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Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2014/2015
School School of Architecture and Society
Cfu 14.00 Type of Course Laboratory
Lecturers: Titolare (Co-titolari) Zabot Sergio Ferruccio, Magri Anna, Fabris Luca Maria Francesco

Programme Track From (included) To (excluded) Name of Section Course
Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1136) ARCHITETTURAE12AZZZZB091453 - BUILDING TECHNOLOGY STUDIO

Detailed program and learning outcomes

The BT Studio B joins the following subjects: Architectural Technologies (Luca Maria Francesco Fabris), Construction Techniques (Anna Magri), and Building Physics (Sergio Zabot).


The BT Studio B, held in English language, is carried out in parallel to a Studio Project course held by prof. Yasushi Kasajima and prof. Susumu Uno at the Department of Architecture of Daido University (Nagoya, Japan). Since 2007, the two Studio Project classes have been contributing in an Italian-Japanese didactic project titled “C.Scape” (where “C” means Community, Constructions and Communication).

This semester, thanks to the agreement between the City of Milan and the Politecnico di Milano’s School of Architecture and Society, the BT Studio B joins also the didactic programme ‘Ri-formare Milano 2015’ (Re-shaping Milan, 2015).



C.SCAPE 15 – Building the Urban Landscape as a Youth Facility


Foreword  This year the C.Scape studio project faces the topic of the environmental design in the historical, architectural, post-industrial multilayered urban fabric of Milan (Italy), introducing a reflection on value, importance, problems, and challenges in adding new architecture in a very complex landscape. During 2015 Milan is the city of EXPO, and its theme ‘Feeding the planet, energy for life’ will be the background for a contemporary architectural project able to merge green utopias, like the edible landscapes suggested by the American landscape architect Richard Haag, with actually green-architecture prototypes, creating a new quarter dedicated to young people and their style-life.


PROGRAM Students will design some new buildings along the Naviglio Grande canal in the South-western urban outskirts of Milan. The area, formerly part of the San Cristoforo suburban railway station, is now involved in a urban redevelopment process and indicated in the new Master Plan of Milan (Piano di Governo del Territorio, PGT) as “Ambito di Trasformazione Urbana” (ATU – Urban Transformation Area) with the vocation for ‘youth design creativity’.

So, C.Scape 2015 focuses on new minded mixed-use urban strategies according to a new community habitat in a eco-friendly environment: at least the 80% of the area has to be designed as linear park and the new architectures have to host facilities for young people (with target from teenagers to university students).

BT Studio B students are requested, according to a common brief, to study and develop proposals of mixed-use structures, designing new buildings where environment and sustainable features have to be properly considered (i.e., designing buildings with good solar gain, but even good protection from solar summer radiation, where the natural and cross ventilation exists and so on…).

In the within of Architectural Technologies subject students are called to respond to the relationships between green-built and light-massive as characterizing elements of the technological constructive nodes and their architectonical design, with attention to some sustainable features as solar gain, air circulation, cycle and recycle of the water, climate change, recovery and energetic saving and use of high innovative value building materials. The students will be guided in the planning of built structures, throughout the application of documents and relative drawings from the concept to the preliminary, definitive and executive design.

The aim of the Building Physics section, subdivided into three sections, is to analyse the aspects of energy, environmental and economic sustainability within a multidisciplinary project. The first section is general, and deals with climate analysis, indoor air quality and thermal comfort. The second part is about the building envelope, and so subjects like building energy balance, building envelope thermo-physical properties, and daylight will be approached. In the third, and last, regards building plants: lighting systems, HVAC system and renewable energy plants.

In the within of Construction Techniques subject, it will be requested to design the structural scheme and elements. In particular these minimal documents: structural drawings of storey-slabs, vertical elements list, a structural design report, and structural joints detailed drawings. The aim is providing students with the basic structural knowledge to design reinforced concrete or steel structures, adopting the current standard codes.

BT Studio B focuses in merging the knowledge of these three subjects in a unique project where the ‘aesthetical and design matters’ are developed together and in relation with the technical, energetic and structural features. In fact, the proposed building should properly satisfy the expected requirements and performances. In few words: even if buildings are complex, they are a whole, and we have to obtain the desired and required performances operating through knowledge and design.

Milanese and Japanese students will work on the same topic in a virtual workshop and will have the opportunity to interact on-line between them and with the teaching staff thanks to the BEEP multimedia platform (beep.metid.polimi.it) released by Centro METID of the Politecnico di Milano. Didactic materials will be available via the web and the students will have to publish constantly their work progresses to make them visible to the others (teachers and students).

Students are invited to guarantee the maximum of interaction during all the in-room compulsory activities of the Studio (lectures, discussions and tutored design and research activities).

Notes on methods of assessing

The BT Studio B students will design and develop their own buildings through three steps: a first phase (preliminary design), then a second phase (definitive design), and a last third phase (detailed and executive design) due at the end of the course.

To pass the first two steps students, divided in groups of max. 3 individuals (within them, no more than 1 individual having the same mother-language), have to prepare 2 presentations about their design work progresses to be discussed and evaluated in a public discussion (mid-term presentations).

The final exam will be a public oral discussion with teachers and tutoring staff about the final results (delivered as tables and written reports) obtained by students during the Studio Project activities.

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