Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1187) LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE. LAND LANDSCAPE HERITAGE
052683 - CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HISTORIC GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES
The purpose of the course is to provide preservation theory and practice to make the students able to understand the complexity of the historic gardens and to learn how to survey, represent, analyze, evaluate, conserve and reuse them.
The aim of the course is to teach how to recognize the cultural and botanic significance of historic gardens and landscapes and also to consider them like a current urban, architectural, ecological, social resource.
Lectures and in situ surveys will teach how to evaluate, at different scales, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the case study.
The course will provide methodological and theoretical references and operational tools that are necessary to elaborate an historic garden preservation and management plan with a multidisciplinary approach.
Particularly the Botany and Arboriculture course purposes are:
-To understand trees are living beings, their structure, and their functions.
-To show that urban green areas can add historical, cultural, ecologic, social, environmental, and sanitary values to urban sites.
-To learn how to select species for urban plantings, as well as to how to plant and manage them according to widely recognized best practices.
The two modules of this course are strictly integrated, during the analysis phase and the pro-active design step, to demonstrate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach and cooperation.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
According to the Dublin Descriptors (DdD), passing the exam certifies the acquisition of the following results:
DdD 1 – Knowledge and understanding
- Knowledge and understanding about: history of the European gardens, Historic garden Preservation Theory, Historic garden typologies and features, Historic Garden critical analysis methodologies, including multi-temporal analysis.
- Knowledge and understanding about: ability to identify key shade tree species;
DdD 2 - ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- ability to recognize in an historic gardens the cultural significance and the current architectural, urban, landscape, ecological and social value;
- ability to analyze the constructive and material components and features of an historical garden, to recognize typologies and construction techniques, to understand the vegetation settlement, recognizing tree and shrub species and roles, to evaluate the level of decay, the connected climatic and microclimatic issues;
- ability to define a SWOT analysis about an historical garden in order to define preservation and management strategies;
- ability to develop conservation plans for historic gardens and to define preservation management plans in order to control the transformations over time;
-ability to quantify ecosystem services provided by urban vegetation;
-ability to select suitable species for specific planting sites, based on their ecological characteristics;
-ability to evaluate correct and wrong planting and management techniques;
-ability to evaluate risk associated to urban trees;
- ability to develop a project involving theoretical aspects and practical tools learned during the course, merging all the issues of the two modules.
DdD 3 - autonomy of judgment and DdD 4 - communication skills
- ability to operate and communicate independently the analysis and design choices made and to explain methods, tools and strategy developed.
CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES
The course analyses some significant conservation or rehabilitation projects concerned historic gardens and cultural landscapes and examines the current preservation approaches, techniques and treatments, focused on conserving the historic stratification of the architectural/landscape heritage and defining compatible reuses.
Topics of the course:
- Brief overview of the history of the European gardens.
- Preservation of historic parks and gardens: national laws, International Conventions, “Charters” and recommendations.
- Study of historic gardens: historical sources, surveys, thematic maps and interpretations.
- Complexity and vulnerability of the components and issues involved in historic gardens/cultural landscapes and consequent multidisciplinary approach.
- Analysis and evaluation of the environmental, architectural, landscape and perceptive features of the historic garden and its surroundings, in order to identify conservation and management criteria.
- The current theoretical debate on the restoration and conservation of historic gardens and parks: methodological and operational tools compared.
- The practice of management plans and conservation treatments of historic parks and gardens in some significant Italian and international experiences.
- Conservation plan of historic gardens: extraordinary maintenance, ordinary maintenance, use and management of the site.
- Preservation goals to prevent decay, to mitigate impacts, to set up a maintenance program and a management plan considering the site historic stratification and the site context.
-Identification of preservation and design goals, involving aesthetic and symbolic issues, agronomic-productive questions and social needs.
The course activity will include a direct survey and a planning activity of an historic garden and how it relates to its context. Architectural, botanic and material survey, historic evolution, study of the features, environment and cultural landscape relationships will be considered in the critical analysis in order to define a preservation and management plan.
BOTANY AND ARBORICULTURE
I – tree structure and functions: the plant cell and tissues, leaves, stem, roots; photosynthesis, water uptake, growth (4 hours)
II – benefits of urban trees: environmental, social, sanitary, ecological, cultural (3 hours + 1 h field work)
III – trees and the urban environment: factors affecting tree health and survival in urban sites: soil quality, compaction, water stress, irradiance, pollution, human interference, pests and pathogens (3 hours + 1 field work)
IV – species selection, planting techniques and irrigation (6 hours)
V – management: pruning, risk assessment (3 hours + 1 field work)
VI – identification of urban trees (10 hours)
Non required, although preliminary knowledge in history of gardens is suggested.
