The course teaches the methods of reading the anthropized territory at different scales (of the landscape, of the urban settlement, of the single architectures) and in the residual permanences of the different eras that over time have contributed to structuring it. The reading of the diachronic signs of anthropization is a specific area of the architectural disciplines: the course (two modules of architectural design and two modules of architectural restoration) teaches to recognize the signs of permanence and transformation of the territory in order to conserve, enhance and update them to the present.
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Mutuazione: 21010032-4 ARTI E SCIENZE DEL TERRITORIO - parte 4 in Scienze dell'architettura L-17 ZAMPILLI MICHELE


In this course students gain familiarity with techniques and methods for understanding and documenting the historic-formative character of historic centres, including the various phases that have formed and transformed the urban fabric; construction types; their mutation over time; identification of “coherent” modification and distinction from incoherent or damaging changes that should be removed. Particular attention is devoted to recognising and understanding pre-modern construction techniques, architectural elements and finishes, with the intention of reusing these in contemporary architectural and urban restoration.

Core Documentation

G. Caniggia, G.L. Maffei, Composizione architettonica e tipologia edilizia. 1. Lettura dell’edilizia di base, Marsilio editore, Venezia 1979

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures on the following topics: Tools and methods for reading the processes of formation of urban fabrics and building types. Examples of reading urban fabrics and building types.


For 75% of the duration of the course

Type of evaluation

oral exam