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.
CITY AND AGING: PEOPLE PLACES PRACTICES
The design studio City and Aging incorporate the three disciplines of Interiors and Domestic Culture(ICAR/16), Housing politics and design(ICAR 20), and Photographing contemporary dwelling (ICAR 17).
Through photography, architectural and urban design practice, it will address contexts on an aging society. It will explore how the progressive aging of society affects private and public space. The purpose of the exercise is to investigate through the spatial project the relationship between the living and aging in four neighborhoods: Ca 'Nouva in Genoa, Mirafiori in Turin, Cinisello Balsamo in Milan. In particular, it will focus on the transformation and adaption of housing stock and public space, taking into account both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the elderly population.
Looking at the United Nations data, the percentage of individuals over 65 on the total population in 2019 amounted to 9%. This number is expected to increase to 16% in 2050. But if we look at these figures nationwide, what emerges is an even more radical picture. In fact, in countries such as Germany, Japan, Spain, North Korea, and Italy, the percentages of over 65s will exceed 30%. Population aging will become a new urban question. However, the demographic crisis is already starting to make itself visible in the city. Aging has already begun to affect the uses and practices of private and urban space.
Students will have the opportunity to experience spatial investigations and develop proposal designs for mass housing contexts in three metropolitan cities in northern Italy. The challenge will be to integrate multiple investigation tools to obtain knowledge on the subject that will guide the design exploration: use of data to expand demographic, social, and economic indicators; use of cartography not only as an investigation tool but also as a tool that allows the construction of different interpretations; use of photography as an instrument of knowledge and investigation of people places and practices in domestic and public spaces,; use of interviews as a tool to trace some micro-stories that can build the housing careers of the interviewees; use of urban design and interior architecture processes as a way to introduce long-term visions and solutions in contexts affected aging process. The design studio aims to develop: awareness and understanding of the themes investigated during the semester and their application through the design process; ability to learn a working methodology; increase communication skills; expand graphic skills; improve photographic practice; ability to work in a team.
Within this background, the design studio intends to reconstruct the taxonomy of living in the elderly population and define transformation scenarios. An introductory set of lectures and of complementary activities, such as field visits and photo-shooting campaign, will be relevant supports to the work and a reading list will be available to provide references.
The studio intends to explore these themes in the city of Genoa, Turin and Milan, through three main working phases:
Exploration and mapping of places, policies and design options at work.
Research and analysis: What is an age friendly neighborhood? What meaning(s) does it assume? What are its implications?
Drafting of scenarios, of visions, focused on both regulation, policies, programs & interventions envisioning spatial scenarios.
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.
Aging, (2011) Volume #27
Designing for the Third Age, (2014) AD 228
Hauderowicz, D., Serena, K., L. (2020) Age-Inclusive Public Space, Hatje Cantz, Berlin
Retreat. Primal Concept and Experimental Design, (2014) A+U 526
Further reading and references will be provided at the start of the semester.
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 open dialogue and 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 a 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.
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