Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Architecture and urban economics A
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Architecture Construction City - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Durbiano Giovanni ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ICAR/14 56 24 0 25 5
Lami Isabella Maria ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/22 42 18 0 20 7
Simonetti Marco ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/11 48 12 0 20 2
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
C - Affini o integrative
Progettazione architettonica e urbana
Discipline estimative per l'architettura e l'urbanistica
01QMW; 01QMV
Subject fundamentals
During the design experience of the Design Unit 2, the student will continue to enhance his own skills, already trained during the design experience of Design Unit 1, in managing independently a complex architectural project, in particular as regards the constructive aspects. The topics of Design Unit 2 will be focused on a complex urban project and takes into account both the settlement components and the economic ones. It also includes the design of an architectural object, developed through techniques, methodologies and the specific abilities of the European architect.
Through the knowledge and the in-depth analysis of the specific design theme, the student will acquire an understanding and interpretation of the complex phenomena that characterise the contemporary processes of urbanisation and urban regeneration, both on the local scale and on the global one.
The overall educational goal of the "Architecture and Urban Economics" Design Unit is to elaborate a complex urban project, starting from the knowledge and the specific skills provided by two specific and complementary subjects: the Architectural Design and the Economic Evaluation of the projects. The latter is the second characterizing discipline, focused on the economic dimension of Architecture in the urban context.
To these two subjects are associated in the Design Unit the specific knowledge and skills provided by one or more related and integrative disciplines, selected in relation with the specific design topics of every Design Unit.
Through the Design Unit experience the student will acquire not only the general design skills, but also the specific knowledge and skills in Economic Evaluation, mandatory in the Master’s degree, as alternative to the attendance of the 2nd Year Course in "Economic evaluation of projects".
Expected learning outcomes
The Design Unit 2 deepens and develops the advanced knowledge and the design skills learned during the Design Unit 1: such a knowledge is acquired within the Design Unit and through a series of mono-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary lectures, and through studies and in-depth modules on theories, relevant to the design themes and issues. The advanced progresses in knowledge and understanding will be assessed through mid-term and final evaluations during the Design Unit, especially aimed at assessing the students’ capability to synthesise and to integrate the different disciplines contributing to the Unit.
In the design experience of the Design Unit "Architecture and urban economics", the understanding of the complex phenomena that govern urban and territorial transformations, both in its architectural and urban components, occurs through the knowledge and the in-depth analysis of the specific design theme. The instructors provide multi-disciplinary knowledge of all the aspects of the complex context within which the design has to be developed. The ability to understand and interpret the complex phenomena that characterize the practices of urbanisation and urban regeneration, at both local and global levels, also occurs in the ability to work in un international context, understanding cultures and traditions not only national, also through the choice of topics and design sites in international context, in the capacity of a design and narrative synthesis, and in the ability to carry out individual research, aimed to connect architectural design, urban culture and economic evaluation.
In the Design Unit experience the capability to apply knowledge and skills is primarily defined by the ability to independently manage a complex urban project in a given time, through the mastery of techniques, methods and skills specific to the job of the Architect. The capability to independently manage a project of urban and territorial transformation is expressed in the ability to analyse complex and non-univocal information, to interpret them into a shared decision-making process, but also in the ability to exert leadership in a necessarily multi-disciplinary design team, even toward languages and social and public practices. The experience of the Design Unit, characterized by an intense experimentation, is configured as a partial simulation of effective design practices in the real-world. As such, it ensures the acquisition of the ability of applying knowledge and understanding. This ability is assessed through intermediate and final evaluations within the Design Unit, with the contributions of guest experts from practice, with especial attention to the capability to integrate and synthesise the various disciplines involved in the Unit, as well as to meet the timetable of the activities, which requires the students to complete the project at the end of the semester. The ability to process a complex architectural project in a given time represents a specific ability of the work of the architect: this will be verified at the exam that will take place during the first week of exams, in the first examination session consecutive to the Design Unit.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Critical and design skills, along with the concepts and introductory tools in Economic Evaluation are considered already acquired during the Disciplinary Courses and the Design Ateliers of the Bachelor Degree in "Sciences of Architecture". Knowledge and skills trained during the Design Unit 1, especially the ability to process autonomously a complex architectural project in a given time, are also required. A further prerequisite is represented by the knowledge and skills acquired during the Courses of First Semester "Digital parametric modeling" and "Energy systems in building design".
The subject of the Design Unit is the transformation of Molinette area, which is expected next disposal of hospital function. This vast urban complex, designed jointly in 1935 and then subject to subsequent additions and accretions, will constitute the largest portion of the city to be re-used. Hospital transfer is expected to be within the forecast period of 7-10 years. This projection period allows to consider the transformation of Molinette as a pilot and actual design experience of the future city.

