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INM0016764, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IN0533, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
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Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in BUILDING ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

Teacher in charge Cristiano Guarneri

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses ICAR/18 History of Architecture 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 155 145.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 15/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 GUIDARELLI GIANMARIO (Presidente)
SVALDUZ ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
10 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 GUIDARELLI GIANMARIO (Presidente)
SVALDUZ ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
9 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 GUARNERI CRISTIANO (Presidente)
SVALDUZ ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
8 2016 01/10/2016 15/03/2018 GUIDARELLI GIANMARIO (Presidente)
SVALDUZ ELENA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite is having passed the examination of Architectural History
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the knowledge and methodology for the study of buildings and historical settlements, necessary to operate professionally with historical-critical knowledge. It deepens the theoretical, design and historiographical issues relevant to the main stages in the history of architecture and cities, between the second half of the XVIII century and the first half of the XX century. The Workshop work foresees the acquisition of a first methodology of reading and analysis of the historical-architectural and historical-environmental heritage for the knowledge and interpretation of construction and urban evolution. Furthermore, the analysis of the primary sources and bibliography aims to test the student's criticism and thus to develop an autonomous opinion.
Examination methods: During the examen, the student will demonstrate the knowledge of the bibliography and topics covered in the lectures. Admission to the examen will take place after the approval of the work done during the workshop , which will conclude with a seminar.
Assessment criteria: The assessment will be based on the verification of the laboratorial work and then on the report that will be the outcome. The student will also be evaluated on the basis of knowledge of the topics of the course, and the ability to analyze the buildings in their historical context. In this way the teacher can evaluate both the communication skills, and the learning ability of the students.
Course unit contents: The discussion of theoretical, architectural and Historical issues , relating to the most significant episodes of architecture from the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century will complete the institutional framework of historical knowledge set in the course of history of architecture. The course will deal with the more general issues relating to the period from Neoclassicism to the Modern Movement in a predominantly European and North American perspective ( the classical tradition in Western architecture , neoclassical architecture in Europe; architecture and Eclecticism in European cities , architecture and cities in the United States between the nineteenth and twentieth century, the different aspects of Art Nouveau and the Modern Movement in Europe).
It also seeks to highlight a historical perspective the different components present in the activity of the project, reflecting on significant aspects ( including in relation to the current view ) to the culture of the future construction engineer - architect ( history of training of engineers and architects : Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris at the Politecnico of Milan ; history of literature for the project; history of new construction materials : technical and aesthetic construction in iron in the nineteenth century, the architecture of reinforced concrete by patents nineteenth-century architects of the Modern Movement ) .
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars and guided visits. Purpose of the Laboratory is the transmission of a research method based to the specialist knowledge of historic buildings and their contexts. This method will allow future engineer-architect of operating in its design with an informed historical-critical method, in designing from scratch or to intervene on existing structures.
Lectures / seminar and study visits will focus on subjects that can only mention in the course of lectures. Attendance at lectures, tutorials and laboratory is mandatory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Architectural history reference books:
B. Bergdoll, European Architecture 1750-1890, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000;
W. J. R. Curtis, Modern Architecture since 1900, London: Phaidon, 1982;
S. Ciranna, G. Doti, M.L. Neri, Architettura e città nell’Ottocento. Percorsi e protagonisti di una storia europea, Roma Carocci 2011;
G. Zucconi, La città dell'Ottocento. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2001;
B. Secchi, La città del ventesimo secolo. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2005;
Storia dell'architettura italiana. L'Ottocento, a cura di A. Restuccci, Milano: Electa, 2005;
Storia dell'architettura italiana. Il primo Novecento, a cura di G. Ciucci e G. Muratore, Milano: Electa, 2004;
Storia dell'architettura italiana. Il secondo Novecento, a cura di F. Dal Co, Milano: Electa, 1997;
G. Pigafetta, Storia dell’architettura moderna. Imitazione e invenzione fra XV e XX secolo, vol. II, Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2007;
M. Biraghi, Storia dell’architettura contemporanea, I, 1750-1945, Torino: Einaudi, 2008;
M. Biraghi, Storia dell’architettura contemporanea, II, 1945-2008, Torino: Einaudi, 2008;
G. Fanelli, R. Gargiani, Storia dell'architettura contemporanea, Roma-Bari Laterza 1998;
K. Frampton, Modern Architecture: A Critical History, New York-Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1980 and following editions;
L'arte di edificare. Manuali in Italia 1750-1950, a cura di C. Guenzi, Milano: BE-MA Editrice, 1982 and following editions;
Andrea Bruno jr., Percorsi dell'architettura contemporanea, Roma Carocci editore 2006;
Che cos'è il restauro? Nove studiosi a confronto, Venezia: Marsilio, 2005;
D. Calabi, Storia dell'urbanistica europea, Milano: Mondadori, 2004;
D. Calabi, Storia della città. L'eta contemporanea, Venezia: Marsilio, 2005.

Suggested art history handbooks:
P. L. De Vecchi, E. Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo, Milano: Bompiani, 1991 and following editions, or
C. Bertelli, G. Briganti, A.Giuliano, Storia dell'arte italiana, Milano: Electa-Bruno Mondadori, 1992 and following editions, or
E. Bairati, A. Finocchi, Arte in Italia, Torino: Loescher, 1990 and following editions.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Montanari, E. Dellapiana, Una storia dell'architettura contemporanea. Torino: UTET Università, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Watkin, Storia dell'architettura occidentale. Bologna: Zanichelli, --. pp. 361-596 Cerca nel catalogo