Architettura e Società, Politecnico di Milano 2014-2015
Semester Course: “CONVERTING MILAN”
Prof. Architect Andreas Otto Kipar – Prof. Architect Chiara Locardi
COURSE WEB PLATFORM
https://beep.metid.polimi.it/ [2014-15] - IC ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN WORKSHOP
COURSE MAIN TOPICS
At the gates of Expo 2015, the course aims to investigate the different scales of urban and landscape rehabilitation and valorisation of different areas included in the ‘Zona 8’ of the city of Milan, the zone included between the urban axis Sempione-Certosa and the Naviglio Grande.
Recognizing contemporary processes and designs taking place during the EXPO, the course wants to investigate the possible scenarios for reconquest of space that considers and interprets the possible economic and functional transformation of the west sector of the city.
During the course the students will have the opportunity to work on the metropolitan scale through the “micro-requalification” of some points to connect the urban center of Milan with the green belt of the city.
The focus is on the city inhabitants, who want to enjoy, use and adapt public spaces to their needs. At the same time the course aim to encourage students to explore not only the 'landscape design' but also the social and economic aspects of the landscape involved in the transformation process of the city during Expo 2015.
The theme of the soil consumption in particular in a city like Milan, encourage us to reflect on the new opportunities that the strategies as re-use and urban regeneration, offer to the contemporary city.
In order to follow its main goals, the course participates to the didactic program called “RI-FORMARE MILANO 2015. Nuovi paesaggi urbani”, a research program promoted by Politecnico School of Architecture and Society in cooperation with the Municipality of Milan (Assessorato all’Urbanistica, Edilizia Privata e Agricoltura).
At the end of the course the best students projects will be submitted to the jury selection in order to participate in the exhibition that will take place at the Triennale di Milano. (http://www.triennale.it/it/mostre/future/3543-riformare-milano-progetti-per-le-aree-e-gli-edifici-in-stato-di-degrado-e-abbandono#.U9kUp_l_sdo )
WORKING CLASS METHODOLOGY
The course presents the Landscape architecture theoretical criteria and explores the concept of site and place. The teaching approach is structured on perceptive and traditional analysis instruments as the basis of landscape understanding.
During the semester students will work as a group in a laboratory of landscape design. The course will focalize on creative and personal projects. Experience of workshop and survey are part of the course philosophy.
Student works will be discussed and developed by each group in order to encourage an efficient communications of their own personal ideas.
The project will be developed in three main phases:
1_perceptive and site analysis
2_concept and project
3_presentation and communication of the students own projects
WORKING CLASS ACTIVITIES
The course activity encourages public critics of the projects, critical analysis of such spaces and improves the creative imagination process in connection with a new vision of living in the urban space.
- Theoretical Lessons on contemporary Landscape Architecture and Urban Transformation with presentation of a many case studies;
- Open Lectures with Visiting professors and professionals discussing significant topics for the workshop;
- Milestone Seminars with public discussion on the student project stages;
- Weekly reviews of the project on sketches, draws, maquettes, collages, pictures, diagrams, map etc;
EXAM EVALUATION CONTENTS
- Milestone Seminars/public discussion with the class during the semester: Digital presentation (min 5/max 10 slides);
- A3 booklet, collecting working process and mile-stone seminar contents;
- Project Boards (Analysis / General masterplan explaining the strategy and the functional program for the whole area / Project Focus 1: 200-1:100 / Details 1: 50-20);
- Project report;
- CD of the project contents.
FIRST STEPS / FIRST MILESTONE SEMINAR
1. Concept and Topics:
- 3 images of reference ( projects, photos, paintings ... etc ) as suggestion for the strategy and as interpretation of general theme choosen by the student
- 3 reference books. Chosing for each book one significant extract ( max 10 lines )
2. Analysis and Diagrams:
- mobility: flows and connections
- functions: focus on public buildings, cultural institutions, informal situations of the context
- open spaces/spaces of relation: gardens, squares, gathering places
3. Vision and Strategy: interpretation of the Concept applied on the project area (diagrams, plans, sections, collages, maquette….)
4. Milestone Seminar : digital presentation: minimum 5, maximum 10 slides
- SLIDE 1 ( Concept and Topics)
- SLIDE 2 ( Analysis and Diagrams )
- SLIDE 3 (Vision and Strategy)
- SLIDE 4 Masterplan 1: 2000-1000
- SLIDES 5 …………….
other more slides depending on the definition level of the work.