Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
History of architecture C
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Architecture For The Sustainability Design - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Cuneo Cristina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/18 64 16 0 0 7
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
D - A scelta dello studente
Discipline storiche per l'architettura
A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The course of history of architecture contributes to the attainment of the critical maturity of the student through the study of content, methods and disciplinary tools specifically chosen to develop its capacity for analysis and interpretation.
In the curriculum of the degree program, the course is now more specific cultural background in which the student is committed to identify and build a path of independent research that will bring out its understanding of complex phenomena, of highlighting the relationship between the multiplicity of processes, practicing in the selection, analysis, and interpretation of various forms of sources.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to broaden and deepen the knowledge acquired by students during the three-year degree, refining the methods of analysis and interpretation of the phenomena associated with the history and architecture of the city. The course provides the cognitive tools, interpretive and critical architecture and urban settlements in a historical and cultural perspective. Pays particular attention to the relationship between the design and construction of architecture and city and the theories and processes that have guided or determined the spatial organization.
At the end of the course, the student will demonstrate the ability to lead, in an autonomous way, the analysis of facts architectural and urban, to be able to reconstruct the processes that have contributed to their achievement and their theoretical formulation, ability to identify and organize the different types of research sources.
The course engages the student in the transition from one form of learning linked to one lesson and learning materials, to conduct independent research on the basis of the specifications given by the teacher
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Prerequisites of the course are the knowledge and skills acquired in architectural history during the three-year degree.
To meet the course requirement is also necessary general knowledge of Italian and European modern history.
History of Early Modern City
The course deals with methodological issues related to the history of architecture, the history of the city and of the territory as specific disciplines. It offers critical insights related to the educational objectives of the course of study. It will examine strategies, plans and rules that have helped to redefine the physical layout of some Italian and European cities between the fifteenth and the mid eighteenth century (including Rome, Florence, Urbino, Ferrara, Bologna, Modena, Venice, Madrid, Paris ...). The case of Turin, the capital-city of the Ancien Régime, will be treated in a specific way and also through in-depth analysis of first-hand sources. Once you have addressed the issue of the formation of the city, we will focus on some aspects of his physical organization in the Early Modern Age. In particular, we devote specific lessons on topics such as the construction of walls and fortifications, the definition of the network of canals and roads, the design of public spaces, the settlement choices of religious orders, the organization of palaces and residences civilians, sub-urban places. The course also provides, through an exercise agreed with the teaching, experimentation, for the student's independent research on the sources.
Delivery modes
The course is conducted through lectures, accompanied by seminars in synergy with the themes and teachers of courses and workshops, parallel conferences of specific interest, any inspections and visits, and requires research exercises
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources

Arnaldo Bruschi, Introduzione alla storia dell’architettura. Considerazioni sul metodo e sulla storia degli studi, Milano, Mondadori, 2009
Donatella Calabi, Storia della città. L’età moderna, Marsilio, Venezia 2001
Vera Comoli, Torino, collana "Le città nella storia d’Italia", Laterza, Roma-Bari 1983

Assessment and grading criteria

The final exam will be taken individually. It aims to assess the learning of the topics discussed during the course and covered in the required readings; it can be carried out in written and oral form. The two modes will share both the structure and the purpose of ascertaining: (a) knowledge of specific topics in the history of Architecture, (b) the ability to discuss the specific research exercises.

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

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