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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[80/71]  ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE [71/00 - Ord. 2013]  PERCORSO COMUNE 4 50


The course will provide students of architecture with a basic , but rigorous, knowledge of processes and events that mark the genesis and formation of modern European civilization in the fifteenth and sixteenth century,in a relativistic and non-Eurocentric perspective, however, broad enough to allow the understanding of other cultures and civilizations. A further, but not the secondary goal, is to give students the ability to read and explain critical and autonomous architectural and urban forms such as texts produced by particular historical contexts, but in the perspective of a costantly evolving


Does not require any specific base of knowledge than those acquired in the secondary school.Where they are needed supplementary notions and concepts, the teacher will provide timely indication of readings so that the students acquire them quickly


Introduction.Between two views of history:the "Angel of history"of Walter Benjamin and the "philosophical"history of Voltaire 1.The interdisciplinary approach to the study of architectures as texts 2.Architecture as a symbolic form 3. The discoveries of the Renaissance: Humanism, Naturalism, Hermeticism 4. Forms of the Renaissance city: Real city, Ideal city, City of Utopia 5. The conquest of America and its implications for Economy, Civilization and Culture 6.Revelations of conscience and religious spirituality between Reformation and Counter-Reformation 7. Real and imaginary architectures of the Counter-Reformation 8.The state building: italian prince, Holy Roman Empire, monarchies of Spain, France and England 9.The scientific revolution and its repercussions on the conception of the world (and on the architecture's practices and aesthetics)10. Absolutism in the seventeenth century: courts and capitals 11.The age of the Baroque,interpretations and respects (Rome and the papal prince, Venice and the libertine culture,etc.) 12. The debat between classicists and moderns(Bees and Spiders) 13. The Enlightenment and the French Revolution 14 Enlightened architectures 15.The beautiful and the sublime: towards a new conception of art.

Teaching Methods

Lessons, with illustrative images of the course topics.Each lesson is subsequently revived by the teacher with a synthetic and critical explanation, for familiarizing students with the central themes and to strengthen their general understanding of the program carried out.The lesson provides short breaks to enable students to ask questions,make observations, solicit insights.During the course the student is encouraged to identify ways of personal deepening,by a preliminary bibliographical exploration.

Verification of learning

Verification of student learning concerns: the acquisition of a suitable information on the topics covered in the lessons, the capacity to orient in the constitutive processes of modern european civilization and the ability to communicate properly and effectively the learned contents.The test is oral,normally divided in three questions of increasing complexity, preceded by a critical discussion of a text or an image on the topics covered during the course.The exam is held in public to allow all students to verify the reliability and correctness of its development and its assessment.The mark is expressed in thirtieth.

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