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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Leonforte Fabrizio , Leveratto Jacopo
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

The workshop addresses the architecture project from the point of view of interior space.

As a fundamental phenomenon independent of the scale to which it applies, it is characterized by a peculiar attention to its users and their gestures of relationship and openness to others and to the world; is captured and determined as a concrete body constructed, in dynamics, verified to the scale of detail, between its edges, the light that animates it, the furnishings that equip it, the materials and decorative elements that qualify it; aims to define a precise identity of every place, in the dialectic between spacecraft, figuration, dimensioning, structural aspects, environmental control, and energy performance. The laboratory places particular emphasis on the recovery of existing and often fragile architectural and architectural heritage by interpreting the themes of contemporary living, from those of residence to those of complex and multifunctional organisms for culture, museum systems and social life up to to those of retraining and open space equipment. Integration with the disciplines of technical physics allows for the verification of microclimate comfort in residential new buildings and upgrading existing ones, lighting and acoustics for museum sites, exhibitions, culture and commerce in a 'efficiency of the product and energy saving.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

According to the Dublin Descriptors (DdD), passing the exam certifies the acquisition of the following results:

DdD 2 ability to apply knowledge and understanding

- ability to develop the interior space project at the appropriate scale, in which the attention to the human dimension of architecture is expressed in the definition of the material and constructive aspects, of the furnishing equipment or of the exhibition systems;


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

DbR Studio 2019 - From Co-Living to Urban Hacktivism

Architecture of Interiors - Design Studio 1

Prof Jacopo Leveratto (Interiors) and Fabrizio Leonforte (Building Physics)


Themes and topics

DbR means “design by research”, a formula that inverts the traditional relation that links the two terms, turning design into the purpose and research into the method. Its conception comes from the acknowledgement of the fact that particularly complex or urgent design issues cannot be simply solved by applying a set of predetermined strategies. On the contrary, they require a tactical form of investigation that can individuate the most effective and locally relevant solutions by means of innovation. Therefore, DbR also indicates a format that looks after real and actual design issues, by focusing on the renewal and hybridization of design processes, elements and imaginaries.

In this regard, the DbR format applied to the architecture of interiors studio means exploring the operative design features that characterize interior disciplines, to solve an issue that could hardly be faced in different ways. This year, that issue is represented by the decay of private suburbs, a problem that neither the public institutions, which lacks of any legal instrument, nor the real estate market, which has no interest in that, can realistically face. Moreover, it is represented by a specific case of a multiethnic suburb that, despite its vibrant social life, lacks of any tool for improving its environmental quality. For this reason, DbR Studio 2019 will investigate different forms of self-organization, in relation both with single residential units and urban commons, through which architecture can be upgraded from bottom up. The purpose is to imagine some mechanisms of scalability of these tools, to colonize the whole building, and create a critical mass that could expand to the block and the suburb.

From this point of view, therefore, DbR Studio 2019 will invert the traditional process of architectural design, by starting from the definition of a simple aggregation of two or three apartments and a playground, to extend to the block and the city. Thus, in doing that, it will start from the 1:20 and 1:50 scales, to test later a possible system of scalability. The aim, however, is always the same. It involves the adaptation in terms of size, organization and equipment of the apartments to the emerging demand trends, the improvement of functionality and usability performances of the buildings, and the intensification of the utilization ratio of the built estate. Everything in a process that goes from the study of new forms of co-living to a pervasive and parasitic transformation of the suburb.



DbR format entails the idea of a classroom as a unique research and innovation design unit. Therefore, it involves a variable geometry organization that will adapt during the course according to intermediate outcomes, contingent needs, and individual skills. However, a pre-defined set of lectures and complementary activities will introduce the work with a specific knowledge that will form the common ground of the different design experimentations. In particular, it will concern:

- The interior domain(s): from a positional sphere to a philosophy of action;

- Inclusive design: the scale of multicultural relations;

- The private suburbs: challenge, problem and potentials in Italy and Europe;

- What is co-dividuality: exploration and mapping of places, practices, and policies of co-living;

- Sharing zones of daily life: tactical urbanism and commons.

Moreover, due the central role of energy efficiency and sustainability, because the high degree of technical and functional degradation, a fundamental contribute on building physics will inform the students on the more relevant topics on the theme:

- Introduction to energy and environment conscious design methods in the contest of strong sustainability;

- Energy balance tools in design process: dynamic simulations software;

- Thermal comfort and visual comfort in architecture: the role of orientation, shape, structure, envelope and openings to achieve comfort in buildings;

- Strategies to enhance natural ventilation;

- Renewable energy systems.

Hence, all the gathered knowledge will be used to implement specific design experimentations that will take into account both qualitative and quantitative factors, thus combing retro-fitting interventions with interior and exterior upgrading, according both to the above mentioned project goals and to students’ specific ideas for future cities.



Specific bibliography related to technical and theoretical issues highlighted during the design process will be provided along the development of the course.


Modalità di valutazione

Evaluation process and objectives

Documentation produced for the in-progress deliveries and the final Project proposal are aimed to verify:

- Knowledge and understanding

- Applying knowledge and understanding

- Making judgements

- Learning skills

For each of the in-progress seminars and the final one, students are also expected to make a presentation that is aimed to verify:

- Knowledge and understanding

- Communication skills


Evaluation criteria

The evaluation will be carried out taking into account the quality of the project developed, the ability of the student to present it with reference to the topics and themes faced during the course, and the student's work through all the studio. More specifically, the quality of the project will be measured by the compliance of the design performances to the issues highlighted, and by the conceptual coherence of the design proposal at every scale. Moreover, the innovation of the design proposal and the quality and coherence of the representation will be considered as well as complementary criteria of evaluation.


Software utilizzato
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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 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. 1.6.9 / 1.6.9
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