In this Studio advanced methodologies are applied for describing and interpreting physical and product contexts - practical and theoretical - of contemporary architectural culture, with the aim of experimenting with the transformation of the environment built through the design of architecture. The laboratories are based on the integration of specific architectural composition expertise with others from the urban studies sector. In this way, paradigms are set up to understand and understand, in historical perspective and in different scales, the space inhabited in its multiple configurations: morphological and typological, ecological and environmental, economic and social, anthropological and cultural. In the labs, integrated knowledge allows to modify the choices made by the architecture project in relation to the complexity of the urban and territorial contexts to which it is addressed. In this framework, the techniques, tools and methods acquired in the field of architectural and urban planning are used to investigate complex relationships such as those between open spaces, constructed and relationships, infrastructures and landscapes, cultural heritage and neglected or vulnerable areas, permanent and temporary structures, public uses and private destinations. The didactic goal is to prepare students for the task of improving the quality of human settlements, promoting the conscious use of resources and measuring the inherent fragility of the built environment
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 the fundamental elements of the architectural and urban composition for their use in the design process for the transformation of places.
DdD 2 ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- ability to control the compositional aspects of the project, its typological and functional characteristics, which regulate the qualitative relationships of the architectural forms of the space.
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).
"Emerging patterns of Hospitality" (Tourism> leisure, urban recreation, sport, food, health)_a morphological approach to Artifacts, Landscapes, Densities, Moods
The Studio investigates the multiple connections within the functional mix of leisure, urban recreation, sport, and related fields, as triggered by the overall activity of Tourism.
Such a contemporary specific use of the city promotes rapid and potentially aggressive modifications of current conditions, both about the physical realm (new morphologies, typologies, and urban landscapes can appear) and at level of more abstract and intangible values (moods, perceptions, cultural references may come into play while different communities or individuals gather accidentally in a single place attracted by such activities).
The Studio is a 14-15 weeks trajectory, organized in modules, i.e a number of quick and intense steps, including projects, exercises, mappings, and readings/writings experiences, giving shape to an educational environment where personal participation and continuous dedication to the activity of the workshop define an advanced learning atmosphere.
Each module corresponds to a “research project” developed at the level of one or more thematic layers (e.g. "landscape/ground", "skin", "morphology", "circulation", "structure", "program"...) applied on the given site. The project site is in Milan, yet to be selected.
Each one of those design exercises is formally independent from one another.
Each module will receive its correspondent grade and each module must be entirely completed in order to assure a passing grade.
The reading/mapping and design experience will intensively foster a critical design on the interaction among ground, equipment, morphology, typology, density, circulation, skin, structure and open space/landscape, both on the scale of a piece of the urban fabric and on the smaller scale of an architectural object.
Lectures by the instructors and case studies presented by students (groups of the enrolled students will be responsible for both presenting a relevant example of contemporary issues on architecture and fostering a class discussion on that) investigate an array of historic and contemporary points of the international debate on the subject of the Studio.
Presentations by visiting professionals and site tours explore key issues from diverse viewpoints.
A short number of basic references for the Studio is listed here. Specific readings and sources for the “Architecture of Hospitality” will be provided accordingly with the different exercises and assignments during the Semester.
Readings, group discussions and critiques provide support for design directions: high proficiency in english is definitely required.
At the beginning of the Studio, students are individually asked to explore the territory of the given site following some of the thematic issues suggested by the instructors, selecting their research methodology in a bland of objective information and subjective interpretation; and to convey the findings into a notebook, a graphically and conceptually although unformally organized booklet.
In the following phases, the Studio proposes -as above declared- a sequence of more formal presentations and the continuous processing of raw materials expressed on a variety of media such as Sketches, Diagrams, Physical study models, Photomontages, Storyboards, Urban Images, Conceptual physical models, Texts/short dissertations, Commented key words, Bubble diagrams etc.
Therefore, advanced graphics and quick/sophisticated modelmaking skills are required; their use being highly regarded and strongly encouraged during all phases of the Studio.
Modalità di valutazione
Course attendance, assignments and grading
Attendance is a primary requirement for this Studio: students are therefore expected to attend ALL class meetings, for the entire scheduled time, since the very first day of classes; and to be actively working on the Studio assignments while in class.
Excuses will be granted only for specific circumstances.
According to the rules of the MSc in Architecture, an attendance of less than 75% of meetings (which are approx 30 during the whole semester) will automatically result in a failure and in obligation to enroll the following year.
Personal attendance at presentations and pin ups is strictly mandatory and permission must be received from the instructor prior to submitting late work.
All assignments must be completed to receive a passing grade.
Grades for this studio are based on a student’s performance relative to the instructors expectations and the performance of other students enrolled in the class.
A good final design of each exercise is not the only evaluation criterion: motivation, dedication and active participation in the workshop activity (for instance, mutual interest in other students work...) are also relevant criteria.
Being attendance a basic requirement, absences do affect the final grade.
Student work will be evaluated at the completion of each assignment (including design exercises, site research, text writing, participation in group discussions and presentations) based on the following ratings with plus and minus adjustments:
Excellent A = 27-30 cum laude
Above Average B = 24-26
Below Average C = 23-25
Poor D =18-21
Final grades will be in the usual 18/30 to 30/30 cum laude.
Documentation: at the end of each module students must turn in electronic files of their research, design process and final design proposals as requested by the instructors.
At the end of the semester, students are asked to hand a complete portfolio/booklet including all phases of Studio's research work properly organized and formatted.
The evaluation will be carried out taking into account the quality of the project developed and the ability of the student to present it with reference to the topics and themes dealt with in the Studio. The final evaluation will be determined by the contents of the project, by the candidates' exhibition capacity and by the student's work through all the Studio.
We recommend students to deeply evaluate this syllabus before enrolling in this studio; because, according to the rules of the MSc in Architecture, no change will be permitted after the official allocation to the studio.
Course instructors reserve the right to make changes to the course syllabus, schedule and assignments as needed and with appropriate notification of students enrolled in the course.
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