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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[80/72]  ARCHITECTURE [72/30 - Ord. 2017]  ARCHITETTURA E SOSTENIBILITA' 10 100


The laboratory consists of two modules, architectural design (composition) and technical architecture, which are integrated into the design activity's development phases.

a) knowledge and understanding
- knowledge and ability to understand the methods of sustainable management of the transformation of a portion of territory and construction of a building;
- knowledge and ability to evaluate and adopt compositional and formal solutions consistent with the objectives of reducing the consumption of resources, as well as compatible with the cultural and physical specificities of the project sites as well as oriented towards a high expressiveness of architectural and construction quality;

b) applying knowledge and understanding
- applying the knowledge indicated in point a) in advanced and innovative design terms, guaranteeing quality as a meeting point between new levels of sustainability and environmental efficiency and the architectural expressiveness of the building;
- developing projects that incorporate concepts and methods of environmental design according to an ecosystem vision of the transformation of the existing.

c) making judgements
- interpret in depth the broader complexities of the architectural project in the different aspects and at different scales;

D) Communication skills
- refine the graphic communication skills of the project, illustrating and representing personal design choices in a broad and effective way;
- know how to expose one's point of view to an informed audience on issues relating to the themes of the sustainable project and on the specific choices adopted in the development of the annual design theme.

E) Learning skills
- ability to consult and draw on various bibliographic sources in the field of architectural design disciplines with particular reference to the themes of environmental, social and economic sustainability;
- autonomously expand the own knowledge through professional experiences and interaction with different cultural backgrounds,.

The training goal of the course is to educate the student to the overall vision of the problems related to design and construction, providing critical and operational tools necessary to control the complexity of the entire building process so that a correct integration with the existing fabric is guaranteed to the project, as well as comfort and health for users, a highly contained environmental impact, good energy performance, durability over time.

Knowledge (to know):
Students will deepen their knowledge about unconventional building materials and their use, with particular attention to traditional and innovative building systems, passive indoor and outdoor climate control systems, traditional building and suggestions that can be drawn from them for contemporary architecture, to the evaluation of the actual availability of materials and their life cycle.

Skills (know-how):
Students will be called to make their own:
- theoretical and technical knowledge for the sustainable design of new buildings
- theoretical and technical knowledge for the conservation and intelligent reuse of existing buildings
- knowledge of the executive phase of the project with definition of appropriate design solutions
- in-depth knowledge of the materials and implementation techniques used in the project

Students will have to demonstrate that they can manage work effectively with the assigned group. They will also have to demonstrate that they can manage part of the design process individually.

Expected outcome
Students must be able, in addition to controlling more or less autonomously all the phases of conception and design of the project, also govern the processes needed for its construction.


- ability to represent two-dimensional and three-dimensional architectural design at different scales (from that of the object to that of the extended space), mastering the conventions of design (thicknesses, hatching and dimensions), orthogonal projections, perspective and axonometry; the student must be able to represent the project three-dimensionally using 3D software and by building architectural study models in cardboard or other materials;
- ability to quickly represent an architectural idea by means of a graphic sketch and study models;
- excellent knowledge of AutoCAD and Photoshop software is required; good knowledge of the fundamentals of In Design; knowledge of a three-dimensional modeling software and a software for rendering the model; the use of BIM software is recommended (but not mandatory).

The student must have already acquired the basics of architectural engineering. He must have a thorough knowledge of the materials and techniques most commonly used for the construction and of the building factory elements (foundations, walls, floors, roofs, ..). He must have a good knowledge that allows him to know how to compose the different elements according to the results he wants to achieve.


The Studio deals with a design theme on the architectural scale and of the reference context.
The activity is divided into 3 types of activities:
a) lectures: 10 hours
b) laboratory activities (development of the project in the classroom, elaboration of drawings and models, revisions): 35 hours
c) collective criticism: 5 hours

The project activity will be at the center of the teaching: the design work represented by a single design exercise will be divided into several phases: the preparatory exercises and theoretical lessons will be centered on a theme taught and communicated by the teacher at the beginning of the course.

