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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Rolando Andrea
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

To cultivate students’ ability to represent and communicate in an effective way the structural and formal facts of different kinds of contemporary complex landscapes and their role in the design process.

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 apply appropriate techniques to represent natural and artificial landscapes at different scales, also taking into account their various components: morphology, ecology, environment, history, culture etc.

DdD 3 (autonomy of judgment), 4 (communication skills) and 5 (learning ability)
- ability to explain the main features of a landscape, and to communicate them by producing effective drawings, including photographs, sketches, thematic maps, diagram, schemes, models.

Argomenti trattati

The course in Landscape Representation will be based on the fact that the space we are dealing with can be considered as a book: it has to be read, understood (according to specific language, grammar and words) and finally used for a specific purpose, in our case corresponding to the intention of transforming the existing space into a new one, resulting from our design actions.
The course will be introduced by an historic critical review of various kinds of representations referring to different kinds of landscapes: natural or resulting from the rich interaction between natural facts and human interventions. The aim is that of cultivating the use of drawing as a fundamental base for crithical interpretation of places based on visual thinking, and as a tool to express design intentions at territorial scale.
We shall try to learn from the direct experience of places (also referring to case studies) and we will use the common representation tools to explain how they “perform” before our intervention (phase of analysis) and after our proposals (phase of design).
This methodology is particularly suitable if applied to the contemporary complex landscapes that need most care, such as the urban fringes, where the traditional cityscape is fading into a combination of built and unbuilt elements: infrastructures, urban voids, wastelands and post-industrial ruins, with mixed characters taken from urban, industrial, infrastructural and agricultural landscapes.
Students will be asked to produce interpretation drawings, free to use any kind of communication tools, provided that the representations are effective: sketches, thematic mapping, diagrams, sections, simple work models with photographic and video support will be the most common forms of representation.


Knowledge of basic representation techniques (orthogonal, isometric, perspective projections, sketches, diagrams, maquettes) no matter if traditional/manual or by use of computer.

Modalità di valutazione

We expect each student to be able to present four sets of products:

  1. First description of a landscape, reported in A3 format. This part is mainly directed to explain ¿where¿ the place is, with a main attitude towards a ¿looking from above¿ point of view (general maps, sections, views).
  2. Main features of the chosen place, reported in A3 format. This part is mainly directed to explain ¿what¿ are the structural characters of the place, mainly using a ¿walking through¿ point of view (detailed views, sections).
  3. sketchbook in A5 format, containing analysis, interpretations, impressions of the place that demonstrate a process of understanding and selection of facts resulting from a direct experience of the place.
  4. Presentation of the work done in ppt/pdf format.

The products evaluation will be completed with an oral discussion, including references from lectures and from proposed bibliography.

We shall evaluate in first instance the students¿ skills to communicate in a clear and appropriate way the basic process of a place representation (to read, to understand, to explain) with care to drawing and linguistic accuracy. Secondly, we shall evaluate how the products resulting from this first phase of analysis can be practically used in a further process of design actions.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMcHarg, Ian, Design with Nature, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 1995, ISBN: 978-0471114604
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAppleyard, Donald; Lynch, Kevin: Myer, John R., The View from the Road, Editore: MIT Press, Anno edizione: 1965, ISBN: 978-0262010153
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaWinchester, Simon, The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, Editore: Harper Perennial, Anno edizione: 2001, ISBN: 978-0061767906
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaRolando, Andrea, Forma, geometria, struttura. Per il disegno dell'architettura, della citt  e del paesaggio, Editore: Citt  Studi, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-8825173376

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 40:00 60:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese
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