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Course unit
INO2045712, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IN0533, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 LUIGI STENDARDO ICAR/14
Other lecturers LUIGI SIVIERO 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/14 Architectural and Urban Composition 12.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 STENDARDO LUIGI (Presidente)
SIVIERO LUIGI (Membro Effettivo)
BORIN PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: In order to successfully attend the course "Architectural and Urban Composition III and laboratory," which is the last compulsory exam of the Architecture and Urban Design area, it is necessary to have already attended the compulsary courses up to the third year and preferably have passed the examinations.
In particular, although not strictly prescribed, the knowledge and skills acquired in the following courses are considered fundamental: Architectural and Urban Composition I and II and laboratories; History of Contemporary Architecture; Technical Architecture I.
Students enrolled in the course will be expected to know the main architectural trends of the last century, and the main theoretical references of Architectural Composition.
Students are required a good capacity of global analysis of compositional, distributive and structural functioning of a not complex building; this is considered a prerequisite to be able to deal with more complex buildings and urban contexts.
Students enrolled in the course must be able to critically analyze and represent the architecture that will be proposed as study reference.
Target skills and knowledge: Aims of the course are acquiring and developing the knowledge of theory, technique and tools of architectural design for complex buildings, related to the functional program and the articulation of spaces; improvement of theoretical and methodological aspects, with particular attention to the theory of the design in contemporary age, and composition techniques regarding the organizational logics, and formal aggregation, according to which the building is defined in elements and parts and relates to the context.
The continuous reference to the project is the technical basis of a guided path, which aims to awareness and understanding of the problems that characterize the main topics of the design. Control of the architectural project, with particular reference to the design concepts, concerning the logical criteria for the definition of the various elements and parts of the building, suitably related to the context.
Furthermore, the course aims at boosting transeversal skills, such as indipendent critical thinking, capability to communicate and fully explain one's project along with its conceptual fundamentals, awareness of one's role as a professional in complex contexts, as well as the capability to cope with complex problems and to control and solve them through ground-breaking and non-ordinary methodologies.
Examination methods: The final exam consists in a critical discussion of the exercises held during the course, with particular reference to the design choices, methodologies, consistency of the different technical and formal aspects. The presentation of the theoretical basis of the discipline, covered during the course, aims to assess the grade of knowledge and grade of awareness reached by the student.
The work carried out will be represented in about 3 to 4 A0 size boards, a 1:500 scale model, a 1:200 scale model, a video or a powerpoint presentation.
Besides traditional techniques of represeantation, students will be encouraged to use advanced ICT.
Assessment criteria: The final assessment will take into account the following parameters:
a) interest and engagement shown during the laboratory work and contribution to the debate of the topics;
b) architectural quality of the final project and check the consistency between form, function, structure.
c) ability to relate their work to contemporary architectural culture design;
d) ability to establish relationships with the city, using architectural design tools. The potential of project to affect controlled transformations throughout the context will be positively assessed;
e) ability to provide effective representation of the project and the process of composition, with appropriate graphical tools and vocabulary.
Course unit contents: Teaching considers the project of a complex public or collective building as working tool, rather than as a mere goal. Students are expected to control the process of formal definition at different scales, in relation to the techniques and materials, the functional program, the main constraints used.
The project will be located in suburban areas of the city of Padua. The areas have features such as unacknowledgement, abandonment, or marginality: themes that follow a specific research area - regeneration, recycling and valorization of elements and spaces of the city - that constitute the field of analysis of several Italian universities.
The student will be provided an abacus of architectural archetypes from which he must develop the project.
Looking to a repertory of tradition, which considers the building as an expression of formal principles, it will set the stage for a theoretical reflection, aimed to the development of critical categories of design criteria for a correct design approach.
The purposed theme will allow to develop logical reasoning, beyond the architectural design of the single building, extending the definition of urban public spaces at different scales. Particular attention will be given to the continuous monitoring of the technique, typological, formal congruence of the many aspects which are included in architectural synthesis and the consistency of the relationship of the building with the context.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course activity lasts about twelve weeks. Each week features a theme specific in content and methods of conducting the activity.
Each theme will be developed through lectures, surveys and insights, carried out in form of laboratory and checked in every phase of development.
Students will be divided into groups, each of which will focus to a single theme.
The work will be carried out mainly in the classroom. Several intermediate tests are provided, through collective discussion of the drawings produced during the work. Key part of the learning process is the collective review of the exercises.
Students will be invited to actively join the dabate, to compare their job with others', to express their opinions and assessment about their mates' job, in order to boost critical thinking, communication abilities and responsible awareness.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Training materials in order to support the course consists of:
- information and documentary sheets related to the architecture shown during the lessions (containing text, images, references, links to websites)
- Explanatory texts of the exercises.
- Graphic schemes to support the conduct of the exercises
- Rules for the drafting of the drawings and manual, as well as digital.
The materials will be available in paper and / or digital, before the beginning and the proper conduct of the individual exercises.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Aldo Rossi, L'architettura della città. Padova: Marsilio, 1966. edizione più recente: Quodlibet, Macerata 2011 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Le Corbusier, Maniera di pensare l'urbanistica. Bari: Laterza, 1972. edizione più recente: Laterza, Roma-Bari 2007 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York. Milano: Electa-Mondadori, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rem Koolhaas, Junkspace. Macerata: Quodlibet, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gilles Clément, Manifesto del terzo paesaggio. Macerata: Quodlibet, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Luigi Stendardo, Dalla città per parti alla città per layers, in F. Rispoli (a cura di), La città in estensione nel territorio campano. Roma: Gangemi editore, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Art Based methods
  • Flipped classroom
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sustainable Cities and Communities