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Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Broggini Alessio , Covic Ivica , Da Silva Ferreira De Carvalho Antonio
Cfu 14.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The Studio proposes an experience in architectural design facing the proper complexity of the process. Contextual, typological, functional, constructive, expressive and formal issues of the architectural design process will be treated in their mutual relationship and interaction. The design is challenged to critically appreciate ongoing transformations in real contexts and propose appropriate solutions. To achieve this goal students are guided: in a first phase, in the comprehension of the context of the project, in the evaluation of the alternative approaches proposed for the case study area in public debates, and in the appreciation of the relations between buildings and urban structure; in a second phase, in a research of experimental building types and forms able to combine compositional questions with design and technical aspects of the building.

The aim of the teaching is the elaboration of the design of a building facing the questions referring to the urban scale as to the detail scale, considering formal, technical, material and functional issues in their mutual relations.

Within the design process, the conceptual design of a structural system for seismic actions is of special interest, as it requires the adoption of an effective bracing system, in the context of a 3-d resisting frame with regularity properties both in plan and elevation.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi


- acquire knowledge and understanding of the techniques and tools for architectural design;

- acquire knowledge and understanding of the principles of seismic structural engineering;

- are capable of facing a critical approach to all necessary scales of an architectural design with advanced levels of specialisation and detail;

- are capable of facing a critical analysis of locations and contexts in the close relationship between building and city, history and taste, and the technique and function of architecture;

- are capable of developing design solutions coherent with the location and context, even in highly complex urban environments;

- are capable of applying the principles of structural seismic engineering in the architectural project.

Argomenti trattati




Professor: António Carvalho (6 CFU)

Professor: Ivo Covic (4CFU)

Professor: Alessio Broggini (4CFU)

Semester 2 - Academic Year: 2019/2020



The Studio:

In this studio the design project will be developed individually by each student.

The studio will promote architectural design as a powerful tool to analyze, understand and “change through intervention” the built and social reality of a specific urban area that will be selected prior to the start of laboratory classes.

It will be mostly a “learn-by-doing” studio where students will be encouraged to actively engage at the Studio topic with their personal view but, mostly, with their design proposals. Drawing, redrawing and improving earlier drawings will be the normal practice in Architectural Design Studio, along with presentation and discussion of the ideas and theory supporting those design solutions.




We are living in a complex world.

In 21st century Europe is ageing very fast, technology is developing even faster, social and environmental issues are demanding from all of us new ethical behaviors.

Architecture can have a major impact upon the quality of life for citizens, either by intention or by omission.

The spaces where we live, work or enjoy leisure time, can be reimagined according to new issues: ageing societies, young people’s interests, citizens’ rights, global trade, internet and electronic connectivity, indoors vs. outdoors living, environment and climate change… and many more.

Under this complex scenario, we’ll be dealing in Architectural Design Studio with a pair of central issues, involving mainly two age groups (older people and students) and two spatial types (urban space and housing). Therefore, we’ll be developing innovative architectural solutions for spaces where these groups of people can fulfill their daily living, in universal design environments.




How to design new community environments for ageing Milano: landscape, housing, commerce, work, leisure — places for younger and older people, places for all ages.


People for the spaces:

The projects we are going to develop will have three main types of users:

1- Older people:

Aging population is an unavoidable reality in Europe, specially in Italy which is currently the second (!) most aged country in the world with 28,6% of its population aged 60 or over (UN, 2015). The demographics are clear: by 2050, the only age groups in growth will be the old (over 65 years) and the very old people (80+ years). It is in confronting this social and demographic reality that we will work on Architectural Design Studio.

2- Students:

Milano is a "student city" with its important Città degli Studi quarters in which the university population has a very significant weight at various levels, constituting a population dynamic layer in constant renewal, generating intensity fluctuations according to the school year. POLIMI university students will therefore be one of the project's target population to consider.

3- People with special needs:

No matter their age, people with special needs should always be considered, under Universal Design principles so that all spaces will be accessible and ready to be used by everyone. Instead of thinking about “special solutions for the handicapped”, all spaces must be designed for universal access in a pleasant and human way. The good space will be the space where everyone feels welcome, where everyone uses and takes advantage of the spatial features without even noticing the existence of Universal Design solutions.


This coexistence is one of the future socio-demographic frameworks with which the new generations of architects will be faced in Italy and Europe in the coming years. It’s time to start working on it.



Spaces for the people:

1- Older people housing:

To avoid the panacea of institutionalization in nursing homes, it is urgent to propose a new paradigm of housing for older people: aging in place. This new paradigm can (and should) however translate into human spaces and innovative solutions, well located in the city center, where people are close to the trade, services and real life they need for active aging.

2- Student housing:

On the other hand, not all college students want to live at university dormitories. On the contrary, most of them dwell in "normal" buildings scattered throughout the city. And the proximity to the city center is usually desired and valued.

