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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Piccarolo Gaia
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  2.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Cotutela con mondo esterno
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom
  • Soft Skills

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course is intended to introduce students to a critical understanding of the main articulations of the contemporary landscape practices and theories, with a special focus on the investigation of their historical roots and premises in modern landscape architecture and debate; on the intertwining between the actual image of our landscapes and the processes, imageries and representations which contributed to shape them; between the articulations of architectural and urban culture and their effects on the identity of contemporary urban, natural and agricultural territories.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The aim of the course is to foster students’ awareness of the crucial role of a specific reflection on environmental and landscape design issues on the background of its historical articulations, as well as of the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to historical understanding of the territory and to landscape design practice at different scales. The course aims at providing different angles through which it is possible to look at the history and the theory of landscape, promoting the students' ability to properly read the complex reality in which they are called to operate, provinding them with methodological instruments of interpretation of it and encouraging their critical understanding of the present phenomena and of the new centrality of the reflection on landscape in the international debate.


Argomenti trattati

In the last decades landscape architecture acquired a new disciplinary centrality in the transformation of our territory and physical environment at different scales, along with the growing importance of the ecological paradigm in shaping our interpretation of the present day phenomena. Updated design practices, approaches and theories has been established in order to face new environmental issues, the questions raised by territorial planning and urban regeneration, the reclamation of residual urban areas in postindustrial cities, the design of public spaces and parks, etc. A new sensibility has emerged as a consequence of these changes, based on a new relationship between architecture and natural flows of various origins and on a crossing of disciplinary boundaries which finds its origin in the encroachment of art with landscape practice in the 20th century debate.

Moving from a theoretical framework in which landscape is defined by Alain Roger’s distinction between in situ and in visu "artialization", the course aims at exploring the role of cultural models and design approaches in shaping the identity and the perception of landscapes. In this sense, the course will move across different thematic paths and insights within the vast set of ideas and models characterizing the global scenery and their historical articulations.

Particular attention will be devoted to the theoretical foundations of the modern and contemporary discipline of landscape architecture and to the movements and figures which contributed to shape it; to the interrelation between the macro-scale of urban planning and the micro-scale of specific interventions on urban fabric and public spaces; to the dialogue and exchanges between theories and practices, local and international debate; to the communication and representation strategies underpinning the cultural and environmental processes, and to the changes of the gaze which accompany and sometimes anticipate the transformations, giving space to the parallel reflections of visual arts such as painting, sculpture and landscape photography.

The course will be structured on lectures ex cathedra and monographic seminars based on the examination of significant case-studies and on the contribution of leading figures held by invited experts and scholars, as well as excursions/visits to significant sites and places representative of contemporary landscape architectural practice in the North of Italy and/or France and Swizterland. The interaction and active participation of students to lectures, seminars and on field visits is meant as a crucial condition for the success of the course, in order to stimulate a critical dialogue and exchange and to trigger a personal and critical awareness of the topics discussed.

Each student will be asked to develop an individual research which will consist in building a thematic path on a subject - to be previously agreed with the professor related to the topics of the course and, eventually, with the projects developed within the landscape design studio. The work will be expressed both through the construction of a iconographic discourse and through textual and bibliographical references. The aim ogf the work is to enhance the student’s ability to organize a coherent set of ideas and images according to a chosen subject of investigation, and to develop a personal and critical viewpoint on the relation between narratives, practices and actual transformations. The process of elaboration of the works will be discussed during the course through individual and collective reviews and will end up in a final presentation with invited guests and, eventually, in a public exhibition.

The bibliography will be integrated and updated during the course with articles and essays on specific case studies.


Modalità di valutazione

The final evaluation will be based on an oral individual exam, which will be mainly focused on the results of the research work and which will span through the themes of the lessons. Each student will be able, with the help and orientation of the professor, to build his/her own bibliographical selection within texts (books, magazines, articles) suggested during the course, according to the chosen subject of in-depth analysis. The exam will be intended to verify the student’s knowledge and critical understanding of the subjects of the lectures; to connect the topics and to contextualize the discussed issues; and to evaluate the student's critical approach and maturity in relation to the themes tackled in the lessons. 

According to the specific nature of the course, the attendance is highly recommended. Not attending students are encouraged to develop the research work autonomously or through periodical reviews with the professor and to be aware of the developments of the course through in progress communications and bibliographic materials periodically provided by the professor.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAugustine Berque, At the Origin of the Landscape, in "Lotus International", Everything is Landscape, Anno edizione: 1999, Fascicolo: 101
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAlain Roger, Life and Death of the Landscapes, in "Lotus International", Everything is Landscape, Anno edizione: 1999, Fascicolo: 101
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa"Lotus International", Landscape Urbanism, Anno edizione: 2012, Fascicolo: 150
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa"Lotus International", Manufactured Altered Landscape, Anno edizione: 2017, Fascicolo: 164
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPeter Walker, Melanie Simo, Invisible Gardens: The Search for Modernism in the American Landscape, Editore: The MIT Press, Anno edizione: 1994, ISBN: 0262731169
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaUdo Weilacher, Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art, Editore: Birkhauser, Anno edizione: 1996, ISBN: 3764353163
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPierluigi Nicolin, Francesco Repishti, Dictionary of Today's Landscape Designers, Editore: Skira, Anno edizione: 2003, ISBN: 9788884914200
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa"Lotus Navigator", I nuovi paesaggi, Anno edizione: 2000, Fascicolo: 2
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa"Lotus Navigator", Fare l'ambiente, Anno edizione: 2002, Fascicolo: 5
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJames Corner (ed.), Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture , Editore: Princeton Architectural Press, Anno edizione: 1999, ISBN: 1568981791
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaStuart Wrede, William Howard Adams (eds.), Denatured Visions: Landscape and Culture in the Twentieth Century, Editore: Museum of Modern Art, Anno edizione: 1991, ISBN: 0870704222
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJean-Louis Cohen (ed.), Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, Editore: Museum of Modern Art, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN: 0870708511
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCatherine Seavitt Nordenson, Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship, Editore: University of Texas Press, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 9781477315736
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaRosalind Krauss, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, in "October", Anno edizione: 1979, Fascicolo: Vol. 8

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