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Degree course Civil Engineering
Learnings Orientamento unico
Academic Year 2014/2015


Degree course Civil Engineering
Learnings Orientamento unico
Academic Year 2014/2015
Scientific Disciplinary Sector ICAR/10
Year Second year
Time unit First semester
Class hours 72
Educational activity Formative educational activities

Single group

Objectives N.D.
Programme 1. Course introduction: themes and educational purposes.
2. Notes on the architectural typologies (settlement typologies, building typologies): basic elements of the spatial and functional design.
3. Lesson on “The motives of building”, that is on the instruments for an analysis of the archetypal motives of the action of building.
4. Reflections on the history of architecture: short readings on architecture from the Greeks to the XXth century rationalism, between architectural and stylistic-morphological solutions.
5. The building procedures: (Masonry, Reinforced Concrete, Steel): technological peculiarities and architectural results: characteristics and examples.
6. Meetings with non-academic personalities coming from companies and from public administration.
7. Possibly, visits in building sites willing to meet the academic community.

Exercise on a design and individual lessons:
The draft of a design will follow the exercise on “The structural steps”, whose aim is to give an organized aptitude pointed to the “reduction in complexity” and the control of the location and arrangement of the hubs which define the space and its size to the theoretical thought.
Starting from this method, the student will develop a series of consecutive tables, which go from a system of extreme simplification (simple x-axis, simple y-axis) to a gradual complexity (complex x-axis, complex y-axis) and will allow him to observe himself while composing logically new possibilities, far from the randomness and the approximation caused by the absence of points of reference.
Elaboration of the design:
After this exercise, the student will develop the first module of a real building design drawn up in 1:20 scale and including the map of foundations, the map of carpentry of the model floor plan, the executive map of the model floor plan, the map of upholstery, one or more vertical sections. The number of modules produced must be adequate to verify the results of the exercise on the “Structural Steps”.
The abstract definition of the design is then “deformed” and adapted to a specific real section of the selected urban space so that it takes on its peculiarities with relation to:
• Orientation, boundary altimetry and orography
• Geometrical irregularities;
• Hierarchy of the facades and of the urban relations (viability, accesses);

Acquisition of theoretical and practical competences concerning the building design up to the executive phase; judgement and interpretation of the design; ability to operate safely in studio and on site; oral, written and IT communication; development and presentation of the architectural design; ability to work in group; dissemination of information and comparison on the design based on the fields of knowledge involved; ability to consult bibliographic material, databases and other information on the web.
Books Suggested texts:
General, historic and critical texts:
K.Frampton - “Storia dell’Architettura Moderna” - Zanichelli - Bologna 1982
John Summerson - “Il linguaggio Classico dell’Architettura” - Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi - Torino 1970
Rudolf Wittkower - “Principi Architettonici Nell”Età dell’Umanesimo” - Einaudi - Torino 1964
Piero Maria Lugli - “Storia e Cultura della Città Italiana” - Laterza - Bari 1967
Cesare De Seta - “La Cultura Architettonica in Italia tra le due Guerre” - Laterza - Bari 1972
Manfredo Tafuri - “L’Architettura dell’Umanesimo” - Laterza - Bari - 1969
Dizionario Enciclopedico di Architettura e Urbanistica (alle voci corrispondenti) (a cura di Paolo Portoghesi) -
Leonardo Benevolo - “Le Origini dell’Urbanistica Moderna” - Laterza - Bari
Gillo Dorfles - “L’Architettura Moderna” - Garzanti – Milano 1972

General texts on design:
Ludovico Quaroni - “Progettare un Edificio. Otto lezioni di architettura” - Mazzotta - Milano 1977
C.Norberg-Schulz - “Genius Loci” - Electa - Milano 1979
Saverio Muratori - “Da Schinkel ad Asplund. Lezioni di architettura moderna” - Alinea - Firenze
P.N.Maggi - “Metodi e strumenti di Progettazione Edilizia” - CLUP - Milano

General texts on typological aspects of Architecture:
Giorgio Grassi - “La Costruzione Logica dell’Architetura” - Marsilio - Padova - 1967
Carlo Aymonino, Aldo Rossi, G.Fabbri - “Rapporti tra Morfologia Urbana e Tipologia Edilizia” - Cluva - Venezia1966
G.Caniggia - “Strutture dello Spazio Antropico” - Uniedit - Firenze 1980
G.Caniggia, G.C.Maffei - “Composizione Architettonica e Tipologia Edilizia” - 1° e 2° vol. - Marsilio - Padova

Specific text for the course of study:
Angelo Di Chio - “I MATERIALI ARCHITETTONICI DELLA PROGETTAZIONE - Abaco dei Materiali Architettonici Disaggregati e delle interazioni complesse - Brevi note introduttive alla progettazione” - EDAS, Messina 1996.
Traditional teaching method Yes
Distance teaching method No
Mandatory attendance No
Written examination evaluation No
Oral examination evaluation Yes
Aptitude test evaluation No
Project evaluation Yes
Internship evaluation No
Evaluation in itinere No
Practice Test No

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