03718 - Architectural Composition I (A)

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  • Teacher Luca Conti

  • Credits 8

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Corso Architecture

Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents

The course consists in the design of a public building in the historic center of an Italian city, in a context of remarkable architectural value.

The student will be guided in the assumption of the principles on which the existing city is built and the project will attempt to be integrated in the surrounding urban fabric.

The aim is an architecture respondent to the contemporary expectations, according to the transformations imposed by the present, but able to cohabit and dialog with the existing one. We will drive our interest on the typological aspects, the morphology, the tectonic and the use of materials. The purpose is to reach an architectural matter equivalent, if not superior, to the transmitted one, giving continuity to the tradition of the Italian and European city.

The course will comprise a series of lectures, the execution of mid-term exercises and a final project by the students.

Theoretical and critical investigations on contemporary architecture, specifically when focusing on the topic of memory, will be included.

The lessons will be related both to the knowledge of themes from ancient architectures and to theoretical and practical arguments of architects whose works can be considered paradigmatic for the way architecture is thought and built.

The seminars will focus on the students' works, with an evaluation of the their project themes to address their development.


- BOHIGAS, Oriol; Contro l'incontinenza urbana: riconsiderazione morale sull'architettura e la città, Gangemi 2008

- CALVINO Italo; Lezioni americane: sei proposte per il nuovo millennio, Mondadori 1993

- CAMPO BAEZA Alberto; L' idea costruita, LetteraVentidue 2012

- FORTIER, Bruno; Amate città, Electa 1995

- FRAMPTON, Kenneth; Storia dell'architettura moderna, Zanichelli 1982

- GEHL, Jan; Vita in città: spazio urbano e relazioni sociali, Maggioli 1991

- GRASSI, Giorgio; Architettura, lingua morta, Electa 1988

- GREGOTTI, Vittorio; Diciassette lettere sull'architettura, Laterza 2001

- KAHN, Louis; Forma y Diseño, Nueva Vision 1965

- LYNCH Kevin; Progettare la città: la qualità della forma urbana, ETAS libri 1990

- MARTÍ ARÍS, Carlos; Le variazioni dell’identità, Clup 1994.

- MEISS, Pierre von; Dalla forma al luogo: un'introduzione allo studio dell'architettura, Hoepli 1992

- MONEO, Rafael; La solitudine degli edifici e altri scritti, Allemandi

- MONTANER, Josep Maria; Las formas del siglo 20, Gustavo Gili 2002

- PANERAI, Philippe, CASTEX Jean, DEPAULE Jean Charles; Isolato urbano e città contemporanea, Città Studi 1981

- PEREC, George; Specie di spazi, Bollati Boringhieri 1989

- QUARONI, Ludovico; Progettare un edificio: otto lezioni di architettura, Mazzotta 1977

- SOLÀ-MORALES Ignasi de; Territorios, Gustavo Gili 2002

- SOLÀ-MORALES Manuel de; De cosas urbanas, Gustavo Gili 20..

- ROGERS Ernesto Nathan; Gli elementi del fenomeno architettonico, Laterza 1961

- TÁVORA, Fernando; Da Organização do Espaço, Porto, Edições do Curso de Arquitectura da ESBAP 1982

Assessment methods

The exam is done through [intermediate tests, homework, final exam], which ensures the acquisition of knowledge and skills expected.

The oral exam consists of a discussion on the project.

It’s important to clarify the idea of judjment. It will be considered unique for the accademic year and based on the continuous work of the students during the semesters.

The judjment will consider the work of the students in the various steps of the studio work, with a special attention to:

- The research and personal study of the students;

- The integration in the project o technological and cultural knowledge;

- The quality of the design process and the in the definition and solution of design problems;

- The improvement of the work during the semesters;

- The parecipation and scrupolousness in the graphic, verbal and written parts of the work.

The exam will be granted to students who demonstrate mastery and operational capacity in relation to the key concepts discussed in teaching, and in particular to architectural design in relation to the historical context. A higher score will be awarded to students who demonstrate that they understand and be able to use all of the teaching content: the graphical representation of a vocabulary mastery in the exposition architectural / composition of the project.

Office hours

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