3- Other spaces:

All people, no matter their age, need other spaces in the vicinity of their homes for a quality living: parks, gardens, urban spaces, sport facilities, cultural facilities, social facilities, religious facilities, commerce, offices, transportation: all those features that make up a good city. We’ll discuss that as well. But we’ll focus our design on the new buildings and the urban space between them.


The challenge:

Thus, the challenge will be to design housing types for different age groups, different social strata, different cultures, within intergenerational and multicultural community logic. It will not be designing separate housing for seniors, but multifamily dwellings always with Universal Design solutions that respond to the needs of the most fragile and dependent citizens, including older people and people with physical (or other) constraints, regardless of age, ethnicity or economic capacity.

In this sense, student groups (3 persons each) are free to propose for the intervention area, as many buildings, types and functions as they think necessary (justifying it) for a lively and healthy city. Emphasis will be given upon hybrid buildings (dwellings of various types associated with shops, offices, etc.) and their exterior spaces, creating a close vicinity environment to consolidate a lively urban center.

More specific guidelines will be provided along the semester, based on the work progress (including deadlines), in order to achieve final results with high formal and functional quality: the corollary of the creative process of each student.

The Final Design to be submitted for Final Assessment must however correspond to the development of one building, scale 1/50 (or above), in which the fulfillment of the basic regulations such as car parking, accessibility, seismic actions, fire safety and acoustic requirements should be considered — besides the basic functional and formal principles of the project. Other drawing scales shall also be used.




To strengthen and consolidate students’ sensibility towards the different components of the architect’s and urban designer’s work in a comprehensive way, so that all types of knowledge will converge towards a main goal: the masterplan, the buildings and the built work.

To consolidate the ethical dimension of the profession and the architect’s responsibility before society as creator of cultural works of inevitable public exposure.

To give students a real approach of design problems, emphasizing the multidisciplinary essence of urban analysis, urban design, architectural composition and construction detailing.

To assure students the necessary creative freedom and self-confidence in order to become good architects.

Skills to be achieved: design scales mastery, flexible thinking, theoretical speech, building techniques knowledge, design autonomy, working method.



The study of an existing hybrid territory, complex and consolidated, within the city of Milano at SCALO LAMBRATE for which new ideas and proposals are intended by the Comune di Milano, in order to improve the living quality of its diversified users, namely younger and older people.

Each student must observe and analyze the study area in an idiosyncratic way, pointing out its main characteristics and the main clues for its urban transformation, proposing in a justified way the limits of the intended intervention.

The existing urban rules and laws may point out general directions for the intervention objectives, which must be interpreted by each student and translated into his/her design proposal.

Students must design a set of buildings to consolidate or revitalize the area, with different uses such as innovative types of housing, commerce, offices and green spaces. All this must be considered in terms of the 21st century society, which is ageing fast.

The final outcome of the course will be the detailed design of a hybrid building chosen by the student from the set of buildings he/she initially proposed, now technically and formally developed.


Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the course objectives

The coherence comes out of the theme itself and the study object (the hybrid urban area of a Milano parish):

The study object stimulates students to face the complexity of the urban and architectural phenomena, dynamically, in its several programmatic components and design scales.

The theme stimulates students to reflect upon the complexity of urban life and the different functions and spaces that must host it within, therefore putting into practice the ethics of the profession.

Working on a consolidated territory, composed of buildings from different periods — and yet with empty areas and residual spaces —, students must reflect upon the design options throughout History, and their own.

Having a real location to work upon, with a realistic program and yet of broad spectrum of intervention, will stimulate students’ imagination to develop the urban environment.

The functional program and intervention area are large enough to allow the freedom of individual options that stimulate personal engagement with the imagined solutions and the self-confidence to stand up for them.

This design freedom allows the consolidation of working methods and personal research.


Teaching methodologies (including assessment)

The teaching methodologies aim to communicate to the students the complexity of “conceiving architecture”, so the professors will guide, debate and advise students on the several tasks and phases of design:

  • visits to the study area to collect information, taking notes and making drawings;
  • analysis of the intervention area and surroundings;
  • theoretical research of the theme based on bibliography, case-studies and legislation;
  • production of design ideas (formal options);
  • options of building materials;
  • tridimensional representation of design solutions (in virtual or real model);
  • individual presentations and critiques;
  • group debate with students and teachers;
  • assessment is a continuous process, accompanied by the course teachers in every class;
  • in each class students must bring on paper their recent design developments to submit to discussion with the professor and classmates;
  • to promote a better class interaction and dynamics, individual discussion will be done in groups of 6 students, according to their arrival time and signing up for design review with the professors;
  • class attendance is compulsory;
  • Assessment will be a continuous process, so there will be a monthly assessment by the professors of the work evolution — which will be given a mark with a progressive importance:
  • 1st monthly assessment: 10%
  • 2st monthly assessment: 20%
  • 3st monthly assessment: 30%
  • 4st monthly assessment: 40%
  • for the Final Assessment, other architects may sometimes be invited to take part in the jury;
  • the Final Mark will result from the sum of the previous monthly marks.


