venue take a train of B or B1 Line towards Laurentina and drop off at either Colosseum or Cavour stops.


    The workshop venue is located in the Colosseum area, close to the Monti, Esquilino and Fora neighborhoods. Wiki travel provides many tourist information. Rome offers a wide range of accommodation, with a large number of hotels of all categories: there are more than 300 hotels and bed&breakfast facilities within a 2km radius from the workshop location. Bookings must be made directly by contacting the hotels.

  • Join us


Click on the images for additional info on DCEE 2016 and the City of Rome

Workshop venue

The Engineering Faculty of the Sapienza University of Rome

Sapienza University of Rome

Città Universitaria: an iconic campus

Ancient and Renaissance Rome

A city of firsts

Modern Rome

21st Century Landmarks

Presentations and papers

Report and outlook from the 5th DCEE workshop

F. Bontempi, K. Gkoumas

Day 1

Opening Address: F. Bontempi (presentation)
Keynote 1: P. G. Malerba: Conceptual design: from abstract reasoning to consistent details (presentation)
Paper session I: Design Methodology: architectural and structural design Chair: S-H Hsieh
P. Trovalusci: The recovery of the ‘ethic’ of constructions: P. L. Nervi vs S. Musmeci, two structural conceptions compared
R. Kamiyama: Aesthetic Trends and Sustaining Process of Aesthetic Value of Japanese Temple Gardens (presentation, paper)
E. Mele, M. Fraldi, G. M. Montuori, G. Perrella: “Non-conventional” Structural Patterns for Tall Buildings: from Diagrid to Hexagrid and Beyond (presentation, paper)
Paper session II: Design Methodology: architectural and structural design Chair: Y. Kubota
Y. Mizuno, Y. Kubota: Structural Form of Bridges Reflecting the Construction Processes (presentation, paper)
I. Vassilopoulou, K. Seferoglou: Design of temporary deep foundation and monitoring for the erection of an arched bridge over an active landslide (presentation, paper)
M. Palermo, T. Trombetti: Sandwich concrete walls: how a technology of the past can help obtaining hyper resistant seismic structures (presentation)
Paper session III: Design Methodology: materials and technology Chair: E. Mele
M. Antinori, M. Guidotti, G. Manzini, F. Scavazza: The design assisted by testing: a research project of a cold formed steel building system (presentation, paper)
H. K. Lee, G. M. Kim : Overview of strength aspects of carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced cementitious composites (presentation, paper)
C. Chiti (Knauf): Thermal and sound performance of lightweight constructions (presentation, paper)

Day 2

Keynote 2: C. Gantes: Interaction between education, research and practice in structural steel design (presentation)
Paper session IV: Interdisciplinary challenges in engineering design Chair: H. K. Lee
S. Osaki, Y. Nakai: Design Philosophy and Methodology Required for the Survivors of Japan’s 2011 Tsunami (presentation, paper)
K. Gkoumas, F. Petrini, S. Arangio, C. Crosti, F. Bontempi: Development of a piezoelectric energy harvesting sensor: from concept to reality (presentation, paper)
G. Galiano, A. Cutini: Social housing as a means of urban regeneration (presentation)
Paper session V: Interdisciplinary challenges in engineering design Chair: L. B. Jensen
F. Biondini, L. Capacci, A. Titi: Seismic Resilience of Aging Bridges and Evolving Road Networks (presentation, paper)
K. Espenhein, L. B. Jensen: Designing in the framework of sustainability certification systems – a survey of trends (presentation, paper)
F. Petrini: Energy Harvesting from Flow-Induced vibrations: numerical analysis and experimental testing (presentation)
Paper session VI: Design education in engineering design Chair: M-M Song
M-D Chen, S-H Hsieh, M-M Song, S-Y Lai: Pedagogical Learning from a Future-Oriented Interdisciplinary Design Course (presentation, paper)
Y-H Tsai, C-Y Wei, J-Y Wang, M-H Li, Y-H Pan, I-F Chen, S-H Hsieh: Designing a MOOC for a capstone project in Civil Engineering (presentation, paper)
R. Panei, P. Trovalusci: Architectural design of recycling areas
Introduction to DCEE 2017 F. Mistretta (presentation)
Introduction to the guided tour M. L. Santarelli: The CISTeC (Research Center in Science and Technology for the Conservation of historical-architectural heritage) and the “Excavating in Ancient Rome - Valley of the Colosseum and Palatine Hill” crowdfunding project (presentation)

Day 3

Kick-off presentation: A. Trento: Formal Simplicity vs Technological Complexity: Design and Construction Process for Architectural Methaphysic
E. Mele: Structural design education: ideas, experiences (presentation)
A. Fioravanti
Closing Remarks F. Bontempi (presentation)
Introduction to the round table K. Gkoumas (presentation)


Contact Us

For more information about the workshop fill in the form below, or contact directly the workshop chairs

Franco Bontempi and Konstantinos Gkoumas