Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Final Design Studio 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
Astolfi Arianna ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-IND/11 60 0 0 0 8
Crotti Massimo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/14 48 12 0 0 6
Germak Claudio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ICAR/13 40 0 0 0 8
SSD CFU Activities Area context
C - Affini o integrative
B - Caratterizzanti
C - Affini o integrative
Attività formative affini o integrative
Progettazione architettonica e urbana
Attività formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The final atelier of design represents the latest multidisciplinary project experience of the student before the master's degree thesis. Therefore, the combination of solutions of the various disciplines that characterize the ateliers are designed to offer the student, on the one hand, the possibility of increasing the level of knowledge and understanding of issues relating to research topics of interest and study; and on the other hand, the possibility of developing a tutorial project preparatory to the organization of the dissertation.
Expected learning outcomes
The learning objectives expected mainly concern:
- theories and techniques for the architectural design of open space, public or private, for small scale buildings and the design of fittings integrated with the environment and the urban landscape;
- methods and tools for sustainable open space architecture in terms of designing of strategies and tools to enhance the lightscape and soundscape of outdoors spaces, through the use of eco-friendly materials and renewable energy technologies; the development of smart urban applications is also an outcome.
The skills include:
- be able to face the moment of planning with a knowledge base on the theories and techniques of design;
- be able to carry out the project activities in an integrated and multi-disciplinary way;
- examine and analyze significant aspects of the project areas, even in the context of their historical urban and environmental background;
- be able to develop project ideas congruent with the prevailing character of the places under study;
- be able to interpret and solve complex problems from a multidisciplinary perspective, in particular the problems related to the transformation of the natural and built environment, and the quality of architecture in relation to the environment and to the sciences of building.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The basic knowledge of the architectural composition and urban design, as well as other disciplines such as these are complemented by the disciplinary contributions of each atelier, are considered to be already acquired. It 'also required the knowledge of the tools, methods and codes of representation (2D and 3D) of the project.
The Atelier called "Inside / Outside" proposes an open space project as a privileged place for urban public life, sociality and contemporary living. The subject of the study and the project concerns so the exteriors of buildings or in proximity to them, which are functional to mobility, social relations, commerce and leisure, often in an integrated way. Open or covered, public or private spaces, artificial or natural, which together contribute to the image of the city and define the horizontal, designed and built urban landscape. Small-scale urban spaces redevelopment, at the scale of quarter or area, where design research is oriented towards the creation of culturally significant sites, the sustainability of manufactures, materials and installations, solutions for the integration of users and interaction between user and site, visual, acoustic and thermal well-being, the proper use of renewable energy and smart technologies. In this regard, experimental campaigns in-the-field will carried out in the design space, through measurements of acoustical and lighting variables and questionnaires to be submitted to the users of the space. The project of the soundscape and lightscape will be developed in synergy with the architectural and design teachers and will take advantage of the use of some numerical simulation tools.
The design exercise issues are defined from year to year, also in collaboration with public entities and local authorities.

The course provides theoretical, methodological and design contributions for the organization of the contemporary public space, i.e. external spaces and places considered "empty" at the small scale, such as roads, squares, riverside, courtyards, gardens, unused spaces, etc.
Aim of the architectural design will be the upgrading, recovery or new construction of urban environments through land design and small architectures and service structures.
Among the topics covered: the concept of urban landscape and open space, the reading and description of space (drawing, writing, photography) in relation to the functional and social context, the relationship between the 'full' and the 'empty' urban, The road as the theme of architecture, the design of the ground (signs, paths, morphologies).

The course provides theoretical, methodological and design contributions for urban scene set up through the principles of design and eco-design.
Theory and methods (2 CFU - 20 hours):
- the moving city and the solutions for interaction between people and between people and places
- open space categories and widespread systems (green, trade, soil, waste collection and management with the systemic approach)
- the design of smart services (digital, phygital, multimedia)
- performance design (serial and / or ad hoc components).
Macro-Exercise (2CFU - 20 hours):
- brief
- scenario and concept
- design development (system design, service design, eco-friendly product design).

