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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Novati Giorgio , Zanelli Alessandra
Cfu 10.00 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 Design and Construction Studio aims at introducing the students to the complexity of the design process of a building, from the concept and briefing stage to the development of the documents needed to communicate design information to the construction stage. This requires a good understanding of the processes of design and construction necessary for development in the built environment, where the needs, values and objectives of the client, the users and the community must be reconciled to the characteristics of the building itself and of its embedded values. The Studio comprehends two sections: Technological and Environmental Design and Structures and Earthquakes resistance Criteria. The two section will be strongly integrated and will mainly relate with construction techniques, materials, spaces, performances and values that represent an actual resource which must be carefully and thoroughly evaluated in the design process. The design will require the use of contextualized technologies. The design proposal will be developed through the technical regulation control stage (form, space, structure, etc.) and a number of detailed construction drawings, specifications and plastic models. Beyond studio work, which will represent the main activity, some important issues will be further developed in lectures and seminars (also by the presentation of case studies) about the architectural use of buildings materials, constructions systems, the life cycle assessment, the structural systems, the rational use of energy, renewable energy and environmental impact, the principles of structural design in the context of analysis of a building, the total integration of different disciplines inside the architectural design of a building. The body of the Architecture will be our Studio investigating skin and bones understanding anatomy of the building thru the use of the sections and the simulations.


Expected learning outcomes

Expected learning outcomes are the ability to develop a buildable project. In particular the design capacity of managing:

  • the proper architectonic dimension;
  • the constraints related to the environmental, physical, regulatory and cultural context in which the intervention is based;
  • the ways of use;
  • the coordinated and interdisciplinary control of technological and structural issues of the project, based on priority requirements;
  • developing design proposals aimed to the reduction of both operational and embodied energy and emissions.
  • Moreover the ability to anticipate the decision-making of the different technical options available today and to use the tools to support project decisions.
  • In particular the Studio comprehends two interconnected sections: Technological and environmental design, Structure and Earthquake resistance criteria.


The first section will mainly relate with construction techniques, materials, spaces, performances and values and environmental issues that represent an actual resource which must be carefully and thoroughly evaluated in the design process.

 The second one will focus on the criteria leading to the selection of the best structural solution (materials, structural scheme, construction techniques) with respect to the different design requirements.

The course will investigate how the design of functional and structural issues, on one side, esthetical, environmental and material constrains on the other side, can be firstly conceptualized  then deepened in detailed drawings, in order to answer to the ever-changing scenario and modelling buildings responsive to climatic changes.


Main educational targets

The classroom workshop aims to synthesize information acquired along the semester and during the previous courses and laboratories, by designing, modelling and simulating a building system, and investigating both physical models and analytical tools. The project is where this crucial synthesis takes place.

Students are introduced to verify and apply into the project acquired abilities (technology, history, architectural composition, analysis of physical and social context, study of program requirements) and new pieces of information acquired during the in the course (architecture technology, structural design). The target is gained through a progressive effort in approaching the final result.

The learning goal of every student a is to achieve a personal capability to approach technologies and techniques as a tool that should be used into the architectural project, where the architecture will emerge as a whole, from the coherent balance of the beauty, safety, and functional issues.

 Design & Research Tools

-  TEXTILEs’ HUB - the multidisciplinary laboratory of Textiles, composites and polymers (http://www.polimi.it/en/scientific-research/research-structures/interdepartmental-laboratories/textiles-hub-interdepartmental-textiles-and-polymers-research-laboratory/ ) will host every practical activity during the prototyping phase.

-  Some specific design tools will be available for those students aimed to deep experimental design processes.

-  A specific list of further references  and research paths will be available on the BEEP platform.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STUDIO is based on the design activity in which the student acquires the ability to control and coordinate inside the design process building technologies and structural elements. Furthermore Students will be required to: 1) deep the use of parametric software in order to assess alternatives from the very beginning of the design phase; 2) improve the optical, thermal and acoustic performances of the building systems contemporararely to the development of the structural concept and analysis; 3) include the following items in their project.



Learning activities are configured through:

- lectures and seminars held by the teachers, also with the contribution of external speakers;

- tutoring in the classroom;

- supplementary activities extra classroom for the study, the graphics processing and research.


The classroom workshop will be organised in small design team of 2-3 classmates 3, while the semester will be divided in 3 main assignments’ submission before the final exam.

After every submission each design team will receive the evaluation, which will be taken into account during the final exam.

The final exam will deal with both at the level of the design team and of the single student: a) the discussion of the project developed by the design team throughout the 3 main assignments); b) a discussion on the books which each student have read and studied in number of at least 2 book of each classmate of the same design team.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaPete Silver, Will McLean, Dason Whitsett,, Introduction to Architectural Technology, Editore: Laurence King Publishing, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 1856695662
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaDeplazes Andrea (Ed.), Constructing Architecture, materials processes structures. A handbook, Editore: Birkh¿user, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN: 9783764371906
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaKronenburg R., Flexible. Architecture that responds to change, Editore: Laurence King Publishing, Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 9871856694612
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAndrew Charleson, Seismic Design for Architects, Editore: MSPROJECT, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 978-0750685504
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBeukers A., Van Hinte E., Lightness - the inevitable renaissance of minimum energy structures, Editore: 010 Publishers, Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 90-6450-560-8
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaZanelli, A., Spinelli, L.M., Monticelli, C., Pedrali, P.,, Lightweight Landscape. Enhancing Design through Minimal Mass Structures, Editore: PoliMi SpringerBriefs, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 978-3-319-21664-5

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