Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Anno Accademico 2013/14
Economics and design organization
Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Citta' - Torino
Docente Qualifica Settore Lez Es Lab Tut Anni incarico
Medic Branimir       60 0 0 0 1
SSD CFU Attivita' formative Ambiti disciplinari
ING-IND/35 6 B - Caratterizzanti Discipline economiche, sociali, giuridiche per l'architettura e l'urbanistica
Subject fundamentals

The objective of this course is to position and discuss architecture in relation to the present conditions. Changes of architectsí profession are reflecting changes in the society. To fulfil complex demands of present market profession architect is extending expertise and scope of work. Previously sufficient knowledge of urban planning and architectural design are extended with science and technology of building processes and materials, and social-economical involvement. Through the project students will acquire not only design skills, but also knowledge and specific expertise in research on the subject: city today. The scope of intervention will be: transport, habitation and new working culture, in the condition of the local economy within global market. Rather than concentrating solely on the stylistic or sociological aspects of the discipline the course would insist on the economical reality and technological possibilities.

Second part of the last century has been characterized by mass consumption. It has been introduced to sustain continuation of post war industrial production. As a contrast to collective attitude of post war reconstruction the consumersí society has been promoting individuality as a necessary condition for freedom. The individualised pattern of ownership has radically changed urban territories. The volume of items collected by the middleclass consumer has grown to the size that traditional city hasnít been able to cope with. It is a period of rapid growth of urban sprawl. Multiplying of road structures, space consumption and dependence on a large amount of services are direct parameters of urbanism.
Starting with 2008 the banking systems, affected by a global credit crisis, are implementing a reduction in the general availability of loans. It has resulted in a sharp drop in international trade, rising unemployment and rapidly reducing investments. Property development and ownership have been heavily effected. The previous global banking system is not actual any more. The new alternative financial flows are established as a reaction to the demands of new order.
There are two parallel tendencies we are going to analyze and research in the course " city as a generator": Existence minimum and (neo) collective consumption. These tendencies are actual reality. They are critical parameters of the future urban policy of the cities:
Existence minimum is a tendency of achieving housing affordability by reduction in size of property. I would suggest to explore the use of technology as a compensation of a lack of physical space.
Collective consumption, sharing economy, peer economy, and similar names for fast growing trend. Specificum of present economical situation is unique condition for research with focus on reducing the inefficiency of mass consumers ownership.
The existence minimum and the collective consumption form the economy of trust. This is not only the economic drive but also morality driven phenomenon. Reducing and sharing are developing trust to the community. By sharing cities are becoming not only more efficient and sustainable, but also more friendly places to live.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Expected learning outcomes

General expectation on completion of the subject students should be able to:
- Identify and engage with the various types of environmental conditions that have an impact upon the role of the design profession, the configuration of the building industry and the nature of its products in any given region.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between design practice, cultural values, spatial needs and demands of the cities.
- Use of information mapping and the critical analysis of the site in relation to the specific subject

Specific outcome expected from participants:
- To explore the use of technology as a compensation of a lack of physical space in the cities. It can be applied on public space, housing, working or infrastructure.
- To use collective consumption as urban strategy. Explore what kind of new products one has to bring on the existing market to make it better operating.
- Sustainability as a city planning policy is setting up new standards. It is fundament of reinventing economy. How is this going to influence the transformations of the cities?


Week 10 / Two days of intensive seminar as an introduction into the working method. The comparative examples from the practice will be presented in the form of lectures and discussions. The second part of the introduction seminar is dedicated to the presentation of the sites of the intervention. Students will be forming groups and making choice of the city and subject of interventions


Weeks 11,12 are dedicated to the analyses, mapping and interviews of the particular condition and target group. The collecting of the referent examples of the similar interventions, contemporary and historical.
Weeks 13,14,15 are reserved for critical reflection to analysis by use of test design as a research tool.
Week 16,17/ design. Method is confrontation with all aspects of reality conditions
Mid term presentation and definition of the format of the final product.
Weeks 18,19 /production

Final presentation and exhibition.

Each session will contain the lecture on different relevant subjects.
Orario delle lezioni
Statistiche superamento esami

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2013/14

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