METHODS OF RESEARCH ON HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The major aim of the course is to enable students to make judgment, to have an historical and bibliographic instruments to be able to analyse and understand movements, effects and protagonists (architects, artists, patrons, benefits, etc) of this fundamental period (first Dublin Descriptor). To achieve this aim it’s necessary to always use multiple approaches and different methods of analysis observing the Unity of History (second Dublin Descriptor). Undergraduate should be able: to use the acquired knowledge to make personal and mature judgements (third Dublin Descriptor); to use the appropriate technical language (fourth Dublin Descriptor); to establish logical connections between topics; to read the complexity of architecture (fifth Dublin Descriptor).
Course contents summary
During their last year, students deal again with historical subjects to improve their instruments of critical analysis and historiographical synthesis, in view both of writing their thesis and of coping more knowingly with their future profession. The course is divided in two parts: the first one is an overview of the main traditions and of the most prominent authors in the architectural literature. The second is aimed to give some hints about theoretical thinking and historiographical methods in architecture.
1. A. Bruschi, Bramante, Biblioteca Universale Laterza (ed. dal 1985)
2. B. Adorni, Giulio Romano architetto. Gli anni mantovani, Silvana editoriale Milano 2012.
3. B. Adorni, L’architettura a Parma sotto i primi Farnese 1545-1630, Diabasis, Reggio Emilia 2008; or B. Adorni, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Skira Milano 2008.
4. M. Tafuri, Teorie e storia dell’architettura, Laterza Bari 1968 (prima ed.).
Teacher orientated lessons with slides and documentary films; possibility to visit museums and monumental sites; possibility of seminars with external experts.
Attendance is highly recommended because contents of the course are necessary to take for some following exams. Students unable to attend (with certificate reasons such as work) have to contact the teacher to agree on a proper bibliography.
Assessment methods and criteria
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