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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

sort descending TAF* Credits number Duration (in hours) Period Professors Teaching material
ARCHITECTURAL COMPOSITION 4 (999AR1) Programme specific subjects 6 48 First semester Pantaleo Raul
ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION 2 (999AR3) Programme specific subjects 6 48 First semester Pratali Maffei Sergio
STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS OF HISTORICAL BUILDING (999AR2) Related/additional subjects 6 48 First semester Gattesco Natalino
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Learning objectives 

D1 - Knowledge and understanding
In-depth knowledge about different disciplines, theoretical, methodological and operative. Advanced ability to read historical architectural text.
D2 - Applying knowledge and understanding
Application of the foundations acquired in the development of the design exercise.
D3 - Making judgements
Ability to develop autonomous judgments based on the reading of the existing architecture and its context in order to regenerate them.
D4 - Communication skills
Ability to communicate the knowledge acquired and the design assumptions, both at graphic and textual level.
D5 - Learning skills
Ability to rework and transfer the acquired knowledge also to other contexts, related to the built and the existing city.

Through an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary city issues, teaching teaches a reflection on the need to redefine ambitions and scale of architectural design in the ever closer links of the existing.
In the city of present, the spaces available to accommodate the "new" are progressively exhausting and it is not surprising that in recent years the architectural design turned its gaze to the existing, with new and different awareness of intervention strategies and project experiments explored in the last century.
The artifacts, the history of architecture, largely shows it, are destined to survive to themselves and to live more lives; in our present time, more and more frequently, the design of architecture is faced with the need to imagine these new lives through the invention of use programs that may be the most diverse. Designing the already built means that the architect is first able to recognize the architectural and constructive qualities of artifacts in the context of urban relations, in order to outline vocations and potentialities. The teaching will follow the students in a critical path that, from the definition of possible programs of use, will have to put into place hypotheses of intervention verified at different scales: from architectural relationships to the retail context of structural and constructive elements.


Architectural Design Laboratory III.


The laboratory, through the approach of the various disciplines that form it, aims to formulate and verify design explorations on existing buildings.
Project explorations will cover several compositional approaches to the problem of reuse by exploring the different possibilities, from restorative conservation practices to the incorporation of new architectural and urban regeneration devices. Design experimentation will be an occasion for a verification of architectural composition tools for defining the limit between memory and invention, in relation to the problems of the existing city.

The Architectural Restoration Course 2 fits within a design lab, setting up a dialogue with other architecture-making disciplines.
It's about working in a field where different training contributions converge towards a single topic / subject, posing new questions, problems , correlations, insights, insights, possible answers.
While in the first course, the methodological paths of project construction to the existing ones have been developed and clarified, even through exemplary but schematic applications, in this second disciplinary experience it will be possible for them to be continually deepened and at the same time their conceptual and operational extension, be it with reference to theoretical reflection and practice, affinining its methods and tools.

From the point of view of the Structural Problems of Historic Building, it is to analyze and understand the critical features of the building in the present state and to evaluate what further structural critiques can be activated following the new design proposal with its peculiarities in terms of conditions of use, use, changes to the existing structure, seismic adjustment. To this end, the problem of the bearing capacity of foundations, the response of the wall elements to the gravitational and horizontal actions of seismic origin, the behavior of the masonry vaults and the response of the existing soles will be addressed. The phase of investigation and diagnostics will follow the design phase of the interventions that can often involve the addition of new structural elements to be adequately integrated even in terms of structural compatibility. The design phase will be preceded by a series of theoretical lessons to deal with the main topics of the mechanics of existing masonry and masonry structures to send students the tools for analysis and calculation needed to carry out the structural recovery of existing buildings.

Teaching format 

The Architectural Design Laboratory IV is divided into three teaching modules: architectural composition, architectural restoration, structural problems of historic building.
The three modules are closely coordinated and take up the study area as a pretext for verifying the theoretical assumptions of the different disciplinary approaches.
In addition to project-based seminars, each module will consist of theoretical lessons aimed at the critical illustration of the various methodologies of intervention and the development of disciplinary tools, which will find scope in the area subject to design experimentation.

For project elaboration, students will have to be divided into working groups with a maximum of 3 components.

End-of-course test 

To take the final exam, you need to have attended lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as have completed the credits of all the exercises and intermediate trials related to the three teaching modules.
The final evaluation will take into account both the evaluations obtained in the various tests and the final project.
For the final exam students will be required to deliver the materials in digital format on the delivered delivery days and on the day of the examination they will have to set up an exhibit of the required materials, which will be assessed collegially by the committee.

Other information 

Other information, as well as the teaching materials of the laboratory and the individual modules that compose it, will be made available by teachers on the Moodle platform.


Bibliographic references are indicated in the programs of the individual teaching modules and further and more specific references will be provided by individual teachers during the course.