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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 053174 - THEMATIC STUDIO
Docente Fontana Carlotta , Rosso Renzo
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

In the Thematic Studio - with a disciplinary characterization with respect to Architectural Design, Environmental Technology Design, Conservation, Interior Architecture or Urban Planning - the student experiments in-depth study of topics related to innovative and advanced research issues in the specific disciplinary area of reference.

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 of advanced tools for the project.


DdD 2 ability to apply knowledge and understanding

- advanced ability to transfer theoretical and technical disciplinary knowledge in project development.


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


Water for the regeneration of the built environment


The TEMATIC STUDIO Design with water for the regeneration of the built environment assumes the built environment as the specific, co-evolutionary ecological system of human species. Humans build up their own settlements over a long time span by modifying and adapting their habitat according to their own needs. To this effect, they shape the landscape throughout a continuous, more and more powerful process running together with human societies over time. The Studio thus focuses on enhancing the students’ environmental awareness, analytical capability and environmental design skills related to regeneration projects where water is a major drive of the urban/suburban landscape. It focuses on bio-climatic architectureand adaptive re-use. Bio-climatic architecture relies to climatic conditions to achieve indoor and outdoor comfort, minimizing dependence on mechanical systems; adaptive re-use aims to make the most of the existent built resources, carefully understanding and appraising their potential to be adapted to new uses. This approach attributes an essential role to issues such as rainwater conservation, waste-water treatment and recycling, water consumption reduction, air conditioning and cooling, flood protection, as well as to the use of water to provide delight, comfort and well-being in the human-made environment. All water related issues at different space and time scales are presented using a problem-solving approach that merges physical knowledge of underlying processes with current technology to accomplish sustainable hydrologic landscapes.

The Studio aims at providing a deep understanding of the relationships between environmental issues and design decisions, mainly focusing on the connections between the material/energy exchanges with the environment and comfort and health performances of a place.

Major outcomes deal with the ability to implement appropriate design strategies in relation to regeneration projects under water driven opportunities and constraints (hydrologic landscape, waterfront, storm and flood risk, land reclamation, adaptation to climate change, ...) with an emphasis on key requirements such as resilience, comfort and delight.

Specific objectives include:

- promoting  a design approach focused on the relationships between the buildings, the people living and acting inside and around them, the multi-faceted qualities of the physical environment;

- promoting  a deep understanding of the relationship between environment, technology and design, the knowledge of the deep connections and effects between design decisions  and material/energy exchanges with the environment, thus deeply affecting human life;

- promoting the ability of decision-making to select among design alternatives according to the environmental, economic and social context, providing effective solutions focused on sustainability of the entire building process, under a life-cycle perspective;

- proposing approaches capable to support the ecological transition under a climate change perspective.

The two modules will continuously relate in the studio work to provide integrated environmental design schemes. Main specific topics will be:

Technological andEnvironmental design:

  • performance appraisal of the built environment: open urban spaces and existent buildings as an actual resource embodying many different values;
  • appraisal of the environmental quality of the morphological characters of the built environment (intermediate spaces, arcades, shade and sunlight, greenery, shading devices, natural ventilation and lighting) and of the “naturally” well-tempered architecture;
  • performance-based evaluation tools for environmental delight and well-being in open and public space.

Water systems analysis and design:

  • water resources challenges at different spatial and temporal scales: water and food, water and energy, water and climate, water and the city (this including analysis, assessment and mitigation of flood risk in urban areas)
  • sustainable urban hydrology: water cycle at the municipal scale, water supply and distribution, stormwater removal , SuDs and Green Roofs, green infrastructures in parks.


Lechner, Norbert, Heating, Cooling, Lighting - Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2015

Olgyay V., Design with Climate. Bioclimatic approach to architectural regionalism, Editore: Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, Anno edizione: 1963-2015, ISBN: 978-0-691-16973-6 

 McHarg I.L.,Design With Nature, Wiley and Sons, 1967-1992, ISBN 0-471-55797-8

 Los, S., Geografia dell’architettura – Progettazione bioclimatica e disegno architettonico(English selected chapter will be provided) – Editore: Il Poligrafo, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN:978-88-7115-816-7

Rosso, R., Bombe d'acqua. Alluvioni d'Italia dall'unità al terzo millennio, Marsilio, Venezia, 2017. ISBN: 978-88-317-2683-2.

Salvadori, G., De Michele, C., Kottegoda, N.T. & R. Rosso, Extremes in nature. An approach using copulas, Springer, New York, 294p., 2007. CHAPTER 1. ISBN: 9781402044144

Lamera, C., Becciu, G., Rulli, M.C. & R. Rosso, Green Roofs Effects on the Urban Water Cycle Components, Procedia Engineering, Vol.70: p.988-997, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.02.110

Bignami, D.F., M.C.Rulli & R. Rosso, Testing the use of reimbursement data to obtain damage curves in urbanised areas: the case of the Piedmont flood on October 2000, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Vo.11: S575-S593, 2018 DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12292.


Modalità di valutazione


The core of the Studio is the workshop design activity: students shall work in groups (max 3 students per group), developing their design scheme under the teachers’ tutorship. Lectures and seminars specific to the workshop topics will be provided all along the workshop activity, as well as on-site visits.

Further indication and additional readings will be provided on the BeeP site.

The final evaluation will take place at the exam, which shall consist for each group in a formal submission of all the deliverables required – according to further instruction that will be published in BeeP – followed by the discussion with each group.

Three deadline presentationsduring the Course will be established: all groups will be requested to attend each of them. The final deadline will be followed by a critique session and a mark will be proposed for the group work. ALL members of each group must know and be able to explain every part of the group work.

The final mark will be assigned at the exam. At the exam, in addition to the work group, each student will be required to submit a small, individualwork, within the group project theme, which could increase the individual mark.

Each group and group member will be free either to accept the proposed mark, or to present the work in a following date of the same appeal, or again in the following two appeals.

PLEASE NOTEthat in any case, NO FURTHER REVIEWS will be made after the end of the regular Studio term. We therefore recommend working as much as possible in the classroom and regularly attending the reviews  that will take place continuously during the term.

The Studio detailed schedule and the characteristics of the presentations and deliverables will be given at the beginning of the Studio and published on the BeeP page of the Studio, as well as any further indications.

Compulsory attendance is required.



Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHeating, Cooling, Lighting - Sustainable Design Methods for Architects

selected chapters

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDesign with Climate. Bioclimatic approach to architectural regionalism

selected chapters

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaDesign With Nature

selected chapters

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGeografia dell'architettura - Progettazione bioclimatica e disegno architettonico

selected chapters in English will be provided

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaExtremes in nature. An approach using copulas

chapter 1

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGreen Roofs Effects on the Urban Water Cycle Components,
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBombe d'acqua. Alluvioni d'Italia dall'unità al terzo millennio
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaTesting the use of reimbursement data to obtain damage curves in urbanised areas: the case of the Piedmont flood on October 2000

Software utilizzato
Nessun software richiesto

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
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

Note Docente
schedaincarico v. 1.8.1 / 1.8.1
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