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Professor
MAURIZIO MEMOLI (Tit.)
Period
First Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
ITALIANO 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[80/72]  ARCHITECTURE [72/10 - Ord. 2017]  ARCHITETTURA, PAESAGGIO E SOCIETA' 4 40

Objectives

The course provides students with the framework of the international debate in urban and spatial studies. The critical study of the conditions of contemporary strategic thinking and territorial conditions will be addressed.

The city, the territory and the social landscapes connected to these, cannot be conceived as defined spatial objects but as entities in continuous and unpredictable evolution and that escapes the boundaries and the permanent characters. The course focuses on urban practices of everyday life, economic activities, power, conflicts, requests for participation as material and immaterial forms.
To approach this critical and dialectical form, space (urban) means dealing with the various devices that give it body and value: contextual social situations, space practices, institutional discourses or different forms of language. Written discourse (institutional, press, literature, narrative); oral discourse (institutional, decision-makers, planners, users, administrators); images and iconographic shapes (mental cards, photos, advertising images, films) will form interpretive pathways in a collection of "materialized representations" of the city.
At the end of the course students will need to know the main thought theories about the city and the landscape, about social and space practices, and the themes and problems that convey reflection on justice and space equity.

In conformity with what has been established by the Dublin Descriptors (I-V), at the end of the course the student would have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
I. Knowledge and understanding: The student will acquire the knowledge of the main interpretative models of issues related to equity, the right to the city, the representations, and the policies that insist on the landscape and urban societies.
II. Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding: thanks to the lessons learned, the student will be able to analyze the principles and tools of Urban Spatial Policies and Practices.
III. Making judgements: the student will be able to form an independent and critical judgment on urban spaces, social practices and policies that govern them.
IV. Communication abilities: the student will acquire the ability to communicate the acquired skills as well as his / her views on the most controversial issues related to contemporary urban issues including the microlocal scale.
V. Learning skills: the student will be able to apply knowledge and understanding acquired in the professional and research fields relevant to complex space systems

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites but the student attending the course must have appropriate language, logical, cultural, political skills.
Obligatory pre-requisites are indicated in the “Regolamento” of the Corso di Studio.

Contents

Geography as Discursive Narration - Representations and Space - Modern Geography and Post-Modernity - Geography and Politics - Politics, Politics, Territory - Local Development Scale - Multiple Spatiality and Moderate Territory - Geography of the Urban. Contemporary cities - City concepts and theories - Urban forms of growth - Economy, society and change - Cultural turn - The political form of the city - Urban actors, cities and policies - Urban metamorphoses - Research and the urban field: experimental methods , Audiovisual methods - city of everyday life - Proximity and flow - Economies and distances - Circulation - Power - Democracy -

In detail the issues that will be addressed will focus on:

1. The Legibility of the Everyday City,
2. Propinquity and Flow in the City,
3. Cities in a Distanciated Ecomony.
4. The Machinic City.
5. Powerful Cities,
6. The Democratic City.

Part of the course will be devoted to the cinematic representations of the urban space that form interpretative paths of the "materialized representations" of the city to compare them with the form of the building and the conditions of urbanity: written discourses (institutional, press, literature, narratives), oral discourses (institutional, decision-maker, planners, users, administrators),- iconographic images and shapes (mental cards, photos, advertising images, movies).

LABORATORY
Lessons will be supported by the viewing of film and documentary material. The workshop part will be dedicated to the preparation of a representation of a spatial and landscape thematic that allows to evaluate the competences of the attending students concerning the interpretation and use of representation techniques (audio-visual, graphic, photographic).
In particular, group work intends to experiment monographic representations of the landscape of a given spatial context (a city, a region, a context, etc.) gathered from narratives, photography, architecture, cinema, novels, painting, etc.
The representation will give body to a paper / video / presentation.

Teaching Methods

After a more strictly theoretical-conceptual (conducted with classroom lectures), followed by a laboratory part with more applied studies on specific topics and presentation by the students attending.

Verification of learning

The assessment of the student's knowledge will be based on a written exam consisting of open-ended questions relating to topics discussed during the course. The written test can be replaced by the presentation of a multimedia project to be agreed upon with the teacher. The score of the examination is of thirty points. Results will be published through the Esse3 system.

Method in determination of the score:

In determining the final score of the exam, the following factors will be taken into consideration:
1. The ability of the student to utilise coherently the knowledge acquired to address the problem under consideration;
2. The ability to have understood the links between the topics discussed, in a concise vision;
3. Knowledge of the course topics;
4. Use of appropriate terminology.

METHOD

Attendance at lectures is not mandatory but, considering the merits represented by classroom learning, there will be two separate assessments: attending students (minimum attendance 75%, absences allowed for 10 hours) and non-attending students.

ATTENDING
Attending students perform a classroom presentation of the laboratory work on an agreed topic.
Subsequently, they support the written exam by answering a question (40 lines) related to the manual:
Amin A., Thrift N., 2005, Ripensare la dimensione urbana, Il mulino, Bologna. (Cities: reimagining the Urban, 2002, Wiley, London)


The vote will be given by the average that considers: for 50% the presentation of the laboratory and for 50% the written test.

NOT ATTENDING

Non-attending students only take the written test which includes:
two open questions (40 lines) in the handbook:
Amin A., Thrift N., 2005, Ripensare la dimensione urbana, Il mulino, Bologna. (Cities: reimagining the Urban, 2002, Wiley, London)


and two open questions (40 lines) on the volume
Garroni G., 2005, Elogio dell'Imprecisione, Percezione e rappresentazione, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.

The vote will be given by the average that considers: for 50% the two questions on the handbook Città..., and 50% for the two questions on the volume L'elogio...

Texts

- Amin A., Thrift N., 2005, Ripensare la dimensione urbana, Il mulino, Bologna. (Cities: reimagining the Urban, 2002, Wiley, London)

- Garroni G., 2005, Eogio dell'Imprecisione, Percezione e rappresentazione, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.


Letture a scelta:
- Aru S., Jampaglia C., Memoli M., Puttilli M., (2018), L’emozione di uno spazio quotidiano. Parole, racconti, immagini di Sant’Elia-Cagliari, Ombre Corte, Verona.
- Licata A., Travi E., 1985, La città e il cinema - edizioni dedalo
- Benjamin W., Immagini di città, Torino, Einaudi.

Siti:
- Sant’Elia. Frammenti di uno spazio quotidiano
Web Documentario, 2016/17
http://webdoc.unica.it/santelia/index.php

- Murat, le géographe
MURAT – Multiplicity Urban Representational
Amazing Theory, is a collective multiple name
https://vimeo.com/muratgeo

- Al centro di Tunisi.
Geografie dello spazio pubblico dopo una rivoluzione
Web Documentario, 2013
http://webdoc.unica.it/tunisi/index.html

More Information

Support material is available on the teacher's website. For any clarification or special request or to make an appointment, write to: memoli@unica.it.

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