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Academic Year 2017/18
01NBSPN
History I
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Design And Visual Communication - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Dellapiana Elena ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ICAR/18 10 50 0 71.5 8
Filippini Ali       10 50 0 71.5 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/13
ICAR/18
6
6
A - Di base
A - Di base
Formazione di base nel progetto
Formazione umanistica
Subject fundamentals
The laboratory is interdisciplinary and teaches students the history of contemporary architecture, and design and visual communication paying particular attention to the relationships between manufactured products/artefacts and industrial development. The two parallel courses provide multiple visions of the historical events in question starting from the different skills. The courses are divided chronologically in thematic lessons which, by teaching the currents, movements and individual protagonists from the second industrial revolution to the Second World War, allow us to study in depth the relationships between manufactured goods/artefacts and industrial development. The architecture, graphics and design for the home, company and city are studied through the work of the main authors and/or clients according to an historical-critical vision that puts ideation and production in relation with a complex system of applications: formal, artistic, artisan, political, economic, industrial, of materials development and the productive processes and communication.
The laboratory lasts for six months and is held in the 1st teaching period.
Expected learning outcomes
The skills provided aim to transmit understanding of the design process on various scales – from the object of industrial production to communication artefacts and the urban dimension – in strong relation with its context. At the end of the course, the student must master the historical outline of contemporary history: indispensable in maturing those critical and interpretative tools that will help him to reason in the culture of the current project.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
A good knowledge of contemporary history (XIX-XX centuries) is required and students are obliged to keep up to date on current events as well as political, social and cultural transformations. Knowledge of the history of contemporary art is useful.
Contents
The Laboratory is interdisciplinary and integrates the following contributions:

HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN 1 (6CFU, 60 hours with weekly lessons of 2 or 3 hours)
1. Introduction to the laboratory and the course: tools and methods (common)
2. The historicisms of the XIX century and the crisis of classicism/Furniture and objects designed by architects
3. Eclecticism and architecture of iron / The great exhibitions and the industrial product
4. Industrialisation and city: the sky-scraper as a type and symbol/technological innovation and building components
5. Arts&Crafts culture in Europe and America
6. Art Nouveau, the problem of total design and the ornament. The dawn of the industrial product for the home and the city: Franco-Belgian area
7. Presentation of the exercise, introductory lesson, definition of the work groups and set up of research (common)
8.Art Nouveau, the problem of total design and the ornament. The dawn of the industrial product for the home and the city: Scottish-Viennese area
9. Art Nouveau, the problem of total design and the ornament. The dawn of the industrial product for the home and the city: Mediterranean area
10. Art Nouveau: the objects: project, production, work; the Italian case AEmilia Arts and others
11. Deutche Werkbund/ project and coordinated image
12. Design as a system: Frank Lloyd Wright
13. Historical avantgarde. Futurism: cities and overalls; Neoplasticism, houses like pictures, furniture like houses
14. Historical avantgarde. Constructivism and cult of mechanics; Expressionism, and luminous architecture
15. The council house: solutions debate, objects
16. From the spoon to the city: Walter Gropius and Bauhaus
17. The research of the ideal form: Le Corbusier
18. The research of the ideal form: Le Corbusier
19. Seminar (common)
20. The linguistic research of Mies van der Rohe: subtraction
21. Architecture and totalitarian regimes: Italy, Germany, Soviet Union: ritual and innovation
22. The design of architects in Italy: Gio Ponti and the Lombard school
23. The design of architects in Italy: Magazines and biennials: project, debate and diffusion
24. Alvar Aalto and the tradition-innovation dialect in Scandinavia, Scandinavian design
26. Presentation of the exam papers and end of course


HISTORY OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN 1 ' (6CFU, 60 hours with weekly lessons of 2 and 3 hours)