Modalità di valutazione
Students will be evaluated based on: the knowledge and understanding of theoretical lectures; survey, analysis and planning practices; applied knowledge acquired during the 2 courses lectures and the on site visits.
The final evaluation is the result of the following steps:
- Milestone presentations (involving communication skills) about the on site work, where students will explain their own material, underlining the personal questions and the reflections linked to the lecture themes, their own selection of references and their design purposes (DdD1, DdD2, DdD3, DdD4)
- Final written test (Botany and arboriculture course) focus on the topics discussed during the classes and on the related bibliography, including the technical skills acquired during the field work (DdD1, DdD2, DdD3).
- Group work: it will be evaluated the group result of the on site work considering the survey and analysis phase (map analysis; geometric, botanic, decay survey; critical SWOT analysis), the design activity (preservation strategies, management goals, conservation treatments) (DdD2, DdD3, DdD4).
- Final oral exam (Conservation of Historic gardens and landscapes course). The final oral exam will focus on the project developed in group and on the topics discussed during the classes and on the related bibliography. Each student must demonstrate a knowledge of the theoretical topics, showing the relationships between the class lectures and the case study, the coherence among the practical skill acquired and the theoretical objectives of the course applied in the project (DdD1, DdD2, DdD3, DdD4).
Students should attend all lessons, onsite visits and surveys
The attendance of the on site activities is possible only after the following of the on-line Basic Course on Safety and the mandatory submitting of the final certificate
A printed copy and digital copy of the group work (PDF and data source) must be delivered 5 days before the exam date.
Delivered materials will be archived; neither printed nor digital copies (including CD or USB key) will be returned.
G.Van Zuylen, The garden: Vision of Paradise, Editore: Thames&Hudston, London, Anno edizione: 1995 Note:
Disponibile anche in italiano:
G.Van Zuylen, Il giardino. Paradiso del Mondo, Electa-Gallimard, 1998
Georges Teyssot, Monique Mosser, The History of Garden Design: The Western Tradition from the Renaissance to the Present Day, Editore: Thames & Hudson, Anno edizione: 2000
Gordon Campbell, A Short History of Gardens , Editore: OUP Oxford, Anno edizione: 2016
Michel Conan, José Tito Rojo, Luigi Zangheri (a cura di), Histories of garden conservation: case-studies and critical debates. Colloquio internazionale sulla storia della conservazione dei giardini , Editore: L. S. Olschki, Firenze,, Anno edizione: 2005
Tom Turner, European Gardens: History, Philosophy and Design , Editore: Routledge, London, Anno edizione: 2011
Filippo Pizzoni, The Garden: A History in Landscape and Art , Editore: Aurum Press, Anno edizione: 1999
Marion Harney, Gardens and Landscapes in Historic Building Conservation, Editore: Wiley-Blackwell, Anno edizione: 2014
M.Boriani, A.Cazzani,, Il difficile governo del giardino storico: molteplicità degli approcci conoscitivi e complessità della gestione degli interventi, Editore: Ed. Del Miglio, Cremona, Anno edizione: 2004, Fascicolo: pp. 49-63 Note:
in M.Brignani, L.Roncai, Giardini cremonesi
M.A.Giusti, Restauro dei giardini: teorie e storia, , Editore: Alinea, Firenze, Anno edizione: 2004
L.Zangheri, Storia del giardino e del paesaggio, , Editore: Olschki, Firenze, Anno edizione: 2003
M.Zoppi, Storia del giardino europeo, Editore: Laterza, Bari, Anno edizione: 1995
Francesco Ferrini, Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Alessio Fini (edited by), Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry Measuring and monitoring urban trees and urban forests, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 978-1138647282
Nelda Matheny, Sharon Lilly, Thomas Smiley, Tree Risk Assessment - Best Management Practices , Editore: ISA- International Society of Arboriculture, Anno edizione: 2011
Urban Forestry Note:
A selection of articles will be indicated
Urban Greening Note:
A selection of articles will be indicated
Landscape and Urban Planning journal Note:
A selection of articles will be indicated
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 materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese
Further bibliographical references may be provided with regard both to the case study and to the student's individual background.