Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Design studio A
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Canella Gentucca ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/14 80 20 0 50 1
Roveroni Sebastiano       48 12 0 30 1
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Progettazione architettonica e urbana
Progettazione urbanistica e pianificazione territoriale
Subject fundamentals
In the Design Atelier, first year students are called upon, for the first time, to tackle architectural design as a whole, focusing on the general problems and disciplinary content. The workshop is seem as a practical experience providing an introduction to the composition and town planning aspects of design, but also as an opportunity to build up a more extensive reasoning on architecture, its disciplinary specifics and its complexity.
The design exercise proposed become the central moment of the first year students training: a guided experience of architectural design, considered not as the pure formalisation of a preformed demand, but as a research into its tendency to positively influence the transformation of the city and the territory.
Expected learning outcomes
Module Architectural and Urban Composition (10 credits)
The work of the module of Architectural and Urban Composition will focus on the distributive characters of buildings, on the theories and techniques of architectural design, on the "elementary vocabulary" of the design, on the critical reading of some case studies, through lectures and investigations seeking to identify a shared world of architectures, chosen in different historical periods for their emblematic character and re-proposed as a reference, starting point or suggestion for new projects.
More or less complex project issues, directly connected to the city, its history and its construction over time will be addressed. Particular attention will be paid to the identification of settlement principles, to problems of composition, distribution, construction, of aggregation of volumes in space and of orientation and location with respect to a real place.
The study of figurative and compositional paradigms on large and small scale (house - town - territory) will be accompanied — in parallel with the module of Urban Design, but also with the other teachings of the second semester of the first year (Lab Design and Surveying of architecture and courses of Morphology and design of structures and of Architectural Technology) — by checks on the building structure, the mechanical construction of the single object (?), with particular attention to the physical qualities of materials and the search of appropriateness.
Technical disciplines, in this case — through specific moments of confrontation — will contribute in association with the disciplines of composition and town-planning to the control of the design process and to the rational representation of architectural design.

Module Urban Design (6 credits)
The module aims at providing students with the tools for analysis of the territorial and urban context in which the project is located, directing the design choices to the solution the problems that the environment poses, and to the awareness of the rules controlling its transformations.
Initially, the characteristics of the urban phenomenon, the evolution of the control of these phenomena with the birth of the discipline of urban planning as a specific technique, the different forms of interpreting urban and regional context will be described through a series of lessons. Subsequently, the application of the techniques of analysis and representation of the territorial context and of the regulatory framework will be verified in the concreteness of the project.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is essential to know the basics of mathematics, drawing and architectural history given in the first semester.
The Atelier wants to provide students with an initial critical way of reading the city and the territory through lectures and specific communications on project themes and their application contexts, as well as on the figurative features of architectural and urban composition. For this purpose, in the first phase of the work, we will analyze some case studies of modern and contemporary architecture, which will demonstrate the relationship between functionality, typological choices and figurative and expressive susceptibility of architecture. In a second phase, several project plans will be considered for their particularly significant ability to match the typological systems and they will be faced in various application contexts.

The Atelier addresses the theme of the social and productive redistination of some of the current industrial areas of Turin.
The project, developed from the architectural to the urban scale, is therefore a field of confrontation both with the planning of new functional amenities for the city and with the theme of the recovery and transformation of the existing one.
The project area, in the north of Turin, extends from the former Vanchiglia railroad to the Warehouse of Artillery and Chemical Defense (M.Ar.Di.Chi.), in Via Bologna (formerly industrial yard, then military area and now dismantled). A significant urban context, at the center of the city debate over the last few years, that has remained unsolved.

The architecture project, considered also relating to the choices made by local authorities and institutions, will take into account the architecture-city relationship in redesigning large-scale areas where the theme of residence - in the construction of urban fabric from the body to the neighborhood - will be conducted for comparison with other national contexts and experiences (in particular on the Turin-Milan direction) and international.
Delivery modes
The teaching methods include front lessons, site visits and guided tours that will orientate their content to the concrete experience of the project, which will be performed mainly in the classroom.

The activity of Atelier takes place in three phases:
1. Introductory phase to present the project area to deepen, on the one hand, a conscious knowledge of the context of intervention in relation to the city, on the other a specific study of the architectural typologies and the new functions involved in the project. Urban scale framing.
2. Drafting of the planivolumetric system and preliminary designations.
3. Development of the architectural and urban planning project from the plant scale to the most proper architectural scale.

The project will be represented through graphic charts and through the preparation of study models.
The design of the project will be individual or in small groups (maximum 3 students), in which the individual contributions are clearly recognizable.

Within the activities of the Atelier there will be seminars, exercises and discussions, especially on the progress of the project (also in preparation for the final exam).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The required texts are a support to the lesson contents and to the design of the architectural project.

For the Architectural and Urban Composition module we recommend:
- The collection of the magazine «Casabella-Continuità» (directed by Ernesto Nathan Rogers), nn.199-295, 1953-1964
- From the magazine "Hinterland" 1977-1985, n.4 "Per un museo metropolitano"; n. 7/8 "Spazio della cultura e tempo libero di massa"; n.13/14 "Architettura italiana 1956-1960"; n.17 "Campo dell’istruzione"
- Politecnico di Torino. Dipartimento Casa-Città, "Beni culturali ambientali nel Comune di Torino", first and second volumes, Società degli Ingegneri e degli Architetti in Torino, Torino 1984
- Agostino Magnaghi, Mariolina Monge, Luciano Re, "Guida all’architettura moderna di Torino", Celid, Torino 1982, 2005
- Roberto Gabetti, "Imparare l’architettura. Scritti scelti sul sapere architettonico", Umberto Allemandi, Torino 1997
- Guido Canella, "Architetti italiani nel Novecento", Christian Marinotti Edizioni, Milano 2010.
- Sisto Giriodi (a cura di), "Roberto Gabetti. Insegnare l’Architettura", Celid, Torino 2012.

For the Urbanistic module we reccomend:

Other bibliographic references will be provided by the professors during the Atelier.
It should also be noted that the professors will use the didactic portal to deliver the students the graphic materials and documentation necessary for the project.
Assessment and grading criteria
The knowledge acquired by the student will be verified through the discussion of the works (writings, drawings, models) required by the professors, written tests and/or interviews that may include questions on the theoretical and applied aspects of the two disciplines that contribute to the Atelier. The writings will be delivered at the end of the course, before the session of examination.
The students will argue the examination individually, also if the student presents some drawings or writings that are products of group works.
The examination will focus on throughout the workshop; it will be passed only in the event that the commission deems the student positively in both the disciplines related to the atelier. The final vote will be a weighted average of the single evaluations.

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

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