Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Cassani Matilde , Rotta Elisabetta
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The workshop addresses the architecture project from the point of view of interior space.

As a fundamental phenomenon independent of the scale to which it applies, it is characterized by a peculiar attention to its users and their gestures of relationship and openness to others and to the world; is captured and determined as a concrete body constructed, in dynamics, verified to the scale of detail, between its edges, the light that animates it, the furnishings that equip it, the materials and decorative elements that qualify it; aims to define a precise identity of every place, in the dialectic between spacecraft, figuration, dimensioning, structural aspects, environmental control, and energy performance. The laboratory places particular emphasis on the recovery of existing and often fragile architectural and architectural heritage by interpreting the themes of contemporary living, from those of residence to those of complex and multifunctional organisms for culture, museum systems and social life up to to those of retraining and open space equipment. Integration with the disciplines of technical physics allows for the verification of microclimate comfort in residential new buildings and upgrading existing ones, lighting and acoustics for museum sites, exhibitions, culture and commerce in a 'efficiency of the product and energy saving.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

According to the Dublin Descriptors (DdD), passing the exam certifies the acquisition of the following results:

DdD 2 ability to apply knowledge and understanding

- ability to develop the interior space project at the appropriate scale, in which the attention to the human dimension of architecture is expressed in the definition of the material and constructive aspects, of the furnishing equipment or of the exhibition systems;


DdD 3 (autonomy of judgment), 4 (communication skills) and 5 (learning ability)

- ability to operate and communicate independently the design choices made (DdD 3, 4 and 5).



Argomenti trattati

PDF file with the Studio presentation:

I.Course description

The Italian square has historically been a central place for meeting and exchange, in which culture and history, symbols and traditions, found a prominent and privileged fulfilment. In the Italian architectural and urban history, the square has been the center of the city, a “stage” in which identity, the sense of belonging to a community and the daily manifestation of the city power were displayed trough its design features. The class will look at the Italian public open spaces and the relationship between their architectural aspects and functions. The most famous piazzas (such as Piazza del Campo in Siena, Piazza Navona in Rome, Piazza San Marco in Venice among others) were purposely designed to accommodate crowds of festivals, markets, religious or political celebrations and now incorporate completely new functions. The class will analyze a selection of Italian public squares with the aim of understanding and re-actualizing their current meaning, taking into account the new and completely different contemporary use, needs and functions. In a historical moment in which public space came back to the center of public life as the locus for display of collective happiness or discontent, it is becoming urgent to rethink the importance of the italian piazza: the class will provide the student with an insight into the contemporary meaning of italian public space and the ways in which could serve to create the physical setting for the activities of current public life.


II. Learning Outcomes

The class will provide the student with an insight into:

- The contemporary meaning of public space.

- The relationship between contemporary issues of architectural design within the context of the traditional city.

- The ways in which Italian urban piazzas create the physical setting for the activities of public life.

- The conceptual framework for the development of physical interventions within the contemporary urban environment.


III. Teaching Methodology

The course will explore contemporary issues of architectural design within the context of the Italian traditional city trough both design and research. The class will be divided in two parts. In the first part students will be assigned a selected Italian square and will analyze it according to original and contemporary uses. Will redesign the plan, map the activities at the different time of the day/night; map the transformation on the day of a specific event; its stone paving and the relationship between the use and its design. In the second part students will be asked to re-actualize the function and design of the square’s surface according to contemporary uses and meanings. The exercise will only focus on the horizontal features of the square, the floor, as a possible manifestation of the connection between the texture and its actual use. Work in the class will be complemented by experiences in the site: each student will be asked to visit the assigned square and conduct research in the field. Readings and lectures will supplement the work done in studio. Through readings, direct observations, discussion, and analysis, students will gain insight into the square history and its design providing a basis for understanding how to re-examine and improve the space according to contemporary issues related to cultural, political economical uses. From this understanding, the objective is to develop synthetic skills through design projects that are focused on of re-invention of public space in a historical setting, where design is influenced by an everyday public use.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCaniffe, E.The politics of the Piazza. The history and meaning of the Italian square, Editore: Routlege, Anno edizione: 2008

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAndrea BranziThe visceral revolution, Editore: DOMUS, Anno edizione: 2006, Fascicolo: Domus 897

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAndrea BranziThe hot house: Italian new wave design, Editore: Thames and Hudson, Anno edizione: 1984

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMichel De CerteauThe practice of everyday life, Editore: University of California press, Berkeley, Anno edizione: 1984

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaUgo La PietraAbitare la città , Editore: allemandi, Anno edizione: 1983

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRahul MehrotraEphemeral urbanism. Does permanence matter?, Editore: List, Anno edizione: 2017


Modalità di valutazione

The evaluation will be based on the a research report ( a booklet), prepared by groups of students + the design project.

Evaluation creteria
The evaluation will be carried out taking into account the quality of the project developed and the ability of the student to present it with reference to the topics and themes dealt with in the Studio. The final evaluation will be determined by the contents of the project, by the candidates' exhibition capacity and by the student's work through all the Studio.


The final evaluation will be determined by the candidates' presentation capacity and by quality to answer to the exam questions referring to the arguments and the bibliography discussed in the course.


Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 120:00 130:00

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Note Docente
schedaincarico v. 1.6.5 / 1.6.5
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