Carol Monticelli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture Built Environment and Construction Engineering at POLIMI for the discipline of the Architectural Technology, architect and PhD in Technology and design for environmental quality on a building and urban scale. She carries out research activities with the POLIMI Textile Architecture Network, within the interdepartmental Textiles Hub laboratory.

Her research activity is devoted to investigating the issues of eco-sustainable design of buildings and the environmental impact in construction, with particular attention to the assessment of the environmental impacts of materials and technologies in the various phases of the building process. She took part in many research projects at the national and international scale. She is Quality Manager of the biaxial mechanical testing rig at the accredited Textiles Hub at PoliMi. She is a member of the WG membrane structures CEN / TC250 WG5 and of the mirror group UNI / CT 046 / subcommittee 01 relating to textile and textile products CEN / TC248. Since 2016 she is coordinator of the WG Sustainability & Comfort of the European Tensinet network for the development of membrane constructions in the activity of the European Tensinet network Author of more than 120 publications, with mentions and acknowledgments, has co-guest edited Special Issues of International Ranked Journals. She is co-inventor of an Italian and a European patent.

Life cycle assessment of structural skins


This lecture will cover the key topics of environmental impacts of ultra-lightweight structures used in architecture, from raw materials, production, transport, use and disposal and sustainable strategies.

  • Advantages and limits of Membranes as construction system and their Lightness
  • Less matter, material and energy saving? We need to assess and demonstrate the correct applications
  • The life cycle of membranes: from cradle to cradle/reuse/recycling
  • Some updates on PFAS restriction of fluoropolymers
  • Tendencies, challenges, the sustainability and life cycle of Contemporary Tensile Structures in Europe will also be exposed.