The course is aimed at introducing students to landscape design from a perspective that would allow them to contextualise and better understand its relationship to the contemporary culture theories that inspire it in reference to the methodologies it draws upon. The trajectory of the lectures will be based on an intersection of pioneers of design, projects, themes, and problems individuated in the period extending from the Modern to the Contemporary.
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Mutuazione: 21010054 TEORIE E METODI DELLA PROGETTAZIONE DEL PAESAGGIO in Architettura - Progettazione architettonica LM-4 GABBIANELLI ALESSANDRO


The concept of landscape lends itself to multiple views, readings and interpretations. Over the last three decades, "landscape" has increasingly been at the centre of theoretical and design discourse, even within research on the city and architecture. Discipline concerning architectural and urban design, ecology, anthropology, sociology, landscape architecture must be able to interpret, in the design of open space, the stratification and archaeology of places, the practices of living, environmental dynamics and urban policies.
Investigating, understanding and narrating some important experiences in the evolution of the landscape architecture project and analysing the theories and methods that underlie them about the historical, cultural, geographical and social context in which they have developed, will be at the heart of the course programme.
The course will be structured in three thematic areas: the critical analysis of some projects of urban parks and gardens; the presentation of some masters; the reading of some fundamental texts of the theory of landscape architecture within a temporal interval that privileges the 20th and 21st centuries. The course aims to provide students with the theoretical and methodological tools to elaborate their interpretation of the concept of landscape and make it operative within the design experience.

Core Documentation

A. Berque (a cura di), Cinq propositions pour une théorie du paysage, Collection Pays/Paysages, Champ-Vallon, 1994.
M. Mosser e G.Teyssot (a cura) L'architettura dei giardini d'Occidente. Dal Rinascimento al Novecento, Electa, Milano, 1990.
F. Panzini, Progettare la natura. Architettura del paesaggio e dei giardini dalle origini all'epoca contemporanea, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2005.
A. Roger, Breve trattato sul paesaggio, Sellerio Editore, Palermo, 2009.
C. Raffestin, Dalla nostalgia del territorio al desiderio di paesaggio. Elementi per una teoria del paesaggio, Alinea Editrice, Firenze, 2005.

Type of delivery of the course

The course is taught using three different teaching methods. One consists of monographic lectures given by the lecturer on the three thematic nuclei as expressed in the teaching programme. The second consists of the elaboration of two exercises to be carried out in pairs or individually, concerning: the critical analysis of a landscape architecture project; the reading and review of a book. The choice of project and book will be agreed upon with the professor. The exercises will be carried out with the support of the lecturer through periodic reviews. The third involves student involvement. Groups of students take turns to present their exercises to the whole class. This will encourage the sharing of the knowledge acquired and open up an opportunity for discussion and reflection on the topics addressed. Attendance is compulsory at 75%.

Type of evaluation

The examination of learning will be oral and will start from the discussion of the two exercises: the analysis of the project and the book review. The explanation of the project analysed and the book reviewed must be supported by appropriate links with other projects, authors, contexts, theories, methods and texts. The quality of the contents of the first exercise will therefore be assessed; the critical depth of the second exercise will be assessed, as well as knowledge of the topics dealt with during the lessons and the ability to build relationships between experiences, places and topics.