Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
History of architecture and cities
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Volpiano Mauro ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/18 48 12 0 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/18 6 B - Caratterizzanti Architettura e ingegneria
Subject fundamentals
The course aims to give students the ability to appreciate the complex system of relationships involving architecture and urban context and the ability to analyze, with specific attributions of value, artifacts, buildings, structures, historic settlements and the territorial phenomena within their long-term processes
Only and last opportunity, as part of this course of studies, to cope with the history of architecture and city, the lessons deal with a limited number of case studies along a wide time span.
N.B.: It is possible for foreign students to attend this course. In the different part of this programme, when relevant, a specific organisation for such students will be highlighted and preceded by EN (English).
Expected learning outcomes
The course will provide students with:
- The essential framework of periodization and historical and cultural categorizations useful to orient themselves in the history of architecture and city, also with reference to terminology and classifications of the discipline;
- The ability to recognize and interpret the historic architecture, framing it in relation to the urban context and to the cultural reference;
- The first knowledge for the identification and use of the main documentary sources and historiographical approaches related to the history of architecture and to the history of cities.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Historical knowledge as taught in high school programs will be taken for granted as implicit premise of this course
20 hours
History, architecture and city: concepts, vocabulary, categorizations
The classical language of architecture: models and treatises
Periodization of history and features of architecture and cities in the ancient and medieval period.
Settlement patterns: from the heritage of the Roman city to the new foundation city in the communal period in the subalpine area

20 hours
The old building way: the architectural innovation in Italy in the fifteenth century
Public spaces in the city of the Renaissance
Architecture and the capital city in the age of absolutism
The Baroque, historiographical framework
Turin and its territory between the sixteenth and eighteenth century

20 hours
Metaphors and paradigms of the contemporary city: the city as sick being to be healed, the city as a monument, the city as a machine for living
Architecture: new languages for new types of architecture
Delivery modes
Inspections to verify the specific topics covered in class. Seminars and reading activities exercised in the classroom.
EN: Tutoring, essays and works to be done during the lessons will be done in English for foreign students. Lessons will be in Italian, but slides, specific tutoring and explanations will be given in English. Furthermore, topics of the lessons will be coherent with texts, readings and lecture notes as signalled in the course programme.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The course does not indicate a single reference manual. Bibliographies and lesson will be provided and made available on the website along with the lessons. In general, as far as the history of the city is concerned you can refer to the Storia dell’urbanistica. Quaderni didattici, publisher Celid, integrated where necessary by the publication series Storia della Città, publisher Laterza.
Assessment and grading criteria
During the course collective tests will be performed (without judgment) followed by plenary discussion of topics of the lectures.
The final exam will consist of two parts: written verification by a questionnaire about the fundamental features of the program and subsequent oral examination focused on three issues relating to each of the three sections of the programme, agreed with the teacher at the end of the semester.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16

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