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 laboratory deals with the complex theme of urban regeneration, dealing with a large area of ​​the existing city, within which there are a plurality of themes for the redevelopment of public space starting from the construction of a network of cycle paths.
These are the main points:

We all live the city on the move: from one point to another, each of us dynamically builds the map of our own city day by day
Moving from one place to another we build our identity as a sum of places with which we identify ourselves
A city congested by traffic limits freedom of movement

Cycling is freedom of movement
A bicycle tour is an opportunity to discover the city and get in touch with people
A bicycle route must link these points together
The paths should not be imagined as single paths but must be connected in a plot that extends according to variable trajectories in the folds of the existing city

A network of cycle routes must offer itself to people as a set of choices, alternatives not only as a means of communication from A to B
People thus interpret the various routes according to the occasion or moment, moving between the various points each according to their needs
The plot of cycle paths overlaps the existing city triggering new ways of use

Cities are not poor in urban resources but are often used inefficiently
Beyond the primary spaces - monumental, institutional, .... - there are a myriad of public places that for a variety of reasons - use, maintenance, safety - are not perceived as potentially habitable by the inhabitants

Drawing a cycle network can be the pretext for bringing together fragments, wrecks, margins, troughs, and abandoned areas.
Places that maybe for a period have had a collective use that then got lost
Places that are the remains of processes of erosion, fragmentation and privatization of public space

The design of a cycle network does not only have to do with mobility but above all with public space as a place of the collective dimension of living
A cycle network can serve to materialize lines of movement along which unexpected places are reconnected to the use of people.
A cycle network can be the engine of a regeneration of the urban fabric

Connecting residual spaces in the city to each other, allowing people to access them, by bicycle or on foot, even in passing, can be the first step in a process of re-appropriation of public space as a shared and collective place

When we think of a public space, security is fundamental: without it there is no place that can be called collective
Accessibility and visibility are minimum conditions for safe use
A network of cycle paths configures a system of flows that activates the public space of the city

The Tiber cycle path is today the only existing cycle-pedestrian path that crosses Rome from north to south, touching some of the most important central districts of the historic city.
Precisely because of its centrality it is possible to connect to it and connect relevant points of the urban fabric both from the monumental point of view and from the point of view of mobility.
The project of the laboratory consists in the creation of a network of pedestrian and cycle branches, which using the Tiber ridge as the main axis, extend towards the surrounding urban fabric on both sides, aiming to reach punctual places, in which there are be they monuments, universities or accesses to municipal and regional mobility.

Core Documentation

In the first phase of the laboratory a series of case studies will be analyzed, which can be used as a guideline for the design.
Subsequently, a series of specific references relating to the various aspects of the project will be provided.

These references will be available by accessing a shared Google drive.

Reference Bibliography

References texts regarding the adopted project protocol: NACTO National Association of City Transportation Officials, Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Whashington April 2011 Edition NACTO National Association of City Transportation Officials, Global Street Design Guide, Global Designing Cities iniziative, Island press, New York 2016

Type of delivery of the course

Depending upon general epidemiological situation lessons will be held as usual, on line on Zoom platform or with both. The Laboratory is structured in a first phase with a cycle of lectures whose aim is to provide a basic knowledge of the design theme of the laboratory and to deepen the aspects related to the architectural project to be developed. In the first part of the workshop each group of students is asked: a) to proceed, through on-site analysis, to outline a series of requirements summarized in a feasibility sheet; b) to draw up a feasibility plan and a master plan. The verification of this preliminary work is done in a series of individual revisions. Subsequently, the project elaboration work proceeds according to a series of progress states that are time to time and verified in subsequent revisions. At the end of each block of the development phase, a general review of all the aspects of the project is held, to check the progress of the work AND the compliance with the required requirements. Students will carry out a part of the work in an independent form AND a part During the workshop being able to benefit from revisions upon request. The conclusion in the first phase of the group work, coincides with the drafting of a general plan of the urban area object of the urban regeneration project. In the final phase of the workshop the work is done on an individual basis within the group. Each student studies in-depth a thematic aspect of the group plan drawn up. The activity will be mainly to review the projects and refine its various aspects, according to a set of two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings aimed at illustrating the various aspects and details of the project. In the case of an extension of the health emergency from COVID-19, all the provisions that regulate the methods of carrying out the teaching activities and student assessment will be implemented.


Although attendance is mandatory for 75% of the hours, students are advised to be present especially during the laboratory hours dedicated to collective revisions of the project

Type of evaluation

Depending upon general epidemiological condition Final exams will be held as usual or online using ZOOM platform. The Laboratory is organized through a certain number of revisions, both divided by teaching and of general matter, aimed at verifying the level of effective understanding of the concepts and the ability of the students in relation to the project themes. During the semester some general revisions will take place in dates to be defined, which will be attended by all the teachers who contribute to the workshop In case of an extension of the health emergency from COVID-19, all the provisions that regulate the methods of carrying out the teaching activities and student assessment will be implemented The final exam takes place in a single test during which the student is required to show synthesis skills regarding the components of the laboratory student presentations should be uploaded at least 48 hours before in the Lab Google Drive, link to the folder will be mailed through Moodle.