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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN LABORATORY III (029AR)

A.Y. 2019 / 2020

TAF* Credits number Duration (in hours) Period Professors Teaching material
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE (029AR-2) Related/additional subjects 6 48 First semester Scavuzzo Giuseppina
ARCHITECTURAL COMPOSITION 3 (029AR-1) Programme specific subjects 6 48 First semester Scavuzzo Giuseppina https://moodle2.units.it//course/view.php?id=4685
ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION 1 (029AR-4) Programme specific subjects 6 48 First semester Pratali Maffei Sergio https://moodle2.units.it//course/view.php?id=4666
Teaching language 

Italian

Learning objectives 

D1_The aim of the laboratory, to which the three courses (Architectural Composition, Restoration and Interior Architecture) contribute, is to provide knowledge about:
- architectural project theory, with particular attention to contemporary,
- architectural design tools for the design of more or less complex buildings at different scales (including those of interior architecture) in relation to the functional program and the articulation of spaces
- the compositional skills inherent in the organizational and formal logic, according to which the building is defined in its parts and relate to the context
- Problems and significance of the restoration project, which has always targeted (exclusive or predominant) the conservation of built that from the past we have received, with a view to their transmission to the future.
-direct and indirect investigations, relief for restoration, project of "reuse" and functional adaptation ;
And to provide understanding on:
- Analysis of the existing in its formal and material aspects,
- analysis and representation of the degradation and instability;
- the definition of new functions compatible with the existing (known as "reuse") when new needs for use, but also the sense of place with respect to its history, require transformations in terms of planimetric and spatial modifications, technical installations and structural adaptation,, the design of the elements (in addition) that can guarantee the performance of those features.
D2_The design exercise aims to provide the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to a concrete case and context that can be directly observed.
D3_The expected learning outcome is a critical awareness of actions on the existing, conservation and valorization, also in relation to the urban context, including related social and ethical meanings.
D4_An aim of the laboratory is to develop communicative capabilities of the analysis and project operations through drawings, written reports, physical models and through the presentation of the applied solutions and methodologies.
D5_Finally, the aim of the laboratory is the acquisition of abilities to abstract, with respect to the design process implemented in the exercise, operating and learning methodologies applicable to other planning occasions, whether they are didactic proposals for subsequent courses that, in the future, are real professional practice.

Prerequisites 

Students must have attended the examination of the Architectural Design Laboratory 1 and 2 (pre-requisites provided by the CdS regulation).
Knowledge of architecture representation techniques and the ability to create physical models is required. It is important to have basic knowledge of architecture history, constructive techniques and materials technology.

Contents 

The architectural design laboratory 3 provides the multidisciplinary contribution of Architectural Composition, Restoration and Interior Architecture. It is the first lab in the Master's degree course in Architecture where the project is specifically thought of as an intervention on existing buildings.
Teaching focuses on the project, not as an end in itself but as a tool for working and deepening the three disciplines and for elaborating critical categories and design criteria.
The project area are the houses for the Istrian Dalmatian exiles in Gorizia (Campagnuzza area).
A possible functional program for the area will be discussed during the lessons with the intervention of various stakeholders involved in site management.
Regardless of functional program, this place offers to those who have to design a possible future, different themes of reflection:
- for the first project and subsequent transformations: a model hospital designed in the early 1900s to be protected but to give a perception of continuity with the city, then surrounded by a wall, not just material, and now disaggregated among several owners .
- for the adjacency to the border: at first Italian-Yugoslavian, between the Western bloc and the Soviet bloc, today Italian-Slovenian border between European Union states of engaged in cross-border development initiatives
- for the events that it hosted: the experience of the psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, a revolution in the treatment of mental disorder but also a change in the way of conceiving normality, exclusion, integration, with all the consequences on the physical transformation of the spaces related to these categories.
It is proposed to students to reflect, through the project, on these topics:
- the identity (of the city, of the architectures and of those who live there)
- the limit (in material and immaterial terms)
- the memory (of men and of buildings).

Teaching format 

The laboratory includes various teaching methods: lessons, lectures by invited professionals, verification seminar, individual or groups revisions of project works. Site inspections of the project area are planned.

Extended Programme 

Teaching focuses on the project, not as an end in itself but as a tool for working and deepening the three disciplines and for elaborating critical categories and design criteria.
The project area are the houses built for Istrian Dalmatian exiles.
A possible functional program for the area will be discussed during the lessons with the intervention of various stakeholders involved in site management.
Regardless of functional program, this place offers to those who have to design a possible future, different themes of reflection:
- for the first project and subsequent transformations
- for the adjacency to the border: today Italian-Slovenian border between European Union states of engaged in cross-border development initiatives
- for the events that it hosted: Istrian Dalmatian exodus
It is proposed to students to reflect, through the project, on these topics:
- the identity (of the city, of the architectures and of those who live there)
- the limit (in material and immaterial terms)
- the memory (of men and of buildings).
The aim of the laboratory is to provide knowledge about:
- architectural project theory, with particular attention to contemporary,
- architectural design tools for the design of more or less complex buildings at different scales (including those of interior architecture) in relation to the functional program and the articulation of spaces
- the compositional skills inherent in the organizational and formal logic, according to which the building is defined in its parts and relate to the context
- Problems and significance of the restoration project, which has always targeted (exclusive or predominant) the conservation of built that from the past we have received, with a view to their transmission to the future.
-direct and indirect investigations, relief for restoration, project of "reuse" and functional adaptation ;
And to provide understanding on:
- Analysis of the existing in its formal and material aspects,
- analysis and representation of the degradation and instability;
- the definition of new functions compatible with the existing (known as "reuse") when new needs for use, but also the sense of place with respect to its history, require transformations in terms of planimetric and spatial modifications, technical installations and structural adaptation,, the design of the elements (in addition) that can guarantee the performance of those features.
The design exercise aims to provide the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to a concrete case and context that can be directly observed.
The expected learning outcome is a critical awareness of actions on the existing, conservation and valorization, also in relation to the urban context, including related social and ethical meanings.
Finally, the aim of the laboratory is to develop communicative capabilities of the analysis and project operations through drawings, written reports, physical models and through the presentation of the applied solutions and methodologies.

End-of-course test 

The final exam consists of verify the design exercise carried out in groups or individually (depending on the different modules of the laboratory). The evaluation will be carried out considering:
- the accuracy of the works and their effectiveness in describing the analisys and design solutions (evaluated by examining the graphic materials and models, on the examination day)
- the awareness of the proposals made and the methodological coherence of the project design process developed ( students are required to illustrate and motivate the project).
- the individual study on the themes of the laboratory with reference to the bibliography of the courses
The evaluation will also consider the "reviewing diary" drawn up by the teachers and their collaborators and therefore the continuity and coherence with which the work was conducted.

Other information 

Further information on the program of the three courses in the lab is available on the Syllabus of the respective modules.
Useful materials for the course (layout for final drawing, cartographic and historical materials on the project area, slide or texts related to specific lessons) are available on Moodle on the pages of the individual courses.

Texts/Books 

The bibliography of the courses of the Laboratory is available on the Syllabus of the respective modules.