Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Atelier Eco efficient design
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Ambrosini Gustavo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/14 48 12 0 30 5
Rivotti Alezio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     48 12 0 30 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
C - Affini o integrative
C - Affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
Sustainable Design Atelier is a teaching experience of the final year of Architecture Bachelor's degree in which the disciplines of Architectural Design and Technology of Architecture converge synergistically to provide the student , through the development of a project, the tools to manage the system of relations that binds functional requirements, regulatory constraints, environmental characteristics and climate, performance techniques and materials.
The goal is to provide an activity focused on the design of a single building and of the relationships with the surrounding context, in order to activate a rehabilitation process for the whole neighbourhood.
Expected learning outcomes
The main goal is to make the students acquire a design approach bound towards the environmental quality, based on: knowledge of the context and of the available resources, check of the correspondence between announced goals and solutions adopted, needs analysis, comprehension of the functional roles of building elements and subsets, assessment of the environment feedback from different design solutions.
The studentsí skills that will be assessed are: the capacity to learn and apply the design abilities deriving from the interaction between form and technique, in relationship with the context, and to make a complete building project. The capacity to represent and communicate the design subject will be assessed too.
The learning of the building detailís role is central: it is conceived as a coherent design choice, including the knowledge both of building elements, technologies and processes, both of architectural characters, functions etc.
This design experience will provide the students an autonomous capability to deal with settlement forms, urban morphology and typology, layouts, techniques and building materials.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is important to already know:
how to illustrate an architectural drawing at different scales;
how technological systems and subsets form a building complex;
the role of the different parts and functions.

The student will be guided in the development of a project located in Turin area for shared housing activities: he will deal with morphological, typological and technological issues, referring to aspects such as the environmental compatibility, the reduction of energy consumption, and the pursuit of high levels of comfort.
This is the subject of Architectural and Urban Design (6CFU) and Innovation technology in Architecture (6CFU) lessons', whose respective contribution will be strictly integrated.
The detail required to match the architectural proposal for a final project with a development to a scale of not more than 1/50. More detailed drawings will be related to specific technological items.
During the course of the semester there will be some checks, focused on technological and architectural design aspects.
The design theme can be carried out in teams.
Object of the final examination will be the project carried out by the student teams and the individual understanding of the disciplines taught.
The program will include:
- context relationship (2CFU)
- distributive characters (2CFU)
- architectural concept (2CFU)
- role of the building complex elements (2CFU)
- sustainability (2CFU)
- study of the relationship between the detail and the architectural concept (2CFU)
Particular attention will be driven to sustainability issue, as a basic reference for architectural solutions concerning the relationship between old and new, the building morphology, the orientation, the construction elements, the mateials.
Students will be asked to elaborate a project, from the urban scale (1:500) to architectural and detail scale (1:50 and 1:20)
Delivery modes
The activities are articulated in communications, lectures and seminars (30%) and exercises and individuals and collective checks (70%).
The students will work in teams.
The activity will consist in the carrying out of a project. The professors will make lectures and constant checks design reviews.
There could be also on-site visits and communications by experts.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Suggested readings:
MONEO, R., Inquietudine teorica e strategia progettuale nellíopera di otto architetti contemporanei, Mondadori, Milano 2005
REID, E., Capire gli edifici, Zanichelli, Bologna 1994
CAMPIOLI, A., LAVAGNA, M., Tecniche e architettura, Citta Studi, Milano 2013
FARAG“, F. (a cura di), Manuale pratico di edilizia sostenibile, Esselibri, Napoli 2008
GIORDANO, R., I prodotti per líedilizia sostenibile, Esselibri, Napoli 2010
Further references will be notified by the teachers during the semester. The students will also receive all documentation relating to the project site.
Assessment and grading criteria
1. Fully attendance to and engagement in the lectures, seminars, and further activities of the Atelier is a required precondition for the positive participation in the planned activities.
2. The final grading will take place in this way: presentation and public discussion of the final design documents (about 15-20 minutes); each student will have to explain part of the project and will have to answer to teachers' specific design questions
3. Design documents: A1 panels with general plan, plans, elevations and sections in scale 1:500, 1:200, 1:100, 1:50, details in scale 1:20, sketches/ render (the number of panels will be defined according to the number of team participants);
3. Though the design assignments can be carried out in teams, the final grading is individual. It will derive from the average of the evaluation of the two disciplines. Both contributions are mandatory to pass the Atelier.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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