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Second Semester 
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The course, consistent with the architecture, landscape and society curriculum, focuses on the methods of theoretical-conceptual processing and the restitution and communication of an architectural project. A theoretical line and an oriented narration derived from selected bibliographical references will be developed to support a synthetic design experience. The aim of the course is to train the student on some of the main themes of the debate on architecture not in a passive and abstract sense - autonomous with respect to the concrete experience of the project - but within an active process of discussion and defence of specific design intentions. The student will increase his knowledge and understanding of the topics and rhetoric of communication and transmission of architecture, gaining awareness on relationships between theoretical reflection and design languages.


To profitably attend the course, it is advisable to refer to the topics learned in the theoretical module of the theory and design laboratory of the first year, which in fact is to be considered an introduction. Also important are the basic notions of the history of modern and contemporary architecture and elementary information on the contemporary lines of the disciplinary debate.


The course will be dedicated to monographic topics concerning the main lines of the debate on architecture and architectural and urban design. The topics will be illustrated referring to the general framework of architectural culture and through the discussion and reading of selected texts.

Teaching Methods

The course will take place through ex cathedra lectures, text discussion seminars and a design or meta-design exercise. The different methods are to be considered organic and integrated for the purposes of the final outcome. The course has a duration of 30 hours and will be divided into 5-hour days: each day will be divided into a part dedicated to communication or seminars and a workshop part for reviewing the design exercise. The final day of the course will take the form of a public presentation of the results and discussion of the topics covered starting from the bibliography indicated during the lessons.

Verification of learning

In addition to judging the outcome of the exercise, the final evaluation of the course will take into account the student's attendance and active participation in lectures, seminars and his diligence and continuity in the project work.


Aa.Vv., Il dibattito architettonico in Italia, presentazione di Giuseppe Samonà, Bulzoni Editore, Roma 1977
Architettura italiana del Novecento, a cura di Giorgio Ciucci, Francesco Dal Co, Electa, Milano 1990
Architecture Culture 1943-1968. A documentary anthology, a cura di Joan Ockman, Columbia books of Architecture, Rizzoli, New York 1993
Rethinking architecture. A reader in cultural theory, a cura di Neil Leach, Routledge, Londra 1997
Architecture theory since 1968, a cura di K. Michael Hays MIT Press, Cambridge 1998
Andrew Ballantyne, Architecture Theory: a reader in philosophy and culture, Continuum, Londra e New York 2005
Theories and manifestoes of contemporary architecture, a cura di Charles Jencks e Karl Kropf, Wiley Academy, Chichester 2006
Constructing a new agenda, architectural theory 1993-2009, a cura di A. Krista Sykes, Princeton Architectural Press, New York 2010
Le parole dell’architettura. Un’antologia di testi teorici e critici: 1945-2000, a cura di marco Biraghi e Giovanni Damiani, Einaudi, Torino 2009
Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 196X to 197X, A cura di Beatriz Colomina, Craig Buckley, Urtzi Grau, Actar, Barcellona 2010
Harry Francis Mallgrave, David Goodman, An introduction to architectural theory. 1968 to present, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester 2011
Choisir l’architecture. Critique, histoire et théorie depuis le XIXe siècle, a cura di Christophe Van Gerrewey, EPFL Press, Losanna 2019
Marco Biraghi, Questa è architettura. Progetto come filosofia della prassi, Einaudi, Torino 2021
Aa. Vv., Political theory and architecture, a cura di Bell, Zacka, Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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Documents, texts and material relating to the course and the design exercise will be made available to students through digital sharing.

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