The knowledge of historic architecture is very important to help the students improve their capacity of understanding the buildings and their design and technical features; this knowledge is gained through the study of the whole of buildings’ motivations, historic context and design features. The wide variety of courses dealing with history of architecture comes from this conviction.
The course of History of Architecture and Methods of Analysis aims at critically retracing the composition process -either ideological, methodical or procedural- at the basis of every architecture; it is directed towards the students of the fifth year of course, that are already aware of the role that history of architecture plays in the design process. In particular, the very role of history in relation to architectural design during centuries is at the basis of the disciplinary orientation meant for the topics at hand, avoiding to take into account the use of simple stylistic issues as repertoire-catalogue and preferring the methodological lesson from the past.
Once the intention of considering above all the historical evolution of the design method has been stated, the language will be dealt with closely during the classes, together with the programmatic criteria and the motivations -even ideological- found in the period of time between the Fifteen century and today.
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Mutuazione: 21010043 STORIA E METODI DI ANALISI DELL'ARCHITETTURA in Scienze dell'architettura L-17 SCIMEMI MADDALENA


The course of History of Architecture and Methods of Analysis aims at critically retracing the composition process - either ideological, methodical or procedural- at the basis of every architecture. Lessons in chronological sequence, from the Italian Quattrocento to the XX century, are dedicated to masterworks or lesser known architectures, discussing the sources required by selected "history making" processes.
This section of the course aims at presenting a series of different historical analysis and interpretations, considered of significant value with respect to the scientific background of the author, to her/his methods of investigations, to research goals, patronage and chronological context. Written sources, such as texts and visual representations, as well as built architectures and urban complexes, are discussed in a critical perspective. A special focus is dedicated to the selection and interpretation of historical sources and to the use of "diagrams" in architectural representations.

Core Documentation

ESSAYS (Required Reading of at least of TWO of the followings):
- James Ackerman, La villa. Forma e ideologia, Torino
- Rafael Moneo, La solitudine degli edifici e altri scritti, vol 1, Torino 1999.
- John Summerson, Il linguaggio classico dell’Architettura, Torino 1970.

- Manfredo Tafuri, Progetto e utopia, Roma-Bari, 1973.

SOURCES (required excerpt at least ONE among the following collections, with reference to the topic of "Parallel & Contrasts" elaborate):
Ulrich Conrads (a c.d.), Manifesti e programmi per l'architettura del 20. secolo, Firenze 1970.

Joan Ockman (ed.), Architecture, culture 1943-1968. a Documentary Anthology,  New York 1993.

Type of delivery of the course

Classes are organized as a sequence of lessons thematically ordered. Active participation of students is highly recommended, as well as their attendance to all the activities (visits to exhibitions or sites of interests) foreseen by the schedule provided. At the end of the course, each student is asked to present a critic paper on a topic previously agreed with the professors: this elaborate, filled by text, images and analytic drawings, can be either in paper or digital format (file .pdf preferred).


For 75% of the duration of the course

Type of evaluation

The oral exam (60% of the total evaluation) is based on the knowledge of the bibliography provided and the topics discussed in class during the course. An individual paper, both visual+written, is required (40% of the total evaluation) is required: to be titled "Parallels or Contrasts", concerning topics previously agreed with the professor, and to be delivered at the end of the course. The deadline for submitting "Parallels or Contrasts" elaborates is mid June 2023 (Summer session), file .pdf or .ppt format, personal folder in the "student work" folder, shared One Drive, Team Storia e metodi di analisi dell'architettura. More details will be provided during the course.