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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 095062 - IC URBAN ETHNOGRAPHY
Docente Briata Paola Giuseppina , Bricocoli Massimo
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento
Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1017) ARCHITETTURA - ARCHITETTURA DELLE COSTRUZIONI***AZZZZ052166 - URBAN SURVEY
Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1018) ARCHITETTURA - PROGETTAZIONE ARCHITETTONICA***AZZZZ052166 - URBAN SURVEY
Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1098) URBAN PLANNING AND POLICY DESIGN - PIANIFICAZIONE URBANA E POLITICHE TERRITORIALI***AZZZZ095062 - IC URBAN ETHNOGRAPHY
Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1136) ARCHITETTURA***AZZZZ052166 - URBAN SURVEY

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

A JOINT COURSE IN URBAN ETHNOGRAPHY

The course consists of two joint and integrated modules and is targeting students enrolled in the Master of Science in Urban Planning-Policy Design as well as in the Master of Science in Architecture.

 

GENERAL FRAMEWORK AND AIMS OF THE COURSE

Cities and urban spaces are material evidences and witness the kind of relations, of social and spatial assets that architecture, urban planning and social practices produce. The course aims at developing competences in understanding the city through observing, describing, interpreting and representing urban space in its material and social configurations and changes. A main aim of the course is to develop competences in researching, interpreting and describing/accounting how urban spaces function.

In this respect, ethnography is assumed as a relevant field of research and practice which can offer important contributions to the analysis and understanding of the material, symbolical and social dimension of how urban spaces are designed, implemented and used.  Ethnography is based on a qualitative approach to urban survey that implies direct involvement of the student/researcher in a field research in a specific place. This approach involves actions such as directly observing people living in a place, getting involved in their lives and activities, gaining the trust of a local community, trying to understand ways of living, problems and opportunities of specific neighbourhoods, developing new intellectual skills related to the complexities and opportunities of urban life. Specific attention will be given to how ethnography might be helpful in fostering a critical understanding of the cities with explicit focus to planning and policy outcomes. Different means and “tactics” to develop ethnographical approaches as well as to represent their outcomes will be explored, with a particular attention to photography.

 

THEME AND TOPICS:

CITIES OF STRANGERS. DIVERSITY, COHEXISTENCE AND PUBLIC SPACES

Along with references to the tradition of ethnographical studies, students will learn the logic of direct and participant observation, the analysis of social practices, forms of interviewing and other approaches to social and spatial analysis which can support the understanding and interpretation of the way urban space is organized and results as the combined product of human and non-human actors.

Through the analysis of various case studies and collective exercises (in class and through short excursion in the field) the course aims at developing an ethnographical approach to interpret and decode a given urban context. 

While cities represent and incredible environment in which very diverse social, cultural and economic groups are living, the interaction among strangers may result in tensions and conflicts.

The main focus of this year course will be on the role that public spaces have in supporting the cohexistence of a multitude of strangers in the city through the continuous negotiation of diversity and difference.

We will assume as a main topic of the second part of our field work the 90-91 bus circle-line in Milano, which offers a 24/24 hours services and is intensively used by a large range of citizens.

 

ORGANIZATION

The course is organized in:

  1. a first module consisting of: LECTURES: Theoretical contributions, readings and discussion of papers and articles as well as class exercises (role playing, etc.) and presentation and discussion of case studies / FIELD VISITS will be organized in selected urban spaces and projects / SEMINARS: a set of open seminars given by invited scholars and professionals on the course topics will be jointly organized with some other cooperating and partner courses.
  2. a second module consisting in a FIELD EXERCISE (to be developed individually or in pairs) and consisting in an exploration through direct observation and photography. The topic of the field work will be the 90-91 bus line in Milano. The topic will be introduced, discussed and fine-tuned in class, while each student will define her/his more specific focus and will be supported in developing and original work. A final seminar will be organized for the presentation and discussion of the field exercises.
    For a similar field exercise you may view the final report of year 2013-2014 at:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7knowgqibiqwyru/AADMZskMU57dnpzzU0Zt0X5ca

Materials, documents, texts and references presented in class will be made available online to the participants.

 


Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

Given the character of the course, attendance is recommended. The course will be strongly based on an open interaction between teaching staff and students. Active participation and interaction of students in class will be welcomed, encouraged and evaluated.

The evaluation of attending students will be mainly based on an oral presentation of the product elaborated in the field exercise and on the discussion of the contents of Amin A. (2012), A Land of strangers, Polity Press (italian version: Amin A. (2016), Europa. Terra di Estranei, Mimesis Edizioni, Milano).

Further readings may be selected from the given list upon students’ own interest and in agreement with the Professors. Non attending students are kindly invited to contact (in class or via email) the professors to agree on the readings to prepare for the oral exam


Bibliografia
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAmin Ash, A land of strangers, Editore: Polity Press, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 9780745652184
Note:

English version

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAmin Ash, Europa. Terra di estranei, Editore: Mimesis Edizioni, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 9788857530697
Note:

Italian Version


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