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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2015/2016
Scuola Scuola di Architettura e Società
Insegnamento 087058 - INTERIORS ARCHITECTURE
Docente Lanz Francesca
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento
Arc - Urb - Cost (1 liv.)(ord. 270) - MI (1145) SCIENZE DELL'ARCHITETTURA***AZZZZ087058 - INTERIORS ARCHITECTURE

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

Interior Sights: course rationale

“The architecture – says Bruno Zevi – doesn't consist in the sum of the width, length and height of the structural elements which enclose space, but in the void itself, the enclosed space in which men live and move": the void, the interiority is the essence of the architecture, that space defined by Carlo De Carli as a “primary space”, “ a relational space ... which is able to accommodate the human body and actions and to dovetail with his material needs". The interior architecture focuses on the design of these spaces; it is devoted to the design of places where inhabit (from Latin habitare "to live, dwell," frequentative of habere "to have, to hold, possess") be it on small detail scale or at urban context.

Interiors Architecture is a field of study, of professional practice, and of theoretical, historical and critical research which is characterized by a long and outstanding tradition, especially in Italy where it developed alongside the architectural composition and the urban design, substantially contributing to the rise of our architectural culture, fostering the birth and growth of the industrial design, and playing a crucial role in the schools of architecture and design of our country. Today it is an emerging academic area of interest in many European Universities and overseas and, due to its longstanding tradition to work in, with and within historical architectural preexistences, it is one of the most promising and strategic professional fields in our country as well in other European urban contexts which are nowadays characterized by a highly layered built environment.


Drawing on these fundamental premises the course focuses on interiors architecture, understanding this discipline not as completion or an accessory of the architectural design, neither a matter of decoration or furnishing, but a design approach, a method and a particular "sight" of the architectural project. The course aims thus at thought-provoking students towards this discipline, its development and its relevance towards the contemporary architectural scenario, as well as spurring on them to a reflection on diversities and commonalities in teaching, practicing and researching in interior architecture in Italy and abroad.

The course is structured in three main parts:

  • The first theoretical part includes some introductory lessons about Interior Architecture complemented by the suggestion of selected readings. The topic and details about the critical exercise will be also presented and discussed (see phase 3);
  • The core part consists in an open lecture series benefitting of the contribution of guests from other national and international universities: students will have the possibility to listen to a variety of critical perspectives on both theory and practice of interior architecture and have an insight of the complexity and richness of this discipline as well as today’s diversities and commonalities in teaching, practicing and researching in Interiors Architecture;
  • The final phase is completely devoted to the implementation of a critical exercise to be developed by the students drawing on the stimuli and idea gathered from the previous theoretical contributions; the exercise will basically consist on the investigation (through readings, drawings and architectural and conceptual models) of some crucial “interior concepts” and related selected case-studies. The development of this exercise will be periodically reviewed with the teacher during the class.


The course attendance is not mandatory, nevertheless attendance will be verified through call roll. The exam modality will be different for attending and non attending students (see below).

To be considered an attending student, each student can not miss more than 2 lectures (80%).


Basic Course Bibliography*

Basso Peressut, Luca, Imma Forino , Gennaro Postiglione, Francesco Scullica, et. aliae, eds. 2008. Places & Themes of Interiors. Contemporary Research Worldwide. Milan: Franco Angeli.

Brooker , Graeme, and Lois Weinthal. 2013. The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design. London & New York: Bloomsbury.

Cieraad, Irene. 1999. At Home: An Anthropology of Domestic Space. New York: Syracuse University Press.

Rice, Charles. 2007. The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity. London: Routledge.

Rybczynski, Witold. 1986. Home. A Short History of an Idea. New York: Viking Penguin Inc.

Sparke, Penny. 2008. The Modern Interior. London: Reaktion Books.

Taylor, Mark, and Julieanna Preston, eds. 2006. Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader. Chichester (UK): Wiley.

(*Note: Non attending students are supposed to select and study at least three of the following books. Specific texts and readings will be suggested to attending students during the course in relation to the lectures topics and the development of their critical exercise)

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The exam will be aimed at verify the students advancement in relation to the subject matter of the course and the following parameters: knowledge and understanding; applying knowledge and understanding; making critical judgements; communication skills; learning skills.

Attending students will have the possibility to have an oral exam. During the oral exam they will present the final outcome of the critical exercise developed during the course and comment on the contents of the course lectures.

Non attending students will have a written exam, consisting in different specific open questions about three books among those suggested in the course bibliography that they have to select and study.


Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBasso Peressut, Luca, Imma Forino , Gennaro Postiglione, Francesco Scullica, et. aliae, eds., Places & Themes of Interiors. Contemporary Research Worldwide, Editore: Franco Angeli, Anno edizione: 2008
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBrooker , Graeme, and Lois Weinthal, The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, Editore: Bloomsbury, Anno edizione: 2013
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCieraad, Irene, At Home: An Anthropology of Domestic Space, Editore: Syracuse University Press, Anno edizione: 1999
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRice, Charles, The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2007
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRybczynski, Witold, Home. A Short History of an Idea, Editore: Viking Penguin Inc., Anno edizione: 1986

(Italian Edition Available)

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSparke, Penny, The Modern Interior , Editore: Reaktion Books, Anno edizione: 2008

(Italian Edition Available)

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaTaylor, Mark, and Julieanna Preston, eds., Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader , Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2006

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