RESILIENT LANDSCAPE AND PUBLIC SPACES: STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS
The STUDIO is one of the most important moment within the Master, which wants to get an high level of education, oriented to work in intensive design research.
Trying to understand what is the role of the architectural design in the contemporary society, its main goal is oriented to give categories, methodologies and tools to manage the project at different scale of intervention, from the landscape, through the urban spaces, to the components of internal design.
The program covers a broad range of subjects related to the built environment and the main key–words, at the basis of the program, in coherence with Politecnico di Milano main directions, are:
PROJECT FOR A TEMPORARY VILLAGE
Students are called to work on the development of a temporary village to be intended not just as low-impact transformations for the Olympic venue, but as a new collective structure for the contemporary needs.
The area of work is the entire territorial section from Milano (metropolitan and urban gate / plain) to Livigno (Alpine gate / mountain). During the design process students will choose the punctual locations for the project.
The general topic touches some contemporary issues of architectural design
TEMPORARY VILLAGE AND ECO-SUSTAINABILITY
A peculiarity of the 2026 Olympics is that there will be a very important focus on the concept of eco-sustainability. It will be evident in the building project for the construction of the infrastructures: will be used temporary buildings that can be used again in the future.
TEMPORARY HOUSING AND NEW ENERGIES
The Olympic Village Concept proposes an anti-waste philosophy, and will use high-tech energy sources, thanks to integrated systems of technologies.
TEMPORARY CLUSTERS AND PLACES OF SHARING
In and around the Olympic Village a series of complex and integrated collective spaces will be designed for the Games and for the future territories
The key-words are: Sustainability, Temporaneity, Regeneration, Ecological Corridors, Resiliency, Soft Approach, Special Housing, Collective Spaces.
The Design path is divided into three steps, each one corresponding to a specific time and a determined scale of intervention:
The tactical process
This step looks at promote local transformations able to trigger relevant effects at a larger scale. The tactical process aims to tackle urgent problems, through strategic and discrete actions, highlighting the crucial places of the city and their transformative potential.
This step forsees a study trip to the project area.
The strategical project. The students will here regard to a design approach focused on the notions of “context” and “belonging”. The object of study will the design of a public space, placed in an area in trasformation in the center of the international debate. Along this phase, students will develop a proposal of urban design able to retrain a part of the city in its various and interfering elements: built environment, open public spaces, spaces of relationships.
Focus on details. The third phase is more oriented on the elements of architecture, materials and design details. In this sense, the contents as well will have to answer to the most innovative roads of knowledge in the construction fields; they will act as a nodal points between the “urban” and the “relational” systems of the cities.
The third phase forsees a final open critic in the presence of international guests.
During the project experience the students will cross different scales, times and fields of intervention. The laboratory will deal with the matters of landscape, of shapes in space as well as of single building design. Therefore, the project will be intended as a multifunctional organism, focused on the relationship between the “architectural construction” and the “external space”, between private and collective, open and closed space, interpreted according to the different relationships among forms, materials and contents.
“Landscape Aesthetics” module aims at framing the “landscape” in a multidisciplinary perspective – in between philosophy and architecture – considering both the role of the visible and the “invisible” elements involved in the concept. On the one hand, this leads to the consideration of the local and social habits, the traditions that originate the landscape in its cultural and historical sense. On the other hand, it takes to the role of the multisensory scenario – sounds, smells, tactile elements etc. – in the interpretation of our relationship with the space. A special investigation will focus on themes such as the “soundscape”, the “atmosphere”, the “sphere”, pointing out their importance for the architectural design.
Structure: a theoretical-practical route
Starting from these assumptions the structure of the Design Studio is divided into:
- Basic lectures, oriented to the learning tof he core topics
- Application workshops, aimed to the experimental application and supported by direct testing on site
- Mid-term reviews, refered to the different stages of evolution of the project
These collective activities include the presence of external scholars and authors of national and international reputation.
Other related activities will be proposed, such as seminars, exhibitions and conferences related to the design issues.
In Synthesis, the core of the Workshop is the project, intended as a practical path, that is recognizable, conscious and oriented to a specific theme of design. During the project experience the students will cross different scales, times and fields of intervention. The Studio will deal with the matters of landscape, of shapes in space as well as of single building design. Therefore, the project will be intended as a multifunctional organism, focused on the relationship between the “architectural construction” and the “external space”, between private and collective, open and closed space, interpreted according to the different relationships among forms, materials and contents.
Innovative aspects: Blended classromm + co-relation with external societies
The teaching shows a high degree of innovation.
Through the 'blended classroom' method, the Studio will provide:
-materials capable of processing digital and interactive maps
-video able to give detailed information;
Both the materials and the videos and the tools will be provided to the students so that they can work and rework them autonomously and in a team and will be supported by practical classroom design exercises) with the professors and tutors, with whom they will implement and apply the techniques previously learned, also through 'transversal' strategies and methodologies.
The action will also make use of the specific contribution of a Start up, especially as regards the most closely linked virtual modeling activity, aimed at returning 'creative products', with a high level of advanced technology.
-From the methodological point of view, the Design Studio will be organized by team of students (from 2 up to 4), divided into three main groups supported and coordinated by tutors (two for each group).
Each group will work on a collective arealayout proposal
Each group will propose a mix program
The work involves the elaboration of sheets, models and movies for each step of the Studio
The teaching materials are varied, complementary and will be alternatively displayed throught the workshop.
Main learning outcomes:
Advanced knowledge on architectural design
Understanding and completion of design process
Technical and creative control upon specific design demands
Design methodologies, creativity development and coherent representation techniques