85900 - Architecture and Urban Landscape

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The students learn how to intervene on the layered urban areas and acquire the theoretical-practical tools that enable them to make targeted choices on the transformations of the city and landscape.

Course contents

The course “Architecture and Urban Landscape” deals with themes strictly related to those developed from other modules of the Final Workshop: Regeneration of Italian Post War City, headed by Prof. Antonio Esposito. The teaching activities, carried out during the first semester, are organized in lectures and in project experiences.

The system of urban and peri-urban open spaces, characterized by human and natural features, represents the main theme of the course which involves different aspects of landscape. Particular importance is given to analysis, assessment and planning/design, with attention to physiographic, vegetational, historical, and visual elements of sites as well as anthropic and ecological dynamics. These represent the local identity and are capable of stimulating innovative strategies of planning and design in synergy with the characteristics of the territorial context, on both a large or a small scale.

In this way, the lectures and project experiences can help the students to develop cognitive, assessment and design skills. These are based on the understanding and construction of relationships between architectures and open spaces, between identifying features and contemporary transformations, between spatial articulation and its evolutionary dynamics.


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- Sereni E., Storia del paesaggio agrario italiano, Bari, 1999.

- Settis S, Paesaggio Costituzione cemento. La battaglia per l'ambiente contro il degrado civile, Einaudi, 2012

Teaching methods

The laboratory will proceed by lectures, analysis and assessments and design experimentations on the different case studies.

Assessment methods

The workshop "Re-qualify the post-war city" (16 CFU) as well as this characterizing teaching (Architecture and architectural composition III, 7CFU) is also made up of the following teachings: History of the contemporary city (3CFU), Landscape aesthetics (2 CFU), Architectural and urban composition I (2 CFU) and Architecture and urban landscape (2 CFU). The suitability test includes the learning verification of the contents of all the lessons that comprise it and takes place in a single test.

At the end of the workshop each student will have contributed with writings and graphics works to produce a dossier in which the results of the activity carried out by the entire laboratory will flow together. The final qualification test will take place as part of a collective public exhibition of the results achieved in the analysis and design of the different case studies, articulated with projection of the results achieved, duly commented by each student for the part of their competence. The commission will be made up of the entire teaching staff of the laboratory.

For the achievement of eligibility, it must be verified for each student, the acquisition of the conceptual tools deemed necessary for the correct setting of the degree thesis work and a sufficient state of advancement of the analytical and planning framework of each case study.

Teaching tools

Lectures through slides projection and practical exercises.

Office hours

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