No prerequisiti.

Modalità di valutazione

Notes on assessment:

The global criteria for assessment will correspond to the Dublin descriptors, adapted to the Architectural Design Studio specificities, such as:

  • Knowledge and understanding: students must know and understand the chosen Design topic. For that purpose, they must read and study the assigned bibliography.
  • Applying knowledge and understanding: students must apply the principles, ideas or theories learned in class lectures or from literature, thereby demonstrating personal understanding of the global issues by directly incorporating them in their own design proposals.
  • Making judgements: critical thinking is fundamental for architecture students, to select and decide which ideas, shapes, materials, etc., will be important for their design proposals.
  • Communication skills: students must learn how to explain their ideas and designs, to assure that they will be understood and approved by the others (society in general, clients or users in particular).
  • Learning skills: in order to obtain/apply the previous descriptors, students must develop some fundamental skills like mastery of design scales, flexible thinking, theoretical speech, building techniques knowledge, conceptual design autonomy, working method.

Assessment will be a continuous process in class, so there will be a monthly assessment by each of the professors of the work evolution. The monthly marks will have a progressive importance:

-                 1st monthly assessment: 10%

-                 2nd monthly assessment: 20%

-                 3rd monthly assessment: 30%

-                 4th monthly assessment: 40%

-                 for the Final Assessment, other architects may sometimes be invited to take part in the jury;

-                 the Final Mark will result from the sum of the previous monthly marks.

Each professor will provide a mark corresponding to the official CFU credits he is responsible for. The final mark for each student will result from that sum and from the discussion within the teaching team.

Class attendance is compulsory.

Students who attend less than 75% of the classes will not be accepted for exam.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAmerican Institute of Architects, Design for Aging: an Architect's Guide. , Editore: AIA Press, Anno edizione: 1985, ISBN: 978-0913962770
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBurton, E. & Mitchell, L., Inclusive Urban Design: Streets For Life. , Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2006, ISBN: 978-0750664585
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBurnett, A., 2005. In the right place - Accessibility, local services and older people. http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/publications
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCABE- Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, 2009a. Homes for our old age: independent living by design. http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/publications
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCarvalho, A., Heitor, T.V., Reis Cabrita, A., Ageing cities: redesigning the urban space. , Editore: FEUP, Anno edizione: 2012, Fascicolo: CITTA 5TH Annual Conference on Planning Research
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCarvalho, A., Heitor, T.V., Reis Cabrita, A., Ageing cities: shifting from special needs to inclusive design in urban space, Editore: Porto: FAUP, Anno edizione: 2012, Fascicolo: EURAU 12: Public Space and Contemporary City
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCarvalho, A., Never Too Old to Move: The Elderly and The City., Editore: Instituto Terra e Memória, Anno edizione: 2017, Fascicolo: Arkeos, vol. 42, pp. 68-83.
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCollins, P. e Quinn, B., (eds.) 2012. Building for Life 12: the sign of a good place to live. http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/Sectors/Housing/Building-for-Life
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaTowards Lifetime Neighbourhoods: Designing sustainable communities for all - a discussion paper. http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/lifetimeneighbourhoods
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLifecycle Housing. http://www.disabilitycouncil.nsw.gov.au
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPaisagismo e Desenho Universal, [blog] http://arqvanessadorneles.wordpress.com/2012/02
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaEdwards, M.& Harding, E., 2008. Building our Futures. Meeting the housing needs of an ageing population. http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/building_our_futures1
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaEuropean Commission, The 2018 Ageing Report. Economic & Budgetary Projections for the 28 EU Member States (2016-2070). , Editore: Publications Office of the European Union., Anno edizione: 2018
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFeddersen, E. and Ludke, I., Living for the Elderly: a Design Manual., Editore: Birkhauser, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 978-3034601078
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFeddersen, E. & Keller, T., Housing Typologies for the Elderly., Editore: DETAIL, Anno edizione: 2012, Fascicolo: DETAIL Konzept. 52(9), pp.936-945
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaForrest, R. & Yip, Ngai Ming, Young people and housing: transitions, trajectories and generational fractures. , Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 0415633354
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGehl, J., Cities for people, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-1597265737
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGehl, J., Life between buildings: using public space, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2011, ISBN: 978-1597268271
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGehl, J. & Svarre, B., How to study public life, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN: 978-1610914239
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHanson, J., The inclusive city: delivering a more accessible urban environment through inclusive design, Editore: RICS Cobra, Anno edizione: 2004, Fascicolo: (Proceedings) RICS Cobra 2004
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaHelp the Aged, 2008. Towards Common Ground - the Help the Aged manifesto for lifetime neighbourhoods. http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/publications
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHuber, A. ed., New Approaches to Housing for the Second Half of Life., Editore: Birkhauser, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-3764386351

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