Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main purpose of the integrated laboratory is to provide students with the technical and cultural tools necessary to understand and govern the difficult transition from the three dimensions that characterize the reality in which we live to the two dimensions typical of most of the media used to describe and study the forms of architecture.
At the end of the course students will have learned the projective laws and methods for a scientific representation on the plane. They will have the knowledge necessary to understand the forms in the space, at different scales and according to several codes of representation. Students will also learn the main conventions of architectural drawing.
At the end of the course, students will be able to represent and graphically describe the built and projected architecture, using a process that, starting from the preparatory sketches, leads to the realization of the complex drawings essential for the physical construction of the object. To do this the students will be able to use the different methods and different representation techniques acquired within the two modules constituting the laboratory.
Independence of judgment
Due to the knowledge and skills acquired in the laboratory, the students will be able to evaluate critically and independently the architectural drawings that have characterized the discipline in its historical development. At the end of the course the students will also identify for themselves the methods and the techniques of representation most appropriate for the communication of their work.
Since the representation is one of the leading forms of language for the communication of architecture, passing the exam, the students must necessarily have acquired the ability to communicate their ideas and projects through the drawing.
Course contents summary
The Laboratory of Representation is a basic teaching of the first year of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The Drawing has in fact a preliminary essential connotation in relation to other disciplines of architecture. It constitutes the specific language and the prerequisite of any constructive intervention, both in relation to the development of the project idea, both for what concerns its subsequent realization.
The laboratory is divided into two separate courses, which are characterized by different features, but strongly integrated with each other. For the specific contents of the two courses of “Architectural Design and Descriptive Geometry” and “Digital Drawing” refers the forms of the individual courses.
See the forms of the individual courses constituting the laboratory.
The laboratory consists of two separate but closely integrated courses, characterized by lectures, still-life drawing exercises and laboratory activities in classroom. For more information, see the forms of the individual modules.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of learning of the entire laboratory will be tested evaluating the results achieved by the students in the individual courses, integrated through the development and discussion of an examination theme common to both courses. Each student, individually, will analyze and represent an architectural work of a master of the twentieth century, chosen by the teacher, using the knowledge, methods and techniques learned during the course.
The verification will be so modulated:
Results reached in the course of “Architectural Design and Descriptive Geometry”: 50%;
Results reached in the course of “Digital Drawing”: 15%;
Results reached in the examination theme common to both courses: 35%.
The examination theme will be evaluated mainly on the basis of some fundamental parameters, which can be schematically illustrated as follow: congruence of the representation with the object of study and congruence of the drawings between them (knowledge), application of the methods and techniques of representation (skills), autonomous choice of the most appropriate methods for the communication of the project (independence of judgment).
Only students who have attended at least 70% of the hours of lessons for the entire laboratory can take the exam.