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Academic Year 2017/18
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Final Design Studio 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
Ambrosini Gustavo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/14 48 12 0 15 5
Callegari Guido ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/12 48 12 0 10 5
Capozzoli Alfonso ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/11 28 12 0 5 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/12
ICAR/14
ING-IND/11
6
6
4
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 :
- Theory of architecture;
- The theories and techniques of architectural design and urban planning;
- The fundamentals , tools and methods of the disciplines related to architectural design in different ateliers ;
- Eco-friendly materials for the building and the methods of analysis of the requirements of eco-friendliness.
The main teaching tools are the lectures, supplemented by seminars and exercises of the project, coordinated between the different modules of discipline.
The student will be able to apply the knowledge gained to achieve the following capabilities:
- 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.
Contents
- Theoretical framework
Sustainable development concepts offer a new point of view to re-designing built environment topics, from retrofit to building re-generation. In particular, many international experiences show a great attention towards intervention models such as building-on and integrating new volumes within the existing buildings: the re-use of building roofs to host new functions - public and collective spaces, workplaces, housing - allows to avoid soil consumption. This is the conceptual framework for the focusing of Atelier Roofscapes activity.
This is the subject of Architectural ad Urban Design (6CFU) and Innovation technology in Architecture (6CFU) lessons' and the design theme.
Architectural design and Technology teaching are strictly integrated in providing the student the capacity to correctly develop the following items:
- comprehension of relationship with territorial context
- integration between multiple uses in order to create new public / private spaces
. use of dry-technologies
. integration among Architectural and Urban design, Technology and Environmental Engineering
The part of the Building internal environment control techniques (4CFU) within the atelier provides knowledge, methods and tools for the design of energy services related to building systems. The environmental sustainability , the principles of energy saving and energy efficiency and the adoption of innovative technologies are considered as milestones of the learning process. The lessons will focus on the following topics (percentages indicate the incidence of each part):
a) Basic theoretical notions on thermodynamics and building physics (5%);
b) Analysis of mutual relations among building and its site microclimate, considering design constraints and the opportunity to enhance the use of renewable energy sources (5%);
c) Analysis of the main technologies of innovative building envelope (5%);
d) Classification of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems (10%);
e) Evaluation of building heating and cooling loads (20%);
f) Strengths and Weaknesses of the main technologies for energy production and emission systems (20%);
h) Design of technical spaces and rooms in building (5%);
i) Preliminary design of renewable energy systems (e.g., solar thermal systems with thermal energy storage) (10%);
j) Critical analysis of the results and definition of building yearly energy consumption (10%).
- Design theme
The student will experiment a "layered-like" urban transformation concept: instead of the growing of the city beyond its boundaries, or the demolition and rebuilding strategies, the student will develop a project in already built areas by designing new settlements on roofscapes. The addition of new public/private activities and open spaces upon public buildings to be revitalized is the specific design theme
Delivery modes
The teaching activities are: lectures, design reviews, supervision of exercises. The student is required to carry out a project from the first weeks to the final evaluation. The design theme can be carried out in teams of two-three students
Technical seminars will offer expertises at different scales. Regarding the module of "techniques for environmental control" , the design analysis will be studied with the aim to produce working drawings. After a first theoretical part which will be made through lectures by the teacher , students will be called to apply the acquired knowledge in a project. The learning process by the students will be verified through midterm tests concerning both the development of technical drawings and numerical elaboration. The design documents (drawings, models, documents, diagrams, tables, etc.) will be discussed and reviewed by the teachers throughout the Atelier.
In the Atelier, seminars with professional and enterprises subjects will be carried out. The aim of these seminars is to provide to the students an overview of the actual requirements of the market. In the previous course editions partners were: Programme REHA (Requalification à haute performance énergétique de l'habitat) PUCA -Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture, Istituto Zephir Passivhaus Italia, Agenzia Minergie, energy provider companies and building automation and control system designers and installers.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Several international studies and researches offer a reference framewok (WWF report Reinventing the City 2010, Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change 2006), and some plans and programs as well - PlaNYC 2030 (Bloomberg’s plan) and Chicago Climate Action Plan.
Precise bibliographic references will be given during the course. Some materials are available at www.roofscapes.polito.it/ web site.
Regarding the module of "techniques for environmental control" the teacher will provide notes of lessons through ppt presentations. Moreover books useful for supporting the student in theoretical aspects of the course are listed below:

ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air conditioning Engineers) handbooks: Fundamentals and HVAC Applications.
Haines, R.W., Wilson, C. L., HVAC systems design handbook - 5rd ed. (McGraw-Hill) New York
Watson, D., editor (1993). The Energy Design Handbook. AIA Press, Washington, DC, USA.
Allard, F., Editor (1998). Natural Ventilation in Buildings: a Design Handbook, 356 pages. James & James (Science Publishers), London, UK.
Givoni, B. (1994). Passive and low energy cooling of buildings. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY, USA.
Santamouris, M. and Asimakopolous, D. (1996). Passive Cooling of Buildings, 472 pages. James & James (Science Publishers), London, UK.
Assessment and grading criteria
1. Fully attendance to and engagement in the lectures, seminars, and further activities of the Atelier is a required precondition for the positive participation in the planned activities.
2. The final grading will take place in this way:
- presentation and public discussion of the final design documents (about 20 minutes): each student will have to explain part of the project and will have to answer to teachers' specific design questions
- detailed questions of Building internal environment control techniques theory: each student will have to answer to two questions.
3. Design documents:
Architectural ad Urban Design and Innovation technology in Architecture: A1 panels with general plan, plans, elevations and sections in scale 1:500, 1:200, 1:100, 1:50, details in scale 1:20, sketches/ render (about 8-12 panels, according to the number of team participants);
- Building internal environment control techniques: n. 1 report concerning calculation methods and results of the building HVAC design, n. 2 A1 design tables summarising the principal outcomes. Starting from comments about the report and the design tables, students will be interviewed also about basical theoretical aspects to evaluate them singularly.
3. Though the design assignments can be partially carried out in teams of two-three students, the final grading is individual. It will derive from the average of the evaluation of the three disciplines


1. Fully attendance to and engagement in the lectures, seminars, and further activities of the Atelier is a required precondition for the positive participation in the planned activities.
2. The final grading will take place in this way:
- presentation and public discussion of the final design documents (about 20 minutes): each student will have to explain part of the project and will have to answer to teachers' specific design questions
- detailed questions of Building internal environment control techniques theory: each student will have to answer to two questions.
3. Design documents:
Architectural ad Urban Design and Innovation technology in Architecture: A1 panels with general plan, plans, elevations and sections in scale 1:500, 1:200, 1:100, 1:50, details in scale 1:20, sketches/ render (about 8-12 panels, according to the number of team participants);
- Building internal environment control techniques: n. 1 report concerning calculation methods and results of the building HVAC design, n. 2 A1 design tables summarising the principal outcomes. Starting from comments about the report and the design tables, students will be interviewed also about basical theoretical aspects to evaluate them singularly.
3. Though the design assignments can be partially carried out in teams of two-three students, the final grading is individual. It will derive from the average of the evaluation of the three disciplines


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