The course provides the tools for understanding the formative, typological and construction characters of the city, the purpose of a conscious action of recovery, transformation or restoration, through the structural and architectural survey and the subsequent critical and philological analysis of the urban fabric.


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The course is given through a synergy between three different but complementary disciplines such as restoration, design and strength of materials that will arise in relation to a common theme: the study and interpretation of the existing city.
Knowledge of the city is achieved by means of questions about its composition, its history, its becoming; by means of interdisciplinary theoretical and practical research about the enhancement of the existing city.
In the course will be discussed about the character training, typological and constructional of the historic city and then up to the scale of the building and its construction characteristics, so as to deepen their knowledge of technological components and structural of the pre-modern heritage.
The course aims to provide to the students the tools of understanding and analyze the urban historical context with the objective of possible restauration interventions.
The goal to be achieved is to correlate different themes, interests and attitudes to the knowledge and control of the structure of the city. The knowledge ment as in-depth understanding of urban transformations through historical research, cartography reading, typological study, the structural control of the architecture and then the graphical design finalized to the urban and architectural restoration and recomposition.
There will be a practical exercise on a given topic that will be developed at different representation scales: it will cover initially the entire historic center of Rome down to the size of neighborhood and a single street.
Through this project, students will have the opportunity to test the ability of interpretation and reading of historical buildings: starting from the architectural survey and the subsequent critical and philological analysis of the historic center of Rome, in order to acquire the methodology for a correct intervention of recovery, transformation or restoration.
The course is developed with lectures ex cathedra, visits and inspections, debates.
During the weekly meetings part of the time available will be devoted to a "laboratory" in which there will be graphic tutorials, reviews, thematic analysis in the presence of teachers who will provide practical explanations from time to time on the exercises to be performed.
The periodic review of the projects, exercises, trials, is an integral part of the learning path.
Mid-term evaluations are foreseen together with lectures and laboratory. Student's attendance is required.
The examination consists in the discussion and evaluation of the assignments and drawings gradually developed during the course and the presentation of a "notebook" containing all the exercises made in the classroom, at home and outside.

Core Documentation

S. Muratori, R. Bollati, S. Bollati, G. Marinucci, Studi per una operante storia urbana di Roma, Roma, Centro Studi di Storia Urbanistica, 1963
G.Caniggia, G.L.Maffei: Lettura dell’edilizia di base, Venezia 1979
M. G. Corsini: Tipi e tessuti del centro storico di Roma. Lettura del costruito per il progetto, Edizioni Kappa, Roma, 1998.
Guide Rionali di Roma,fratelli palombi editori, Roma.
AA.VV. Architettura e urbanistica-uso e trasformazione della città storica, collana Roma Capitale 1870-1911, Marsilio ed. 1984
F.Giovanetti (a cura di): Manuale del recupero del comune di Roma, edizioni dei, Roma 1997.

Analisi e rappresentazione urbana:
R. Arnheim. Arte e percezione visiva. Milano 1965.
M. De Simone. Disegno, rilievo, progetto. Il disegno delle idee, il progetto delle cose. Roma 1990.
E. E. Viollet le Duc. Storia di un disegnatore. Cavallino. Venezia 1992.
M.Docci e D. Maestri. Scienza del disegno. Torino 2000.

Scienza delle costruzioni:
G.Cangi: “Manuale del recupero strutturale antisismico”, edizioni dei, Roma 2005.
A.Giuffré: Letture sulla Meccanica delle Murature Storiche, Edizioni Kappa, Roma 1991.
A.Giuffré: La meccanica nell’architettura, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma 1986.

Reference Bibliography

Specific bibliography and cartography will be provided during the course

Type of delivery of the course

The course is given by lectures and work in class with activities of revision of the case-study. In the case of an extension of the health emergency by COVID-19 all the provisions governing the conduct of teaching activities and student evaluation will be implemented. In this case, in order to teach in remote mode, the Microsoft Teams platform will be used.


75% compulsory

Type of evaluation

The exam will be carried out evaluating the theoretical preparation reguarding the topics discussed during the lessons and the design of the case study, taking into account also the outcome of the ongoing evaluations.In the case of an extension of the health emergency by COVID-19 the exams will be held in remote mode, via audio-video conference with the use of the software Microsoft Teams. The graphics, which will be discussed during the exam will be uploaded by the students on the same platform two days before the exam.