THEMES, STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS
(it is possible to watch at the presentation: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/612868a4-ea42-49ca-a14b-bf56aceb55ce)
The STUDIO is one of the most important moment within the Master ,offering an high level of education, oriented to work in intensive design research.
With the focus of understanding the role of architectural design in the contemporary society, its main goal is oriented to present categories, methodologies and tools to manage the project at different scales of intervention, from the landscape, through the urban spaces, to the components of internal design. At the same time, since the Studio is practically oriented in teaching an aware, complex and culturally advanced approach to discipline, it offers the chance to elaborate a project on a truly articulated framework, where urban planning and architecture mix their teachings, their scales, their cultural reference and their practice, to finally refine all the teachings offered to the student by the school
The program covers a broad range of subjects related to the built environment and the main key–words, at the basis of the program, in coherence with Politecnico di Milano main directions and with the cultural tradition of its school, are:
Designing a TEMPORARY VILLAGE for the Olympic Games 2026
Students are called to work on the development of a temporary village to be intended not just as low-impact transformations for the Olympic venue, to be hosted in Milano and Cortina on 2026, but as a new collective structure for contemporary needs, with eyes open on the most recent impact that the virus pandemia is having on the cities as main stages of human interaction. .
The general framework is the entire territorial section of Northern Italy, from Milano (metropolitan and urban gate / plain) to Livigno and Cortina (as Alpine gates / mountain). During the design process students will focus on the centrally located areas of the Porta Romana rail depot, a large system of under developed and partially abandoned areas, on the southern section of the central city, now surrounded by very active series of transformations. The area presents itself, today, as an empty gap between dense and full urban areas, but at the same time as a place full of projects, ideas, and expectations surrounded by neighborhoods that need a new centrality to give a metropolitan meaning to all the transformations that occurred. On Porta Romana rail depot the official plans located the Olympic Village, with a strong, future connection with the expanding and growing qualified system of Milan universities city campuses.
The general topic touches some contemporary issues of urban planning and architectural design, such as :
TEMPORARY VILLAGE AND ECO-SUSTAINABILITY
A peculiarity of the 2026 Olympics is that there will be a very important focus on the concept of eco-sustainability. It will be evident in the building project for the construction of the infrastructures : buildings will be designed as temporary and ready to be re used again after the event for other contemporary uses.
TEMPORARY HOUSING AND NEW ENERGIES
The Olympic Village Concept proposes an anti-waste philosophy, and will use high-tech energy sources, thanks to integrated systems of technologies. Sustainability should shape the project from its foundation, and it should allow a serious approach to all its details.
TEMPORARY CLUSTERS AND PLACES OF SHARING
In and around the Olympic Village a series of complex and integrated collective spaces will be designed for the Games and for the future territories
The key-words of the project will be: Sustainability, Temporary, Regeneration, Ecological Corridors, Resiliency, Soft Approach, Special Housing, Collective Spaces, Neighborhood organization, Local reference to Metropolitan spatial organization, Interaction between city’s networks, Re shaping of space and distances, Sustainability as a way to a healthy city.
On an integrated approach between Urban Planning and Architecture, the Design path is divided into three steps, each one corresponding to a specific time and a determined scale of intervention:
The tactical process
This step looks at promote local transformations able to trigger relevant effects at a larger scale. The tactical process aims to tackle urgent problems, through strategic and discrete actions, highlighting the crucial places of the city and their transformative potential.
This step includes study trips to the project area.
The strategical project. The students will focus on a design approach centered on the notions of “context” and “belonging”. The object of study will be the design of a public space (open and built up), placed in an area in transformation in the center of the international debate. Along this phase, students will develop a proposal of urban design able to retrain a part of the city in its various and interfering elements: built environment, open public spaces, spaces of relationships.
Focus on details. The third phase is more oriented on the elements of architecture, materials and design details. In this sense, the contents as well will have to answer to the most innovative roads of knowledge in the construction fields; they will act as a nodal points between the “urban” and the “relational” systems of the cities. In a circular approach, the focus on details should refer and show their connection with the elements of the strategical approach.
The third phase will include final open critic in the presence of international guests.
During the project experience the students will cross different scales, times and fields of intervention. The workshop will deal with the matters of landscape, of shapes in space as well as of single building design. Therefore, the project will be intended as a multifunctional organism, focused on the relationship between the “architectural construction” and the “external space”, between private and collective, open and closed space, interpreted according to the different relationships among forms, materials and contents.
The course is equally divided in to two components: urban planning and architecture design. The two elements are not separated and together they will offer a more articulated approach to design. Urban planning and architecture offer the natural set of rules, guidelines, inspiration, looks, references to a circular approach to design, with a continuous jump between scales and elements. This approach allows the students to actively experiment the real processes through which the city, today, takes shape, re-invent itself and remains, even after the huge impact that the pandemic is having, the most important and the most interesting human invention. The approach of the Studio offers to students a full box of tooles to understand how the changes on a specific area of the city should create a walkable, sustainable and rich human environment connected to the metropolitan networks, giving sense, locally, to a larger urban environment.
STRUCTURE: a theoretical-practical route
Starting from these assumptions the structure of the Design Studio is divided into:
- Basic lectures, oriented to the learning of the core topics;
- Application workshops, aimed to the experimental application and supported by direct testing on site
- Mid-term reviews, referred to the different stages of evolution of the project;
These collective activities include the presence of external scholars and authors of national and international reputation.
Other related activities will be proposed, such as seminars, exhibitions and conferences related to the design issues.
In synthesis, the core of the workshop is the Project, intended as a practical path, that is recognizable, conscious and oriented to a specific theme of design. During the project experience the students will cross different scales, times and fields of intervention. The workshop will deal with the matters of landscape, of shapes in space as well as of single building design. Therefore, the project will be intended as a multifunctional organism, focused on the relationship between the “architectural construction” and the “external space”, between private and collective, open and closed space, interpreted according to the different relationships among forms, materials and contents.
The workshop will be organized by team of students (from 2 up to 4), divided into three main groups supported and coordinated by tutors (two for each group).
Each group will work on a collective area layout/masterplan proposal.
Each group will propose a mix program.
The work involves the elaboration of sheets, models and movies for each step of the workshop.
The teaching materials are varied, complementary and will be alternatively displayed through the workshop.
MAIN LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Advanced knowledge on urban planning and architectural design and their strong interactions;
Understanding and completion of design process;
Technical and creative control upon specific design demands;
Design methodologies, creativity development and coherent representation techniques