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[80/72]  ARCHITECTURE [72/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 12 120


The Course aims at studying the contemporary city.
The students will be educated to the understanding of the current urban phenomena, by learning theoretical knowledge and by mean of methods borrowed from the social analysis and other different disciplinary areas. The job setting will be based on the real world experience, teamwork as it is meant in an architect studio or in a temporary group build up to participate to design competition or when working as a staff from a Government Administration/Institution.
The proposed approach aims at stimulating the acquisition of different competences (theory, design, graphics, logics, communication and social skills, manual ability) that will be enhanced by the seminars and public presentations.
All the activities aim to produce a critical reflection on the different contemporary urban cultures.
The students will be able to develop a project on the urban scale, with a clear strategic connotation, and to deepen some of its aspects to the architectural scale. Specific value will be given to the ability of representing and effectively communicate their project at the different scales.
The course itself (the teaching) will educate the student to the work planning, to the development of a critical sense, to the teamwork, to the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogue and approach, and to the communication effectiveness of all the design phases.


Basic critical and design skills, along with the concepts and introductory tools in urban and architectural analysis and design, are assumed to have been acquired during the Bachelor Degree in "Sciences of Architecture".


The Course is organized in two interrelated Modules:
♣ Theory and Design Studio: 60 hours, 6 CFU
♣ Design Studio: 60 hours, 6 CFU


1. Introduction (2 h)
2. Architecture and City: theories, approaches and experiences from modernity to the new millennium (25 h)
3. Architecture and Public Sphere (5 h)
4. Design practices (10 h)

1. The Observatory of the Metropolitan Factory: the approach, the theme and its goals (3 h)
The design studio begins with the choice of urban public areas that could be considered as potential HUBS for collective life. The goal is to (re)design them as new places of ‘active citizenship’. The OMF will propose an innovative ‘Urban Center’ founded the following key concepts: a public space that integrates in an osmotic way open space and building; a building conceived as an ‘innovative hi-tech pavilion’.

2. The choice and the interpretation of the design site (15 h):
a) Typo-morphological analysis and interpretation;
b) Analysis and interpretation of the local urban uses.


1. The Observatory of the Metropolitan Factory (OMF): ‘Urban Centre’ vs ‘Cultural Urban Catalyst’ (5 h).
2 The OMF requirements (5 h):
a) Program/Form
b) Innovation;
c) Inclusiveness;
d) Sustainability.
3 From the interpretation to the urban and architectural program (20 h)
4 Detailed development of the OMF (urban HUB): definition of all the architectural and construction details.

Teaching Methods

The Course is organized in two interrelated modules:
Theory and Design Studio, 60 hours, 6 CFU: Lessons (42 hours) + Design Studio (18 hours);
Design Studio, 60 hours, 6 CFU: Lessons (10 hours) + Design Studio (50 hours).
The didactic organization is characterized by a fluid and continuous interrelation between the different kinds of activities, including periodical collective presentations that will be special moments for debating: the students will have the opportunity to develop their ability to choose and explain their design proposals, as individuals and as a team.
The Lessons and Seminars are organized as conversations, to help students to feel involved and to quickly develop a personal critic approach
Students will be required to provide a public presentation for each step of their work: this choice will help the professor to improve the quality of her didactics, and the students to improve their awareness about their study and working method.

Verification of learning

Attendance at lessons and design studio is mandatory and contributes to the final assessment. Midterm tests are scheduled for evaluating the improvement of the team/individual skills.
At the final test will be evaluated: the effective involvement during the entire course, the progress made in the different steps of the work, the quality of the final project and the quality of the theoretic presentation.


Biraghi, M. e Damiani, G. (a cura di) (2009), Le parole dell’architettura. Un’antologia di testi teorici e critici: 1945-2000, Einaudi;

Moneo, R. (2012), L’altra modernità. Considerazioni sul futuro dell’architettura, Christian Marinotti Edizioni;

Prost, R. (2014), Pratiques de projet en architecture, Infolio

Gehl, J. (2012), Vita in città. Spazio urbano e relazioni sociali, Maggioli Editore


Recommended bibliography, organized according to the structure of the point “Contents…”:


Emery, N. (2010), Progettare, costruire, curare. Per una deontologia dell’architettura, Edizioni Casagrande

Jacobs, J. (2009), Vita e morte delle grandi città. Saggio sulle metropoli americane, Einaudi
Le Corbusier (2003), Verso una architettura, Longanesi, 5° Ed.
Linch, K. (2001), L’immagine della città, Marsilio, 12° Ed.
Koolhaas R. (2006), Junkspace. Per un ripensamento radicale dello spazio urbano, Quodlibet
Rossi, A. (2011), L’architettura della città, Quodlibet
Tschumi, B. (2005), Architettura e disgiunzione, Edizioni Pendragon
Venturi, R. (1993), Complessità e contraddizioni nell’architettura, Dedalo, 6° Ed.

Avermaete, T., Havik, K. e Teerds, H. (editors) (2009), Architectural Positions. Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere, SUN Publisher
Grey, D. (editor) (2015), Europe City. Lessons from the European Prize for Urban public Space, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Lars Müller Publishers


Foucault, M. (2006), Utopie. Eterotopie, Cronopio
Ratti, C. (2014), Architettura Open Source: Verso una progettazione aperta, Einaudi
Tonkiss F. (2013), Cities by design: the social life of urban forms, Polity Press

Further readings will be suggested during the Course

More Information

The didactics will be carried out through PowerPoint and video presentations, lecture notes. Cartography, photos and other documents will be given to develop the design work.

Questionnaire and social

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