The aim of this course is to develope rethinking the relations among Housing design and the most innovative experiences -less or more present in the contemporary practice- which have been introduced in design methods, building technologies, constructive solutions.
Lectures will deal with case studies from some of the "masters" of the XX century and will focus on these issues: 1- neighborhood units in the co-housing projects; 2-requalification of public Housing schemes either for tenants or in case of ownership; 3-how to build for the emergency in poor countries; 4-building rules, prefabrication, flexibility; 5-experimental projects for energy saving; 6-transformability of the Housing structures; 7-how to take advantages from houses as prototypes.
Bibliography is very wide and students will be informed according to the sequence of the theoretical approach to the matter.
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The objectives of the Course anticipate the details of its content. We can add that the Course is organised in such a way that the students have to discuss with the professor, in the second part of the time for his lecture, specific aspects related with the issues focused in the first part.
Such a debate gives opportunity to introduce the subjects also in a different sequence as regard to the one which should have been be proposed from the beginning, according to the way students activate their questioning.
When we consider transformation and transformability of the housing stock it's easy to introduce a typical case (Cf.,"Time Builds") such as the PREVI LIMA project in Perù (1968/73) which opens up to Elemental by Alexandro Aravena, to the design problems of the urban tissues, introduces the genealogy of the Mat buiding and reaches the Team 10 Group theoretical statements. Through Bakema and van der Broek, Giancarlo de Carlo, Ralph Erskine (+ Klas Tham for his BO 01 in Malmö) we easily arrive to Herman Hertzberger and the challenges he is actually facing to adapt some of his seminal buildings to new needs. (Cf.,"Space and the Architect", "Articulations").
We may symbolically conclude with "The City at Eye level", that helps considering the city and it's buildings from the plynths, which means how to requalify the urban space "par exellence" that is the street.
Such a way of treating some of the main issues of the Course may help students to reflect in a more dynamic way.

Core Documentation

Garcia-Huidobro F.-Torres Torriti D.-Tugas Nicolas, El tiempo construye (Time Builds), GG, Barcelona
AA.VV., Team 10 1953-81, in search of a Utopia of the present, Max Risselada and Dirk van den Heuvel, NAi Publishers, Rotterdam
Guide per progettare, Lezioni di architettura, Herman Hertzberger, Laterza Bari
Granata E., Biodivercity, Giunti, Firenze, 2018

Type of delivery of the course

Every lecture is based on credits with slides and sometime films in order to keep the attention of the students on different levels of understanding. Dialogue with the audience finds normally an important support from sketches and drawings produced by the professor on the blackboard.


For 75% of the duration of the course

Type of evaluation

Examination requires a discussion on a short text (8.000).