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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Tipo incarico Dottorato
Docente Rocca Alessandro
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Dottorato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

Doctoral research projects are expected, by definition, to comprise high quality academic work, independently developed; it is, however, through collaboration, the exchange of ideas and the sharing of experiences, that research projects are enriched – especially in a field as intensely diverse and informed by other disciplines, as the research in architectural design. The course therefore aspires to enable, structure and promote a dialogue that connects the AUID research projects to a broader contemporary doctoral discourse in design driven research. There is no doubt that design is more a technique - or an organized and flexible system of different techniques - than a science, and that it is difficult for it to fit into the parameters that many other, so called scientific, disciplines share without particular complexities.

For architecture, study, observation, recording and understanding of reality are always aimed at a construction that, however convincing, remains questionable, and based on elements that cannot be completely objectified and plainly communicated. The personal and creative aspect, which is the living core of design, turns out to be an irreducible obstacle to any scientific codification. Indeed, this ambiguous status of architectural design, its specificity, its interweaving of various implications with many different branches of knowledge - techniques, humanities, arts, social sciences - are the elements of its richness and uniqueness. Looking at academic research in the field of architectural design, we meet, from the very beginning, deep insights, complicated questions and very few practical instructions and solutions. Some international organizations, such as the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE), have tackled the topic on several occasions, and the best universities have sought to establish fruitful connections between design and research by elaborating formulas such as “research by design” and “research through design”. In our program, we choose the “Design driven research” formula, which implies that research activities always stay in a close relation with design and that this relation can be managed through many different options. 

Therefore, the carrying out of a doctoral program, if based on architectural design, must openly address these disciplinary problems, and it must clearly identify the topics that compete with it. The possible contiguities with historical, urban and technical studies should be explored with a positive inclusiveness but also treated with caution, to avoid research paths which drive far away from the focus of architectural design. How to avoid these ambiguities, it is something that cannot be told once and forever, and it is necessary that researchers in architectural design accept the challenge that every research must somehow design its own premises, motivations and disciplinary boundaries, just in the same way that every architectural project is being called upon to express, through its form, the reasons of the order through which it informs and regulates itself. As our field is characterized by fluid and recurrent issues, our discourse needs to be of a kind that self-determines its profile, balancing, in a continuous oscillation, a process that combines learning by doing with a critical gaze, open to comparison and change. 

The course of Architecture Research Agenda cannot provide recipes that do not exist, but can give access to some tools indicated for a full awareness of the terms that each research project addresses, of the methods that can be developed and of the results that the research aims to achieve. Being part of the first year of the AUID program, the course wants to enhance the candidates’ research project through a deeper understanding of design driven research processes, developed on an international level at this particular moment. It will therefore enables them to refine their research questions, strengthen their research goals and identify the appropriate research methodologies, to achieve these goals through observation and critical analysis.

Participation in the course is considered to be a preparatory step for the hands-on participation of the candidates in the following CA2RE editions, such as the Milan CA2RE Conference in October 2020, through the delivery of a conference paper. The comparison between different approaches and experiences, illustrated by other candidates and discussed with professors and scholars with an experience in doctoral studies, will provide a background of knowledge that will help our candidates to set off and proceed in a research path that will be credible and comparable with the best practices in our field, inside and outside our national boundaries.

Being AUID a founding partner of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership called CA2RE, we will develop our course inside this network of doctoral programs which is composed by the following higher education institutions: University of Ljubljana, Aarhus School of Architecture, KU Leuven of Ghent, Politecnico di Milano, TU Berlin, Cofac – Lusofona University of Porto, Hafencity University Hamburg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology of Trondheim, and TU Delft.


Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

At the end of the course, candidates will be asked to make a presentation, in the form of a short lecture, and to provide a text where they explain the intentions of their research, confronting approaches, methods, strategies and goals with the advices and samples studied at the CA2RE Conference and in the other meetings of the course.

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Calendario testuale dell'attività didattica

The course will be made of a series of preliminary meetings, of the participation at the Trondheim CA2RE Conference in April 2020; of a debrief meeting, in which the experience of the Conference participation will be discussed with reference to the AUID research projects. At the end of the course, we will have a session of final presentations, held by the candidates, preceded by the submission of a written assessment explaining how his/her research interests and adopted methodologies relate to, and were advanced by, the case studies met at the CA2RE Conference.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaWayne C. Booth et al., The Craft of Research, Editore: The University of Chicago Press, Anno edizione: 2003, ISBN: 0-226-06568-5

BCI LEO RC 0137, available in pdf

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaKarl Otto Ellefsen, Koenraad van Cleempoel, Ebbe Harder (editors), Research by design : EAAE 2015, Editore: Diepenbeek : European association for architectural education, Anno edizione: 2015

BCA 720.794 RESBD

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMurray Fraser (editor), Design research in architecture : an overview, Editore: Ashgate, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN: 9781409462170


Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaReto Geiser, Explorations in Architecture: Teaching, Design, Research, Editore: Birkahuser, Anno edizione: 2008

BCA 720.7449432 EXPIA

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaSimon Grand, Wolfgang Jonas, Mapping design research, Editore: Birkhauser, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 9783034607162

Candiani 745.2 MAPDR 001

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLinda Groat, David Wang (editors), Architectural research methods, Editore: J. Wiley & sons, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 0471333654


Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaIlpo Kalevi Koskinen, Johan Redström, Stephan Wensveen, John Zimmerman, Thomas Binder, Design Research through Practice: From the Lab, Field, and Showroom, Editore: Elsevier, Anno edizione: 2011, ISBN: 978-0-12-385502-2

Pdf available

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBrenda Laurel (editor), Design research : methods and perspectives, Editore: The MIT press, Anno edizione: 2003, ISBN: 0262122634

Candiani, 745.2 DESR 001

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDalibor Vesely, Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation: The Question of Creativity in the Shadow of Production, Editore: MIT Press, Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 0262220679


Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAndrea Gritti, Modulazioni. La concezione scalare in architettura, Editore: Maggioli, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 9788891626189
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAlessandro Rocca, Lo spazio smontabile : ornamenti, immagini, parodie, Editore: LetteraVentidue, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 9788862422307

BCA 720.1 ROCCA a

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