Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Design studio D
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Trisciuoglio Marco ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/14 70 30 0 50 2
D'Ambros Matteo       42 18 0 30 2
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 formalization 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 Design Atelier aims to give students "themes and knowledge" as conceptual and communication’s instruments useful to read cities and architecture. Being able to read (and to understand) is the first fundamental step towards an aware design activity.
Six different cities belonging to different cultures (Venice, Berlin, Nanjing, Rio de Janeiro, Marseille, Turin) will be "read" in their complexity and in their links with other urban settlements. The urban space will be treated, for each city, according to the urban design questions: the street as urban line, the street as urban section, the block, the open urban space, the boundary, the cross. Each of these topics will be represented with a specific tool (collage, layers’ model, iconic model, axonometry, plans, sketch) and will be linked to architectural composition themes (prospects and rhythm, basement-body-crown sequence, typologies and functions, relationship with soil, wall and windows, "engine-elements" in architecture, such as stairs or roof).
Delivery modes
Each two weeks, teachers will introduce a city and six areas in it, in connection with the six main urban design questions. Students will quickly developed their projects at the urban ad the building scale during the two weeks after. Each student (the work will be individual) will collect all the six questions, working on each of them in a different city. The final result will be The Atlas, a "portfolio" as the outcome of the design experience of the students during the term. Students will be also asked to read books and papers and to write texts.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Mandatory texts for the module of architectural and urban composition are:
John Summerson, Il linguaggio classico dell'architettura, Torino, Einaudi, 2000 (I ed. 1971, ed. or. 1963)
Marco Trisciuoglio, Scatola di montaggio. L’architettura, gli elementi della composizione e le ragioni costruttive della forma, Carocci, Roma 2008
Mandatory texts for the module of urbanism are:
Bernardo Secchi, Prima lezione di urbanistica, Laterza, Roma 2000
Bernardo Secchi, La città del ventesimo secolo, Laterza, Roma 2005
Many further references will be specified from time to time in lessons and design work.
Documents and texts used during the lessons will be available on-line.
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 teachers, 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.
The entry to the second year is subject to passing this exam.

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

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