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  • Teacher Ines Tolic

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ICAR/18

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students are familiar with the main architectural events of contemporary era; understand the relationship between objects and spaces designed for their communication; are able to evaluate critically the main architectures of the last decades in relation to the global cultural and economic contemporary panorama.

Course contents

Lectures will have a monographic character and will concern those accomplishments that have contributed to the establishment of certain “places” as landmarks of fashion, design and architecture at the global level. Being focused on case studies, the course can be considered as a sampling of lifestyles, design approaches or spacial models, which allows us to understand how the taste has evolved in relation to both public and private spaces over the last couple of centuries. The aim of the course is to investigate the increasing relationships between fashion, design, art and architecture, highlighting the peculiarities of contemporary age.


Harvard design school guide to shopping, Taschen, Köln 2001, pp. 129-156; 165-174; 193-204; 271-298; 381-390; 391-402; 505-526; 587-618. 

Ines Tolic, Selling Mr Architect. How the Modern Shop Transformed Domestic Architecture and Urban Landscapes, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2016.

All the teaching material used during the lectures will be stored on IOL and is to be considered as an integral part of the bibliography.


Teaching methods

The course includes theoretical lectures, but is mostly dedicated to the analysis of case studies considered of particular significance.

Halfway into the course, students will have the chance to take a "self-evaluating" test, the purpose of which is to test their knowledge of certain topics discussed during lectures.

In order to enrich the didactic offer, special lectures with experts of different fields are planned.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists in an interview the aim of which is to evaluate the critical and methodological capacities of the students. Questions are generic, so as to allow students to organize autonomously the answer focusing on the key issues discussed during the course. To be able to recognize projects, their style and the period to which they belong is an important part of the assessment process.

More specifically, the achievement by the student of an organic vision of the issues addressed during the lessons and their critical use, demonstrating mastery of specific language will be assessed with the highest mark. Mechanical and/or mnemonic knowledge; non-articulated synthesis and analysis of issues and/or correct language, but not always appropriate, will lead to discrete results; training gaps and/or inappropriate language - although in a context of minimal knowledge of the course themes - will lead to outcomes that will not exceed the sufficiency. Training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of guidance within the reference materials offered during the course will not allow the student to pass the exam.

Teaching tools

Slides and videos. All the teaching material used during the lectures will be stored on Insegnamenti On Line [IOL].

Office hours

See the website of Ines Tolic