33155 - Sustainable Design

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  • Teacher Antonio Esposito

  • Credits 2

  • SSD ICAR/14

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of this module is to develop the students' awareness of all possible design strategies based on the complexity of the environmental variables. Students will be guided in a design process where attention to context and the integration of passive design solutions are a priority. Both individual and team work is used to develop independent judgment, improving the communication skills, necessary for the illustration of the design solutions.

Course contents

The Sustainable Architecture Design Studio [16 CFU – 192 hours] embeds the following teaching modules:

- Sustainable Design Technologies I [2+2 CFU – 24+24 hours]

- Sustainable Design Technologies II [4 CFU – 48 hours]

- Energy performance evaluation [4 CFU – 48 hours]

- Sustainable Design [2 CFU – 24 hours]

- Energy Savings Design [2 CFU – 24 hours]

The core contents of the studio are addressed to energy efficient and sustainable architecture, aiming to control the process as whole in relation with boundary conditions and complex contexts.

The Sustainable Design module aims, through frontal communication and project reviews, to make the student reflect on the formal implications that building and urban regeneration involves. These implications obligate the project to support the utilitarian logic of the activities of increasing the efficiency of the built building heritage and of mitigating its relations with the context, with the formal logic of the relationship between the architectural parts of the building and the buildings with the urban context, considering also the latter as a collective product whose overall form can and must be subjected to the control of the project.


to reflect on the close relationships between technique and form in architecture and to experiment on the project the various options that this relationship implies in terms of formal expression of the project and language.
to reflect on the close relationships between technique and form in architecture and to experiment on the project the various options that this relationship implies in terms of formal expression of the project and language.

Readings/Bibliography

  • Salvatore Settis, Paesaggio Costituzione Cemento, Einaudi 2010
  • Aldo Rossi, Considerazioni sulla morfologia urbana e la tipologia edilizia, in A.Rossi, Scritti scelti, CLUP 1975
  • José Ignacio Linazasoro; La memoria dell'ordine:paradossi dell'architettura moderna, LetteraVentidue 2015
  • José Ortega y Gasset, Il mito dell’uomo oltre la tecnica, in J.Ortega y Gasset, Meditazione sulla tecnica e altri saggi su scienza e filosofia, Mimesis edizioni 2011
  • José Ortega y Gasset, Sullo stile in architettura, in J.Ortega y Gasset, Meditazione sulla tecnica e altri saggi su scienza e filosofia, Mimesis edizioni 2011
  • Antonio Esposito, Per una riforma dei paesaggi urbani in Italia, in F.Moschini (a cura di), Gallipoli, laboratorio di progettazione, Gangemi 2016

Teaching methods

The activity will develop according to a schedule organized by progress reports (SAL). Each SAL will be mainly dedicated to the resolution of a specific design aspect.

The SAL consists in the writing of a sinthesis document to be delivered at set dates and then told to the other students and lecturers of the Laboratory, to submit it to a critical review (design review).

Assessment methods

The exam embeds the assessment of the contents of all the modules and teaching activities included in the design studio and consists in a unique evaluation.

Seminars and reviews are envisaged in order to assess the progress of the projects. Theretical background and references are assessed during the courses according to technological choices. The projects are the results of a progressive development and the final examination is based on a presentation of the finidings and theoretical references as well as on the discussion of drawings and document produced.

Teaching tools

The regular presence of the students at the Laboratory is required, to allow an efficient management of the work progression in each phase of the building design . The Department library is a useful support for specific documentation and for in-depth studies . Department of Architecture and School of Engineering and Architecture equipments will be used (overhead projectors, videoprojectors, electronic media, data carriers ).

Office hours

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