Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Atelier Renovation of the consolidated city A
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Architecture Heritage Preservation And Enhancement - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Bosia Daniela ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/12 42 18 0 20 4
Mellano Paolo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ICAR/14 42 18 0 25 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Discipline tecnologiche per l'architettura e la produzione edilizia
Progettazione architettonica e urbana
Subject fundamentals
The multidisciplinary Atelier 'Renovation of the Consolidated City' is placed in the first year of the Master of Science Program in Architecture Heritage Preservatione and Enhancement, and consists of two disciplinary contributions: Architectural Composition and Architectural Technology.
The aim of the course is to form a figure of architect with particular skills in the field of architectural and landscaping heritage, able to respond to the urgency of protection and restoration, also by means of innovative intervention, with particular attention to the risk situation, and to sustainability, and to the insertion of new integrated elements such as completing or replacing parts to accommodate new functions capable of recovering fragile environmental contexts and enhancing the area of intervention.
Linking the 'new' (the project, as a process of transformation) with the existing heritage, evaluating the complexities of the buildings, even under critical conditions (of the manufacts but also social) is the main theme of this Atelier, which shares together with the other Atelier of the 1st year (the Architectural Restoration Project) the architectural scale devoted to the project
Expected learning outcomes
The students will acquire critical and analysis skills of the design process in relation to the themes of analysis, transformation / re-functionalization / re-qualification of environmental and historical heritage, in terms of enhancement of available cultural resources, their compliance with stability and suitability static (as a principle of conservation of the good) and of economic and managerial sustainability (in assessing how the proposed intervention generates and disseminates quality to the urban fabric in which it is inserted).
The control of environmental and visual impacts will be one of the focuses of the project; In particular students will have to acquire methodologies of setting and resolving design problems related to the transformation of goods, their completion and their relationship with the parties involved in the new design, taking into account the opportunities and social demands, but also the choice of the constructive techniques which are appropriate to the nature of the goods in question, with the possibility of resorting to traditional and innovative materials and techniques.
Students who will pass the examination of this Atelier, must have acquired:
- a full awareness of the complexity of constructing in built as a largely prevailing condition in the situation in which it will be necessary work over the next decades and as a choice to minimize occupation of a not yet urbanized area;
- the ability to interpret and solve complex problems read from an interdisciplinary point of view, with particular reference to: problems related to re-functionalization; the assessment of the technical and distributive potential of the product to accommodate new uses; the retrofit (safety and accessibility) of the environments concerned; the use of compatible and sustainable;
- the preparation and sensitivity to returning high-quality architectural architectures, interpreting the project as a culturally evolved "service" aimed at enhancing the environmental, historical and cultural resources of any context, whether it is of particular value or in terms of criticality and degradation;
- the ability to design an architectural project at a given time
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The student must have adequate personal training and knowledge resulting from passing the architectural design ateliers and technological design examinations in the three-year of the undergraduate degree programs in architecture (class L-17). Particularly among the skills it is request:
- ability to analyze user needs, and the performance for each part of the building by evaluating the available resources and verifying the correspondence between declared goals and solutions adopted, with an indispensable goal: quality of living;
- Capacity to identify the functional roles of individual parts of the building system
- Capability of understanding and expression in the disciplinary language of architecture technology
Ability to understand and interpret the building constructions ways, including through the use of automatic drawing (CAD)
The Atelier concentrates its activities on a major didactic exercise, which will deal with dismantled military complexes in the province of Bolzano, currently awaiting transformation; This exercise will be supported by disciplinary monographic lessons.
In general, the weight of lessons will not exceed 10% of the total hours of the Atelier.
The contributions will be focused on the transformation and integration of pre-existing artifacts placed within consolidated and dense urban areas, to be transformed and re-use post-industry, and on urban regeneration practices that relate to the local context and public space. The intervention scale focuses on the surrounding fabric, is architectural and addresses issues related to the design of transformation / re-functionalization interventions, in which the insertion of new parts is meant to increase the quality by enhancing the heritage and its context local.
In this light, it must evaluate, according to the principle of minimal intervention on the existing and the saving of the urbanized soil, the necessary adjustment of the urbanistic rules and the components of innovation (technological and of matter) compatible with the artifact, or that allow the insertion of novelty items in keeping with the existing one.
