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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

Teaching language 


Learning objectives 

the laboratory's design experience highlights two aspects, not disjointed, related to the ability to deal with the complexity and interlocution between different techniques and different disciplinary knowledge.
The interaction between the various teachings corresponds to this objective in the gradualness of actions and experiments, in the intercalarity of the project seen as a field of continuous immanence, articulated and materialized by active flows, in which the dialectical relationship between the physical dimension is central. phenomenal dimension. Through lectures, exercises and workshops the causal circularity of the interactions proper to complex systems will become manifest in the realization of a project seen as a "sensitive device" able to represent growth and change, contingency and chance


Have attended the workshops and preparatory courses as required by the regulations of the study courses


The aim of the laboratory is to guide the student to the development of an experimental design path, articulated on different levels (theoretical and practical) and on different disciplinary areas (infrastructural, urban, landscape, architectural, etc.) that will flow into a unified and integrated project synthesis. In the same way, the temporal articulation of the laboratory, organized in two work phases, has as its objective the exercise "of the Architecture project" in relation to the conditions of contemporaneity: A first part of the activities, developed in the first semester, will include a summary referred to the understanding of the con-text, of the context, and the consequent definition of the design concept, the articulation of which will constitute the logical and theoretical premise of the project which, developed during the second semester, will see the students confronting the complexity of its formation and of the its formalization.
The integrated architecture and construction design laboratory will deal with the complex relationship between architecture, infrastructure and landscape through the teachings of:

Architecture of large structures and large infrastructural complexes
The lessons of the first semester will concern the methods of analysis, understanding and design of large infrastructures and large infrastructural complexes with respect to the sphere with which they relate. Particular attention will be paid to the inherent connotation to the infrastructural endowment of places and how the latter can influence future human behavior.
In the same way we intend to investigate a design capable of combining infrastructures and material qualities through a process where architecture is able to relate to the interrelated and evolutionary dynamics that characterize a complex whole: Urban, territorial and environmental. Related in a new systemic vision

Environmental and construction requalification course
The requalification module of the environment and of the building declines the theme that defines it, redevelopment, on the specific project theme linked to the infrastructure spaces: speed, flows, information and orientation, perception, redevelopment interventions on the great architectural and landscape scale will be presented for an operational purpose and directly applied in the laboratory.

Course in Representation Techniques
Together with the notions inherent to the most advanced techniques of representation and plastic modeling, the appropriate methods will be tested in seminarial form in relation to the communication of the architectural project, with reference to international conventions, therefore to an objective restitution, as to the conceptual and expressive datum.

Architectural Composition Course 5
Following an atelier logic, therefore, through a constant work of development, verification and dialogue will specifically address the elaboration of the architectural project starting from the concept developed in the first half. The relationship between Architecture, infrastructure and landscape will be formalized and made materially translatable through the study of congruent relationships between connective modalities, compositional and constructive techniques in their most current and disenchanted expressions.

Teaching format 

The laboratory refers to an atelier practice including
lectures, lectures related to case studies, seminar and workshop activities,
according to a practice that combines learning and experimentation in an open and dialectical relationship with the teacher.

End-of-course test 

The laboratory foresees 2 moments of verification for the two phases in which it will be articulated. These moments will contribute to the overall evaluation and are preparatory to the final exam. The first test will be concerning the understanding of the context and the elaboration of the project concept, the second will be carried out at the end of the three workshops scheduled in the second semester in a seminar for which the participation of renowned external guests is expected.
The final exam will consist of a critical discussion of the project documents
The performance of exercises and participation in teaching and seminar activities in the classroom is considered a necessary condition for admission.

Other information 

Additional information and communications relating to the integrated design laboratory at:
Giovanni Fraziano:
Adriano Venudo:


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