IA/0085 - INTERIOR DESIGN
Academic Year 2022/2023
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GIOVANNI MARCO CHIRI (Tit.)
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The interior design course is structured in two parts—the first of a theoretical nature and the second strongly applicative and focused on a design exercise.
The first part is organized around a cycle of conferences by some protagonists of the Italian and international contemporary scene and some specific support seminars called “tools”.
The study of interior design theory is not presented to the student as abstract and autonomous knowledge but as an awareness of the broader cultural dimension of practice.
The formative objectives of the module are, therefore, the maturation of initial awareness of the issues discussed by contemporary architectural culture on the interior design by its applications; To hone the interpretative tools of the space, its relationships and of its internal code at the different levels;
To consolidate knowledge and best practices in interior design;
To develop the management capacity of the design issues and processes;
The awareness of the importance of being part of the reconstruction process of the Italian cultural tradition into the design practice, since both the consciousness rising of Italian own specificity into the global scenario.
Knowledge and understanding. The ability to set up and explore the project the consistent, complex and spatial connections among the design components and these latter and history.
Ability (know-how). The activity of the laboratory prompts the student to fulfill the stages and steps of the design process, to summarize complex issues, to develop the ability to self-relate to others to instruct, conduct and communicate the design concept in a rational, compelling, brief and exhaustive way.
Conduct (to be). The workshop stimulates the student’s natural skill to create logical connections among issues. It encourages the increase in awareness level of observable physical space syntax and trains the taste elevating the critical sense and ability in distinguishing the beauty. Outcomes:
At the end, it is expected that the student will be able to: autonomously instruct the design concept since the reading of the topic; to identify a formal-spatial-building-aesthetic and relational target; identify congruous and useful materials of architecture (topics, examples, archetypes, models and type) to develop the design concept, achieving his/her goal; assess the project’s internal coherence; depict the design efficiently through the conventional tools of the subject; be able to argue and defend his/her own point of view on the studied topic, on the project and, generally, on the architecture
The student should have achieved a minimum capacity of analysis of project data, observation of the direct/indirect relationships (spatial, historical, building, economic, social and functional) and of structuring the logical path of the project at least at the minimum, or intermediate, level of complexity. The student should be able to autonomously provide himself some references within the architecture’s history coherently to the design issues, interpreting those appropriately and not purely figurative. As a minimum prerequisite, the student has to be sufficiently able in the architectural depiction of the project, mastering the drawing rules (thickness, dotted lines, and heights), the orthogonal projections, the perspective and the axonometry. The student has to be able to depict the project three-dimensionally using models of study. Also, it is considered crucial to be able to use the 2d/3d software. There is no preliminary test of propaedeutic knowledge; nevertheless, if the professor recognizes the lack of some requirements during the workshop, he will bring it to the student’s attention, identifying together the modality to fill the gap.
Theoretical part: some of the main lines of the theoretical debate on architecture and interior design tools will be presented and discussed with students through master classes on the design activity of the masters of contemporary interior design. Operational tools will also be provided useful for deepening the interior design also according to the current conditions of the professional market in the form of seminars (tools) Application part: The exercise is aimed at improving the ability to apply knowledge by solving new or unfamiliar problems in complex contexts also through comparison and communication with other individuals. This goal is pursued through the development of a project in a real (or likely) context within a small group of two / three people.
Breakdown of teaching hours
4 CFU (40 hours)
8 hours of Lectio magistralis
8 hours of seminars (tools)
2 hours of introduction to the exercise
22 hours of practice
Verification of learning
For the final evaluation, during the so-called "final critique", the student takes an oral test in the form of a public exhibition consisting of the description of the architectural choices expressed in the design documents with reference to the principles of composition, the relationships with functional themes, the typological choices and figurative, constructive characteristics, building sustainability also expressed in terms of the durability of materials and maintenance, linguistic and formal choices, the sizing of the environments, the architectural references used.
The evaluations are expressed through a public ranking among the projects presented by the groups. A competition commission consisting of at least five architects, two of whom are external, chosen from among faculty internal teachers, visiting professors or renowned architects, participates in the definition of the ranking.
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