Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Urban Design (Studio)
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Cina' Giuseppe ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     40 40 0 28 6
Picco Cristiano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     42 18 0 21 1
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Architettura e ingegneria
Architettura e ingegneria
Subject fundamentals
The Atelier is a multidisciplinary course and consists of two teaching units that address the issues and techniques of urban design, highlighting its character and potentiality through a workshop activity.

Expected learning outcomes
- Basic knowledge of principal planning concepts (urban form, urban functions, urban fabric, urban block etc.), and the current planning parameters (urban standard, building ratio, building density, zoning, etc. );
- Ability to identify in broad terms the objectives, content and components of both the master plan and the executive plan;
- Ability to identify the main factors (formal, functional, socio-economic and environmental) that characterize the structure of a specific urban context, in order to assess their conditions and their potential for transformation;
- Ability to frame the issues and practices of building design as an instrument of implementation and verification of the Master plan predictions;
- Ability to present the released work in reports and drawings, and properly explain its contents.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Ability to compose the analysis and design tables with related software for graphic elaboration and mapping.
A broad knowledge of local planning system: the general plan and the implementation plan;
Ability to read, in rough terms, a settlement system in its various aspects (related to history, built fabric, landscape, environment, ...).
The two teaching modules face autonomously some theoretical aspects of related discipline focusing on those that are better related to the development of an urban project jointly developed. The goal is to build valid scenarios of transformation under the spatial and functional profiles, within the existing city. To this end, consistent forms of intervention will be explored under different point of view: the morphological frame, the sustainability of the transformations, the coherence with the other strategies of development, the role given to the public space. Lessons are related in particular to the municipal urban planning, the design of urban form and the functional system, the building design.
1) Teaching Unit ‘Urban Design: programme:
The course covers the basic elements of the Urban Design as a mean aimed at upgrading the contemporary city. The lessons provide students with conceptual and operational tools devoted to:
- Understanding the composition of urban systems in terms of morphology (fabric, blocks, building units) and typology;
- Initiating analysis and design frameworks for the elaboration of projects, plans and programs of urban regeneration;
- Addressing a project of urban transformation at the intermediate scale caring about its sustainability;
- Developing a regulatory frameworks, formal solutions and measures for the transformation of the chosen study area ;
2) Teaching Unit ‘Analysis and design of urban morphology’: programme:
The course consists of lectures and tutorials on the recognition of 'urban form' through the morphological and typological reading of urban contexts . The aim is to identify the formal and functional elements that characterize the field of study, giving the image of its 'genius loci', but also to read the composition of architecture systems that compose the urban space. The lessons provide students with conceptual and operational tools in order to formulate a project proposal at the architectural scale for a portion of the chosen study area. This proposal is not focused on the definition of a project under a purely aesthetic and constructive logic, but on the deepening of the way in which the architectural definition contributes to a better definition of the formal and functional character of urban space.
Delivery modes
The study area is located within an area of urban transformation, in a town of Piedmont, for which the existing PRG forecasts a scenario of regeneration. The work to develop is framed taking as reference the theory and the practices of 'urban project'.
The teaching unit is carried out by means of different teaching activities:
- Lectures, introductory and in-depth, dedicated to the theoretical and technical content of both municipal planning and urban design;
- A seminar on the themes and the issues of the study area;
- Study visits to the study area and other places related to the project;
- Workshop activities carried out in the classroom;
The Workshop activities are organized in four different exercises defined as steps of mid-term learning (on the urban context, on the regulatory plan, on the urban project, on the final project); the related outcomes are delivered in order to get an evaluation that will count for the final grade.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Basic bibliography:
F. Selicato, F. Rotondo, Progettazione urbanistica, teorie e tecniche, McGraw-Hill, 2010 (pp. 1-16, 30-37, 44-72)
P. Gabellini, Tecniche urbanistiche, Carocci, Roma, 2001. (capp. 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)
G. Ciną, "Il progetto urbano come cardine di una mutazione disciplinare rimasta incompiuta", Archivio di studi urbani e regionali, n. 104, 2012.
Recommended readings:
M. Romano, Costruire le cittą, Skira, 2004. (pp. 9-55)
G. Ciną (a cura di), L'innovazione del piano. Temi e strumenti urbanistici a confronto, Angeli, 1996 (pp. 13-83)
M. de Solą Morales, Verso una definizione. Analisi delle espansioni urbane dell’800, Lotus International 19, 1978.
L. Krier, Quarta lezione. Analisi e progetto dell’isolato urbano tradizionale, Lotus International 19, 1978.
J. P. Kleihues, Edilizia chiusa ed edilizia aperta, Lotus International 19, 1978.
Assessment and grading criteria
The final examination consists in checking and discussion of the outcomes released by each group of students (3-4), according to the teachers’ requests communicated by a specific sheet. However, the evaluation is individual and takes into account the whole process of learning and related evaluations.

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

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