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Anno Accademico 2016/2017
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Battisti Emilio , Battisti Francesca , Marinelli Mauro , Pavesi Angela Silvia , Rosati Gianpaolo
Cfu 20.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi



The Architectural Design for Complex Constructions Studio aims at guiding students through the improvement of the fundamental critical, analytical and design skills and knowledge to grasp the “complexity” of what a work of architecture is: the search for a balance between vision and construction, between form and technique invention, capable to give answer to issues relevant to contemporary urban transformations within the context of historical cities. 

In light of this, the Studio proposes to reflect on the interrelationships between architectural and compositional design issues and those relating to structural, technical, functional and linguistic aspects, as well as conditions of environmental sustainability at architectural and urban scales.

The design of a “complex construction“ provides the educational focus for the Studio, whereby students are required to synthesize theoretical positions, expressive intensions, formal and constructive conception since the early-stage design, with a cross disciplinary approach.

Students will tackle the project of a complex building as an integrated technical, functional and aesthetic process; they are expected to achieve a high level of design resolution, including the project of the building structure, environmental systems, material assembly and all the technological aspects of construction, as well as an understanding of the constructive processes from which a building emerges.

The studio allows the students to sharpen their skills and develop their own original approaches and offers them the tools to grasp a rigorous and coherent design methodology to determine the appropriate relationships between formal conception and the technical constructional requirements.



The teaching of architectural and urban design represents the fundamentals of the didactic-formative program of the studio. The design subject directs students to focus on contemporary urban design theories and strategies, with particular attention on the role of architecture, in its form and relations with the context,within the processes of transformation of XXI century cities and the shaping of new urban environment and civic spaces, across multiple scales of intervention.

In correspondence to the course key aims, the contents are structured from the large to small-scale, ensuring that the students examine the way buildings establish complex and dynamic relationships between site, program and material.

Students will be faced with the design of a complex urban intervention and will be required to examine their conceptual and design propositions for a site within the city of Milan: the Lambrate rail yard. Within the Agreement between the Municipality of Milan and the FS State Railways for the redevelopment of seven former rail yards linked to the infrastructure project (Cirle Line and new stations), the Lambrate rail yard offers the opportunity to draw new relationships between parts of the city now divided by the railroad system and provide new public cultural and social services to the city.

The Studio also requires students to consider the site as part of the Città Studi Sustainable Campus project, promoted by Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Milano, with a view to transforming the city’s university district into a “campus” and an exemplary part of the city in terms of quality of life and environmental sustainability. 

The transformation of the area might also consider the future conversion of part of the Città Studi Campus due to the relocation of the Università Statale scientific departments to the Expo Area.

Students will be asked to develop a comprehensive urban project for the former rail yard and design in detail a complex artefact within a broader program that will include student housing and social housing, a campus center, a recreation center with athletic facilities and a new infrastructure to span or underpass the railway.

The design of a complex academic facility, integrated into the city as “catalyst” for urban transformation, will also provide an opportunity for addressing the contemporary debate on the relationship between city, university and architecture. As in the past years, the sites and themes selected for the design exercise encourage the debate between the work of the Studio and local, national and international institutions, promoting a mutual exchange between academic research and society.

In relation to the specific design orientation of individual students, they will be guide through the investigation of urban morphology issues, studying the relationship between new urban environments and context, at local and urban scales, recognizing the fundamental role of public space. Specific typological, functional, architectural/compositional and linguistic design parameters will be examined, through the critical analysis of buildings related to the design program.

A detailed schedule will be available on Beep.



The Studio infers:

- a year-long academic design experience based on a specific architectural theme, which students will develop from an urban scale through to the integrated design of a building, taking into account structural, technical, contextual and programmatic requirements from the early phase of design;

- lectures by the teachers and guests,  seminars and discussions between students teachers and design tutors, aimed at developing focused research related to themes that will inform the development of the projects.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

Notes on Assessment Methods

At the most significant stages of the design project, discussion seminars will be organized with teachers, tutors and guests to assess and criticize the progress of each student, with reference to the themes addressed during the course of the Studio.

Admission to the final examination will depend on the design progress and the fulfilment of the curricular requirements: the regular attendance, the participation to desk critiques and the presentation of the project through drawings and models at collective reviews (preliminary, mid-term and final).

The final exam will consist in the collegial evaluation of the coherence and completeness of the resolved design proposition, comprehensive of integrated contents from the various instructions, the ability to articulate the design concepts and the level of critical engagement attained by the student.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBalmond, Cecil (with Smith, Jannuzzi), Informal, Editore: Prestel Verlag, Munich- Berlin-London- New York, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 3791324004
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBattisti, Emilio, Arquitectura, Ideologia y Ciencia. Teoria y pratica de las disciplinas del proyecto , Editore: Blume, Madrid, Anno edizione: 1980, ISBN: 8472141659
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFrampton, Kenneth, Studies in Tectonic Culture: the Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture , Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 1995, ISBN: 0262561492
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGregotti, Vittorio (Foreword by Kenneth Frampton, translated by Peter Wong and Francesca Zaccheo), Inside Architecture , Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 1996, ISBN: 9780262571159
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGregotti, Vittorio (translated by L. G. Cochrane), Architecture, Means and Ends , Editore: The University of Chicago Pres, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-0226307589
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMoneo, Rafael, Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects , Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 0262134438
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGauzin-Muller, Dominique, Sustainable architecture and urbanism: concept, technologies, examples , Editore: Birkhauser, Basel-Berlin-Boston, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 3-7643-66-59-1
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaIn addition to the general bibliography, during the year further didactic supports and bibliographical indications will be supplied, about both lectures or seminars topics and specific issues examined by the students.

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