21010031-2 - HISTORY OF TECHNIQUES - part 2

The course of History of Architecture and Methods of Analysis is conceived in two integrated parts (Part 1 and Part 2) and aims at critically retracing the composition process - either ideological, methodical or procedural - at the basis of every architecture, in the period of time between the Fifteen century and the Contemporary Age, in order to help the students improve their capacity of understanding the buildings and their design and technical features. Part 1, structured in a chronological sequence of lessons, considers above all the historical evolution of the design method, and deals closely with the language, together with the programmatic criteria and the motivations -even ideological- found in masterworks of architecture.
Part Two aims at enhancing graphic means and cultural strategies underlying different historiographic approaches suggested in Part 1, with a particular interest in the diagrammatic architectural representation across centuries.
Thanks to the comparison between primary and secondary sources, as well as between miscellaneous texts and images related to particular topics, students acquire a new awareness in reading and interpreting different forms of architectural representation (built or virtual), and through collegial discussions– in form of open seminars in class – they acquire skills in oral and visual expressions, essential for a critical experience of the space as well as for any further historic investigation.

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Mutuazione: 21010031-2 STORIA DELLE TECNICHE - parte 2 in Scienze dell'architettura L-17 Iori Tullia


The course, which is based on the results of the SIXXI research project, proposes a reading through the history of Italian structural engineering between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The stories of some works, of many protagonists (the most famous Pier Luigi Nervi and Riccardo Morandi, but also neglected designers like Silvano Zorzi, Sergio Musmeci, Giulio Krall, Gino Covre and many others), of epic yards, will be studied in depth. to grasp the identity of the Italian School of Engineering and its possible future.

Core Documentation

By offering the course the results of a research in progress, there are no updated publications on which to study without following the lessons.
However, the 4 volumes of the SIXXI series - History of structural engineering in Italy, edited by T. Iori and S. Poretti, Gangemi publisher, published between 2014 and 2017 are useful for the preparation.
and the monographic number:
T. Iori, S. Poretti (edited by), The Italian School of Engineering, "Review of Architecture and Urban Planning", 148, January-April 2016

Type of delivery of the course

Lecture, seminar and lecture on site.


It is warmly suggested to attend the lectures.

Type of evaluation

Delivery of a paper on an Italian engineering work; Oral exam