Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Cantini Lorenzo , Previtali Mattia
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 purpose of the Studio is to understand and know the phases necessary for the design of the existing building conservation project, the principles and best practices that are indispensable in the historical construction and essential for the graduation of architecture graduates. In addition to the creation of thematic maps concerning historical constructive techniques, forms of degradation or manifest or latent disruption with the study of the causes - for which the development of the survey is necessary - analyzes useful techniques for the diachronic reading of buildings, transferring the awareness of the role of the historical survey within the conservation process. Following the indispensable analysis phase to make informed and consistent choices, the student develops the artifacts conservation project by analyzing - among others - the requirements of efficacy, compatibility, durability, reversibility ... and sets the project for a possible new compatibility, considering the necessary adjustments to changing needs. Attention is also drawn to the drafting of the technical documents accompanying it, to the legislative framework within which it is built and to the connection between theoretical aspects and practical activity.

The purpose of the Laboratory is to make the student aware of the features and problems that the intervention on the built presents, in relation to its historical and cultural significance and at the same time as a resource for contemporary use. Therefore, besides ex cathedra lessons, he/she expects practical lessons on the concrete case studies to be "taught by doing" with the aim of implementing critical skills and operational tools that stimulate the care process to the built environment.

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 analyze the constructive and material characteristics of the historical building, to recognize the construction techniques, the structural elements and their respective functions, the materials and their physical and mechanical characteristics, the possible state of structural deterioration, the behavioural characteristics in relation to climatic and microclimatic issues;

- ability to develop projects for the conservation, restoration, recovery, reuse of architectural artefacts and the ability to manage transformations over time.


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 presentation of the studio

The purpose of the Studio is to understand and know the phases necessary for the design criteria addressed to existing buildings. The conservation project, applied to historical buildings, is developed through theoretical principles and best practices that are essential for the definition of the interventions on the materials composing the building and the strategical solutions concerning its final destination, use and further valorization.

The Studio is organized by two modules: Advanced Survey and Preservation. The professors will offer a theoretical background of the contents of their disciplines and will propose a driven and integrated activity on an assigned historical building for the on-site workshop experience. The on-site activity is organized by dividing the class into workgroups: the number of components is defined according to the number of students attending the Laboratory. Both courses propose a deep integration among the arguments, considering the conservation field as a multidisciplinary activity, where geometrical issues are strictly connected to a wider comprehension of the material and technological components of the building, expression of a specific constructive culture, representing the historical characteristics of the chosen cultural contest.

The geometrical survey of historic building is a fundamental aspect for further analysis on the building as well as restoration/conservation activity. For this reason, the course cover both traditional and innovative survey techniques. In particular the following techniques will be presented:

·                     Photogrammetric survey;

·                     Total Station survey; and

·                     Laser scanning survey.

The theoretical and practical aspects of these techniques are covered during the course along with their application concerning the chosen case study. In particular, their peculiarities will be presented and discussed as well as their integration. Particular attention will be given in order to determine the most appropriate technique according to the defined aims in terms of final products, their accuracy, precision and scale. Particular attention will be paid in describing the contribution of each technique for the purposes of architectural survey.

The geometrical survey is the starting point for a proper description of the building by means of the technical architectural language (i.e., plans, sections, elevations, etc.). For this reason, specific attention will be paid in presenting the requirement of a technical drawing making reference to national and international standards (e.g., ISO).

The on-filed activity is aimed at allowing students to get in touch directly with the content of theoretical classes. During the workshop activities students will practice with both standard and innovative survey methods presented during the lectures. Stating from this survey activities, students will turn their measurements into products commonly used in the architecture, building and construction domain (i.e., plans, sections, elevations, etc.) by making reference to good practice and standards.

The preservation course, on the basis of the survey activity, introduces a knowledge path developed among different thematic maps useful for providing a complete interpretation on different aspects concerning the building: historical evolution, constructive logic, decay problems, possible solutions.

The aim of the Studio is to reach a final awareness of the features and problems characterizing the interventions on the built heritage. By analyzing the building properties, recognizing its constructive features, assessing its knowledge in depth by using codified methodologies (standardized by legislative documents and practical activities) proposed during the course, the students will provide a conservation design composed by the intervention strategy for preserving the material integrity of the historical building and the adaptive reuse proposed for matching the necessary adjustments requested to the changing needs.


Signifiant topics developed during the Studio:

Advanced Survey:

- Direct survey.

- Topographic survey.

- 3D Laser Scanner Survey: data recording and data elaboration.

- Digital image rectification.


- Historical analysis.

- Building techniques.

- Materials mapping.

- Materials decays.


Modalità di valutazione

The exam consists in developing different thematic tables and some technical reports. The material is evaluated in specific deliveries arranged during the studio for a first submission followed by the evaluation of the teachers. During the ordinary exam dates, the students will have an oral exam concerning the on-site workshop and the theoretical background provided during the lessons.

The final exam grade will be determined by the outcome of the exam and the overall assessment of the student's work in the studio.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJ. Bedford, Measured and Drawn - Techniques and practice for the metric survey of historic buildings, Editore: Swindon UK, English Heritage, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9781848020474 http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/measured-and-drawn/measured-and-drawn.pdf
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJ. Bedford and others, Metric Survey Specifications for Cultural Heritage, Editore: Swindon UK, English Heritage, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9781848020382 https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/metric-survey-specification/metric-survey-specific-for-cultural-heritage.pdf
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaK. Kraus, Photogrammetry: Geometry from Images and Laser Scans, Editore: Walter de Gruyte, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaE.M. Mikhail, J. Bethel, J.C. McGlone, Introduction to Modern Photogrammetry, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2001
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaT. Luhmann, S. Robson, S. Kyle, I. Harley, Close Range Photogrammetry: Principles, Techniques and Applications, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2006
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaG. Vosselman, H-G- Maas, Airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, Editore: Whittles, Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFeilden B. M., Introduction to architectural conservation, Editore: Architectural Press., Anno edizione: 2003

In Feilden B. M., Conservation of historic buildings. Provided by the course

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaYokilehto J., A History of Architectural Conservation., Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2002 http://www.iccrom.org/ifrcdn/pdf/ICCROM_05_HistoryofConservation00_en.pdf.

Provided by the course

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaYokilehto J., Considerations on authenticity and integrity in world heritage context., Anno edizione: 2006

In City & Time 2 (1): 1. Provided by the course

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaIto N., Intangible Cultural Heritage Involved in Tangible Cultural Heritage, Anno edizione: 2003

1994 ICOMOS General Assembly. Provided by the course. Provided by 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

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese

Note Docente
schedaincarico v. 1.6.5 / 1.6.5
Area Servizi ICT