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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP6074957, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA2383, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE AND URBAN HISTORY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction French, English
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 TECHNIQUES, HERITAGE, INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ICAR/18 History of Architecture 5.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 5.0 35 90.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Comm. 18-19 01/06/2019 30/11/2019 ZUCCONI GUIDO VITTORIO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of French, together with some guidelines in contemporary history
Target skills and knowledge: Getting basic concepts to be placed in a broader cultural context, both geographical and historical, and particularly in the industrial city as emerged in its different shapes during the contemporary age. In the second part being acquainted with innovative materials for construction as applied in industrial buildings and in those associated to public utility: brick and iron in the first place, steel and concrete.
Examination methods: Active participation in class and drafting of a final paper
Assessment criteria: The final paper will be judged in its capacity of both collecting materials and elaborating them in a critical perspective.
Works will be assigned to students on topics agreed with the teacher. After some preparatory seminars, the essays will be introduced by the students himself with the support of powerpoint. A collective discussion around the papers done will precede the final evaluation.
Course unit contents: The entire course is divided into two distinct cycles, being the first related to the urban context and the second to the problems of the building. What will be first presented are the different ways in which city and industry have gone over time by defining their reciprocal relationships. It is not only a matter of clear separation – as in the well-known case of Northern England and Scotland- but also of interpenetration between urban and productive aspects. In addition to the classical model -traditionally attributed to Great Britain- it will be brought light to some lesser-known case studies that fall within historically established contexts. These include in particular the city of Paris in the early nineteenth century . Focus will be also put on the port cities, and urban networks ; beyond the city limits, on new nuclei related to " industrial paternalism " or simply to productive opportunities. Attention will be also paid to mobility and zoning schemes due to the introduction of electricity, during the so-called “second industrial revolution”.
The second part of the course will be focused on the main innovative materials for construction as practically applied between 1850 and 1950, in particular in industrial buildings. Selected examples will serve to bring out an overview of what has been achieved at the local level and international context . This type of comparison will provide a critical framework in terms of chronology, diffusion models , reciprocal relationships between housing and industry , including architecture and civil engineering. A section of the course will be devoted to the problems of mass production , and its influence not only on the construction process, but also on architecture, applied arts and the emerging industrial design.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons, and seminars together with bibliographies related to specific readings. Some guided site-visits will be also organized. The aims of the course, as well as the expected learning outcomes, will suit the training objectives of the entire study program. In particular, methods of both teaching and verifying learning outcomes will be articulated around architectural and urban competences, according to specific and non-superficial trajectories, and they will follow the indications provided for introducing innovative procedures .
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reference books:
- Asa Briggs, Victorian Cities, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968
- Agulhon M.(editor), La ville de l'age industriel. Le cycle haussmannien, Paris: Seuil, 1998
- Guillerme A., La naissance de l'industrie à Paris entre sueurs et vapeurs, 1780-1830, Seyssel: Champ Vallon, 2012
- Gribaudi M., Paris ville ouvrière : Une histoire occultée (1789-1848), Paris: La Découverte, 2014
- Banham R., The architecture of the well-tempered environment, London : Architectural press, 1969.
- Cohen J.L., Scènes de la vie future: l'architecture européenne et la tentation de l'Amerique, 1893-1960, Paris-Montréal : Flammarion-CCA,1995.
- Meyer, A.G., Construire en fer. Histoire et esthétique, Gollion (CH): InFolio, (I. ed.1907)
- Delhumeau G.(editor), L'invention du béton armé : Hennebique, 1890-1914, Paris : Norma, 1999.
- Simonnet C., Le Béton: histoire d'un matériau, Marseille: Parenthèses, 2005
- Giedion S., Mechanization takes command: a contribution to anonymous history, New York/London : Oxford University Press, 1955
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)