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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Battisti Francesca , Golkar Narges , Marinelli Mauro , Pavesi Angela Silvia , Rosati Gianpaolo , Van Hattem Noel Adolf
Cfu 30.00 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 to guide 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. 

Therefore, 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 with a cross disciplinary approach since the early-stage design.

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.

Teaching therefore mainly aims to encourage students to understand the process and methodology they are able to carry out, ensuring the architectural quality of their ideas and accompanying them during the design process. An essentially maieutic procedure is complemented by a systematic practice of supporting disciplinary knowledge of students, based on specific exercises dedicated to the various design themes.



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 to 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 intervention and will be required to examine their conceptual and design propositions for a site within the city of Basel: the campus of the Novartis pharmacological company, a high-performance workplace with the best possible conditions for communication, exchange and collaboration.

Students will be asked to investigate and interpret the contemporary concept of Corporate Campus, focusing on the spatial, functional and infrastructural relationships between the campus and the context, and on the capability of what represents typically a “closed enclave”, almost completely reserved for a scientific community, to become an “authentic city district”. How can new strategic interventions enhance the premises and the potentialities of the Novartis Campus to be open to the public as a “piece of the city”, within a long-term, flexible project that will be implemented in phases?

The studio also requires students to consider the project sites, assigned within the existing Novartis Campus or inside its expansion towards the riverfront, as part of the broader plan for regeneration of the St. Johann harbour, the so-called “Campus Plus". Moreover, the relationship between the Novartis Campus and the key development areas selected by the “3Land Development Vision”, a joint master plan for the cities of Basel, Huningue and Weil am Rhein, is another strategic aspect to be taken into account, as well as the redevelopment of the Rhine east and west banks.

Students will be required to explore the relationships between new architectures and a masterplan in which urban design set the rules for architecture. The main question is the role the new complex buildings can assume whithin the overall spatial organization of the campus, focusing on the innovative elements they can introduce with respect to the settlement model and principles that have been setting the campus until today.

The architectural project will test the capacities of the masterplan “plots” to accommodate buildings with experimental typologies that reshape conventions of work environments. The design of a complex laboratory and administrative building, integrated into the masterplan as an “urban device”, will also provide an opportunity for addressing the contemporary debate on the relationship between city, campus 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 every single student, he/she will be guided 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.

At the beginning of the Academic Year, the Studio will propose a study trip to Basel; during the trip, the most innovative corporate campuses will be visited, as well as the most interesting contemporary architectures and recent urban transformations.
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;

- a series of interrelated analytical exercises, informed by specific research and lectures, which will guide students to approach the themes of architectural 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 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 obbligatoriaBalmond, Cecil (with Smith, Jannuzzi), Informal, Editore: Prestel Verlag, Munich- Berlin-London- New York, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 3791324004
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaDeplazes, Andrea (editor), Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures: a Handbook, Editore: Birkhauser, Basel, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9783764386313 http://www.sze.hu/~eptansz/Deplazes_Constructing_Architecture.pdf
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 obbligatoriaZimmermann, Astrid, Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural components, Editore: Birkhauser, Basel, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9783034607209
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. In particular, on the site and theme selected for the design exercise:
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHoeger, Kerstin (editor), Christiaanse, Kees (editor), Campus and the City: Urban Design for the Knowlege Society , Editore: Gta Verlag, Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 9783856762186
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMagnago Lampugnani, Vittorio; Burckhardt, Jacqueline, Novartis Campus: A Contemporary Work Environment. Premises, Elements, Perspectives, Editore: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9783775720533

[concept, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani ; editing, Novartis International AG ; editorial team, Jacqueline Burckhardt ... et al.]

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