Delivery modes
The Design Unit teaching is organized in laboratories. The Design Unit is a place of elaboration, discussion, critical analysis and progress of the project. The students are required to attend to and engage in the lectures and to elaborate constantly the project during the whole Semester. The instructors of the three disciplines of the Design Unit (architectural and urban design, economic evaluation of the projects, technical physics of environment) are co-present in the classroom at least once a week. Every instructor organizes independently his education program, with lectures and exercises focused on the project developed during the Design Unit.
Subjects of individual research are:
• research, documentation, and typological, architectural, technical and economical reading of examples comparable to the topics purposed during the Design Unit in the international contemporary architecture;
• elaboration of the full project of a dwelling unit/housing estate, at the building and detail scale, with characterization of the envelope and the building system and evaluation of the economic feasibility.
During the first phase of the activities groups of students will develop a general urban project, in which they will realize the individual projects.
The brainstorming with the instructors about the progress of the project and the in-depth analyses is based on the documents elaborated by the student on a weekly basis, on the basis of the instructor indications. The student shows his project choices through sketches, drawings and models at different scales. Deadlines and verifications are planned for each phase of the work, in order to allow a constant discussion about the progress of the project. The revisions are preferably collective. The final design documents consist of drawing tables and models (in group for the urban scale, individual for the single dwelling unit/housing estate).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The reference textbooks will be indicated during the lessons.
Assessment and grading criteria
Fully attendance and engagement in lectures, seminars, and further activities of the Design Unit is a required precondition for the positive participation in the planned activities.
The final exam will take place in the first week of the examination session consecutive to the Design Unit. In case the final design work is not completed on time or is judged inadequate or incomplete, the student may submit the final project in the second examination session consecutive to the Design Unit. The final grade will consider the student inability to develop a complex architectural design in a given time.
The final evaluation will be individual and will use throughout the whole of the votes available. It is carried out through group discussion of DU professors, taking strictly into account the weight of each discipline (in terms of credits) and considering carefully the following criteria.
Criteria regard the DU central experience, that the project activities: left to itself the assessment of other specific activities, according to the needs of lecturers (eg, written tests or theoretical checks). They consider a background value the student's ability to bring together in the project, as the experience of synthesis, what acquired from the different disciplines of the DU.

Evaluating the ability to analyze and to return the context of the project, physical and social, through original elaborations. Evaluating the ability to manage the complexity of the information, provided by the teacher or found themselves, and to interpret the architectural context.
Criteria guiding:
- Reading and synthesis
- Interpretation and critical processing
- Return results

Evaluating the ability to conceptualize an argued proposal, as a strategic answer to the identified problems from the inquiry. Evaluating the ability to describe the general aspects (repeatable) of the project and its feasibility in relation to the ordinary practices.
Criteria guiding:
- Clarity of argument
- Vision
- Autonomy in the elaboration of the proposal

Evaluating the ability to develop, within an available time, a coherent project in the individual joints compared to a unitary interpretation, through a circular process (development / discussion / feedback). Evaluating the quality of the final result, as the last maturation of this process.
Criteria guiding:
- Critical capacity and self-criticism in the early stages of development
- Adaptation to the feedback of the mid-term reviews
- Completeness and quality of the final papers

Evaluating the ability to represent and transmit the project, at all stages of the learning experience. It also evaluates the ability to communicate, in an integrated manner to the project and also in innovative ways, the specific aspects of different disciplines.
Criteria guiding:
- Compliance with the agreed rules of communication
- Conscious use of presentation tools
- Effectiveness of public presentation and discussion

Evaluating the ability to identify disciplinary problems in a relevant way of the proposed project case. Evaluating the ability to intercept a complex design theme using cross-fertilization of knowledge.
Criteria guiding:
- Maturation of sufficient knowledge in all disciplines
- Disciplinary relevance of individual contributions in the project
- Integration of disciplines at different scales

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

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