29508 - City and Landscape Representation (A)

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the class, students are able to use the drawing as a tool for "knowledge" of landscape, architecture and city in order to define the centrality of the relationship between analysis and project. In particular, students know how to use different representation techniques to analyze, know, describe and draw, in a proportionate way, both landscape, city and architecture.

Course contents

Representation processes and tools are considered as means which cannot be separated from the ends. This hypothesis is both theoretically grounded in, and confirmed by, the constant role that design has played in the work of the masters of the past, which emphasises the centrality of the analysis/design relationship.

Students must be aware of the forms of architecture, city and landscape and must be able to manage the tools that allow the manipulation of their compositional, dimensional, proportional and perceptual characteristics.

For this reason, we try to put the student in a position to acquire a secure manual capacity in the use of the simplest and straightforward graphic techniques through the practice of freehand drawing, with attention to the chromatic aspects and the colour representation.

The works must be understood as a series of path arrival points, including classroom and exterior exercises. Students must record all of these experiences, in the form of notes and drawings, on a notebook that must be kept up to date. The student at the end of the class must be able to observe, read, analyze and represent with the appropriate methods and tools the aspects that characterize the specific field of architecture, city and landscape.


RUSKIN, J., Mattinate fiorentine, Mondatori, Milano, 1984;

RUSKIN, J., Le pietre di Venezia, Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, Milano, 1987;

VIOLLET LE DUC, E., Histoire d'un dessinateur: comment on apprend a dessiner, Paris, Berger-Levrault, 1978, ed. it. Storia di un disegnatore: come si impara a disegnare , Venezia, Cavallino, 1992.

Teaching methods

The "facts" studied in the course of the year, in the form of observations and drawings, will be assembled in a sort of individual notebook.

Assessment methods

The assessment will depend on the quality of the work submitted and on an interview on topics addressed in the suggested bibliography; moreover, the final exam is aimed at verifying the achievement of the teaching targets set by the integrated course, which can be demonstrated by students through the submission of the individual works performed during the year and of the "notebook" containing the notes, the surveys and the exercises made in the classroom and outside.

Teaching tools

Students use measuring instruments for building survey and related drawings which will be made in the labs and notebooks with various types of pencils, colors (watercolors in particular) or inks for freehand design, both in classroom and outside.

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