The studio didactic activity allows to test the student's ability to apply to concrete issues the knowledge gained within the teachings.
The Building technology studio aims at fostering - in the process of architectural design - the ability to handle the interrelationships among materials, construction systems, executive techniques, as well as environmental and functional requirements, regulations constraints and context features. To this end, existing projects and realizations will be taken as reference and deepened in their correlation between materials, constructive principles and architectural form. Objective of the Studios is the exploration and the acquisition of the know-how called for: the sizing of living space and the definition of their typological-distribution in order to meet explicit and implicit needs of occupants; the configuration of the building and the setting of its technical and construction systems in order to comply with the wide range of requirements demanded.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
The Studio offers a project experience on a limited-scale and "controlled complexity" building, paying close attention to the constructive realization of the work. At the end of the project experience, the student will acquire the necessary skills to identify the set of criteria to be taken in choosing the available technical options. He will be able to define the typological and spatial alternatives in coherence with the complexity of user constraints, environmental requirements and with the relative technological and constructive choices. He will gain the ability to face the project at different levels of detail and with the proper scales of representation, up to the development of construction details deepened in their material dimension and in the verification of their technical feasibility.
Educational aims. To promote the architectural design ability to manage the relations among materials, construction elements, techniques, environmental and functional requirements, building regulations, characteristics of the context. The project experience is applied to building of ‘controlled complexity’ as an exposition pavilion for EXPO Dubai 2020. This topic is developed along a design activity to acquire and to experiment the basic knowledge to:
give correct dimensions to living spaces, and to organise their morphological configuration;
define typological and distributive characteristics;
configure the technological systems and elements;
verify the build ability, as consequence of a design processes that facilitates the construction and utilization of the architecture.
Teaching methods. Students are led in a gradual process of acquisition and application of methodological and operational tools required for the development of the project. This, in relation to the dimension of feasibility of construction, through guided exercises aimed at acquiring adequate capacity of analysis and synthesis. The design process is articulated through 3 steps:
Preliminary Design (architectural and technological concept);
Within these 3 steps, the didactic activities will be focused on:
the interpretation of paradigmatic projects with regard to the relationship among materials, design principles and architectural languages;
the use and the management of an integrated system of constraints (environmental, regulatory, structural, constructing, etc.);
the assessment and the selection among different spatial and techno-typological alternatives;
the configuration of the construction details, studied in their material dimension and verified with regard to their feasibility;
the representation of the project at the different scales, in relation to the specific needs of knowledge, reporting and verification.
Educational structure. Learning activities are configured through:
lectures and seminars held by the teacher, with the contribution of external speakers;
tutoring in the classroom;
development of the design process, with verification of progresses at the different scales;
supplementary activities extra classroom of individual study and research (i.e. Flipped Classroom, consisting in reading one book chosen from a provided list and prepare a short resume to discuss and present to the classmates).
Forms of horizontal and vertical coordination of the key courses. The Building Technology Studios is organized in a system of horizontal and vertical coordination which involves the whole area of Architectural Technology in its various components. As for horizontal coordination, there is a permanent confrontation that has agreed and standardized for all the studios: design theme, size of the intervention, level of detail, methods and verification criteria. As for the vertical coordination, progressive learning strategies have been defined and will be constantly monitored, for a process of gradual acquisition of knowledge and skills. This process consists of training sessions related to: taking basic knowledge (Fundamentals of Technology) and their subsequent application in the design experience carried out in the Studios.
A systemic approach to technology. Advanced design tools assume a central role in the contemporary practice of architecture, both in the design and construction phases, expanding design potentiality and increasing control and precision over the arising complexity of the design process. Through digital design workflow, nowadays recognized as an international standard, the virtual model becomes an ideal playground where to perform design conceptualization and refinement within an iterative process of modelling, simulation and optimization. In this scenario, it’s fundamental to develop a holistic approach to technology in which innovative tools, fabrication techniques and emergent technologies are synergically conceived and applied to inform consistent design outputs, from the early stages to the definition of construction and performative characteristics of the architectural systems.
Studio methodology. Following the idea of a design-driven learning process, the studio will be mainly organized around the architectural and construction design of a pavilion for EXPO Dubai 2020. Students will work in small groups and guided to create an original concept for an architecture of exhibition and its development into an architectural system successfully integrating spatial, performative, functional and technological aspects. Complementary activities will consist of theoretical lectures held by teachers and representatives of architecture and construction sector. Short exercises will introduce to design methodology and develop specific technical skills. The architectural design is the result of a complex set of disciplines. In particular the integration of “Technologies for construction and environmental hygiene” will analyze and evaluate the iterations between Building, Environment and Health, related to Indoor & Outdoor Well-being.
During the educational path the sequence of the courses and the order of registration of the related exam must follow the priority specified in the study programme regulation
Modalità di valutazione
The final evaluation will follow the following criteria:
Knowledge and understanding of the topic of building technologies;
Applying knowledge and understanding of the use of techniques in architecture;
Making judgments on selected themes;
Communication skills oral and written through the project design;
The final evaluation will be the assessment of the activities performed in the design studio. Students will be evaluated on their project during the semester according to three design phases (preliminary; executive; construction design) and related PIN-UP. Intermediate evaluations will partially contribute to the final assessment together with a final exam where definitive projects will be presented and discussed in reference with the topics tackled during the studio.
roberto naboni, ingrid paoletti, advanced customization in architectural design and construction, Editore: springer
antoine picon, digital culture in architecture, Editore: birkauser basel, Anno edizione: 2011
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