Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
History and design studio D
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Armando Alessandro ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/14 42 0 0 30 5
Filippi Francesca ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     42 0 0 25 1
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
A - Di base
Progettazione architettonica e urbana
Discipline storiche per l'architettura
Subject fundamentals
The History and Design Atelier is structured around a continuous dialogue between the two disciplines of Architectural History and Architectural Design. Theoretical lectures and practical studios will focus on major themes and problems regarding the architectural and urban project in the contemporary age.
Expected learning outcomes
The History and Design Atelier aims at promoting the following skills:

- the knowledge of the histories and theories of architecture and the related disciplines;
- the understanding of the social and cultural background in which the architectures, the cities and the built environment are (and have been) shaped and transformed;
- the awareness of the processes that guide the architect in the choice of the solution that adequately answers to the programme requirements;
- the ability to gather, organize and interpret correctly the historical information at the different scales in, at least, one foreign language;
- the ability to work in team in order to find appropriate solutions to design problems by taking into account the programme requirements, the social and cultural values, as well as the limits and potentialities implicit in contexts;
- the capacity to apply the acquired tools and methods to the single disciplines, and recognise their mutual interactions;
- the capacity to critically analyse the design process referred to the single building in its relation with the pre-existing conditions, the urban and the environmental scales;
- the capacity to elaborate a simple historical/critical text about the city and its architectures;
- the capacity to comply with the deadlines of practical exercises and delivery of papers, analogously to what typically happens in the professional world;
- the capacity to complete an architectural project within a given deadline.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The basic skills and competencies acquired during the first year course of History of Contemporary and the Urban Planning/Architectural Design Atelier will be taken for granted.
A sequence of 28 lessons will be structured as follows: seven thematic readings (narrative, surprise, assembly, irony, chain, geometry, fragment) in the first eight weeks, with an exercise requested for each of them, to be completed and delivered week by week. The thematic readings will be alternated to sessions of collective and group revisions, where exercises will be discussed and monitored with counselling activities devoted to the use of computer instruments, drawing techniques and production of models. The seventh exercise (fragment) will constitute the premise of a further and more challenging task: the elaboration of an architectural project. An urban parcel and an "architect-designed house" (ADH) will be assigned to every group of two students and will serve as a reference and a place for the exercises. The integrated work between the new design production and the representation of the architect’s work will be criticized and analyzed through revisions and methodological lessons during the second part of the semester. Within December the students will have already produced the following works: a critical report about their ADH case study; an analytical scale model of the ADH; a first design work derived from the fragment exercise, through maquette models, axonometric views, plans, sections and façade drawings. After Christmas Holidays the work will focus on the implementation of the products for the final exam.
Delivery modes
The students will work in groups of two, and will be asked to submit seven exercises and other intermediate essays of their work in progress. The activities will include revisions of the design and writing work, managed by the main teachers and their assistants, group by group or according to specific grouping by issue. The revisions and debates on the exercises will be discussed collectively and sometimes with external discussants, who will be invited also as guest speakers. The main teachers will alternate their readings, but in most cases will manage together the whole time of the course – both during the lessons and the revisions. Thus the different scientific competence of the two main professors won’t correspond to any splitting of the work and of the requested exercises, but it will only integrate the outcomes within a complex of interdisciplinary products and proposals. The submissions by the students, the bibliographical references and the reports about the lessons will be published on the Atelier’s website, where the students will have to upload their exercises within expected deadlines – otherwise they shall be invalid. The website will be opened only to the students of the Atelier, then made public only under the general consensus by the students themselves, at the end of the semester. All the didactical material, files, maps, presentations will be uploaded by the teachers on the official Politecnico web page of the course.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The bibliography and the materials (maps, lecture notes, presentations, documents from archives) will be defined and given during the semester, after each lecture and made available, whereas necessary, by the official web page of the course. The definition of individual bibliographies related to the case studies by the students is a specific requirement of the Atelier, so that it would impossible to give here general addresses about bibliographical references.
Assessment and grading criteria
1. Attendance to lectures, seminars and other activities is an indispensable prerequisite of this Atelier.
2. The materials produced by students (drawings, models, written papers, charts etc) will be subject to public revisions and discussions all along the semester. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively the contents of the works produced, is valued as a crucial element for the final grading.
3. Although the Atelier’s activities will be carried on collectively in groups of 2-3 students, the final grading will be individual and will take into account the intermediate revisions and discussions as well as the individual participation to the Atelier all along the semester.
4. The ability to elaborate an architectural project within a given deadline, represents a specific skill of the architect’s work and will be assessed during the final exam that will take place in the first week of the winter session, immediately after the end of the semester. In case of incompleteness, or lack of sufficient materials, students will have a second opportunity to take the exam in the summer session, but in this case, the final grade will be strongly penalized.

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

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