cod. 1008352

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - Annual
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
14 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- analyze and fully understand the relationship between Architecture and City in particular in the experience of the Italian and European city (1st Dublin descriptor);
- apply the skills acquired in the context of the architecture and city project with reference to the contents (2nd Dublin descriptor);
- acquire a necessary and indispensable autonomy of critical (or self-critical) judgement on the architecture project including the reflection on social and ethical responsibilities declined with respect to the specific issues described in the Contents (3rd Dublin descriptor);
- to strengthen the communicative capacity within the framework of the architecture and city project to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors as well as the knowledge and reasoning underlying them, in particular with respect to the indications described in the Contents (4th Dublin descriptor).
- develop learning skills that allow students to continue studying mostly in a self-directed or autonomous way. (5th Dublin descriptor).


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Course unit content

Core urban strategic sustainable design studio will focus on the relationship between architecture and the city, where the settlement device experiments the interscalar concatenation of the architectural project in the definition of role, form and figure of the urban part and the volumetric and spatial components that characterize it. The city's historical palimpsest and narrative within which the project is inserted as a conscious variant in a critical relationship with the phenomenology of contemporary transformation. Geometries and physiology of the city of architecture. Narrative sequence and mechanisms of formal and functional articulation of the urban project.

The place of project is assumed as a complementary urban part to other urban parts in the definition of a significant role with the structure of the city and the territory. The scale of the intervention is confronted with the conditions of the context and the theme addressed, its criteria of habitability, also in the relationship with the village and the dialectic between architecture and infrastructure.

In addition to the compositional-design application, a contribution will be dedicated to the historical case history of urban transformation through the architectural project with a reflection in the theoretical concept of the urban part, in the analysis of the urban structure and physiology of the context within which the project is inserted.

Full programme

The teaching will have the following program:
- Theoretical contributions in the classroom
- Lectures and conferences dedicated to case
studies and projects
-Exercises dedicated to the theoretical principles of
the contemporary project
-workshops dedicated to the design exploration of a
theme of urban regeneration.
The theme of the Course is the application of the
Strategic Urban Project (PUS) methodology as a
tool for the elaboration of an overall architectural
scenario for the contemporary city aimed at
implementing Urban Regeneration in a case study.
The learning experience will be developed through
the design of a network of green spaces accessible
through a new slow system of urban relations
through the places of the city. This different idea of
mobility, along practicable paths within a unitary
design, is composed of a network of public spaces
and parks alternative to the existing road system. In
this context the students will try their hand at the
elaboration of an architectural project as part of a
system of places.
The expected outcome is the setting of the thesis
- identification of a topic of research interest for the
- definition of a historical investigation aimed at
understanding and enhancing the value of the
project intervention;
- the analysis of the geographical and territorial
context in which the project is inserted;
- the analysis of the potentialities and criticalities of
the existing infrastructural network aimed at the
regeneration of the urban context with a view to
favoring a system for soft and sustainable mobility
and pedestrian use;
- The analysis of the urban context with particular
attention to the identification of urban voids and
fragile landscapes for the enhancement of the
intermediate spaces of the contemporary city;
- The critical identification of the system of existing
urban relations and interrupted green areas;
- Identification of an intervention strategy for urban
- the preliminary design of public spaces in relation
to architecture and context for the activation of a
dialectic between the built form and the ground.


E.N.Rogers, Gli elementi del fenomeno architettonico, Milano, 2006
E.N.Rogers, Esperienza dell’architettura, Milano, 1997
A. Rossi, Autobiografia scientifica, Parma, 1990
A. Rossi, L’architettura della città, Milano, 1966
A.Siza, Immaginare l'evidenza, Bari, 1998
A.Siza, Scritti di Architettura, Milano, 1996
P.Zumthor, Atmosfere. Ambienti architettonici. Le cose che ci circondano,Milano,2007
A.Loos, Parole nel vuoto, Milano, 1992
D.Costi, Casa Pubblica e Città, Parma, 2009
Ulteriori indicazioni bibliografiche verranno date nel corso dell'anno.

Teaching methods

The didactic activities will be carried out by privileging active learning methods alternating with lectures, case studies and seminars. During the case studies (in general authors and/or contemporary architecture projects), the student will be privileged to discuss the themes of architectural design, also in order to bring out the students' pre-knowledge of the topics in question.
The lessons will be organized in presence and in case of need there will be contributions at a distance (via Teams).

Assessment methods and criteria

The Laboratory, provides for the verification of learning through the evaluation of the project intended as a synthesis of the student's knowledge and ability to apply it. The final oral test consists of an individual interview through which the knowledge and critical understanding of the built architecture (1st, 2nd Dublin descriptor) in relation to the project will be verified. The interview will also test the student's communicative and learning/reasoning skills, clarity of exposure and the use of discipline specific terminology (4th, 5th Dublin descriptor). The ability to apply the knowledge will be verified through the project materials. During the final test, in the case of group design/exercise, it is necessary that each member of the group masters the whole exercise in its entirety as well as the parts he or she has personally supervised.

Other information

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