TECHNOLOGICAL DESIGN ARCHITECTURE - 8 CFU
BUILDING COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS DESIGN - 4 CFU
To promote the architectural design ability to manage the relations among materials, construction elements, techniques, environmental and functional requirements, building regulations, characteristics of the context. The project experience is applied to a small residential building of “controlled complexity” in the South East of Milan city. This topic is developed along a design activity to acquire and to experiment the basic knowledge about:
- to give correct dimensions to living spaces, and to organise their morphological configuration;
- to define typological and distributive characteristics;
- to configure the technological systems and elements;
- to verify the buildability, as consequence of a design processes that facilitates the construction and utilization of the architecture.
Students are led in a gradual process of acquisition and application of methodological and operational tools required for the development of the project.This, in relation to the dimension of feasibility of construction, through guided exercises aimed at acquiring adequate capacity of analysis and synthesis.The design process is articulated through a series of steps:
- concept (definition of all the major characteristic and performances that the architecture must provide);
- design (implementation of the concept providing all the pieces of information necessary for administrative approval);
- project (implementation of the design providing all the pieces of information necessary for the construction).
Within these steps, the didactic activities will be focused on:
- the interpretation of paradigmatic projects with regard to the relationship among materials, design principles and architectural languages;
- the use and the management of an integrated system of constraints (environmental, regulatory, structural, constructing, etc.);
- the assessment and the selection among different spatial and techno-typological alternatives;
- the configuration of the construction details, studied in their material dimension and verified with regard to their feasibility;
- the representation of the project at the different scales, in relation to the specific needs of knowledge, reporting and verification.
The design activities will be carried out in groups of 2/3 students.
Learning activities are configured through:
- lectures and seminars held by the teacher, with the contribution of external speakers;
- tutoring in the classroom;- development of the design process, with verification of progresses at the different scales;
- supplementary activities extra classroom for the study, the graphics processing and research.
Forms of horizontal and vertical coordination of the key courses.
The Building Technology Studio is organised in a system of horizontal and vertical coordination which involves the whole area of Architectural Technology in its various components.
As for horizontal coordination, there is a permanent confrontation that has agreed and standardised for all the studios: design theme, size of the intervention, level of detail, methods and verification criteria.
As for the vertical coordination, progressive learning strategies have been defined and will be constantly monitored, for a process of gradual acquisition of knowledge and skills.
This process consists of training sessions related to: taking basic knowledge (Fundamentals of Technology) and their subsequent application in the design experience carried out in the Studios.