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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 053009 - THEMATIC STUDIO
Docente Bertini Viola , Debiaggi Paolo , Vieths Stefan
Cfu 14.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio
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 Studio which addresses the question of the Architectural Design, on the various scales, in its complexity and multi-disciplinary nature. The studio experience, which integrates the various disciplines that contribute to design education, teaches students, in theory and in practice, to develop and formulate original ideas, including in a research context.

During these studios, students must demonstrate, through an independent formulation of a project, that they are able to develop highly innovative solutions, mastering the entire design procedure and the multiple skills called into play. Indeed, students will be required to develop original solutions to topics that architects are faced with due to increasingly complex problems on the European and international horizon.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi


- acquire knowledge and comprehension skills that provide them with awareness of the experimental work involved in design and express and apply original ideas in this area;

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

- are able to develop highly innovative solutions, mastering the entire design procedure and the multidisciplinary knowledge they have acquired.

Argomenti trattati

The main teaching vehicle of the studio consists in the development of a design proposal for a theatre in the centre of Berlin. The course addresses in this way the construction of an architectural form in a specific urban context and poses the question of the concrete relationship between public building/monument and urban space under the conditions of the contemporary city.

The choice of Berlin as the location for this design task has a twofold meaning: on the one hand, it is the city of the modern movement, in which during the 1920’s central concepts and morphological basic elements were developed that continue to form points of reference in the current debate. On the other hand, Berlin, with its incomplete, often fractured urban form, represents a paradigmatic example of the current European city, with its random, fragmented and superimposed character.

The project areas are located at various strategic points of the urban form along the river Spree, inviting in this way to explore the dialectic relation between architectural and urban form on different scales.


Contents and aims

The studio focuses on the construction of an urban place, i.e. on the development of an architectural form that relates in a precise way to the given conditions of the existing urban form. Starting point is here a comprehensive analytical reading of the existing morphological context, often characterized by lack of scale and spatial definition and by discontinuities and contradictions.

The teaching is based on a morphological research of architecture understood as Baukunst (art of construction) than an affirmation of architecture as mere image. The focus is on the architectural form, which is regarded as a unified whole, determined by a superordinate idea and articulated by a precise order. In its fundamental manifestations as Körper and as Raum, it is able to comprehensively illustrate the essence of the building programme and the place.

From this point of view architecture results from a multidimensional dialectical process that, within its location, is capable of producing new ordinances for the built environment and, at the same time, an architectural theme to its specific identity.

In the process of concretization of the architectural form, i.e. in the successive and interdependent development of its theme, order and construction, the relation between formal logic and sustainable construction takes a central role.

Sustainability in is here understood in a wider sense: beyond technological and functional aspects it puts a special emphasis on the coherent relation of the project to the existing system of urban spaces and their possible transformations.


Didactical structure and methodology

The teaching is composed out of different modules that include frontal and interactive, individual and group teaching:

- Theoretical lectures that discuss, starting from basic morphological elements, the question of the role of the architectural project in the contemporary city.

- Operational presentations which – using a repertoire of images – provide the necessary instruments for description, interpretation and transformation of the project site and propose architectural precedents (historic and recent theatre projects) as base for a typological research of the student.

- An analytic reading exercise which asks the student to prepare a research on an indicated architectural form. The results of the research will be presented by the students to the class, thus providing a set of case studies as reference.

- The main design exercises during which the student will be guided to experiment with the project and the interpretation of an urban place leading to its transformation by defining the architectural object. The design development is thought of as an alternating process of individual development using digital instruments and critical discussion with the lecturers. During seminars the main steps of the design development will be presented by the student to the class thus allowing for a confrontation of the different design approaches.

- The design project is accompanied by didactical units that place a special emphasis on typological aspects of architectural form (Architectural and Urban Design) and on specific questions of its construction (Construction of Architectural Works).



The objective of the studio is to give a profound understanding of the phenomena of architectural and urban form and its complex dialectic. Discussing and experimenting with categories, morphological instruments and strategies the course focuses on the transformation of the urban context and the development of an autonomous architectural form that is able to complete and extend the existing system of urban spaces and to provide a comprehensive interpretation of the meaning of a specific urban place.



Modalità di valutazione

Projects will be evaluated after a final presentation and discussion based on the contents of the lectures (specific criterias: general quality of the architectural design, project development, presentation of the final design project). The results of exercises realized in the context of the integrated didactical units will be considered.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaS. Vieths, Das grüne Berlin: Città.Giardino.Città/Ananke, Anno edizione: 2018, ISSN: 1129-8219, Fascicolo: 84
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaS. Vieths, Das steinerne Berlin: Oggetto.Limite.Tessuto/Ananke, Anno edizione: 2018, ISSN: 1129-8219, Fascicolo: 83
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaS. Vieths, Forme Composite, Editore: Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli Editore, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 9788838762048
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaO.M. Ungers, S. Vieths, The Dialectic City, Editore: Skira-Berenice, Anno edizione: 1999, ISBN: 8881182114
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaO.M. Ungers, Architettura come tema - Architecture as theme, Editore: Milano: Electa, Anno edizione: 1982

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 168:00 182:00

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

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