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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio
Docente Boeri Stefano

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Broken City.

Spaces and visions for biological, social and cultural coexistence.

Cities are the place where nowadays 54,5% of the human population concentrates, the place that produces 80% of the global wealth and at the same time the place that produces 75% of the global CO2 emissions.

If we follow these premises, it is clear that cities will be the place where, more and more in the coming decades, humanity will give shape to its future and the future of other living species. However cities are sites of complexity, subject to an ongoing environmental crisis, the widespread urbanisation of green surfaces and the destruction of our natural resources, unstoppable population expansion and the site of conflicts among different world views, material conditions and possibilities.

It is no longer enough simply to look after the principles, values and the needs of our species, we also need to locate ourselves within a wider vision of the future of the planet.

“The relationship between humankind and nature comprises many different strands, and the pace with which the date has advanced suggests that some bonds may be broken beyond repair. In order to attempt to restore those that we still can, we must move to make reparations”.

Paola Antonelli on Broken Nature

Developed in close collaboration with the XXII Triennale Internazionale di Milano Broken Nature: Design takes on Human Survival, the AUDW will explore the broken links of the human specie with Nature within the urban context of Milan.

Projects will be developed through 4 workshops, and will address making reparations to those broken bonds.

4 workshops


#1 Workshop

Project & the City

How can Architecture and Design include living Nature as a constitutive element –and not as a simple Decoration? How can Architecture and Design dialogue with the unpredictable and uncanny presence of Nature? How can Architecture and design provide the spatial conditions for the inclusion of differences, both biological and social and cultural? Should we consider a kind of a non-anthropocentric urban ethic?


Reference texts:

- Stefano Boeri, A vertical forest, ed. Corraini, Milan, 2015

-Stefano Boeri, Down from the stand: arguments in favor of non- anthropocentric ethics,

Abitare n. 480, 2008

-Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty, Ecological Urbanism, ed. Harvard University

Graduate School of Design, 2010


Reference videos:

-BBC, Planet Earth II, Episode 3, 2017


- The Blinkfish and Stefano Boeri Architetti, The Flying Gardeners, Milan, 2015


- Stefano Boeri Architetti, Tirana Kaledoiscopic Metropolis, 2017



#2 Workshop

Research & the City

What is the role of Research in the Architectural design process? How to balance the inclusiveness of a Research approach with the compulsory selection of knowledges that any Design process requires?


Reference texts:

-“The other architect”, exhibition held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2015


-Gabriele Basilico and Stefano Boeri, Cross Sections of a Country, Scalo, Zurich, 1998


Reference videos:

-Multiplicity, Solid Sea, XI Documenta, Kassel, 2002


-The Blinkfish and Stefano Boeri Architetti, Amatrice: the new year zero, 2017



#3 Workshop

Politics & the City

Can we interpret Architecture and Design as a trigger and a physical manifestation of social and cultural processes in the urban environment? How can Architecture and Design initiate processes of radical transformations of the material and immaterial bonds within and across the built environment? So to what extent can Architecture and Design be interpreted as a set of interventions of activation of cultural, social, economic networks?


Reference texts:

-Giampiero Venturini, Carlo Venegoni, Re-Act. Tools for Urban re-Activation, Deleyva Editore, 2017

-Patrick Bouchain, Construire en Habitant, Actes Sud, 2006


Reference videos:

-Manifatture Knos, Incontri del Terzo Luogo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUOSH34Rabo

#4 Workshop

Media & the City

How much has Architectural Communication changed from magazines to blogs? Does Communication in the Architectural field (video, images, renders and articles about a built Architecture) work as a replacement of its physical and perceptive experience? Which relationship can be established between a real building - and its simulacrum (the “identity” of the building itself spread through media communication and, therefore, known by the audience)? How does Architecture work as an act of Writing (on) a space? Is Architecture both a Scripture and a Reading of a space? How does it oscillate between description and narration? Is the act of the Reading an Architecture a way of reinterpreting and reconstructing its content?


Reference texts:

-Beatriz Colomina, Climp/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X to

197X, ed. Actar, 2006

-Stefano Boeri, Superplaces, Domus n. 885, October 2005

-Stefano Boeri, Great Return of the Paper, Domus n.1000, March 2016

-Stefano Boeri, La città scritta, ed. Quodlibet, Milan, 2016

-Wolfgang Iser, The Act of Reading: Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response, The

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978

-Umberto Eco, Lector in fabula, Bompiani, 1979


Reference video:

- Icon Design Talks, Writing and the city. A dialogue between Rem Koolhaas and Stefano

Boeri, Milan, 2017



Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The course will be structured in moments of collective discussion and theoretical lecture, also by external guests coming from different disciplinary fields; its objective is to explain the profoundly multi-dimensional vocation of architecture.

We can not limit ourselves to acting in a punctual and "closed" way. Students will be asked to face in each workshop a different modality of expression linked to the architectural project, towards the definition of a project that is not only architectural, but cultural, political and mediatic. A project that knows how to respond to the rhythms and the complexity of the contemporary world, in which the figure of the architect is called to interact with transdisciplinary activities.

Students will be expected to develop a unitary project throughout the four workshops.

Argomenti trattati

Architecture as a building, as research and experimentation, as political action and as a means and object of expression. Can architecture, understood in this broad sense, help shape the future?

Projects will be expected to address reparations to environmental, social, cultural urban crisis.


Students should be very motivated and able to work both autonomously and in groups. 

Modalità di valutazione

Students will be evaluated individually on the basis of their individual performance and proficiency of the project developed in team. 



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