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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Caramellino Gaia , Contin Antonella , Wall Edward Duncan
Cfu 12.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  1.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Soft Skills

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The Final Design Studio provides a complex and multidisciplinary planning experience, combined with the deepening of some specific issues at the center of the practice, culture and contemporary architectural debate. Through a design experimentation characterized in the different laboratories by the various topics and in-depth scale addressed, the common goal is to develop a synthesis project that combines the theoretical argumentation of the proposed theme with the applied activity based on the skills and know-how gained during the three-year educational path.

An innovative teaching activity (1 cfu) entitled "Projectelling" is planned with the aim to increase the communication skills of the results of the design activity.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

After the studio experience the student is able to systematize the different knowledge learned both during the previous years and within the studio, promoting the synergy between scientific, technological, artistic and humanistic disciplines in order to enrich and integrate the reference areas that occur in the design activity.

Argomenti trattati

Architectural design (Antonella Contin) 

"Metropolitan Discipline. The Metropolitan Architecture & Landscape meaning: Traces of the history and the geography of the place within maps"
Due to the Metropolization issue, - its spatial extension and temporal acceleration -, a specific equipment of techniques for structuring and intervening at big scale, related to a formal definition, is needed. At this scale the urban disciplines get a new and vast meaning and so start to consider the Landscape such as a possible element of their composition.The Metropolitan discipline, that the MSLab of the Politecnico di Milano and the Mit Metro Lab promote, deals with the specialization of the different methodology related to the form issue at different scales deling also with the environmental issue.  According to Gregotti (Gregotti, 1966), in fact, the environmental question not only concerns a biggest set of problems but rather different problems. If it is so, the territory of the urban disciplines becomes more extended dealing with environmental sets at the all scales.
The New York project areas are perfect to test our cabapility to work locally thinking globally, trying to insert into our Architectonical and Urban design disciplines a critic approach about  sustainable history within the environmental issue. 
Topics of the project:
_ Public spaces between new urban morphologies and transforming building typologies
_ Layered infrastructures and post-industrial environments
_ Natural ecosystem and urban ecologies
_ Resilience, transition processes and urban growth
_Retrofitting strategies, new technologies and digital tools
Fiel of Action:
Roosevelt Island: The island of undesiderables
Through the 19th century, the island housed several hospitals and a prison. Right now the island hosts the Kahn Memorial. The Cornell Tech Campus, a join venture with Technion Israel Institution, is going to be built.
The island offers a great opportunity to develop a metropolitan project trying to understand that the project is not nostalgia for the past, but therefore, cannot be subordinated to the environmental engineer practices.  The project, in fact, must present a polemical theory about how to make new mega-blocks, neighbourhood plan and urban design framed by the regional planning approach.  The theory is a dialectical discussion about the 'ideal" and the 'real".  This is combined with an argument for "contextualism". The project is a "case-study" as a demonstration of the theory.

Landscape architecture (Ed Wall, Greenwich University)

“Public city: collective landscape relations across metropolitan territories”
Proposed Topic
The urban (and metropolitan) metabolism of the public city is the key topic of this course. The course explores the relational aspects of urban and metropolitan landscapes through the lens of public spaces and collective actions. Urban (and metropolitan) landscapes are frequently defined by overlapping, intermixing, recombining and hybridising relations such as transport infrastructures, ecological networks and hydrological systems. Through these discourses the public frame of infrastructures and the collective contribution to/of urban spaces can be obscured through the demands of spatial, environmental and technological concerns. This course aims to reframe the urban (and metropolitan) metabolism through critical issues of public space. The course is focused on the transformation of growing metropolitan areas and their relationships across urban and territorial contexts. It will engage with site-specific ecologies across contrasting scales, reimagining socio-spatial relations of public spaces, to propose new public infrastructures and spaces aggregated. The course proposes landscape as public space exploring new infrastructures which enhance relations with the land and our environments, but not as singular or individual relations, but as essential components of a collectivity.

History of architecture (Gaia Caramellino)

"The lessons from seminal discourses and projects over the 20th century"
Proposed topic
Conceiving New York as an observatory and laboratory of experimentation, the course contributes to provide an historical and theoretical frame to explore the roots of approaches that investigate the relation between the architectural and metropolitan scale, as well as the emergence of a new attention for an “intermediate scale” in-between the building and the city. Through a series of lessons and the research work, the course will explore the affirmation of a number of seminal discourses and projects over the 20th century (from the Park Movement to the Regional Plan of New York and its Environs; from the new attention for neighborhood design and community planning during WWII, to the discourse on the core and the affirmation of urban design, in its shift from the schools to the practice, to the new forms of planning regulation…).
Considered for a long time as an “unused land” and an “unsolved project”, Roosevelt Island provides a real laboratory of research and testing ground during the second half of the century, capable to generate new urban visions and ideals, architectural solutions, housing models, planning policies and tools, community ideals…


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 evaluation will be on going through middle reviews. Open seminaries will be organised to discuss about same relevant issues during the semester. The groups will discuss about same topics within the professors of the course and same experts.

As part of their work, students will be asked to write an “imaginary reportage”, on the model of the grande reportage of the newspapers, illustrating their visit to New York in a precise historical moment.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaShane G., Urban Design since 1945, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaWall E., Waterman T., Urban Design, Editore: AVA Publishing SA, Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaContin A., Atlante , Editore: Clup, Anno edizione: 2000
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaContin et altri, Questo, Questo. Metropolitan Architecture, Editore: Maggioli ed., Anno edizione: 2015
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHilary Ballon, The Greatest Grid. The Master Plan of Manhattan 1811-2011, Editore: Columbia University Press., Anno edizione: 2012
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRobert Stern, New York 1960s, Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial, Editore: The Monacelli Press, Anno edizione: 1997
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaEric Mumford, J.L Sert, The Architect of Urban Design 1953-1969, Editore: Yale University Press, Anno edizione: 2008
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaPeter Hall, Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning, Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2014

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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 144:00 155:59

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