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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

First semester
Type of Learning Activity 
Programme specific subjects
Study Path 
[PDS0-2015 - Ord. 2015] common
Teaching language 


Learning objectives 

The investigated topics will be studied and analyzed, according to the structure proposed by the well-known theory of "six degrees of separation" (graph theory).
It will therefore be a matter of developing, from time to time, a free and meaningful - reasoned - investigation path starting from the term that gives the lesson (initial node), through the determination and articulation of the further (6) “nodes ”Necessary for the logical development of the proposed analytical path. The result obtained can thus be synthetically represented through a graph, or "a scheme of relations between discrete elements".


Have attended the courses on the history of architecture and have notions of project theory


title of the course in design theories (a.a.2019-20):

It is as it is, the Architecture seen from: Theoretical Speculations

The incredible acceleration of the process of "dispersion" of the theoretical inherent in the architecture reflects a condition of general "inflation", within which the continuous multiplication / reiteration / hybridization of the proposals, has generated a sort of phantasmagorical scenario that has made it extremely the deciphering of phenomena is problematic. With the aim of favoring its reading, the course of design theories, through the identification and study of some problematic plexuses of contemporary architectural and artistic speculation, proposes an unprecedented recognition of the thematic areas that they have guided in their time, and they now characterize doing, thus tracing an essential but exhaustive cartography of the regions of architecture in the age of immediacy.

Teaching format 

The course includes a cycle of lectures and a series of in-depth exercises carried out in a seminar format with constant verification of learning through discussion and commentary.

The lessons, weekly, will be structured as completed itineraries and carried out with the following index:

1. The Journey and the map: Introduction
2. Venice - Los Angeles: The Corso of the knife
3. Vienna - Chicago: Tower sighting
4. Austin - Dessau: Transparency and the desert
5. Paris - Chandigar: Of narrators and stories
6. Trieste - Milan: Melancholy and architecture
7. London - NY: Autonomy and Self-renewal
8. Lisbon - Oporto: Small Resonances
9. Planet earth: Nature and things, similar figures
10. Next, Augmented reality and impoverished reality: Maps of the future

End-of-course test 

The exam, conducted in oral form, will focus on the discussion of the topics identified by the graph drawn up for the occasion, articulated in an extended form through a supporting and in-depth text.
• The teaching materials will consist of annotated bibliographies, proposed from time to time, at the conclusion of the lessons.

Other information 

For further information and communications relating to the DESIGN THEORIES course at:
Prof. Arch Giovanni Fraziano


Bibliografia essenziale
Ignasi de Solà Morales, Decifrare l'architettura. Inscripciones del XX secolo, Allemandi, Torino, 2001
Luciano Semerani, Attrazione e contrasto tra le forme,Teca 8 CLEAN, Napoli, 2013
Slavoj Zizek, Il trash sublime, Mimesis, Milano, 2013
Rafael Moneo ,Inquietudine teorica e strategia progettuale nell’opera di otto architetti contemporanei, Electa, Milano, 2007
Giovanni Fraziano, Percorsi accidentali, Lint , Trieste 2012
Vita activa, Lint, Trieste 2014

Bibliografia generale
Reyner Banham, Architettura della prima età della macchina, Marinotti, Milano, 2008.
Reyner Banham, Architettura della seconda età della macchina.Scritti, 1955-1988, Electa Mondadori, Milano, 2004.
Emil Kaufmann, Da Ledoux a Le Corbusier, Mazzotta, Milano,1973.
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York. Un manifesto retroattivo per Manhattan, Electa Mondadori, 2001.
Rafael Moneo, La solitudine degli edifici e altri scritti vol.1, Allemandi, Torino, 1999.
Rafael Moneo, La solitudine degli edifici e altri scritti vol.2, Allemandi, Torino, 2004.
Harry Francis Mallgrave, L’empatia degli spazi,Raffaello Cortina ,Milano ,2015
Ignasi de Solà Morales, Archeologia del moderno. Da Durand a Le Corbusier, Allemandi, Torino, 2005.
Ernesto Ramon Rispoli, Ponti sull'Atlantico. L'Institute for architecture and urban studies e le relazioni Italia-America, Quodlibet, 2013.
Ernesto Nathan Rogers, Esperienze dell'architettura, Skira, Milano, 1997.
Aldo Rossi, L'architettura della città, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2011.
Aldo Rossi, Scritti scelti sull'architettura e la città 1956-1972, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2012.
Colin Rowe, Collage City, il Saggiatore. Milano, 1981.
Colin Rowe, L'architettura delle buone intenzioni. Verso una visione retrospettiva possibile. Pendragon, Bologna, 2005.
Joseph Rykwert, La casa di Adamo in Paradiso, Adelphi, Milano, 1991.
Manfredo Tafuri, Progetto e utopia, Laterza, Bari, 2007.
Manfredo Tafuri, La sfera e il labirinto. Avanguardie e architettura da Piranesi agli anni '70, Einaudi, Torino, 1980.
Robert Venturi, Complessità e contraddizioni nell'architettura, Dedalo, Bari, 2010.
Anthony Vidler, Il perturbante dell'architettura. Saggi sul disagio nell'età contemporanea, Einaudi, Torino, 2006.

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