LABORATORY FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IV
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The complex type can be assumed within the case history and the new functional requirements of the contemporary context, according to a need for endowment that can be found from analysis of urban needs and alternative strategies that can result from it. These characteristics represent the objectives in terms of knowledge and ability to understand (Dublin Descriptor 1), of skills (Dublin Descriptor 2) that the student must acquire through attendance and his/her application at the workshop. Teaching has also a further objective which is the attainment of an early autonomy of critical judgement (Dublin Descriptor 3) as well as the acquisition of skills necessary for communication of the project (Dublin Descriptor 4).
Course contents summary
The experience and compositional design of the master's programme provides an experience focused on a complex type in its functional and dimensional characteristics, its urban role and landscape significance. Study of spatial, structural, plant interrelationships. In addition to the composition-design application, the workshop preliminarily presents general cases of the topic chosen, concerning the project development of complex issues. Anamnesis of the issue and its implications on the plane of the beneficiary is representative. Feasibility Conditions Analysis and interpretation by analogy.
General Reference Bibliography:
Le Corbusier 1887-1965, Milan 1993; Various authors Lezioni di progettazione, Milan 1988; ...........
Further targeted bibliographical information is given with respect to specific issues addressed.
The workshop is intended as a place for single or collective operators in which designs are made, according to a methodology of discussion between teacher and student, individually or in small groups (max. 2-3 students). In the first phase, the collection of knowledge and initial analysis, the student will be directed to research in the library or archives, including critical readings in the field of realized buildings. The teaching makes use of lectures (in the Architectural Composition II and Building Distribution Characteristics courses), seminars and workshop activities on the architectural project. The various phases will discuss general issues, both theoretical and practical, addressed in the project by the student, who has the chance to experiment with standalone solutions under the guidance of a maieutics teacher
Assessment methods and criteria
The procedures to check on the final degree of learning take place at a seminar coordinated with other design workshops. The student is obliged to exhibit the work done and its path, to an exam board composed of professors from the area of architectural design, thus demonstrating the knowledge and skills acquired and their possible connections (Dublin Descriptors 1 and 2) in addition to the communicative skills acquired (Dublin Descriptor 4). In addition to the final checks 2-3 moments of intermediate checks on learning are scheduled, conducted in seminar groups within the confines of the single workshop. Student assessment is made by taking into account both the final result and his/her application in the various phases of the project. The architectural project, according to the principle that it is the result of a complex merger between theoretical education and practical experimentation, becomes an element of general assessment within which individual contributions can be located. The evaluation is sufficient if the project demonstrates a capacity acquired to address the issue, in terms of approach but also in terms of graphic representation and verbal presentation. The final decision on the evaluation is the responsibility of the two professors heading the courses making up the workshop.