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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Tamburelli Pier Paolo
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  1.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Soft Skills

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The goal of teaching is to provide the student with a critical awareness of the main themes of contemporary architectural research, with particular attention to the theoretical, critical and methodological issues of the architectural design.

Design, from the idea to the construction, as a synthesis of multiple bits of knowledge, cannot disregard its theoretical foundations that are necessary to make clear the intentionality of its proposals.

Moving from the tradition of disciplinary knowledge, the course deals with themes and forms of architectural theory, proposing comparisons between the most significant contemporary theoretical positions, by deepening concepts, paradigms, tools. Coherently with the objectives of the Study Course, the teaching assumes as background the relation between architecture and the city, whose discussion has characterized the Italian theoretical tradition and is today of utmost importance in the context of the modifications of contemporary settlements.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi


- acquire knowledge and understanding of the theories of architectural design, architectural and urban composition, and contemporary architectural research;

- are capable of analysing and interpreting urban morphologies and those of architectural typologies.

Argomenti trattati

In 1841 Karl Marx, at the time 23 years old, puts together a series of notes on Spinoza (K. Marx, Quaderno Spinoza 1841, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1987). Marx produces six quaderns in the period 1839-41 (three on Spinoza, one on Leibniz, Hume, and Rosenkranz). The notes (170 fragments), taken in Marx’s typically random manner, are later reassembled to produce waht in the end amounts to a complete re-writing of the original text. Marx focuses on three parts (VI-XIV-XV/ 34fragments, XX/XVI/ 44 fragments, and VIII/XIII + I/V, 92 fragments).In the first two parts ( the ones to which Marx pays more attention), the link among the fragments works event at the level of the grammar. The collage is so accurate that the original connections (nam, itaque) still make grammatical sense in the new version. Marx’s Spinoza-Hefte provide an amazing example of aggressive reading and appropriation.

The course propose to repeat a similar operation starting form four classics of the theory of contemporary architecture:

  1. Fischer von Erlach, Entwurff einer historischen Architektur (1721)
  2. Zevi, Architecture as Space (1957)
  3. Rowe, F. Koetter, Collage City (1984) 
  4. Koolhaas, S,M,L,XL (1995)

It can be argued that all these four books are – in their own peculiar terms – different “histories of architecture”. The course will try to expose the ideas of architecture (and, consequently, of “history of architecture”) that are embedded into such books.

The course will be made of theoretical lectures introducing the four books and explaining the contexts in which they were produced. The books will then be read and commented in the class following a comparative approach that will always try to compare the four different texts and the cultural positions associated to them.

Parallel to this activity each group of students will be assigned a book to dismantle and reassemble. This exercise will be developed following a few basic rules that will be illustrated at the beginning of the course (for instance: at least 50% of the book should be erased, it will not be possible to add text, it will be possible to change the graphic design, it will be possible to add illustrations, and so on…).

The scope of the exercise is to define a way to have a direct confrontation with such classics and to re-ask some of the questions that were investigated in such texts.



Modalità di valutazione

The work will be developed in groups and will be evaluated considering the quality of contribution to the debate in the class and according to the quality of the final re-assemblage of the analyzed book

The results will be assessed through a discussion of the new book developed as the final product of the workshop. The book must be presented in a printed version and will be described by the group of students in a brief presentation.

The following discussion will involve theoretical questions on topics covered in the program and questions intended to reveal the student’s ability to connect the various topics covered in the program with one another and with previous studies.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJohann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Entwurff einer historischen Architektur, Editore: Harenberg (re-published 1980), Anno edizione: 1721, ISBN: 9783921846186
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGiorgio Grassi, La costruzione logica dell'architettura, Editore: Franco Angeli, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 884649895X
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRem Koolhaas, Delirious New York, Editore: Monacelli, Anno edizione: 1994, ISBN: 978-1885254009
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRem Koolhaas, S, M, L, XL, Editore: Monacelli Press, Anno edizione: 1995
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAldo Rossi, The Architecture of the City, Editore: Oppositions Books, Anno edizione: 1984, ISBN: 978-0954836610
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaColin Rowe, Fred Koetter, Collage City, Editore: MIT Press, Anno edizione: 1984, ISBN: 0262680424
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRobert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Editore: Museum of Modern Art, Anno edizione: 1977, ISBN: 978-0870702822
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBruno Zevi, Architecture as Space, Editore: Horizon Press, Anno edizione: 1957, ISBN: 0306805375

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 40:00 60:00

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. 1.6.6 / 1.6.6
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