The aim of the Studio is to experiment with the complexity of the design, from the idea to the realization, by acquiring knowledge about the ways of controlling the relationships between technological, energetic, environmental and structural aspects, and the experimentation and innovation paths of techniques, processes and how to design the project. The Studio aims to illustrate the cognitive, methodological, organizational and procedural tools in the different stages of the building process aimed at the constructability of complex new architectural interventions or the redevelopment of the existing one. Particular attention in the Design and Construction Studio is reserved for functional, constructive and environmental choices in relation to structural design and anti-seismic design criteria from the early stages of the project.
Expected learning outcomes are the ability to develop a feasibility and constructability project; in particular the design capacity of the constructive dimension, the constraints related to the environmental, physical, regulatory and cultural context in which the intervention is located, the ways of use; coordinated and interdisciplinary management of the technological, structural and energetic-environmental themes that form the project on the basis of priority requirements; anticipating decisions and evaluating the different technical options available today; application of the tools to support project decisions.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
According to the Dublin Descriptors (DdD), passing the exam certifies the acquisition of the following results:
DdD 2 ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- ability to develop projects that are attentive to the constructive dimension, to the constraints related to the environmental, physical, normative and cultural context in which the intervention is located, to the usability and to the verification of the technical feasibility;
- ability to govern the complexity of the project, from the conceptual phase to the implementation phase.
DdD 3 (autonomy of judgment), 4 (communication skills) and 5 (learning ability)
- ability to operate and communicate independently the design choices made (DdD 3, 4 and 5).
In the DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STUDIO (TECHNOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN - 6 CFU; STRUCTURES AND EARTHQUAKE RESISTANCE CRITERIA - 4 CFU) the student will experiment the complexity of the design act by acquiring knowledge about the ways of controlling the relationships between technological, environmental and structural aspects. This also through the experimentation in the project process of alternative and innovative techniques.
Expected learning outcomes
Expected learning outcomes are the ability to develop a buildable project. In particular the design capacity of managing: the proper architectonic dimension; the constraints related to the environmental, physical, regulatory and cultural context in which the intervention is based; the ways of use; the coordinated and interdisciplinary control of technological and structural issues of the project, based on priority requirements. Moreover the ability to anticipate the decision-making of the different technical options available today and to use the tools to support project decisions.
In particular the Studio comprehends two interconnected sections: Technological and environmental design, Structure and Earthquake resistance criteria.
The first section will mainly relate with construction techniques, materials, spaces, performances and values and environmental issues that represent an actual resource which must be carefully and thoroughly evaluated in the design process.
The second one will focus on the criteria leading to the selection of the best structural solution (materials, structural scheme, construction techniques) with respect to the different design requirements, acquiring the ability to identify simplified structural schemes which can be solved through hand calculations such to verify the feasibility of the proposed solutions.
Main educational targets
The work into the laboratory aims students to synthesize information acquired along the semester and during the previous courses and laboratories. The project is where this crucial synthesis takes place. Students are introduced to verify and apply into the project former acquired abilities (technology, history, architectural composition, analysis of physical and social context, study of program requirements) and new pieces of information acquired during the in the course (architecture technology, structural design). The target is gained through a progressive effort in approaching the final result.
The target of teaching is to achieve for every student a personal capability to approach technologies and techniques as a tool that should be used into the architectural project considered as a unique ensemble.
The course consists in lectures and workshop activity.
The steps of the work will be the followings:
1- context survey and analysis;
2- functional program analysis;
3- project approach;
4- main idea formulation;
5- project development;
6- project presentation.
The DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STUDIO is based on the design activity in which the student acquires the ability to control and coordinate inside the design process building technologies and structural elements.
The development of the design process, foreseen the verification of progresses at the different scales.
Moreover, learning activities are configured through:
- lectures and seminars held by the teachers, also with the contribution of external speakers;
- tutoring in the classroom;
- supplementary activities extra classroom for the study, the graphics processing and research.
Digital twins laboratory.
In order to better manage the development of the project from the definitive to the detail level, students will be accompanied in a digital twins laboratory experience that will allow them to direct and follow the production with 3D printing system of the different components of a construction detail that will then be assembled in the classroom. When useful for a better understanding of the behavior and characteristics of the detail thus assembled, always with the modality of the digital twins laboratory, the model will be subjected to video tests transmitted and / or recorded for a sharing of the test methods and the results with the whole classroom.
Modalità di valutazione
The judgment will be in progress through the experience of the Studio.
The final exam will consist in an oral interview, individual and mandatory, on both lectures and seminars and on the results of the design activity.
Students will have to proof the achievement of an individual critical position on the themes developed during the semester and present their final design proposal and outcomes.
The criteria for assessment are:
for the theoretical part: the level of knowledge of the tackled topics; critical thinking; clarity and pertinence of the vocabulary.
for design part: clear correspondence between technological and structural solutions and morphological and typological setting of the project, at all scales; proper definition of the construction details in relation to the performance aspects of technological and structural subsystems; accuracy of the graphical representation at different scales; completeness of the information at the scale of the final design; clarity and pertinence of the vocabulary.
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