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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Beard Peter Charles Gordon , Rotta Elisabetta
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

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Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi


2017-18 _semester 2 _POLIMI course ref. 051575


_Design for a New Actors’ House and Performance Space in the Former Castellavazzo CementWorks_ 32010 Belluno, Veneto


Professor Peter Beard_Architecture (interiors)
Professor Elisabetta Rotta_Environmental Science



The site for the semester will be the former cement works at Castellavazzo close to Longarone in the Bellunese Alps. The factory complex includes three giant concrete cylindrical storage silos nine metres in diameter and in excess of twenty metres high. Students enrolled in the studio will design a new actors’ house, paired with a public performance space, set within the abandoned shells of these storage silos.



Our primary reference for the performance space will be Lina Bo Bardi’s Teatro Oficina, Sao Paolo [1989-94 with Edson Elito], a theatrical frame which rejects familiar models, instead improvising a new kind of collective crowdspace. Shoehorned into an impossibly skinny city plot, a thin wall of scaffolding provides seating for an audience set high over the narrow street-like stage. A secondary reference point will be the Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata, Longarone [1966-83] a late work by Giovanni Michelucci located just two kilometres from our project site. Michelucci’s church, a memorial to the victims of the Vajont disaster of 1963, consists of two stacked amphitheatres linked by a spiralling path: below, a cave-like cast vault, above, a roofless interior which seems directly bound into the stone horizon of the mountains beyond.



The brief for the new actors’ house and performance space will include a range of scales of interior, from the domestic intimacy of the house to larger spaces of public performance and event. Physical strategies will include partial demolition of the existing buildings, new cast masonry elements, and the introduction of secondary enclosures and linings. Together we will explore spatial and material techniques which recognise the blank scale and mass of the existing structures, whilst redefining these with new scales, spatial figures, and event-scenarios. A series of hands-on workshops, research studies, and lectures, will provide a common foundation for design work, including tectonic precedents and representational strategies. Projects will be developed collaboratively - expected to be three students per design group.



The environmental component of the course will be rooted in aspects of place and use. Three lecture-sessions, held during the first half of the semester, will cover topics of i) climate ii) building envelope and iii) energy needs. Following the mid-term presentation, students will choose an aspect of their design project to develop in further detail, with a specific focus on environmental issues. Provisional design topics include; hypocaust systems for wood fuelled heating, rainwater collection and water use, and lighting and ventilation strategies for the main performance space. Our environmental approach will seek to avoid technical ‘add-ons’, instead using an understanding of building physics as a primary motivation in the design process.


notes:- Students are encouraged to visit Longarone although this is not a requirement of the studio. We can make arrangements for a coordinated site-visit, open to all members of the studio, subject to demand. Additional study visits may include: Teatro Studio Melato - Milan; Teatro all’antica - Sabbioneta; Teatro Olympico - Vicenza; Teatro Farnese - Parma; Chapel of Maria SS. Regina - Zogno. In addition to the scheduled classes we plan to run a two-week workshop, between the final project presentations and course exam. This workshop will concentrate on large-scale model fabrication and model photography directly related to students’ design proposals.









WEEK #1.
tuesday 27th february
programme presentation
workshop exercise - shaft


WEEK #2.
tuesday 6th march
review of week 1 workshop exercise 
introduction of tectonic studies research project - including lecture presentation 
assignment of study groups


WEEK #3.
tuesday 13th march
environment lecture: climate
review of tectonic studies research project
presentation of building brief - introduction to design phase 1


WEEK #4.
tuesday 20th march
environment lecture: building envelope 
tutorial reviews of emerging design proposals
preparation of digital files for physical models


WEEK #5.
tuesday 27th march
environment lecture: energy needs
in-class model-making
tutorial reviews of emerging design proposals (review of draft presentations)


WEEK #6.
tuesday 3rd april - NO CLASS
preparation for mid-term presentations

WEEK #7.
tuesday 10th april
mid-term presentations
shaft + tectonic studies + phase 1 design proposals


WEEK #8.
tuesday 17th april
introduction to design phase 2 - environment and representation
design tutorials to include environmental study topic assignment


WEEK #9.
tuesday 24th april - *status to be confirmed
design project development


WEEK #10.
tuesday 1st may - NO CLASS
design project development


WEEK #11.
tuesday 8th may
lecture | introduction of furniture design project
design tutorials - integrated project development


WEEK #12.
tuesday 15th may
review | presentation of furniture design project
design tutorials - integrated project development


WEEK #13.
tuesday 22nd may
in-class preparation of final presentation materials
design tutorials

WEEK #14.
tuesday 29th may
in-class preparation of final presentation materials
design tutorials


WEEK #15.
tuesday 5th june final presentations
shaft + tectonic studies + phase 1 and 2 design proposals



large-scale model-making and photography - *to be confirmed - (monday 11th june - friday 22nd june)


FINAL EXAM - *to be confirmed - (week beginning monday 18th june)



Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The various educational activities which the instructors include in the study programme contribute to achievement of the expected results, determined in accordance with the 5 Dublin Descriptors. Documentation provided for each individual project stage and phase of design work (portfolio sheets, models, associated research documentation) and the final project proposal (final portfolio, presentation models, environmental design report) is aimed to verify:


- Knowledge and understanding
- Applying knowledge and understanding
- Making judgements
- Learning skills


For each individual research and design phase students will be required make class presentations in the form of a verbal summary, with notes, aimed to verify:


- Knowledge and understanding
- Communication skills
- Learning skills



Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaOficina Theatre, Lina Bo Bardi: Teatro Oficina 1980-1984, Editore: Editorial Blau, Anno edizione: 1999, ISBN: 978-972831476
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLina Bo Bardi - introduction by Silvana Rubino, Stones Against Diamonds, Editore: AA Publications, Anno edizione: 2013, ISBN: 978-1-907896-20-0
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGiovanni Michelucci edited Roberto H de Alba, Alan W. Organschi, Perspecta 27 - Order and Disorder: A Conversation with Giovanni Michelucci: Inhabiting Nature, Editore: The Yale Architectural Journal, Rizzoli International Publications, ISSN: 0079-0958

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