"Emerging patterns of Hospitality" (tourism>> leisure, urban recreation, sport, food, health)_
a morphological approach to Artifacts, Landscapes, Densities
"We have got used to thinking of architecture in terms of place, believing that it holds the keys to our ability to tackle the project. Many forms of anchorage to the location have been developed in recent decades, from those involving the phenomenological root (Anchoring is the title of an important text by Steven Holl), via the Bergsonian influence in Moneo's work and the structuralist effect of the genius loci in Aldo Rossi, to attitudes that come from the Frankfurt School (Frampton and his contextualism).
In recent years we have witnessed an important shift: every location has started to be regarded as a landscape, either natural or artificial, and has ceased to be a neutral background on which more or less decidedly sculptural, artificial, architectural objects stand out.
In this way, by changing the point of view, the landscape loses its inertia and becomes the subject of possible transformations; it is the landscape that can be designed and become artificial.
The project is validated insofar as it constructs a complete redescription of the place; as it primarily proposes the invention of a topography. This dual movement from nature to the project and from the project to nature thus resuscitates an “ecomonumental” condition which is beginning to push inexorably beyond any argument of opportunity, in a way that others would not hesitate to call “the spirit of the times” or “the desire of the period”.
...to imagine a new naturalism arising from the profound ambiguity in which nature is presented as the object of the knowledge and of the aesthetic experience, a hybrid, crossbred, entropic, humanized conglomerate that is confused with its former enemy, the artifice, tightly wound into the political space, a carbon copy of what was once public space, a turbulent, flowing, random magma.
A new naturalism without natural referents: a paradoxical conclusion.”
Inaki Abalos & Juan Herreros, from “A new Naturalism (7 Micromanifestos)”, 2G, n°22, Barcelona 2002
The Studio is a continuous workshop, granting 14 credits, focusing on architectural processes of transformation as mentioned in the words above.
Fabrizio Leoni, M Arch, Phd, coordinator
Andrea De Matteis, M Arch, Phd
Cesare Ventura, M Arch
The Studio is a 15 weeks trajectory, organized in modules, i.e a number of quick and intense steps, including projects, exercises, mappings and readings/writings experiences, giving shape to an educational environment where personal participation and continuous dedication to the activity of the workshop define an advanced learning atmosphere.
Each module corresponds to a “research project” developed at the level of one or more thematic layers (e.g. "landscape/ground", "skin", "morphology", "circulation", "structure", "program"...) applied on a list of 5 different sites, ranging from the consolidated urban fabric to open landscapes.
Each one of those projects is formally indipendent from one another.
Each module will receive its correspondent grade and each module must be entirely completed in order to assure a passing grade.
The project sites are yet to be selected.
The reading/mapping and design experience will foster intensively a critical design on the interaction among ground, equipment, morphology, typology, density, circulation, skin, structure and open space/landscape, both on the scale of a piece of urban fabric and on the smaller scale of an architectural object.
Lectures by the instructors and case studies presented by students (groups of the enrolled students will be responsible for both presenting a relevant example of contemporary issues on architecture and fostering a class discussion on that) investigate an array of historic and contemporary points of the international debate.
Presentations by visiting professionals and site tours explore key issues from diverse viewpoints.
Readings, group discussions and critiques provide support for design directions (high proficiency in english is definitely required)
At the beginning of the Studio, students are individually asked to explore the territory of the given sites following some of the thematic issues suggested by the instructors, selecting their research methodology in a bland of objective information and subjective interpretation; and to convey the findings into a notebook, a graphically and conceptually although unformally organized booklet.
The booklet will possibly include raw materials expressed on a variety of media such as:
Physical study models
Conceptual physical models
Commented key words
SWOT bubble diagrams.
That assignment is aimed to unfold a new architectural/urban meaning onto the areas mapped in the Booklet allowing the emergence of potentials, hidden qualities of the mapped situation.
Importantly, keep in mind that research and representation are acts of interpretation, not rote documentation.
In addition to class attendance and studio assignments, students should set aside time each week to gather information and images on urban projects of interest. We will maintain an urban archive in the online studio folder (available on "Beep" or "blog Architectural design Studio" or "Dropbox folder") into which students can drop materials for everyone to use as a research resource.
Tools: As the consistent production of quick and effective physical study models, especially while in the classroom, will be highly regarded and encouraged as the primary means of expression, a high proficiency in modelmaking is expected.
Advanced graphic skills are also welcome.
Some of the projects undertaken in the Studio can be furtherly developed into a research work for thesis presentation.
Marc Angélil, Dirk Hebel, Deviations Designing Architecture - A Manual, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9783764388324
M.Mostafavi, G.Doherty, Ecological Urbanism, Editore: Lars Muller Publisher, Anno edizione: 2010
AAVV, Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture: City, Technology and Society in the Information Age, Editore: Actar, Anno edizione: 2003, ISBN: 8495951223
Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Mozas, Javier Arpa, DENSITY IS HOME, Editore: a+t, Anno edizione: 2011, ISBN: 978-84-615-1237-9
Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Arpa, NEXT (Density Series) COLLECTIVE HOUSING in progress, Editore: a+t, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-84-613-8676-5
Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Mozas, Javier Arpa, DBOOK Density, Data, Diagrams, Dwellings, Editore: a+t, Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 978-84-611-5900-0
Lotus International_Diagrams, Editore: Editoriale Lotus, Anno edizione: 2006, Fascicolo: 127
Lotus International_Urban Housing, Editore: Editoriale Lotus, Anno edizione: 2004, Fascicolo: 120
Specific readings and sources for the “Architecture of Hospitality” will be provided accordingly with the different exercises and assignments.