Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1217) ARCHITETTURA E DISEGNO URBANO - ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN
054568 - IC URBAN ETHNOGRAPHY
The course consists of two joint and integrated modules (Ethnographical approaches in urbanism and Urban survey), targeting students enrolled in the Master of Science in Urban Planning-Policy Design as well as in the Master of Science in Architecture.
The course aims at developing an ethnographical approach meant as a way to develop competences in understanding the city through observing, describing, interpreting and representing the urban space in its material and social configurations and changes. A main objective of the course is to develop competences in researching, interpreting and describing through texts and photo reportages how urban spaces work.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course, students are expected to have developed:
- the awareness that cities and urban spaces are material evidences and witness the kind of relations, of social and spatial assets that architecture, urban planning and social practices produce;
- awareness of the ways in which an etnographic approach can contribute to the work of urban planners and architects dealing with places and people;
- competences in developing an effective and sound analysis and understanding of the material, symbolical and social dimension of how space is designed, implemented and used;
- capacity to understand the intertwining of social and spatial issues at stake in the functioning of public space;
- capacity to develop original and effective ways to report field work observations and to represent and communicate outcomes in an effective and diversified way (i.e. photos, texts, presentations...)
Different means and “tactics” to develop ethnographical approaches as well as to represent their outcomes will be explored, with a particular attention to photography. Along with references to the tradition of ethnographical studies, students will learn the logic of direct participant observation, the analysis of social practices, forms of interviewing and other approaches to social and spatial analysis which can support the understanding and interpretation of the way urban space is organized and results as the combined product of human and non-human actors.
The course is organized in:
A first part focused on methodologiesto develop an ethnographical approach consisting in: LECTURES: Theoretical contributions, readings and discussion of papers and articles as well as class exercises (role playing, etc.) as well as the presentation and discussion of case studies / SHORT EXCURSIONS in selected urban spaces to interpret and decode a given urban context/ project.
FIELD EXERCISE (to be developed individually) consisting in an exploration through direct observation and photography. The topic of the field work will be: “Cities of strangers. Diversity and coexistence in public spaces”. The role that public spaces have in supporting the coexistence of a multitude of strangers in the city through the continuous negotiation of diversity and difference will be explored. The field exercise is part of a wider project conceived and developed with the photographer Giovanni Hänninen (who is lecturing Photography for Architecture in the second semester). A TRAIN AS A PUBLIC SPACE:The work will be focused on the “Passante”, the train that crosses the city of Milano and its system of stations and underground spaces. The Passante is intensively used by a large range of citizens and especially commuters, It will be assumed as a field to be explored.The topic will be introduced, discussed and fine-tuned in class, while each student will define her/his more specific focus and will be supported in developing and original work. A set of initiatives on the topic are being foreseen while a final seminar will be organized for the presentation and discussion of the field exercises). At the end of the course, a report will collect the individual work developed by each student, after some successful presentations of the work developed in the previous two years, a book which will collect a selection of the best students’ works will be finalised.
SEMINARSwill be proposed during the whole course: a set of open seminars given by invited scholars and professionals on the course approaches and topics will be jointly organized with some other cooperating and partner courses (such as the Workshop on Infrastructure Planning and Design).
Materials, documents, texts and references presented in class will be made available online to the participants.
Three-year bachelor degree (Laurea Triennale) in one of the subjects required for admission to the Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) course
Modalità di valutazione
Given the character of the course, attendance is highly recommended. The course will be based on an open interaction between teaching staff and students. Active participation and interaction of students in class will be welcomed, encouraged and evaluated.
For attending students the evaluation will be based on the results of a work consisting in a written text and a photographic essay. The students will be requested to deliver the project work one week before the exam e to prepare a 10 minutes ppt presentation for the day of the exam which will be organised in the form of a seminar. The evaluation of attending students will be mainly based on an oral presentation of the product elaborated in the field exercise and on the discussion of the contents of Anderson E. (2011), The cosmopolitan canopy, W.W Norton and Company, London and New York. Further readings may be selected from the given list upon students’ own interest and in agreement with the Professors.
While we highly reccommend attendance, not-attending students shall prepare for the oral exam:
1. the Book by Andreson
2. the book by Cranz
3. 2 other texts out of the reading list.
Anderson E., The Cosmopolitan Canopy. Race and Civility in Everyday Life, Editore: W.W. Norton & Company, Anno edizione: 2011
Cranz G., Ethnography for Designers, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2016
Bovo M., Briata P., Bricocoli M., Cosmopolis in un bus. Multiculturalismo quotidiano a Milano - in Rivista: Crios, Anno edizione: 2018, Fascicolo: n. 16 Note:
Available by the teaching staff
Cefai D., Que est la etnografie? in Persona y sociedad, 27 (1), available in French and in Spanish, Anno edizione: 2013, Fascicolo: 27 (1) Note:
Available by the teaching staff
Sheller M., Urry J., "The new mobilities paradigm" in Environment and Planning A, Anno edizione: 2006, Fascicolo: 38 (2)
Simone A., "People as Infrastructures" in Public Culture, Anno edizione: 2004, Fascicolo: 16 (3) Note:
Available by the teaching staff
Vecchio G., "Democracy on the move. Bogota's urban stransport strategies and the access to the city" in City, Territory and Architecture, Anno edizione: 2017, Fascicolo: 4 (15) Note: