21010034 - LAB - Learning from Abroad

Learning from Abroad is a design laboratory with an international character, which provides a complex and original design experience, accompanied by the opening towards horizons at the center of the culture and practice of contemporary architectural debate.
The "Architecture for Work and Production" Laboratory aims to carry out the project of a building or a small complex of buildings with a high urban or territorial value, able, on the one hand, of innovating the approach to Work and Industrial production and, on the other, to regenerate an industrial or peripheral urban area.
The project will be developed in groups of maximum 4 students and will be divided into three phases: a. urban concept; b. architectural vision; c. design development.
The scale will not exceed 1: 100 but there may be detailed insights. Technology will be seen as a constitutive element of the design choices.
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Mutuazione: 21010034 LAB - Learning from Abroad in Architettura - Progettazione architettonica LM-4 Cipollone Eugenio


The site chosen for the study is an area defined by the Rome City Master Plan, identified as "Ambito di valorizzazione B10 Porta Portese - Arsenale Pontificio".
The area is bounded by the Tiber embankment, the Sublicio and Testaccio bridges and the Via Portuense.
The project theme is the general redevelopment of this urban area, starting with the settlement of the headquarters of the Quadriennale di Roma in the area of the former “Arsenale Pontificio” according to the redevelopment project ofInsula architettura e ingegneria and thus involving the other areas and buildings included within the perimeter of the redevelopment area.
The area is strongly characterised by these buildings: today, they are often occupied without any title, clogged with dilapidated structures and used for improper activities which are incompatible with the architectural, testimonial and environmental quality of the area.
The project will provide:
- the recovery of valuable buildings and the replacement or demolition of incongruous buildings distributed between Via Portuense and the banks of the Tiber;
- the reorganisation and rationalisation of open-air commercial activities linked to the Porta Portese Sunday market with the aim of giving Via Portuense the role of urban street.

Core Documentation

Thematic lectures and interventions by personalities and scholars involved in the transformation process of the area are planned.

Type of delivery of the course

Oral exam and project evaluation. 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.


Students must attend at the least the 75% of lessons to be admitted to the final exam

Type of evaluation

The workshop will consist of two phases: - A first choral phase, in which a shared urban project will be developed, will identify some areas that will be subject to in-depth intervention; - a second phase in which the students, having selected one of the areas, will develop a project at the scale of the building.