Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Atelier: the architectural sustainable design B
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Architecture For The Sustainability Design - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Aghemo Chiara ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     42 18 0 25 3
Moncalvo Enrico ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     42 18 0 30 3
Giachino Davide Maria       60 0 0 25 5
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 Atelier develops the theme of urban and architectural design with specific attention to the relationships that sustainability assessments have on the construction of the urban areas and on the relationships with the existing city. The contemporary concept of sustainability includes, in addition to quantitative indicators and quantitative parameters, considerations related to the cultural and social implications of the project; this concept is declined to the scale of the building and to the scale of the urban system.
To develop the theme of sustainability design, an urban area with a real necessity of transformation will be studied by the Atelier.
Dimensional and morphological dimensions of the area will be appropriate to the project of an urban system where different forms of contemporary housing can be experienced.
Expected learning outcomes
The atelier proposes to:
. learn the multidisciplinary approach to the project, combining the historical, cultural and architectural-environmental aspects characterizing the project area, that will be developed through analysis of the relationship between urban morphology and existing construction, the correct understanding of the natural resources and the physical environment (climate, light, sound, green system, etc.);
. develop a critical design approach to the contemporary sustainable approach applied to city and building themes;
. learn the eco-compatibility assessment criteria of the different project options;
. develop the communication skills of design and technology choices.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Is required:
. to know the techniques of representation and communication of the project, with reference to the traditional forms of communication (perceptive, design sketches, physical models, etc.) and to digital representation techniques (virtual modeling and rendering etc.);
. to know how to read the morphological characters of the city through the techniques of cartographic, historical and perceptual reading;
. the ability to recognise the technological elements of the buildings (single components, traditional materials, etc.) and to analyse of the main environmental and climatic variables on urban scale and single building;
. to know how to develop the project to urban and building scales (with reference to the typological and distributive aspects, structural typologies, etc.).
The Design Studio is aimed at elaborating a strategy and hence a project on an adaptive and sustainable re-use of a former industrial area/building or an abandoned urban context. Knowledge and skills of the three sectors of ‘Architectural Project’, ‘Building Physics’ and ‘Architectural Technology’ will concur to the definition of the strategy. The students will work, in groups of 3-4 persons, on the definition of an adaptive and multi-functional requalification masterplan of the analysis area during weeks 1-4. Then, each student will develop an individual a project at a building scale, consistently with what defined in the general masterplan (weeks 5-14). The project that will be developed will be based on an adaptive approach and will therefore take advantage of low-cost, low-tech, adaptable design solutions. The project will also develop an achievement strategy over time, pointing out the sequence of the different requalification actions, paying particular attention to the relationship between material and non-material components (interaction between spaces, technologies and techniques and how theses can be used by the users).
With regard to the modules ‘Building Physics’ and ‘Architectural Technology’, an analysis of the urban context and of the project area will be carried paying attention to the acoustical, luminous and thermal environment, climate and energy data, shading masks, quality of the site, vegetation and green areas and so on). The first stage of the project will be aimed at the definition of an urban project, based on some indicators and metrics taken from the latest protocols of energy and environmental evaluation protocols, both national and international (for instance: soil permeabity, soil occupancy, etc.). Consistently with the masterplan, a conscious and environmental-oriented strategy will be defined, aimed at the self-sufficiency of the entire intervention, in terms of acoustical quality of the area (based on the acoustical zoning, daylight availability, external lighting, generation and distribution of energy, management of wastes, mobility). In the later design stage, at a building scale, each student will define, on the bases of the principles of sustainability learned during the lectures, the schematic energy behavior of the building and, in more detail, the project of both passive systems such as solar greenhouses, glazed façades and active systems, such as photovoltaic systems and solar collectors. The performance of such systems will be assessed through some sustainability indicators, also verifying their relationship with the architectural quality of the building and the technological systems.
Delivery modes
The Design Studio will consist of both lectures (20%) and design practice (80%). The organization of the different activities is specified in a written program, which the students will be provided with during the first lecture. The program will be adapted to fit the development of the design process. A constant information exchange between the teachers and the students will be guaranteed through a dedicated internet site, where the students will find all the materials and documents of the lectures and for the design practice. The students will also have the chance to use the site to upload their works.
The lectures will provide the ‘rules’ that are useful to reach the goals of the course, while the design practice will provide the opportunity for an experimental and integrated application of the principles learned in the different sectors belonging to the Design Studio, according to the principles of a ‘polytechnic knowledge’.
A visit of the project site will be scheduled with the teaching team.
The design practice will be carried out both during the lectures and by the students alone. Some intermediate steps with a shared discussion on the development state of the projects with the teaching team will be scheduled.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
J. Lerner, Acupuntura urbana, Iaac, Barcelona2005.
M. Robiglio, Re-USA. 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse, Jovis, Berlin 2017.
M. Robiglio, The Adaptive Reuse Toolkit in German Marshall Fund of the US, "Urban and Regional Policy Paper", n. 38, 2016.
G. Durbiano, M. Robiglio, Paesaggio e Architettura nell’Italia contemporanea, Donzelli, Roma 2003.
P. Oswalt, K. Overmeyer, P. Misselwitz, Urban catalyst, DOM Publishers, Berlino 2013.
L. Wong, Adaptive Reuse: Extending the Lives of Buildings, Birkhäuser, Basel 2016

M. Baum, K. Christiaanse (a cura di), City as Loft: Adaptive Reuse as a Resource for Sustainable Urban Development, gta publishers, Chicago 2012.
M. Frascarolo (a cura di), Manuale di progettazione illuminotecnica, Mancosu Editore, 2010.
S. Marini, Architettura parassita. Strategie di riciclaggio per la città, Quodlibet Studio Architettura, Ascoli Piceno 2009.
It is mandatorily required that all the students achieve a constant critical update process on the design themes by consulting specific sites and journals, frequently visiting the libraries of Architecture.
Assessment and grading criteria
Each student will be evaluated on two different activities carried out during the term:
1. the masterplan project (20% of the evaluation, which will be the result of an integrated evaluation of the results obtained in the 3 sectors – Project, Physics, Technology). Products required: 1 scale model and 1 A0 table for each group
2. the individual project (60% of the evaluation). This will be evaluated from 4 viewpoints: the project aspects (15%); the technological aspects (15%); the building physics aspects (15%); the integration of the tree aspects (15%). Products required: 1 scale model and 1 A0 table for each student, which integrates the three disciplines of the course. Supplementary information, in terms of calculation and description of the technologies and of the building physics aspects, may be provided as a separate booklet.
The remaining 20% of the evaluation will be on the quality of the presentation given by each student during the discussion and of the drawing produced.
The exam will consist of a one-day presentation and discussion with the teaching teams as well as with other teachers, internal and external. The final products will be displayed like in an exhibit and the project will be explained in detail, by each group for the masterplan project, by each student for the individual project of a building. During the discussion, each student shall be able to describe also the theoretical principles concerned with the project.
Each student will be assigned one score, which is the result of the combination of the evaluation aspects described above. Having any of the parts insufficient or incomplete will result in the failure in the entire exam.

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

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