21010038-1 - DESIGN

Analysis and design of architectural ensembles with particular regard to social components and relationships of the urban context. Introduction on examination behavior in public spaces and relations between practices of use and design.
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The construction of urban space


The proposal to operate in a small center, not far from Rome, concerns the possibility of confronting each other
with an immanent and exemplary theme compared to the Italian urban reality, renewal
and the development of minor historic centers, hit in recent decades by the absence of planning, degradation and abandonment. These places are affected by profound transformations
social, some foreign communities in recent decades are repopulating the belt
of small towns around Rome given the availability
housing and a lower cost of living than the capital, where they go to work.
These processes if understood and accompanied by the institutions and a clear planning could
constitute a resource for places, such as Civita Castellana, that need a horizon
development and transformation.

Civita Castellana

Civita Castellana is a place full of strength, a large tuff ship stranded in the ravine, it tells us about the geography of central Italy and its history
glorious and fertile of events and culture. Subject to critical and unstructured social transformations,
reflecting the condition of many smaller centers,
it is also an industrial excellence, with the district
ceramic industry that does not however look to the historic village as a place of investment. Thus revealing a marked contrast between beauty
places that are the result of a rich historical stratification and an uncertain present without a real horizon.
Working on the transformations, possible and already underway, of Civita means working on a condition
widespread Italian, means taking into account the enhancement
of the built and environmental heritage, which are often deeply linked, as in the case of Civita. This work must be done by accompanying social and demographic changes
in progress, to govern these phenomena towards the initiation of virtuous processes instead of in causes of conflict or contributions to degradation.
The proposed theme acts on one of the entrances to the historic center, dealing with disused and dilapidated ones
Coletta and Sbordoni furnaces and proposing them
the partial recovery in an urban project that includes the surfaces of the detailed plan
long drawn up and never implemented.


The direct experience of architecture plays a decisive role in the laboratory, in order to privilege
the physical and immanent dimension compared to the theoretical one.
A series of educational visits are therefore proposed
to urban environments, during which to detect
with the design the characteristics of the spaces and their relationships with the context


The educational tour "Discovering Vienna" will take place on 08-10 / 11/2019 Participation
it is not mandatory, but recommended.

The first exercise involves analysis and reconstruction work, to be carried out in a group, of illustrious urban projects. To acquire tools through the study of design experiences
cognitive and composition of the urban space and its formal structures.

The laboratory proposes an urban project for the Sbordoni-Coletta area, taking as a basic reference the consistencies of the plan
existing details, based on the analysis made during the laboratory, they can be modified
the surfaces and functions proposed by the plan. The proposal must include the preliminary design of private buildings, in-depth public buildings and detailed public spaces.
Possible functions to be installed: residence, accommodation,
commercial and catering, exhibition spaces and ceramic workshops, parking, open spaces. The design of the open space is fundamental, and its interaction with the attack on the ground of the buildings.

Core Documentation

L. BENEVOLO, La cattura dell’infinito, Roma 1991
F. CELLINI, Architettura e città, Palermo 1991 (dispensa)
C. SITTE, L’arte di costruire la città, Roma 1969
A. e P. SMITHSON, The Space Between, Colonia 2016

Reference Bibliography

R. KOOLHAS, Delirious New York, Milano 2001 W. BENJAMIN, Immagini di città, Torino 2007 M. BURRASCANO, I frammenti della città europea: città, architettura, progetto, Firenze 2008 D. S. BROWN, R. VENTURI e S. IZENOUR, Imparare da Las Vegas, Macerata 2010 K. FRAMPTON, Tettonica e architettura, Milano 2000 V. GREGOTTI, Il territorio dell’architettura, Milano 1966 M. MANIERI ELIA, Architettura e mentalità dal Classico al Neoclassico, Bari 2001 A. ROSSI, L’architettura della città, Milano 1966 C. ROWE, F. KOETTER, Collage city, Boston 1984 A. e P. SMITHSON, The Charged Void: Architecture, New York 2001 A. e P. SMITHSON, The Charged Void: Urbanism, New York 2005 P. ZUMTHOR, Atmosfere. Ambienti architettonici. Le cose che ci circondano, Milano 2007 Handbooks A. DESPLAZES, Constructing architecture, material processes structures, a handbook, Basel 2005 A. ZIMMERMANN, Constructing landscape: materials, techniques, structural components, Basel 2011

Type of delivery of the course

The course takes place through:    - frontal lessons - exercises - visits - general speeches between students and teachers - personal and group reviews of the project work Attendance to the course is compulsory. The final evaluation will take into account the final project and the work done during the whole semester. The teacher reserves the right not to make comments and revisions to the work of the student if the presentation is not taken care of or if the work is carried out without observing the laboratory rules. All the documents for the revisions must be presented on paper or in the form of physical models.


attendance is mandatory for 75%

Type of evaluation

The evaluation is based on various elements: - attendance and participation in the course - evaluation of the first exercise - evaluation of the project on the main theme of work The laboratory involves the development of an initial exercise: study and restitution of an urban project by Alvar Aalto, through models and drawings. The exercise takes place in large groups. The urban project on the theme of the year takes place in groups of up to two people