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First Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


Knowledge and understanding:
Systemic approach to the study having as track the topics of lectures.

Knowledge and applied understanding:
Transfer the theoretical knowledge to the final design of parts of the building broadening and deepening the arguments.

Making judgments:
Critical awareness of the complexity and problems inherent in building design.

Communication skills:
Spur to the direct participation both during the exercises and the lectures to form the habit of verbal communication as well as written.

Ability to learn:
Working out a research and learning method to allow, during the profession, to better perform the tasks assigned.


All exams of the first year Course (or similar).


The course will be activated only if at least 3 students are enrolled.
The course will have the general theme of the year re-reading the construction process of the Millennium Dome in London.
Alternatively, and depending on the number of subscribers, the theme of a small tensile structure-sculpture to be inserted in the historic center of Cagliari can be developed.

In the first hypothesis the general title of the project is:
The constructive path of the Millennium Dome.
In the second: an intervention for the enhancement of an urban space.

Students will be provided with graphic drawings useful for retracing the construction phases of the structure.

Teaching Methods

The educational Module is constituted by Lectures/Communications and Workshops for total 40 hs. In particular:

Are generally holded by the teacher. Some contributes of experts, representatives of public corporations are expected. They will develop deepening of specific topics, like as:
- Examples of shading system or similar (Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Marrakech, Pécs, Tempio P.);
- Some icons of Contemporary Architecture;
- Tensile structures, their characteristics and typological and constructive variables;
- Examples from the educational activities of previous years.

Are a topic step during the development of the educational course: they are carried out in the lecture hall with groups formed by 3 or 4 students. The groups will be preferably proposed by the students. Students are invited, if possible, to carry out their work in the main in the lecture hall. They must be, for this, equipped with adequate tools and materials. For this reason it's necessary that each component of the group stay connected with all colleagues so that: drawings, models and all relative materials are ever available for workshops, even if one or more components are absent, to assure a regular and constant progress of the work and the review of the teacher and/or tutors.

Verification of learning

For the understanding of the executive process, the realization of the Model is fundamental: the material and the scale with which it will be realized is left free but will still constitute an element of evaluation (appropriateness of the representation and coherence between the system of tensile structures and materials chosen) .

The study tables will have to be realized only freehand while the choice on the final representation modality is left free.

Are required:
• 1 Model
• Summary book of the educational path in a strictly A3 format only (to be delivered to the exam);
• 1 A1 format poster (to be delivered to the exam);
• CD / DVD with all the images of the model: graphic works (pdf), relevant photos (jpg) and plastic models (jpg) and its phases (jpg);

The graphic drawings must cover all the elements necessary to comprehensively illustrate the construction process and clearly represent the constructive characteristics of the episode.
The composition of the book and the poster will not be reviewed but must be presented directly to the exam.
The selection of the most significant papers will be shown in the Posters.

The papers considered worthy may be used by any publications of the Faculty.

The frequency in the activities is compulsory.
Please note that at the start of the activities, the registration card to the Module will be taken and the each student's attendance sheet will be signed, then every student will carry them both already printed. The student's attendance sheet must be shown to each activity and it will be signed each time from Teacher or Tutor.
The works will be evaluated and voted at the end of activities.
The Course is organized jointly by the teacher and tutors/reviewers for a total commitment of approximately 40 hours.
Attendance at activities is compulsory, the presence are then recorded and a maximum number of hours of absence, equal to 20% of the total (8 hours) will be allowed.


FOSTER Brian, MOLLAERT Marijke, Associazione TENSINET
(Edizione italiana a cura di ZANELLI Alessandra)
“Progettare con le membrane”
Maggioli Editore, Rimini, 2007

SCHOCK Hans Joachim
“Atlante delle tensostrutture”
Utet, Torino

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The teacher will prepare some handouts on the technical topics discussed.
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