The integrated laboratory develops a project in a real (or likely) context with materials and techniques that are respectful of the environment, of the socio-cultural characteristics of the territory in which they are located and inserted in a context of a circular economy that uses local material and human resources.

Teaching Methods

The teacher holds lectures on theoretical and practical aspects of the project discipline. Theoretical notions and practical information are intended to integrate and give the necessary cultural perspective to the project activity.

The design activity, founding core of the teaching activity and primary tool for the pursuit of the educational objectives, is conceived as a “guided design experience” and will see teacher and tutor accompanying students along the design activity that will be organized and divided into 3 steps:
1: conception and development of a spatial strategy of architectonic and urban resettlement
2: clarification of the architectural and constructive character consistent with the cultural and technical references indicated in the "technical architecture" module and refinement of the design choices on the architectural design point of view.
3: final two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation through 2d, 3d, and architectural model

Teaching is organized in lectures and in laboratory activities. The first are aimed at providing students with a strictly specialist content and in-depth study of the topics covered in the courses attended in the preceding years, and to frame the context in which the project will be located. During the laboratory activities, the teacher will accompany the groups of students (2-3 students per group, depending on the number of attending students) in order to evaluate the coherence of the project, the choice of materials, the technical and economic feasibility, the degree of accuracy and precision of the activities carried out, the methods for defining the responsibilities of organization and management of the activities in the group, providing suggestions and examples useful for the realization of the proposed solutions.
The teacher will propose compulsory and collective intermediate checks that students will have to respect and which will be used as a course attendance check.

The lectures are held in the virtual classroom through the Adobe Connect platform, the reviews, compatibly with the provisions dictated by the COVID emergency, will be done either in presence, in the classroom or remote. All the teaching materials shown during the lectures will be made available to students.

Verification of learning


During the final exam, the student has to discuss about the architectural choices express in the design documents with reference to the principles of composition, to the relations with the context, to the typological and distributive choices, to the constructive features, to the building sustainability, to the linguistic and formal choices, to the sizing of spaces, to the architectonical references used.
Moreover, the examinee will argue about the structural system chosen concerning the researched spatial values.
At the end of the oral exam, the student will have a vote based on the evaluation of the same and the overall value of the submitted project (completeness, consistency, maturity, representation).
The evaluation will be express by public graded list, defined by a Selection Board, constituted by five architects, two of which, external (teachers of the faculty, visiting professors or famous architects).


The assessment of the level of knowledge achieved by the students will be done through an oral test aimed at verifying the acquisition of the basic notions as by program, the design solutions proposed in terms of materials, construction techniques, systems used for passive energy control of buildings. The evaluation will also take into account the practical work carried out during the practical training.


- Albrecht B., “Conservare il futuro. Il pensiero della sostenibilità in architettura”, Il Poligrafo, 2012
- Cherchi. PF., Lecis M, Progetto pratica dialogica, Libria, 2016
- Mostafavi, M., Leatherbarrow, D., (1993). On weathering: the life of buildings in time, The Mit Press, Cambridge, 1993.
- Canepa M. Riflessioni sullo sviluppo sostenibile in architettura, Mim, 2018

A. Campioli, M. Lavagna, Tecniche e architettura, CittàStudi De Agostini ed., Novara 2013
- L. Caleca, Architettura Tecnica, ed. Flaccovio, 2009
- M. Correia, L. Di Pasquale, S. Mecca, Versus, heritage for tomorrow. Vernacular knowledge for sustainable architecture, a cura di, ed. Firenze University Press, Firenze 2014

- C. Mancosu, L. Zevi, B. Zevi, Il nuovissimo manuale dell'architetto, Mancosu Editore 2019
- M. Achenza, U. Sanna, Manuale tematico della terra cruda, ed. DEI, Roma 2009
- CRATerre, TRAITE DE CONSTRUCTION EN TERRE, Ed. Parentèse, Marsiglia 1989, (Versione anche in inglese dello stesso editore)

More Information

Students can access informations about the organization of the Design Studio through the website www.surstudies.net

The Design Studio blog will be constantly updated during the course and will report information about:
- calendar of didactic activities;
- organization of teaching activities;
- design tasks;
- handouts and basic materials

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