03870 - Architecture and Architectural Composition 2 (A)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, which aims to realize a project for a residential architecture, the student learns the typology that are suited to the topic and the ways in which it is defined in relation to the character of places.

Course contents

The Laboratory of Architectural Design II (C.I. 12 CFU, 168 hours) is composed, in addition to the characterizing course of Architecture and Architectural Design II (8 CFU, 120 hours), with a course of Distributive Features of Buildings II (2 CFU, 24 hours) and a course of Interior Design (2 CFU, 24 hours).

The course of Architecture and Architectural Design II articulates through three phases of learning.

In the first phase the student will develop an investigation on the urban territory. He will catalog and analyze data and heterogeneous information. He will not only have to reassume, but also to recognize, to compare, to distinguish, to synthesize the picked information and to develop a reflection on the studied matters.

In the second phase the student will formulate an urban project. He will develop this project in the third phase, conclusive of the course, reaching the definition of the architectural object. In these phases, he will have to explain a solution founding it on precise ideas, both to the inside and to the outside of the discipline.

The contents of the course cross the principal matters related to the analysis and to the study of the city and the urban territory. The city will be the place of the experimentation in which the student will verify the hypotheses of project trying to establish coherent relationships between new buildings and (spatial, historical and cultural) context.

Theme of the course is the housing in the historical city. The program will be developed through a search that departs from the knowledge of urban morphological characters. By means of a reflection about history and evolution of the city, some processes of transformation will be individualized. The project proposes the urban retraining of the area through the definition of the relationships between the architectural elements and spaces.


Rafael Moneo, L’altra modernità. Considerazioni sul futuro dell’architettura, Christian Marinotti edizioni, Milano 2012

Francesco Venezia, Che cosa è l’architettura, Electa, Milano 2011

Peter Zumthor, Pensare architettura, Electa, Milano 2003

Francesco Gulinello (a cura di), Figure urbane. Progetti per l’ex caserma Sani a Bologna, Quodlibet, Macerata 2015

Teaching methods

The study of the area will involve a specific knowledge of the useful elements to define its problems, its opportunities and the possible relationships between project and context. Beginning from such investigation the student will define the themes to develop in the project. The project will constitute therefore an instrument to verify the hypotheses.

The search will be organized in study groups. The projects will be illustrated through the fittest means and techniques of representation. The model of architecture will be the preferred means, both for the phase of study and for the final examination.

Assessment methods

The Laboratory of Architectural Design II (C.I. 12 CFU) is composed, in addition to the characterizing course of Architecture and Architectural Design II (8 CFU), with a course of Distributive Features of Buildings II (2 CFU) and a course of Interior Design (2 CFU).

The examination of the Architectural Design Laboratory II, includes the verification of the learning of the contents of all the courses that compose the integrated laboratory. The examination takes place in a single exam.

The topics discussed in class, the contents of the texts in the bibliography and the design processes elaborated within the Laboratory will be verified through:

- collective discussions;

- intermediate seminars;

- ex tempore tests;

- discussion during the exam to verify: the knowledge of the topics discussed, the coherence of the design process, the ability to illustrate proposals through graphic and model, the property of language and efficacy of presentation.

Teaching tools

The bibliographies distributed during the course will give the information for the development of the analysis and for the definition of the project. Thematic seminars will be organized.

Office hours

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