ARCHITECTURE DESIGN FOR THE SMART CITY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is to provide students with concepts and skills that can be spent immediately in the professional field, increasingly aimed at integrating the traditional design process and the smart strategies as a quality objective for any built environment, and for inhabitants of cities, suburbs, rural areas. The project aims at providing professional tools for architects called to work for the city regeneration in the coming years
Course contents summary
The Smart City can be understood as an innovative design process, which offers professional perspectives to students of architecture, for a field in deep development both in the architectural project, and in the city, small towns and landscape planning.
The course aims at providing awareness and basic knowledge on the innovative processes guiding the city planners in a smart perspective, overcoming the tendency to read the Smart City as a collection of unrelated technological, economic or social projects, and pursuing a more substantial design purpose, aimed at improving the quality of life throughout the city, or in one well-defined part, also using contemporary scientific and technological tools.
With these objectives, the course aims at providing a perspective on the topic of Smart City as a current phenomenon in strong development, on the evolutionary paths of cities and cultural landscapes, on technologies, processes and models of governance.
The architect working on the Smart City must have a specialist knowledge and skills, for combining traditional design strategies with contemporary technical, technological and digital tools, in a sustainable perspective, where the beauty of architecture and the city contributes to culture, to the economy and social development of the landscape.
Starting from a necessary field definition, the course deals with the theme of the architectural project for the Smart City, both as a necessary cultural process in the contemporary world, and as a high-tech ecosystem, with the aim of analyzing excellent case study and foreshadowing new sustainable models, for the smart and digital growth of the city and the landscape.
General framing text:
Renata Paola Dameri, Monica Bruzzone, "Smart city. Pianificazione e sviluppo economico territoriale", Parma-Genova, AMR, Laboratorio Architettura Musei Reti, 2018.
Further bibliographic references will be made available during the lessons.
The course is developed with a calendar alternating lectures, testimonies and project works. The monographic lectures, are dedicated to deepen the main issues and the main problems in the process of the architectural design for the Smart City. The experts testimonies in many disciplinary fields affected by the smart process of both the building and the city are intended as essential contributions for understanding the plurality of approaches to the Smart City phenomenon.
Assessment methods and criteria
Along the semester, students will develop (individually or in small groups) a project work aimed at critically analyzing and studying, emblematic or paradigmatic case study of smart strategies applied to the building or to small parts of the city. The work, which develops throughout the semester, is aimed at verifying the level of learning and the critical skills of the students, with attention to the relationship between case studies and cultural models for a sustainable and innovative design process with high technological content. The project work, developed by the students in the semester and reviewed by the teachers during the teaching activity, is the subject of discussion for the final exam, which is intended as a seminar time to share the results of the learning process.