Lesson and seminar activities will privilege approaches directly finalized to design in the atelier.
The learnings required to formulate the project both of new construction and of transformation / re-formalization / re-qualification will be acquired within the two disciplines that converge in the atelier, in which will alternate both mono-multi disciplinary frontal lessons and multidisciplinary design exercises On the specific theme of the project.
We will address the broader aspects of the enhancement of urban quality and landscape, we will discuss the issues related to the analysis to define the conservation choices as integration (the issues of addiction, superelevation and adaptation) that will allow to develop insights Morphology / typological, geometric / compositional, technological / material, related to the aspects of construction and the sustainability and quality of interventions.
The atelier will include lessons, operational research phases conducted directly by students, seminarial discussions, open workshops with operators, local administrators and associations, meetings with companies and external experts, individual and collective reviews on the progress of projects.
The didactic experimentation on the scale of building materials and components will be oriented to the definition of requirements, technological and constructive solutions appropriate, in relation to the sustainability of the intervention and in close correlation with the architectural solutions adopted.
The Atelier project theme concerns some dismantled military complexes in the province of Bolzano, which are currently awaiting transformation following agreements between the Ministry of Defense, the Agency of Demanio and local government bodies.
An on-site visit is scheduled, which will take place one of the first weeks at the beginning of the didactic period, during which specific meetings with local stakeholders will be held, and seminars in the form of workshops.
During these meetings will discuss the possible uses of the site, the opportunity to insert new volumes, and the creation of new spaces, or, conversely, the possibility of reusing existing volumes.
Generally speaking, new forms of social housing will be proposed for different types of users, or tertiary activities, with particular attention to the quality of the related services and indoor and outdoor collective spaces, with a view to social inclusion and community innovation.
The first part of Atelier (in essence, the first four weeks) will be devoted to thinking overall and shared strategies where the project takes shape in expanding the new activities and services to be included in the urban context, in identifying the type of intervention; furthermore, the project will focused on the existing parts and on any new construction elements, respecting the typological-formal characters of the context.
The next deepening (which will take place from the fifth week and throughout the teaching period) will be focused on the project at the architectural scale, to make the intervention constructively defined and coherently; and to expliciting the choices from the point of view of the physical aspects, functional, performance, image, while evaluating executive feasibility, sustainability and reliability over time.
Delivery modes
The Atelier will be organized in lessons (approximately 10% of the total teaching time) and in a project exercise that will be developed throughout the first teaching period (14 weeks).The project will be elaborated in small groups (composed of 2 students maximum), but each component will have to be fully responsible for the entire project development, both in group and/or with other students, as well as in elaborated products individually.
Within the atelier activities, there will be moments of verification of learning, discussion on specific topics, demonstration of 'knowing how to do' and presentation of the work in progress, in preparation for the final exam
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
- Bruna F., Mellano P., Architetture nel paesaggio, Skira, Milano-Ginevra, 2006;
- Landolfo R., Losasso M., Pinto M.R., Innovazione e sostenibilitÓ negli interventi di riqualificazione edilizia, Firenze, Alinea 2013.
Other bibliographical references will be specified from time to time in the lessons and in the continuous work of review of the project, in relation to the specific needs of the topics addressed in the activity of Atelier.
However, a continuous updating on contemporary architecture (including the main journals and Histories of Architecture) and manuals is required.
Assessment and grading criteria
The evaluation consists of two parts: the judgments formulated during the 14 weeks of the Atelier (30% incidence) and final exam (70%).The acquired knowledge will be verified through the discussion of the papers required by the teachers, and by the final interview that may include questions related to the theoretical and application aspects of the two disciplines that work in the Atelier.
The attendance at lessons, seminars and other lab activities is considered a necessary condition but not enough to be able to develop the activities positively.
The design work will be discussed and revised during the Atelier.
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively the proposals will be considered an important element of evaluation.
Just as the ability to process an architectural project at a certain time, which represents a specific skill in the Architect's work.
Although the design activity can be carried out in groups of 2 students, the final evaluation will be individual and will also take into account revisions and discussions, interim evaluations, and individual participation throughout the duration of the Atelier.The final exam will be the presentation and public discussion of the final design work and an interview on the disciplinary content of the two teaching modules.The exam can be passed only if the college of teachers will judge the student positively in both the disciplines pertaining to the Atelier.

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