The Final Design Studio provides a complex and multidisciplinary planning experience, combined with the deepening of some specific issues at the center of the practice, culture and contemporary architectural debate. Through a design experimentation characterized in the different laboratories by the various topics and in-depth scale addressed, the common goal is to develop a synthesis project that combines the theoretical argumentation of the proposed theme with the applied activity based on the skills and know-how gained during the three-year educational path.
An innovative teaching activity (1 cfu) entitled "Projectelling" is planned with the aim to increase the communication skills of the results of the design activity.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
After the studio experience the student is able to systematize the different knowledge learned both during the previous years and within the studio, promoting the synergy between scientific, technological, artistic and humanistic disciplines in order to enrich and integrate the reference areas that occur in the design activity.
This Final Design Workshop aims at guiding the students on a thorough and interdisciplinary exploration of the dwelling culture, based on the direct observation of the intertwinement between people, spaces and practices of everyday life, and aimed at enhancing the development of new skills related to the critical understanding, representation and interpretation of the complexity of inhabited places as well as to the envisioning of new design policies and practices.
The course will draw on an integrated structure, based on the interplay among different disciplines: Interiors and Domestic Culture (4CfU), meant as a practice able to connect people, places, spaces and objects; Housing Politics and Design (4CfU), meant as a practice focused on the control and care of places through planning tools and design solutions; Photographing Contemporary Dwelling (4CfU), meant as both a representation and research practice. Each among the disciplines involved will provide students with specific perspectives and instruments, the synergy of which will allow them to develop an incisive analysis of the investigated topics and to efficiently operate within the explored field.
Dwelling culture is a highly complex thematic focus, and an area of constant change. Because of the strict, multifaceted connections with social, economic and technical issues, the ways domestic spaces are designed and inhabited are constantly evolving – and lately such changes have been fostered by major events, from increased and diversified migration fluxes to financial crisis and environmental emergences, also including the recent health problems global populations are going through. The 2020 pandemic and the quarantine period have produced new experiences, fostered new experimentations, raised new questions and triggered new reflections about domestic spaces and practices, accelerating some changes that were already underway as well as activating unforeseen ones, pertaining to the mutation of spatial scenarios, of the relationships between individual and collective, of the interplay among different functions or between inside and outside, and of the multidimensional construct we can refer to as “sense of place”. The ongoing upgrade of the uses and meanings associated to the spaces we inhabit will be the thematic focus of the Workshop. This experience is meant to tackle the research questions raised by the present context, not to answer the contingent problems unfolded by the exceptional situation but rather to understand how this has fostered the expansion and reconfiguration of the cultural concept of dwelling, to reflect on its broad and adaptive nature, and to envision the impact of this evolutive phase onto future scenarios. The integrated structure of the course will offer students the possibility to explore these topics through the intertwine of different tools and perspectives. Interior architecture researches, urban investigations and photographic surveys will be coordinated in order to offer an in-depth understanding of the role played by space and its design in organizing the social life of people (as the organization and connotation of spaces may connect people, orienting the definition of social groups, families and communities, but also separating them; they may reproduce some kind of social order, but also disrupting it; they may define “proper” and “un-proper” uses etc). The applied interdisciplinary approach will allow students to consistently observe, comprehend, represent, narrate, collect, compare and envision the new or hidden dimensions of the dwelling culture, and the complexity embedded in the relationship between people, spaces and practices. To achieve these tasks, a special role will be played by field work: through the application of the programme to specific contexts, students will learn and test the strategies and tools that are necessary to actively “listen” to spatial cultures, and they will be guided in a proper understanding of the relevance of direct observation as a fundamental instrument complementing and enhancing design skills.
The development of the Workshop will draw on the sequence of three main working phases: - exploration and mapping of places, practices and policies; - research and analysis of collected information and data; - drafting of visions, scenarios and design solutions. Throughout the different phases, students will be invited to perform a set of research and design actions, which include walking, speaking, interviewing, photographing, drawing, building maquettes, editing postcards, writing, video-recording, designing appropriate spatial solutions. The structure of the Workshop will include an introductory set of lectures and complementary activities (such as field visits) aimed to enhance each working phase; a growing list of bibliographic references will be provided to the students throughout the semester, in order to further support the knowledge advancement pertaining to both critical literature and case studies referred to each topic included in the programme.
During the educational path the sequence of the courses and the order of registration of the related exam must follow the priority specified in the study programme regulation.
Modalità di valutazione
Given the character of the Workshop, attendance is compulsory. The course will be based on the open dialogue and the continuous collaboration between the teaching staff and the students. Active participation and interaction will be not only welcomed, but also encouraged and evaluated.
According to a preliminarily scheduled agenda, students will be required to deliver intermediate submissions related to the development of the working phases, which will be carried out in group or individually. The results of the three main working phases will have an important impact on the final evaluation. At the end of the Workshop, students will be asked to deliver a presentation of the overall outcomes produced during the semester, which will be discussed together with the teaching staff and a panel of invited stakeholders and/or scholars. The final evaluation will result from the coalescence of different factors, including the quality of the delivered outcomes, the relevance and consistency of the conclusive presentation in regard to the course’s themes and objectives, and the participation of the student throughout the whole semester.
Tipo Forma Didattica
Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua
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