81902 - Industrial Design 5

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

Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Responsible consumption and production Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The module collects the stimuli offered by the teaching of Technical Architecture and inserts them within a design process related to a component or product of appropriate complexity to explore its peculiarities. At the end of the teaching, the student knows how to analytically explore the complexity of a component exposed to the environmental and climatic conditions of the construction industry.

Course contents

The Tripoli Fair: an unfinished work by Oscar Niemeyer

The Tripoli International Fair was commissioned to Oscar Niemeyer in 1963; but this magical monument of modernity never found completion: the construction site was in fact abandoned in 1975 due to the Lebanese civil war. The 10,000 hectares with 15 buildings remained unfinished concrete building structures up to our times.

The 15 building structures are partially used, but much remains at the level of rough construction. The course intends to use these structures, and possibly integrate the area with other building systems to revitalize this area which is located in the immediate vicinity of the city's homes. Each project team will have to choose a monument and its neighboring area to hypothesize a new use, and generate interaction / connection with the whole.

The structures of Niemeyer are considered Cultural Heritage and with this they cannot be changed if not "completed". The main task of the individual project will be the definition of use, the redistribution of the area and the flow of people and external insulation.


E. Dassori, R. Morbiducci, Costruire l'architettura, Tecniche Nuove, Milano 2010.

B. Munari, Da cosa nasce cosa. Appunti per una metodologia progettuale, Laterza, Roma 2010.

M. Salvadori e R. Heller, Le strutture in architettura, Nuova edizione ampliata, ETASLIBRI, Milano 1992.

M. Salvadori, Perché gli edifici stanno in piedi, Bompiani, Milano 2000.

M. Salvadori, M. Levy, Perché gli edifici cadono, Bompiani, Milano 1997.

V. Olgyay, Design with Climate: Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism, Princeton University Press, Princeton 1963.

R. Gulli, Struttura e Costruzione, Firenze University Press, Firenze 2012.

F. Celaschi, A. Deserti, Design e innovazione, Carocci, Roma 2007.

F. Celaschi, Non Industrial Design, Luca Sossella, Milano 2017.

D. Norman, La Caffettiera del Masochista, Giunti Editore S.p.A , Milano 1997.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods

The Workshop provides frontal/online lessons, testimonies of guests experts in the subject, work and study (in the classroom and at home) of the assigned theme, assistance from teachers to all phases of research, design and implementation of models and scale prototypes.

The course is divided into several phases, related to them:

Phase 1 – Frontal lessons from course teachers, representatives of the companies involved in the project, subject matter experts;

Phase 2 – Research and study on the assigned theme, through bibliography research on manuals, magazines, web sources;

Phase 3 – Concept and design, using 3D modelling tools and study plastics;

Step 4 – Scaling prototyping of the project developed, through the possible use of the machinery available in the design labs.

Assessment methods

The activity of each group of students will be evaluated at three distinct times.

The first phase of research will be carried out by working in groups. The first interim assessment will be made at the end of October and will be subject to the presentation of a dossier (in the form of a slideshow) containing the acquisition of a selected repertoire of historical and existing solutions. The presentation of the research collectively and will be an important moment of exchange and discussion between students and teachers.

The second phase of the concept will be developed by working in groups. A second interim assessment will be carried out in mid-November and will be subject to the presentation of the concept if the preliminary project is developed. The presentation will be made in the form of a dossier (slideshow) containing the elaborate graphics and study models - three-dimensional and physical - made. The presentation will be made collectively and will be an important moment of exchange and discussion between students and teachers.

The third stage of the final project will be carried out both in groups and individually: after the second intermediate evaluation, each member of the group will have to choose a constructive element and develop it. In mid-December, the final evaluation will take place, dedicated to the presentation of the final project and the prototype. The presentation will be made in the form of a dossier (slideshow) containing the elaborate project graphics and the three-dimensional and physical models made. The presentation will be made collectively and will constitute an important moment of exchange and discussion between students and teachers, in order to make any changes and integrations to arrive at the final solution that will have to be "packaged" for the Final exam.

The final evaluation will be carried out in January, at the end of the course, and will consist of the presentation by each group of their project (in the form of slideshows) and the prototype made during the final phase of constructive experimentation.

Teaching tools

Lectures, handouts

computer, overhead projector

Office hours

See the website of Andreas Sicklinger

See the website of Massimiliano Biagio Baglieri