The course provides theoretical contributions and tools for reading technical and energetic physical issues implicit in the development of components or systems of components that can be used in small, indoor and / or outdoor environments.
Among the topics covered: comfort and physical-technical quality in the outdoor environment; principles and techniques for energy efficiency; light, sound and climate in the outdoor spaces.
In addition, compliance with current regulations regarding noise control in the outdoor environment and light pollution will be verified.
Experimental and computational tests will be the basis of the exercises on physical technical issues.
Delivery modes
The Atelier provides lesson and laboratorial activities, articulated into reading of the scenario, concept, calculation/simulation and design development.
The products of each activity, considered intermediate steps of a final design product with circular development, will be presented by students (in a digital and / or paper way), on established dates, to all members of the Laboratory (teachers and students).
The student's ability to present and discuss clearly and effectively the content of own work is considered important element of the training, and this being indispensable component in the actual processes of consultation and negotiation which accompany the establishment and implementation of programs on space public too.
The exercises include both specific and limited research activities entrusted by individual teachers on topics of interest to the Atelier, and the elaboration, in synergy between all disciplines, of a main project developed by students organized in small groups (2 / 3 members).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Summaries, lesson slides and documents useful for organizing exercise activities will be uploaded, from time to time, to the teacher's web site.

First bibliography:
Environmental design
AA.VV. Il piano AU. Problematiche ed aspetti metodologici, Nis la Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma 1994 (ita)
AA.VV. Strategie di immagine urbana per l’area metropolitana, Germak C. (a cura), Lybra, Milano 2003 (ita)
Yeang K., Ecodesign. A manual for ecological design, Wiley Academy, GB 2006
Germak C., Contemporary urban outdoor spaces , in: VV.AA Man at the centre of the project. Design for a New Humanism, Germak C. (edited by), U.Allemandi & C., Torino 2008, (ita/eng)
Aymonino A., Mosco V.P., Spazi pubblici contemporanei. Architettura a volume zero, Skira, Milano 2008 (ita)
Barbaux S., Object urbains. Vivre la ville autrement, ICI Interface, 2010 (franc/eng)
Holden R., Liversedge J., Construction for landscape architecture, Laurence King Publisging Ltd, London 2011
AA.VV., Vitamin Green, Phaidon, Berlin 2012
Broto C., Street furniture, LinksBooks, Barcelona 2012

Architectural design for urban space
PROAP, "Arquitectura paisagista / Landscape architectures", Note ed., Lisboa, 2010.
E. Jalbert - In situ, "Paysages public / public landscapes, ICI Interface, Paris, 2015.
H. Ibelings, "The Artificial Landscape – Contemporary architecture, urbanism, and landscape architecture in the Nederlands ", NAi Publishers, 2000
Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, "L’Espai Pùblic Metropolità 1989-1999", Mancomunitat de municipis, 2000.
P. Richardson, L.Dietrich, "XS: Big Ideas in Small-scale Buildings", Thames &Hudson, London, 2001.
P. Richardson, "XS green: Big Ideas, Small Buildings", Thames &Hudson, London, 2007.
P. Nicolin, F. Repishti, "Dizionario dei nuovi paesaggi", Skira, Milano, 2003.
G. Clément, L. Jones, "Une ècologie humaniste", Aubanel, Genève, 2006.
Further bibliographical references will be provided during lessons.

Energy and environment technologies
P. Ricciardi - "Elementi di acustica e illuminotecnica" - McGraw-Hill, 2009.
R. Spagnolo (a cura di) – "Acustica – Fondamenti e applicazioni" – UTET, 2015.
AA.VV. - Manuale di progettazione edilizia - Volume secondo - Criteri ambientali e impianti - Hoepli Editore - Milano, 1994.
AAVV, Manuale di Illuminotecnica, a cura di M. Frascarolo, Mancosu Editore, 2010
G. Forcolini, Lighting, Hoepli, Milano, 2004
M. Bonomo, Guida alla progettazione dell’illuminazione stradale e urbana, Mancosu Editore, 2006
R. Narboni, Luce e paesaggio, creare paesaggi notturni, Tecniche Nuove
AAVV, Linee Guida per la limitazione dell'inquinamento luminoso e del consumo energetico, Regione Piemonte
Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies - Urban Heat Island Basics:
Further bibliographical references will be provided during lessons.
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam consists in the presentation and discussion of the final design elaborations of the work area identified by the atelier's teachers.
The elaborations are presented in a large format dossier (normally A2), which collects in sequence, without continuity solution, the work of investigation and reading of the project context, the conceptual hypothesis and the fundamental principles of the proposal for intervention, the design development from the urban scale to the architectural detail, the checks and the project solutions of the technical physical aspects of the area of investigation.
In real, the seminary structure of the atelier, based on the integration of the disciplines around the practice of the project, is reflected in the final product – the project dossier – which is subjected to the discussion and the collegial judgement of the teachers of the atelier, which will be expressed with a single vote.
The project activity will be carried out in small groups of students (2-3 components) and will be subject to individual and collective audits both in a monodisciplinary and seminary by the teaching profession; The evaluation of these verifications will contribute to the final judgment of the project.
The centrality of design practice requires continuity and frequent attendance by the student, in order to allow in the didactic experience the evaluation of the contribution to collective work and the ability of individual project design.

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

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