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INM0016764, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

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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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

Other lecturers ELENA SVALDUZ ICAR/18

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
Laboratory 3.0 60 15.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 95 130.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 20/06/2020
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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)

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: Admission to the oral exam, which will have to verify the knowledge of the texts of the bibliography and of the topics dealt with during the lessons, will take place following the approval of the work carried out during the Laboratory, which will end with a discussion, in a seminar format , of the research developed during the academica year.
Assessment criteria: The vote assigned during the oral exam will be based on the verification on the one hand of the correct development of the laboratory part and therefore on the research's report that will constitute the outcome, on the other hand of the knowledge of the topics of the course, and of the ability to analyze the buildings in their historical context. In this way we intend to evaluate both the communication skills and the learning ability of the student.
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 is organized in lectures, laboratory activities, exercises, seminars and guided tours. The purpose of the Laboratory is the transmission of a research method that on the one hand starts with the specialist knowledge of historical architecture and their contexts and on the other hand allows the future engineer-architect to work with historical-critical knowledge in his design activity, whether it is planning from scratch or intervening on existing structures.
The lessons / seminar and study visits will focus on topics that can only be mentioned during the lectures. Attendance at lectures, exercises and the laboratory is mandatory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Architectural history books recommended for consultation:

B. Bergdoll, European Architecture 1750-1890, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000;
W. J. R. Curtis, L'architettura moderna del Novecento. London: Phaidon, 2006;
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, Storia dell'architettura moderna, Quarta edizione, Bologna: Zanichelli, 2008;
L'arte di edificare. Manuali in Italia 1750-1950, a cura di C. Guenzi, Milano BE-MA Editrice 1982 ed edizioni successive;
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.

Aer history books recommended for consultation:
P. L. De Vecchi, E. Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo, Milano: Bompiani, 1991
C. Bertelli, G. Briganti, A.Giuliano, Storia dell'arte italiana, Milano: Electa-Bruno Mondadori, 1992
E. Bairati, A. Finocchi, Arte in Italia, Torino: Loescher, 1990
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Dellapiana, Elena; Montanari, Guido, Una storia dell'architettura contemporanea. Novara: UTET Universita, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Watkin, David, Storia dell'architettura occidentale. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo