Supporting Cities towards Carbon Neutral Transition through Territorial Acupuncture

Federica Leone (Corresponding Author), Ala Hasan, Francesco Reda, Hassam ur Rehman, Fausto Carmelo Nigrelli, Francesco Nocera, Vincenzo Costanzo

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Since a solution towards carbon neutrality in already highly populated territories that does not profoundly alter the territories has not yet been found, territorial acupuncture, a new methodology presented in this paper, proposes a solution to this challenge and simultaneously helps to counter the dysfunctional dichotomy between large urban centres and small towns. The aim of this study is therefore to present this new concept and its operation. Hence, a phased study was carried out. Territorial acupuncture is the result of merging different theories and practices, such as Biourbanism, urban acupuncture, and energy community design. For Territorial Acupuncture, the territory is conceived as a single organism and, just like acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine, punctual interventions (in this case, interconnected energy communities) would benefit the entire territory organism. To make the theory work properly, it will be necessary to carry out multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary analyses over the entire territory to identify the intervention points and then proceed to the design and interconnection of the individual district. Thus, Territorial Acupuncture provides a new approach to the resilience of densely populated territories, which, through punctual interventions on a district scale, benefits the entire territory by modifying energy, socio-economic, and environmental dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4046
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • biourbanism
  • energy community
  • micro-invasive spatial planning
  • micro-invasive urban planning
  • positive energy district
  • resilience
  • territorial acupuncture
  • territorial resilience
  • towards carbon neutrality
  • urban resilience


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