Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Governa Francesca ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 M-GGR/02 60 0 0 0 12
SSD CFU Activities Area context
M-GGR/01 6 C - Affini o integrative A13
Subject fundamentals
The course addresses the issues of geographical description for the design activity, through the use of bibliographic sources and the application of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. During the course, the notions of environment, landscape and territory will be introduced and discussed and it then focuses on the main features of the contemporary city.
Main learning objectives are:
- The acquisition of the lexicon and basic concepts of the urban and regional geography

- The ability to autonomously perform a geographical description of an urban space by applying concepts and methodologies presented during the lessons.
Expected learning outcomes
- to know the history and theories of architecture and the basic debate on social sciences
- to know and understand the cultural, social, political and economic context in relation to urban and territorial transformations
Such knowledge are achieved through the attendance of the lessons and the study of bibliographical references.

Skills to Acquire
- to collect, organize and interpret methodologically correct data of places at variuos scales
- to solve design problems taking into account needs and social values, limits and potentialities of various contexts
- to apply the tools acquired by the individual disciplines and recognize the appropriate interactions
Such skills wull be applied in the drafting of reports, conducting guided searches and design activities carried out in the workshops and atelier activities.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic knowledge of urban and territorial history and of theories and modalities of urban planning and design
The course is divided into three parts and addresses the following topics
- the geographic description: general characters, analysis and description; Describing a territory / designing a territory (10 h)
- Themes of the geographic description for design activities: landscape and environmental frameworks, the urban phenomenon and the contemporary city (economic, political and social aspects) (25 h)
- Sources and methods of the geographical description: quantitative and qualitative methodologies (25 h)

Delivery modes
In the first and second part of the course, only frontal lessons are provided. The third part involves both frontal lessons (15 h) and a practical activity (10h) aimed at the application of qualitative survey methodologies for the description of an urban space. This activity will take place in groups of 3 students and will be held in the classroom under the tutor's guidance, beyond the study visits. The result of this activity will be evaluated before the examination (according to a grid that includes three classes: positive / average / sufficient). During the exam, it will be the object of the first question. Students who did the practical activity, but are not satisfied with their evaluation, can still decide to get the exam following the syllabus for those who did not do the practical activity.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Governa F. and Memoli M. (2011), Geografie urbane. Spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Carocci, Roma (chapters 1; 2; 3; 4; 6; 8; 9) + some materials uploaded on the "POrtale della didattica"
Lanzani A. and Pasqui G. (2011), L'Italia al futuro. Città e paesaggi, economie e società, FrancoAngeli, Milano (Part 1; Read all the book)
During lessons, further references will be recommended on specific issues.
Assessment and grading criteria
Two ways of exam are previewed:
- For those who have done the practical activity, the exam takes place in an oral form and involves two questions: the first is based on the exercise (explanation of the work done, results obtained, applied methodologies); the second is based on the book Governa and Memoli (2011), Geografie dell’urbano (chapters indicated) and materials uploaded. The evaluation of the practical activity is based on a group work and is considered as the starting point for the exam of the individual students, whose final grades can vary considerably.
- for those who have not completed the practical activity, the exam takes place in an oral form and involves two questions: the first is based on the book Governa and Memoli (2011), Geografie dell’urbano (chapters indicated) and on materials uploaded; the second is based on Lanzani and Pasqui (2011), Italia al futuro (part 1)

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

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