The course of Architecture and Urban Simulation consists of two complementary modules of Representation and Urban Design. The primary goal of the course is to finalize skills in dynamic representation of space at the scale of architecture and city planning, analysis and project development. In this sense, the activities of educational experimentation and research conducted by the Urban Simulation Laboratory "Fausto Curti" of the Politecnico di Milano, will be fundamental.
In terms of contents, the course aims at linking the themes of morphological analysis and urban design to those of perception and communication: it will expand the traditional principles of modeling towards a combined use of both physical and digital models, capable of restoring both conceptual and perceptual aspects of the urban environment. Lectures are complemented by practical experiments according to 'learn by doing' (Schön) principles. This approach will test the effectiveness of spatial models in the phases of analysis and design of architectural and urban projects, in order to study and verify morphological and spatial relationships. Moreover, it will investigate the relationship between plan structure and three-dimensional urban form from the perceptual point of view. Thus, for example, the view of public space and of the built environment from the street, enriched by the representation of some contextual conditions such as solar radiation at different stages of the day and seasons; this it will be addressed in a dynamic key aiming at reading the outcome linked to the everyday experience of the city.
In addition to providing the theoretical tools necessary for a conscious use of simulation techniques in the analytical and planning phase and in the sharing of the project, the course also aims at stimulating the development of a critical view of the simulations that describe urban projects across different media.
The course will develop a case study application that will be used to verify the theoretical background. The course will be therefore organized in lectures and laboratory activities (exercises). Collective periodic revisions will be made to show the progress of the course.
It is possible further choosing to attend only one module for 4 credits. In that case the program will be arranged with the teacher responsible of the specific course and proportional to the credits.
The course is strongly recommended to students attending Ic “Real Estate, Valuation and Project Impact Assessment” because offers the possibility to study complementary aspects of Urban Simulation.
Below you can find the basic bibliography of the course. Other references will be provided during the class.
Bishop I. e Lange E., Visualization in Landscape and Environmental Planning. Technology and Applications, Taylor & Francis, New York, 2005
Bosselmann P., Representation of Places: Reality and Realism in City Design, University of California Press, Berkeley, London, 1998
Bosselmann P e Curti F. (a cura di), “Simulazione urbana e valutazione dei progetti”, Territorio, Franco Angeli, pp.09-61
Lynch K, The image of the city [L'immagine della citta], MIT Press, 1960
Nasar J., The Evaluative Image of the City, Thousand Oaks, 1998
Contin A., Paolini P., Salerno R., Innovative Technologies in Urban Mapping, Springer Verlag, Basel 2014