Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Atelier: the architectural sustainable design A
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Architecture For The Sustainability Design - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Pollo Riccardo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/12 42 18 0 25 5
Serra Valentina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ING-IND/11 48 12 0 25 5
Baietto Armando ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     42 18 0 30 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Discipline tecnologiche per l'architettura e la produzione edilizia
Progettazione architettonica e urbana
Discipline fisico-tecniche ed impiantistiche per l'architettura
Subject fundamentals
The Workshop of the first year deals with the overall theme of urban projects, with specific attention to the impact of sustainability on the construction of the urban form and the relationship with the existing city. The concept of sustainability is considered here in its broadest meaning, now accepted by the scientific community, which includes - besides the evaluations related to indicators and quantitative parameters - wider considerations, related to the cultural and social implications of the project. This term does not only refer to the building scale, but also to the urban layout level, thus launching a process that can represent a further opportunity to go more in depth to perfect conclusion of the Workshop of the second year.
In order to address the issue of sustainability, from the building level to the urban scale, the Workshop of the year takes as its study and project area a territorial situation with a real vocation to transformation. The dimensional and morphological characteristics of the area should allow to establish a system of articulated buildings, and host complex urban functions, public spaces, meeting venues and mobility.
Expected learning outcomes
The workshop aims at conveying useful knowledge aiming at developing:

. a cognitive approach to conjugate the historical, cultural, architectural, technological and environmental aspects, with the ability to recognise and interact with the main parameters characterising the project area. This is done in terms of the relationship between urban morphology and building forms, existing and planned, and as for a proper understanding and use of natural resources and physical environment (climate, light, sound, green system etc.), that characterise the existing environment.

. an eco-compatibility assessment of various options of the project and ideal communication modalities for design and technology choices.
Skills that students should acquire aim at:

. realising a master plan of the subject of the design exercise, under the profile of urban quality in general, and, more specifically, of the relationship between the existing urban fabric and newly-designed parts, the interaction between buildings and open spaces, the socio-cultural and environmental sustainability;

. the definition of a building structure, whose design choices, as well as the necessary consistency with the content of the master plan, must be the result of a mindful design process relating to functional, structural and language aspects and specific attention shall be paid to the bio-climatic approach.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Students should have a good knowledge of the main concepts of urban and architectural design, technological design and physical environmental technology, introduced by the three-year study cycle, which constitute the essential starting point for the insights provided by this course.

Students are therefore required to:

. know about the established techniques of representation and communication of the project, both in relation to more traditional forms of communication (perceptual maps, design sketches, physical models etc.), with reference to the digital representation techniques (virtual modelling and rendering etc.).

- know how to independently organise:

. the reading of morphological characters of the built city, using cartographic, historical and perceptive reading techniques;
. the reading of technological characteristics of buildings (building components, traditional materials etc.) and the analysis of the main environmental and climate variables at a urban and individual building level;
. the project at the urban and building scale (with reference to the typological and distributive aspects of buildings, structural types, characteristics of the main materials etc.)

During the first year of the university course in Architecture for Sustainable Projects, this workshop deals with transformation scenarios in complex areas, whose role for the urban area impacts on strategic development programmes and city redevelopment policies. Therefore, it will be up to the "Transforming Urban Areas", or, better, the areas "awaiting" transformation, to offer real opportunities for redesigning significant portions of the territory of the city.

The project experience, based on the regeneration of a piece of the consolidated city, will be an important occasion for reflection on the introduction of innovative functions, related to green mobility, the collective dimension of living, new forms of production and services, the latest and advanced forms of residence, linked to a more effective relationship with sociability and time.

The lectures will address a critical reading of planning tools, in terms of mix-use and morphological foreshadowing of the subsequent urban design. A common master-plan will be drafted, that will be the base for different morphological and distribution solutions.

Sustainability, seen as the characterising strategy of the project, will be intimately linked to the characters and the language of architecture, from its conceptual formulation to morphological and technological solutions derived from it. Sustainability will be investigated at the level of building settlement, the advanced line of theoretical and design research: occupation of the soil, orientation, and distribution solutions, interaction with climate, territory, road system, public places, organised so as to optimise the sharing and the consumption of resources.
The students’ work, starting from the common master plan, will have to reflect the re-designing mode of an urban portion, thus catalysing the themes of geography and schemes, whether visible or not, that are specific of the design of the new urban plan. The results will highlight the values considered, with reference to consolidated schemes, existing landscapes, and referring to the quality of public spaces, the conservation of resources, the limitation of environmental loads and biocompatibility.

The exam will include the development of a group design and individual insights at the building level.

An annotated bibliography will be proposed during the workshop.

The contribution of environmental technology design will highlight the role and responsibility of designers in the sustainable transformation of the urban system. The course will include a theoretical part and a planning exercise, conducted in cooperation with the course of urban architectural composition and building physics.
Theoretical communications will touch upon the cultural framework of sustainability, environmental emergency to the resilience strategies, the economic outlook for innovation in technology and society. The issues of bioclimatic design and tools for urban environmental design will also be presented. The use of these instruments will be reflected into the activity of the workshop’s design exercise, in particular in urban microclimate analyses, conducted with the building physics course and in the use of mitigation strategies.

In developing one of the project phases, the use of current technological tools will be proposed, such as BIM software, with the aim of highlighting the need for a more careful control over the use of economic and material resources, in the framework of architectural design, in line with the principles of sustainability.

Delivery modes
The workshop involves two different teaching approaches: lectures to explain the issues listed above, and design exercises, where these topics are actually applied to the specific case study.

In addition to this, some moments of collective discussion and guided visit will be held.

Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Specific bibliography will be provided during the course, in order to address the students’ work in a more specific way, according to the themes raised during the course and specific interests.
Assessment and grading criteria
Mid-term tests will assess the progression of the course, in particular focusing on the development of a comprehensive and Masterplan and, later, a scale design of a building.

At the end of the Workshop, all the work done will be presented, collectively discussed and assessed.
The final assessment generates a single mark, on the basis of the collective final discussion and evaluation of each discipline dealt with during the Workshop; marks will be assigned according to each student’s credits

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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