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Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Dotelli Giovanni , Imperadori Marco
Cfu 6.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The Course is balanced on two main aspects of wood technologies for buildings and architecture: Design and Construction from one side and Sustainability from the other.

Design and construction means to know the material, its strong and weak points and how different is the technology to use wood in construction.

Wood can largely improve environmental and social sustainability having two exceptional assets: is based on a renewable resource and is a biomass with a large potential of carbon storage.

Design, Construction and Sustainability of wood technologies are matching the general learning targets of the Master programme towards integrated design procedures, innovation and sustainability.


Risultati di apprendimento attesi

DdD1: knowledge and comprehension

Lectures and tutoring sessions will allow students to:

-know the most updated technologies for wood construction

-know innovative projects and architectures that combine these technologies

-learn design tools to tackle a small shelter project

-learn the basics of environmental and social sustainability

-learn the fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment


DdD 2: ability to apply knowledge and comprehension

Students that successfully pass the exam:

- are able to schematically design a small shelter

- are able to apply the LCA methodology to assess the environmental sustainability of their project

Argomenti trattati

A first introduction to wood as building material will be given to students in order to understand its peculiar aspects and drawbacks. Production Technologies and Wood industry will be shown in order to see the different products currently available and the most innovative trends.

The application of these technologies to specific and innovative projects, showing also the construction site aspects, will be analyzed.

Seminars and lecture by experts of the Wood industry sector will be offered to students.

Students will be divided in groups (2/3 people) and will have to design a small shelter for Emergency purposes or Temporary architecture or Micro architecture by using wood as construction material (structures but also envelopes)

An introduction to the fundamentals of the three-pillar theory of sustainability will serve to introduce to the Life Cycle Methodology. An historical background of the Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Thinking will help to understand the evolution of the methodology. Then, the focus will be on the LCA regulations in the construction sector. Calculation methodology, databases and technical software will be illustrated and applied to practical wood construction cases.


A basic knowledge of building technologies and some ideas about structures and building physics is recommended.

Passion and imagination for a material like wood that is very old and very new at the same time.

As for the LCA and sustainability, no pre-requisites are required.

Modalità di valutazione

First step for evaluation will be, at the end of the course, the submission of a Report in A4 form with the Small Wood shelter design + an accurate technical description embodying also the sustainability issues and the LCA connected to what has been designed.

The mark to the project will be given to the group but then the final evaluation will be individual and based on an oral exam, which will be focused both on the project and also on the theory exposed during the course.

Intermediate reviews will be possible (on A4 reports). In this event, there will be two intermediate revisions and one final revision.

At the very beginning of the course the revision agenda will be clearly defined and communicated. Intermediate reports will be evaluated and the score updated in subsequent revisions till the last one which is held at the end of the course.

The score reached in the final revision amounts to about 90% of the final score. The oral examination amounts to about +/- 3 out of 30 points.


Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFeifer, L., Imperadori, M., Salvalai, G., Brambilla, A., Brunone, F., Active House: Smart Nearly Zero Energy Buildings, Editore: Springer International Publishing, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 978-3-319-90813-7 https://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319908137

eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90814-4

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMichael F. Ashby,, Materials and the Environment, 2nd Edition, Eco-informed Material Choice, Editore: Butterworth-Heinemann, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 9780123859716 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123859716

eBook ISBN: 9780123859723

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMichael F. Ashby, Materials and Sustainable Development, Editore: Butterworth-Heinemann, Anno edizione: 2015, ISBN: 9780081001769 https://www.elsevier.com/books/materials-and-sustainable-development/ashby/978-0-08-100176-9
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaImperadori M., Salvalai G., Vanossi A., and Brunone F., SMALL IS MORE. Wooden pavilions as a path of research. , Editore: SPRINGER, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 978-3-030-03675-1 https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-03676-8_52

In: Bianconi F., Filippucci M. (eds) Digital Wood Design. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 24. Springer, Cham

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaKitagawara A., Imperadori M., Kuwabara R., Brunone F., Matsukawa M., Wooden Byobu. From Architectural Faade to Sculpture. , Editore: SPRINGER, Anno edizione: 2019, ISBN: 978-3-030-03675-1 https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-03676-8_52

In: Bianconi F., Filippucci M. (eds) Digital Wood Design. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 24. Springer, Cham

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaKuma K., Imperadori M., Clozza M., Hirano T., Vanossi A., and Brunone F., KODAMA. A polyhedron sculpture in the forest at Arte Sella. , Editore: SPRINGER, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 978-3-030-03675-1 https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-03676-8_51

In: Bianconi F., Filippucci M. (eds) Digital Wood Design. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 24. Springer, Cham

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaImperadori M., Feifer L., Salvalai G., Vanossi A., Brambilla A., and Brunone F., ACTIVE HOUSE: Progettazione e innovazione con tecnologie di costruzione stratificata a secco, Editore: Maggioli Editore, Milano, Anno edizione: 2019, ISBN: 8891630728 https://www.maggiolieditore.it/active-house.html
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaIannaccone, G., Imperadori, M., Masera G., Smart-ECO Buildings Towards 2020/2030 Innovative Technologies for Resource Efficient Buildings, Editore: Springer International Publishing, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 978-3-319-00268-2 https://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319002682

eBook ISBN 978-3-319-00269-9

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 60:00 90:00

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