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Course unit
INO2045801, A.A. 2018/19

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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. 2018/19
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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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Mandatory attendance
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


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 4th Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 PIETROGRANDE ENRICO (Presidente)
BRESSAN MINO (Supplente)
6 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 PIETROGRANDE ENRICO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Main contents of the history of architecture, with attention to the principal periods in which movements and tendencies have produced discontinuity respect to the previous epochs. Knowledge, particularly, of the most important architects and the most remarkable works that have characterized the century XX, from the avant-garde of the beginning of XX century to the second postwar period.
Control of elementary techniques of representation, orthogonal projections and axonometries. Ability to read and to understand the drawings of a project, plans, facades, sections.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to lead students towards an in-depth theoretical and practical experience of architectural design, considering both the specific and the collateral aspects of this discipline, as well as the relations with other disciplines. In the integral project approach the architectural planner is also coordinatore of other specialistic planning activities. At the end of the experience students will have to prove mastery of all the options (typological, technological, structural, systemic) and to bring them all to a unique coherent significant meaning.
Examination methods: The examination consists of two parts. The first one deeps the subjects treated during the frontal lessons. It concerns a certain number of buildings held meaningful, belonging to a list shared at end of the course. The student will be required to graphically represent, in plan and section, the connections of the spaces that compose the buildings analyzed during exam.
The second part of the examination concerns the project carried out by the students during the course, related to degraded and/or abandoned building fabrics for which proposals of enhancement must be expressed. Projects are developed in groups of two people.
Assessment criteria: In the first phase of the examination, clarity is verified with which the student graphically exposes plans and sections of the theme about which he is examined, the mastery of the exposure that accompanies the representation, the ability to give answers to the questions asked to verify the level of the knowledge of the matter.
In the second phase the quality of the project solution is verified, first of all considering the correctness of the graphic expression in the drawings and the practical execution in the possible requested models. The effectiveness of the project proposal is considered then in comparison to the themes of the safeguard and the enhancement of the context and the effectiveness regarding the problems underlined by the same context. It is also evalued the continuity of the activity during the different phases of the project in the months when the course is developed.
In both the parts of the examination, the evaluation is tightly decided respecting a comparative criterion.
Course unit contents: The architectural project as expressive synthesis of resources (language), restrictions (context), objectives (user). The graphic sign and its logic correspondence with the reality. Readability, complexity and simplicity, symmetry and asymmetry in the definition of the shape. Classical and anti-classical structure of the building, nature and geometry. The modular grid. True and False in the historicity of the functional conversion and the inclusion of the new in the existing (additions, extensions). New architecture in urban context of historical value.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is composed of three parts: lectures, exercises and lab. In lessons is placed the focus on the aspects of the project through the study of some exemplary architectural works.
In the context of the exercise the characteristics of the environment identified for the purposes of the laboratory activities are studied in depht.
The laboratory, with which the course is completed, consists in the development of an architectural project in which the relationship with the environment is particularly important.
Additional notes about suggested reading: As it regards the frontal part, the notes from the lessons are particularly useful. The works of architecture considered are however well-known, so it not generally difficult to find publeshed in books, in articles in review, or in the web the drawings of plan and section on which the exam concerns. Integrative materials will be given for the cases of study of not immediate availability.
About the part of the course consistent in the development of a project in urban area of historical-architectural value it is reccomended the lecture of reviews, monographs of architecture, qualified web sites.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pietrogrande, Enrico; Rabacchin, Adriano; Dalla Caneva Adriano, Plans for the historic centre of Padua, Italy. Issues with urban morphology. Roma: Officina, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zumthor, Peter, Atmosfere. Milano: Electa, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pawson, John, MinimumJohn Pawson. London: Phaidon, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Adam Caruso, Peter St John, Almost Everything. Barcelona: Ediciones PolĂ­grafa, 2008.
  • Peter Alison (ed.), David Adjaye output. Tokyo: TOTO, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zumthor, Peter, Pensare architettura. Milano: Electa, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tessenow, Heinrich (a cura di Giorgio Grassi), Osservazioni elementari sul costruire. Milano: F. Angeli, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rossi, Aldo, L'architettura della citta. Padova: Marsilio, 1966. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bertoni, Franco, Architettura minimalista. Firenze: La biblioteca, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ahlin, Janne, Sigurd Lewerentz, architect: 1885-1975. Zurich: Park books, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zanco, Federica, Luis Barragan: the quiet revolution. Milano: Skyra, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Loos, Adolf, Parole nel vuoto. Milano: Adelphi, 1984. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Aymonino, Carlo (e altri), La cittĂ  di Padova. Saggio di analisi urbana. Roma: Officina Edizioni, 1970. Cerca nel catalogo