Topics and aims
The studio will face the issue of reconverting the area of the actual Mantua’s prison, located in the center of the city. This area offers a extraordinary opportunity in filing up project in a dense, historically relevant neighbourhood, new activities as residential, offices and lacking services. The unique location, is going to offer an extraordinary study case, to understand the historic city and the relations between existing, the old and the new, the contemporary additions.
The student will be asked to analyse the area with the support of different methodologies – ‘live’ experience, such as excursions and site pictures, and the analysis of urban data’s and maps – to better focus the threats and the opportunities, the links with the surroundings, the natural and urban environment. This analysis will lead the student to the design of a master plan of a great complexity, where housing will coexist with public open spaces, green areas, several facilities, small and medium size services, commercial and crafts activities. Some of these buildings will be then designed into detail.
Working methods and requested products
The complementary parts of the laboratory are going to be related and combined. The program is one for all, and is not going to be divided into parts.
There will be lectures introducing the historical framework, urban planning instruments, landscape and urban interior concepts, morphology and typology interpretations.
Historical documentation, cartography and basic information will be prepared by teachers and assistants.
The project will be developed from 1:2000 to 1:1000 scale (first step: general assessments), from 1:500 to 1:200 scale (second step: open space design), from 1:500 to 1:200 (third step: blocks upgrading and building design, individual work), from 1:100 to 1:20 (fourth step: detailed design)
Along each step students are required to present the related drawings, the examination of which will be part of a final evaluation. The final exam consists in presenting the final draft of the complete work.
Will be mandatory the construction of one or more models
Attendance is obliged.
Bibliography will be suggested by the teachers throughout the course.