FINAL SYNTHESIS LABORATORY (ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN III)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The project is assumed as an urban part that is complementary to other urban areas in the definition of a significant role and arrangement in tune with the structure of the city and territory. The scale of the work is put into perspective with respect to the conditions of the context and the theme tackled. Type-morphology of settlements and criteria of liveability. Architecture and infrastructure. These characteristics represent the objectives in terms of knowledge and ability to understand (Dublin Descriptor 1), of skills (Dublin Descriptor 2) that the student acquires through attending 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
This course, which belongs to the disciplines of the ICAR 14 group, addresses the issue of the theory and practice of architecture design. The third phase of the educational design experience will focus in particular on the relationship architecture-city, where the settlement device experiences the interscalar concatenation of architectural design in its definition of the role, shape and figure of the urban part and the volumetric and spatial components that characterize it. The palimpsest-narrative history of the city within which fits the project as informed variant in a critical relationship with the phenomenology of contemporary transformation. Geometries and physiology of the city of architecture. Narrative Sequence and formal and functional articulation mechanisms of the urban project. Urban Identity. In addition to the composition-project application, a contribution is dedicated to the case history of urban transformation through the architectural project. The theoretical concept of the urban part. Analysis of the structure and physiology of the urban context within which fits the urban part defined by the project.
General Reference Bibliography:
G. Canella, Un ruolo per l’architettura e altri scritti del Gruppo Architettura in Various authors Per un’idea di città, Venice 1984; … … … … …… More 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. The teaching uses lectures (for Architectural Composition III and Architecture of Interiors and Fittings), seminars and workshop activities on architecture design. 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.