Nowadays, new disciplinary tools are necessary to address the complexity of contemporary landscape and cities. Three are the main issues designers are currently facing.
First, the ecological emergency and climate change require urgent local and global responses in the short and long term. Secondly, rapid urbanization and related phenomena of abandonment require new measures for soil protection and possible reuse of existing buildings. Thirdly, the political and social crisis is progressively leading to participatory design among citizens, public and private stakeholders.
To answer these three major issues, in recent years the landscape – and in particular the discipline of landscape urbanism - has been reigned to rethink contemporary urban fabric transformation.
Starting from these themes, students will investigate, read and design a study area at a broad scale which will be presented in class.
Several sub-themes will guide the course: water as fundamental layer to rethink the city; the theme of the reuse of historical heritage and eventually the reclamation of abandoned sites; the understanding of urban and landscape tissues by investigating their composition and historical stratification; the role of open space as a structuring system for the city and the territory.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Design and planning experience is fundamental in the academic training of architects. Often the teaching of design skills does not follow precise phases and methodological choices, in the conviction that you cannot fully teach someone “how to design.” On the contrary, the course will start out with the precise aim of giving the participants a critical sensitivity for analysis and re-invention of the local area, through a series of methods which support the design process on the various scales of action.
Students are expected:
(1) to learn a methodology of work which could link research to design and to become familiar with design-based research approaches (diagrams, collective brainstorming sessions, alternative scenario methodology, etc.);
(2) to investigate the study area as a whole and in all its complexity – the water systems, green spaces, residential areas, historical heritage sites, etc.
(3) to design at different scales – from the regional scale to the detailed urban/architecture scale – in order to develop a complex landscape urbanism theme.
The course is divided into two parts:
1) a series of theoretical lessons that bring students closer to the field of knowledge and contemporary urbanism/urban design/architecture practice, referring to the main themes, tools and projects;
2) a studio in close connection with the theoretical topics addressed.
The studio includes a design-based research approach: interviews, diagrams, collective brainstorming sessions, alternative scenario methodology, etc. will be some proposed operational tools, along with innovative methods of investigation. The course will be mainly divided in four parts:
(a) Research by design: reading and investigating the territory;
(b) Tools and insights suggested by the instructor: study themes and design references, etc.;
(c) Design by research: alternative scenarios, project strategies and urban-landscape design project at different scales;
(d) Action: if possible we will try to give action to some ideas developed in class through simple installations/works.
Studio: knowledge of basic IT tools (autocad, illustrator, indesign, photoshop).
Video and photography are appreciated as devices of knowledge and storytelling of places.
If possible, we will have a brief session to learn GIS basics (Geographic Information System).
Modalità di valutazione
The work will be developed as group assignment.
The studio will include two/three official deadlines along the semester.
It is necessary to respect intermediate deadlines and to participate to weekly reviews.
Final evaluation will be the result of the work delivered in the intermediate and final phases (book, boards, models).
Students will be assessed on the basis of participation to the course, to the works presented and to oral presentation of the project carried out along the course.
Tipo Forma Didattica
Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese
Books, articles, and cartography on the study area will be delivered to students in class.