1. Introduction to the laboratory and the course: tools and methods (common)
2. At the origins of modern graphic. Introduction to the history of product design
3. The great exhibitions. Art applied to industry
4. The birth of catalogues: Wedgwood, Thonet, Kohn
5. The Arts&Crafts movement (common)
6. English graphics
7. Presentation of the exercise, introductory lesson, definition of the work groups and set up of the research (common)
8. Art Nouveau in the French-Belgian area. S. Bing and Japanism
9. French commercial artists: Grasset, Cheret, Lautec, Mucha
10. Typographic character from 1850-1950
11. Italian commercial artists. Liberty or the Floral Style
12. Art Nouveau in the Scottish-Viennese area
13. Deutscher Werkbund. Project and coordinated image
14. Avantgarde: Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism
15. Avangarde: Dada, Constructivism, De Stijl
16. Towards industrial design: Bauhaus
17. Art Déco and Cassandre
18. Fortunato Depero and second Futurism
19. Seminar (common)
20. Visual communication in the Thirties in Italy: graphics between adverts and propaganda.
21. The Boggeri study and the "Campo Grafico" magazine
22. Munari and Veronesi. The Biennial and the Triennial
23. Scandinavian design: the tradition-innovation dialect (common)
24. Streamlining and American modernity
25. Presentation and evaluation of the exam papers and end of course (common)
Delivery modes
Exemplifying themes of the phases in which the statutory research of the disciplines unites will be dealt with together in specific moments. A common exercise will allow the students to study in depth some themes undertaken and to measure themselves with the interpretative problems of the historical disciplines.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Summary of the topics undertaken and copy of the slides used during the lessons are available on the teaching portal.
Main reference texts:

manuals:
E. DELLAPIANA, G. MONTANARI, Una storia dell’architettura contemporanea, UTET, Torino, Università, 2015
F. BULEGATO, E. DELLAPIANA, Il design degli architetti in Italia. 1920-2000, Electa, Milano, 2014
W. J CURTIS, L'architettura moderna del Novecento, N.Y. Phaidon, 2007 (or other editions)
R. DE FUSCO, Storia del Design, Rome-Bari, Laterza, (all editions)
F. BULEGATO, E. DELLAPIANA, Il design degli architetti in Italia. 1920-2000, Electa, Milan 2014
D. BARONI, M. VITTA, Storia del Design Grafico, Longanesi, Milan 2010

recommended texts:
A. BASSI, Il Design. Progettare gli oggetti quotidiani, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013
D. BARONI, P.P. PERUCCIO, Design e corporate image. Per una storia dell’identità visiva nazionale, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2012
F. CRICCO, F. DI TEODORO, Itinerari nell'arte, vol 3, Zanichelli, Bologna, (qualsiasi edizione)
W. J CURTIS, L'architettura moderna del Novecento, Phaidon, N.Y, 2007 (o altre edizioni)
E. DELLAPIANA, Il design della ceramica in Italia, 1850-2000, Electa, Milano, 2010
P. SPARKE, Interni moderni, Spazi pubblici e privati dal 1850 ad oggi, Einaudi, Torino, 2011
G. MONTANARI, A. BRUNO, Architettura e città del Novecento, Carocci, Roma, 2009
M. BRUSATIN, Arte come design. Storia di due storie, Einaudi, Torino, 2007
A. BASSI, Il design anonimo in Italia, Electa, Milano, 2006
E.L. FRANCALANCI, Estetica degli oggetti, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2006
M. VITTA, Il progetto della bellezza. Il design fra arte e tecnica. 1851-2001, Einaudi, Torino, 2001 (o altre edizioni)
G. DORFLES, Introduzione al disegno industriale, Einaudi, Torino, 2001 (o altre edizioni)
S.H. STEINBERG, Cinque secoli di stampa, Einaudi, Torino, 1982 (o altre edizioni)

Other reading material will be recommended during the course and indicated in the teaching.
Assessment and grading criteria
Strict attendance is required, also for the final grade that will be given in a single exam mark.
The course will be evaluated thus:
1) Exercises for both disciplines, with a public exhibition at the end of the course (obligatory)
2) Written test for both courses, with brief answers to recognise the works examined by the two disciplines
3) A separate oral exam distinct for each discipline

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17
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