75455 - History of Italian/European Architecture M

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the class, student has knowledge of methods and tools to analyse and understand architectural buildings and spaces, from the Ancient times to the Modern age, with particular attention to: relationships between forms and structures; building materials and techniques; aims of the clients and the architects; connections with previous and contemporary architectures. In particular, at the end of the course he/she is able to critically analyse an architectural work by identifying forms, building typologies and techniques as well as their relationships.

Course contents

Object of the course is to present the main architectures from the antiquity to the present presented under the lens of relation between the renewal of the past and the interpretation of modernity.

The course is scheduled in thematic parts for each week. Each period will be presented and analyzed with a lesson; at the end of each lesson, the student will analize the main topics with a individual exercises.

Lessons are focussed on:

1. The Greek architecture

2. The Roman architecture

3. The Architecture between the end of the Roman Empire and the Middle Age

4. The Romanesque and Gothic architecture

5. The Renaissance

6. The Baroque

7. The Architecture in Europe during the XVIII century

8. The Eclecticism and new materials

9. Arts and architecture: the avant-garde

10. The Modernity during the XIX century


The student must choose and study one book in this list:

D. Watkin, A History of Western Architecture (London: Laurence King, 2015; first edition 1986); italian translation: D. Watkin, Storia dell'architettura occidentale (Bologna: Zanichelli, 2016)


S. Kostof, A History of Architecture. Settings and Rituals (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; first edition: 1985)


N. Pevsner, An outline of European architecture (London: Thames & Hudson, 2009; first edition: 1960); italian translation: N. Pevsner, Storia dell'architettura europea (Roma-Bari: Laterza 2003)

Teaching methods

Lessons, symposiums, exercises.

Details about exercizes will be indicated in teaching tools.

Assessment methods

In order to take the exam, the students need a positive mark in the class exercise and are requested to know the lecture notes and the bibliography.

The exam length is about 20 minutes: it consists in an explanation of a free subject chosen by the student and, at least, in two questions.

Teaching tools

Lecture notes in "Insegnamenti on line"

Office hours

See the website of Matteo Cassani Simonetti