cod. 1005800

Academic year 2013/14
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Storia dell'architettura (ICAR/18)
"discipline storiche per l'architettura"
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The history of architecture are essential in the intellectual development and in the practise of architecture. The major aim of the course is to enable the student to make judgment, have an historical and bibliographic instruments to be able to analyse and understand movements, effects and protagonists (architects, artists, patrons, benefits, etc) of this fundamental period (first Dublin Descriptor). To achieve this aim it’s necessary to always use multiple approaches and different methods of analysis observing the Unity of History (second Dublin Descriptor).
Undergraduate shall be able to: use the acquired knowledge to make personal and mature judgements (third Dublin Descriptor); use the appropriate technical language (fourth Dublin Descriptor); establish logical connections between topics; read the complexity of architecture (fifth Dublin Descriptor).


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Course unit content

History of ancient and medieval architeture (60 hours, 6 CFU).
Aim of the course is to offer a complete outline of western architecture from the Antiquity to XIV century; the course offers new keys to interpret the role of architecture in the western civilization.

Full programme

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1. PEVSNER Nikolaus, Storia dell'architettura europea, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1966 or subsequent editions;
2. BARTOLINI SALIMBENI Lorenzo, BOZZONI Corrado, CARBONARA Giovanni, CERULLI Sergio, SCALESSE Tommaso, WHITE Alberto (a cura di), Lineamenti di storia dell'architettura, con introduzione e premessa di A. Bruschi e G. Miarelli Mariani, Roma, Ed. Carocci, 1978 (or Sovero edition, Rome);
3. WATKIN David, Storia dell'architettura occidentale, Bologna, Zanichelli, 1999 or subsequent editions.
1. Egitto: Il mondo egizio. I faraoni, 3 voll., direz. scient. di J. Leclant [Paris 1978-1980], (Il Mondo della Figura, collana diretta da A. Malraux), Milano, Rizzoli 1979-1980-1991 (riediz. con prefazione di M. Torelli, Milano, Rizzoli-Corriere della Sera, 2005); only architectural chapters: vol. I, Il tempo delle piramidi. Dalla preistoria agli Hyksos (1560 a.C.), pp. 71-145 [Cap. I] and 310-331 [Epilogo and building plans]; vol. II, L'impero dei conquistatori. L'Egitto durante il Nuovo Regno (1560-1070 a.C.), pp. 29-111 [cap. I] and 344-367 [building plans and geographical maps]; vol. III, L'Egitto al crepuscolo. Da Tanis a Meroe (1070 a.C. – IV secolo d.C.), pp. 35-95 [cap. I] and 322-333 [building plans] (pages concerne 2005 edition; chapters and parts in squared brakets concerne the firs italian edition).
2. Grecia: MARTIN Roland, Architettura greca (collana Storia dell'architettura), Milano, Electa 1980 or subsequent editions).
3. Roma: WARD PERKINS John B., Architettura romana (collana Storia dell'architettura), Milano, Electa, 1979 (or subsequent editions).
4. Paleocristiano: KRAUTHEIMER Richard, Tre capitali cristiane, Torino, Einaudi, 1987 (or subsequent editions).
5. Romanico: OURSEL Raymond, Architettura romanica, collana Già e non ancora. Arte, 61, Milano, Jaca Book, 1986 (or subsequent editions).
6. Gotico: GRODECKI Louis, Architettura Gotica, Electa (collana Storia dell'architettura), Milano, Electa, 1978 or subsequent editions).

Teaching methods

Teacher orientated lessons with slides and documentary films; possibility to visit museums and monumental sites; possibility of seminars with external experts.
Attendance is highly recommended because contents of the course are necessary to take for some following exams. Students unable to attend (with certificate reasons such as work) have to contact the teacher to agree on a proper bibliography.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination, if necessary elementary sketch exemplifications, descriptions of photos or drawings of buildings, details, architectural sculptures, etc. The first set of questions tends to evaluate the basic knowledge of the program and basic ability to establish logical connections between topics. The second set of questions checks strictly the criticism, the correct use of the appropriate language (fourth Dublin Descriptor), and the ability to establish logical connections between topics and of reading the complexity of architecture (fifth Dublin Descriptor).

Other information

Contacts: carlo.mambriani@unipr.it