Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Digital urban history
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Architecture Heritage Preservation And Enhancement - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Tamborrino Rosa Rita Maria ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ICAR/18 60 0 0 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/18 6 C - Affini o integrative Attività formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The course on Digital Urban History-Storia della città refers to the Knowledge, Enhancement and Communication actions of Cultural Heritage. The course is a teaching on the History of the city and the territory with theoretical and practical methodologies of Digital Humanities. It focuses on Urban History as a field of knowledge and narrative, and underlines the richness of its complex contents as well as the making and the telling history with new digital tools for visualising and ‘spatialising’ contents (e.g. in virtual museums, web sites, online databases), beyond traditional sources and tools. This course will especially underline the relationships between Cultural heritage and its contest. It deals with the context presented as historical landscape that is the special site for the existence and the significance of Cultural Heritage and its values, by paying attention to architecture, spaces and built environment. It also will take into account the presentation of the historical research in museums. The student will learn basic notions on the new field of digital humanities, also experiencing a digital approach on digital history by approaching a case study. The course is taught as a kind of research trainer so it is strictly integrated with the course on GIS per i Beni Culturali-Modellazione 3D by sharing the common case study. Teachers will be an integrated team for teachings and for research trainer activities. The student will experience how to use digital tools for surveying and testing data in the aim of the historical research on Cultural Heritage and the dissemination of the outcomes.
Expected learning outcomes
The expected learning outcomes of the course for the student concern notions on the main area of history of the city and the territory, with especially attention to the changes of the historical landscape and the built environment, in relation to the historical development of the notion of Cultural Heritage, their narratives, traditional and digital sources and tools in the aim of the knowledge and the understanding the Cultural Heritage in its context. Concerning the case study the expected learning outcomes focus on dynamics and process changes within territories and built environment through a digital approach to the Historical Research and its Presentation. The student will be able to develop specific expertises by linking the Cultural Heritage to its context in a specific setting and in a diachronical sequence. The expertises include surveying an area with a strict historical approach, identifying sources, understanding and collecting information, organizing data, visualising changes, and presenting the historical research as outcomes by using digital tools.
The student will be able to identify the nature of sources (both traditional and digital), both the nature and the reliability, to adopt a scientific method transferring information for 3D modelling and creating GIS with historical contents, to use correct criteria and hierarchy in organizing data, to understand information and visualise historical dynamics of change under a critical point of view, methodologies linking abilities on the Humanities and in Digital Technologies.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The students have to know some basics on the history of the city and the architecture at different ages and on architectural drawings.
The main theoretical contents of the course are: theory and methodologies of Digital History through theoretical lessons dealing with a large chronology – from the ancient age to the contemporary age – in order to present a general framework of historical developments. Lessons will present case studies related to the use of tools for the making and the telling historical research (e.g. narratives, 3D modelling, GIS, databases, web sites), recent museums and both scientific and educational storytelling with historical contents, virtual museums and archives (20 hours).
The second part of the course is a research trainer concerning the learning of methods and the practices of the historical approach to the digital resources and tools (30 hours). Some lessons will introduce the case study on the relationships between Cultural Heritage and its context (10 hours). Case study will focus on the UNESCO Campaign in the 1960s for the rescue of the Temples of Nubia, the lost historical context including settlements, and finally the historical presentation of the lost context in museums exhibiting the Temples.
The research trainer is totally integrated with the course GIS di GIS per i Beni Culturali-Modellazione 3D. Students will learn how to re-create and visualise the history of the lost context with a strict historical approach and Digital Humanities methodologies.
Delivery modes
The theoretical concepts listed above will be taught by lessons and by a workshop developed together with the course of GIS for Cultural Heritage.
The students, regularly assisted by the teachers (both the teachers of GIS for Cultural Heritage and Digital Urban History) , will work in a team by structuring the data collected during the historical research in order to realize ad hoc data analysis and original interpretation of them.
Time by time the intermediate results will be discussed and checked with the teachers.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources

R. Tamborrino (ed.), Telling the history of the city in the Age of the ICT Revolution, CROMA-Università di Roma Tre, Roma 2014: introductory essay and case studies

About case study:
UNESCO, Monuments of Nubia-International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia http://whc.unesco.org/fr/activites/172/
Olga Prud'homme Farges, Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, une passion égyptienne (52’), documentario prodotto da Catherine Dussart, Parigi 2009 https://vimeo.com/26365844

Ancillary readings:
T. Weller (ed.), History in the digital age, London - New York, Routledge, 2013
D. Calabi (ed.), Built City, Designed City, Virtual City. The Museum of the City, CROMA- Università di Roma Tre, Roma 2013
A. Burdick, J. Drucker, P. Lunenfeld, T. Presner, J. Schnapp, Digital_Humanities. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2012.
R. Tamborrino, ‘Searching for a state-of-the-art public space: city museums among archives and networks’, Planning
R. Tamborrino, ‘Searching for a state-of-the-art public space: city museums among archives and networks’, Planning Perspectives (UK), vol. 27, n.3 (July 2012): 463-473
D. Calabi, P. Marino C. Travaglini (eds.), I musei della città, «Città e Storia», vol. 1-2 (2008)
C. Olmo (ed.), Dizionario di architettura del XX secolo, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Treccani, Rom 2004
M. A. Giusti, R. Tamborrino, Guida all'architettura del Novecento in Piemonte (1902-2006), Allemandi, Torino 2008

About case study:
A. PAOLINI, ‘Successes and Outcomes of the Nubia Campaign’, Museum International 57 (2005), n. 3, pp. 55-59
P. GAZZOLA, ‘Il salvataggio dei templi di Abu-Simbel’, Realtà nuova 1968, 1961, (3), 7
Assessment and grading criteria
The exams of the Digital Urban History-History of the city and GIS for Cultural Heritage will take place at the same time.
As far as Digital Urban History-History of the city is concerned the student will deliver (when the exam will be fixed): all digital products of the research trainer (GIS, 3D models) with a report on the sources of the research, methodologies for transferring historical data in GIS and 3Dmodels, contents for storytelling, and a detailed bibliography. In the report students are requested to specify fully the link to each source of information available for each digital product (hypertexts, movies, animations).
The same day of the delivering of the materials mentioned above, the students will face a written test on theory of Digital Urban History (2 questions) and GIS, 3D modelling (6 questions totally in 1 h).
The written tests and the deliverables will be evaluated by the teachers; at the end of this evaluation, the students have to show the achieved results during the group activity, by means of an oral speech.
Each student will be individually evaluated by considering the wisdom autonomy, the communication ability and the specific abilities achieved during the team work. The final score will be the mean of the written and practical tests.

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

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