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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Angjeliu Grigor , Battisti Francesca , Coenen Jozef Maria Johannes , Nastri Massimiliano
Cfu 20.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  2.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
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Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The Studio is an 'international field' of theoretical research and advanced experimentation. Fundamentally, the studio aims at discussing and applying disciplinary knowledge, theoretical and technical, within a critical cultural discourse on design. Principles and tools will be discussed for the design of complex new buildings, with the awareness of its formal, functional, structural, and technological aspects. For that purpose, pedagogical components of Structures, Technology and BIM Modeling will be integrated within the overall design pedagogy.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Lectures, project reviews, workshops, field trips, exhibitions and seminars will allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills appropriate for their first year in the master's degree curriculum. The Learning Objectives of the studio are:

- acquire an attitude to consider architecture as a form of knowledge, critical thinking, and a tool for understanding reality in the perspective of its virtuous and ethical transformation;

- develop an ability to know and interpret the complexity of physical and social contexts with the awareness and the evaluation, through critical judgment, of the transformations that a new architectural intervention entails;

- grow an ability to develop a complex architectural project from site planning to construction detail;

- develop an individual capacity of making judgments using multiple criteria in the evaluation of design decisions providing a range of benefits, social values and sustainable costs;

- being able to conceive, design and verify structural and construction solutions, as appropriate for the design concept and consistent with the project goals;

- reach an ability in BIM modelling;

- grow an ability to communicate effectively design ideas, both verbally and via means of visual representation, in all moments of conversation, presentation and discussion.



Argomenti trattati

The Studio is aimed at progressing students' disciplinary knowledge, theoretical tools and integrated design skills in order to grasp the "complexity" of Architecture: the search for a balance between"vision" and construction, between form and technique innovation, to respond to issues significant for contemporary social, economic and urban trasformations.The design topic will focus students' attention on the role of architecture in the transformation processes of the 21st century city: an "urban device" acting in both physical and cultural settings of the city and capable of shaping new urban environment and civic spaces.

Students will be required to examine their conceptual and design propositions for a challenging site in the Limburg's capital, Hasselt. Close to the old city center, within a complex area characterized mainly by a mix of higher educational institutions contributing to the development of the knowledge economy in the (Eu)region (PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, UHasselt), a rich "grammar" of existing heterogeneous urban elements and university campuses is involved in an urban plan aimed at tying together the new and former planning development in a new urban fabric.

The Studio will explore the relationships between new interventions - architectures and open spaces - and the master plan designed by prof. Jo Coenen, presented at the beginning of the semester with the aim of experiencing first-hand the complexity of the real process leading to the preparation of a master plan, involving urban planners, architects, lanscape architects, ecologists, water and traffic experts.

Students will be asked to investigate and interpret the contemporary concept of Campus, focusing on the spatial, functional and infrastructural relationship between campus and city, and on the capability of what could still represent a "university compound", almost completely reserved for an academic community, to become a "piece of the city" of high urban quality and vitality.

Students will test through the architectural project the capacities of the masterplan's "clusters" to accomodate innovative university facilities (multipurpose buildings developed up to the scale of technical and executive detail), whose experimental type can reshape conventions of learning and research environments and their relations with the urban life. The design of new academic facilities as strategic centralities, driver of a deeper integration between campus and city, will also provide an opportunity for addressing the international debate on the relationship between city, university and architecture

As in the past years, the sites and themes selected for the design exercise encourage the debate between the work of the Studio and local, national and international institutions, promoting a mutual exchange between academic research and society.


If general conditions will make it possible, at the very beginning of the semester the Studio will propose an optional study trip to Hasselt, Maastricht  and Aachen, during which innovative university campuses will be visited, as well as remarkable contemporary architectures and urban transformations.

A detailed program will be available on Beep on September 9th.


Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in the classes provided for the admission to the MSc.  

Modalità di valutazione

Student activities will be carried out in groups of two or three people. The Studio requires continuity in the production of design materials which will be reviewed weekly in studio by the teaching team, with the Visiting Professor occasionally in virtual mode, via the Teams Platform. The work of the design teams will be verified in three phases, marked by intermediate presentations and by a three-day final intensive design workshop, at the end of the semester in June. Each phase corresponds to specific training activities and desing developments and will end with a presentation of the project works to the committee composed by all Studio professors. During the interim presentations students will be given shared suggestions and intermediate evaluations, based on the coherence between pre-established goals and the acquired cultural awareness.

The final exam will be a significant moment of critical argumentation and constructive discussion of the comprehensive design proposition, during which each student will have to demonstrate:

- ability in the cognitive and interpretative procedures of spatial and cultural contexts.

- in-depth disciplinary knowledge of theories and techniques of complex constructions.

- ability to apply integrated structural, constructive solutions to the expressive and formal choices of architecture.

- methodological coherence throughout the design process, from the conception to its technical and formal development.

- modelling capacity in BIM environment

- ability to argue and critically expose the project through the most effective drawings and models.

There will be only one grade, comprehensively evaluating, as a weighted average, the work in Architectural Design, Architectural Composition, Structures and BIM/Technology.


Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFRAMPTON, KENNETH, Studies in Tectonic Culture: the Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture, Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 1995, ISBN: 0262561492
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGREGOTTI, VITTORIO (translated by L. G. Cochrane), Architecture, Means and Ends, Editore: The University of Chicago Press, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-0226307589
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGREGOTTI, VITTORIO (Foreword by Kenneth Frampton, translated by Peter Wong and Francesca Zaccheo), Inside Architecture, Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 1996, ISBN: 9780262571159
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHAAN, HILDE, (with contributions by Umberto Barbieri, Neave Brown, Otto Meier and Luigi Snozzi), Jo Coenen : from urban design to architectural detail, Editore: Birkhäuser, Basel, Anno edizione: 2005, ISBN: 376437196X
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMONEO, RAFAEL, Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects, Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 0262134438
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBALMOND, CECIL, Informal, Editore: Prestel Verlag, Munich-Berlin-London-New York, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 3791324004
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDEPLAZES, ANDREA (editor), Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures: an Handbook, Editore: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 0262134438
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGAUZIN-MULLER, DOMINIQUE, Sustainable architecture and urbanism: concept, technologies, examples, Editore: Birkhauser, Basel-Berlin-Boston, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 3-7643-66-59-1
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaZIMMERMANN, ASTRID, Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural components, Editore: Birkhauser, Basel, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9783034607209
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaIn addition to general bibliography:

During the year, further didactic supports and bibliographic indications will be supplied, about lectures, seminars' topics and specific issues examined by the students. In particular, on the theme selected for the design exercise:

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHOEGER, KERSTIN (editor), CHRISTIANSEE, KEES (editor), Campus and the City: Urban Design for the Knowlege Society, Editore: Gta Verlag, Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 9783856762186
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHAAR, SHARON, The City as Campus: Urbanism and Higher Education in Chicago, Editore: University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis - London, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 9780816665655
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaWIEWEL WIM; PERRY DAVID C., Global Universities and Urban Development: Case Studies and Analysis., Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9780765620392
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaNEUMAN, DAVID J., Building type basics for college and university facilities (2.ed), Editore: Wiley, Hoboken, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN: 978-1-118-00802-7
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaA.A.V.V., Politics of the Campus / Lotus International 165, Editore: Editoriale Lotus, Anno edizione: 2018

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 240:00 260:00

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