90974 - Places and Spaces of Contemporary Architecture

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Ines Tolic
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: ICAR/18
  • Language: English
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Fashion Studies (cod. 9067)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students are familiar with the main architectural events of contemporary era; understand the relationship between objects and spaces designed for their communication; are able to evaluate critically the main architectures of the last decades in relation to the global cultural and economic contemporary panorama.

Course contents

The course objective is to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary architecture and its problems. Each lecture will be dedicated to a single topic and will address emblematic cases in-depth, with the aim of highlighting the role of the project at different scales: from design to architecture to the urban dimension.

With the goal of encouraging a participatory discussion on design cultures, the classroom lessons are accompanied by a practical exercise on the course topics.


At the conclusion of each lecture, the instructor will provide a bibliography of reference readings on the topics dealt with during the lecture. The slides prepared by the instructor - available on the Virtuale platform - and all the information contained in them are an essential part of the course bibliography.

Teaching methods

The course is divided in lectures dedicated to individual topics and case study analyses. We will address these in chronological order, highlighting moments of continuity and disruption.

Course attendance is not mandatory. However, it is strongly encouraged, especially for those students without prior exposure to the study of architecture and design.

Visiting experts will deliver special lectures that will enrich what we have learned throughout the course with new points of view.

Assessment methods

The exam will be oral in format. Its objective is to evaluate the critical and methodological capabilities developed by the student. Questions are formulated so as to allow students to lead their own autonomous discussions, focusing on key questions in accordance with the methods learned in class and through the study of course readings.

Specifically, students able to express an organic vision of the themes dealt with in class, and apply them critically, will receive excellent grades. Students who memorise course material but are unable to provide a clear synthesis and analysis of them, as well as those who employ correct but at times inappropriate language, will receive passing grades. Finally, students who have not learned the course contents or who use incorrect language (in the context of an introductory course) will not pass the exam. Gaps in knowledge, inappropriate language, and lack of familiarity with the recommended readings will all lead to failing grades.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint and video. The slides we illustrate and comment on during lectures integrate the bibliography of readings with useful information and iconographic material. Students can download slides on the Virtuale platform.

Office hours

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Quality education Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.