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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[80/72]  ARCHITECTURE [72/10 - Ord. 2012]  ARCHITECTURE 5 62.5


The Course aims to start a research on new phenomena and on-going transformations in the contemporary urban domain referred to public space. The specific purpose of the Course is to reflect on the design capacity to re-build and/or improve the relationship between a place and the inhabiting community.
The students will be driven to approach the reading and interpretation of current urban phenomena, 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 (composition, graphics, logics, communication and social skills, manual ability) that will be enhanced through the comparison with external experience (seminars) and between students and teachers (public presentations).
Every activity is thought to produce a reflection with a subsequent exchange on the different urban culture of the contemporary.
The student will be able to develop a project on urban scale, with a strong strategic connotation, and to deepen some aspects of it 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 overall job planning, development of a critical sense, teamwork, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogue and planning experience communication effectiveness.


Students are invited to attend this Laboratory in the right order stated by the Manifesto, that is only after they have attended the other Design Courses and passed the corresponding examinations.


The central theme of the workshop has been the design of the housing, the public building, the urban space through the shaping of the architectural objects, its relation with the context and the characterization of its functional spaces. The design theme is always oriented towards the design of a building located in a consolidated or peripheral urban area or a neighborhood. The project is always preceded by a study of the site and a reflection on the relations between the architecture, the typology and the context, with the existing system.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of lectures, seminars and two exercises (62,5 hours). The lectures concern, from one side, the theory of the discipline of architecture and, from the other, the design practice, through the reinterpretation of historical and contemporary examples. They will be the basis for a deep understanding of some key concepts of the discipline, such as the architectural type.
The seminars, conferences or lectures are meant to deepen some monographic and thematic topics (construction, performance, sizing, etc.) or to present the work of an architect.
The design laboratory consists in the design of a collective building and the public space in which it is inserted. The project will be preceded by a study of the site and a reflection on the relations between architecture, the type and the context. Materials will be provided and further details of this exercise will be provided during the semester.

Verification of learning

Attendance to lectures and laboratory is obligatory and contributes to the final evaluation.
The final exam consists of a discussion about the work, in the examination of the topics covered in the course, and in the study of the texts indicated in bibliography.


P.A. Croset, G. Peghin, L. Snozzi, Dialogo sull’insegnamento dell’architettura, Letteraventidue, Siracusa, 2016
C. Martì Arìs, Le variazioni dell’identità. Il tipo in architettura, Città Studi, Milano 1990
A. Monestiroli, La metopa e il triglifo. Nove lezioni di architettura, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2002
L. Hilberseimer, Mies van der Rohe, Città Studi, Milano 2012
R. Wittkower. (1964), Principi architettonici nell’età dell’umanesimo, Einaudi, Torino 1964
A. Rossi, L’architettura della città, Clup, Milano 2007 (I° ed. Marsilio, Padova-Venezia 1966)
L. Vacchini, Capolavori. 12 architetture fondamentali di tutti i tempi, Allemandi, Torino 2007
F. Venezia, La natura poetica dell’architettura, Giavedoni editore, Pordenone 2010
K. Frampton, Storia dell’architettura moderna, Zanichelli, Bologna 1982
Italo Calvino, Lezioni americane, Mondadori, Milano 1993

Additional texts will be recommended 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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