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The course in Urban Morphology, optional, in English, provides 4 credits and is open to all students, including Erasmus ones.
The purpose of the morphological studies proposed by the course is the knowledge of the characters of the built environment and the recognition of its formation and transformation, having as ultimate goal the architectural design open to multiple esthetic synthesis.
It aims to teach a method of reading the physical form of the city through the understanding of the forming process common to urban fabrics and buildings, The term “reading” not indicates the neutral recording of phenomena, but an awareness which requires the active and dynamic contribution of the reader.
The basic notions of urban organism and forming process will be provided.
CONDUCT OF THE COURSE
The course will consist of:
Students will be evaluated through an oral test. They will choose one of the following forms of exam:
The students will be free to present their individual notebook and all the works they consider useful for evaluation.
BasIc text in online format (in English)
The main chapters translated into English (useful to take the exam) can be found on the teacher’s website (http://www.giuseppestrappa.it/) and are indicated below:
Basic text in paper format (in English)
A good translation in French (online) is: G. Caniggia, G.L. Maffei, Composition architectural et typologie du bati. 1 lecture du bati de base, traduit par p. larochelle, Université Laval, 2000 –http://www.giuseppestrappa.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/G.-Caniggia-Lecture-du-b%C3%A2ti-de-base-traduit-par-P.-Larochelle.pdf
LECTURES CONTENT AND ACTIVITIES
Introduction. Meaning and utility of Urban Morphology for the contemporary architecture.
Course organization. Presentation of the program. Student registration.
Territory: notion, forming process and contemporary condition.
Matter Material: notion, transformation process, contemporary condition
Substrata and urban fabric: the physical form of the city: notion, forming process and contemporary condition.
Base building and substratum: base elements of the city: notion, forming process and relationship with urban pre-existence.
Field Survey: on base building topics.
Special building: forming process and contemporary examples.
Architectural knotting: historic notion and transition to modernity. – Classroom work presentation (only for students who intend to deepen the topics of the course with practical exercises – see Exam 1 in the program).
At the roots of architectural composition: the notions of assembly and aggregation in history and in the contemporary condition.
Field Survey on special building topics
Roman modern architecture
Conclusion. Short recap/summary of the course main topics (for the exam) and conclusions. Student opinions and suggestions.
Short pre-examination test (optional)
S. Muratori (con Ing. A. Prandi), progetto di edificio tra Via Pastrengo e Via Cernaia, Roma.
Dicembre 1947 (Archivio della biblioteca Poletti, Modena)
The goal will be achieved through
Lectures intended to cover the theoretical part of the school’s teaching.
They will be held by:
• Isufitaly teachers giving lectures to introduce the students to the local UM methods (Italian-processual school).
• Guest teachers giving lectures on their research methods in UM.
• Guest professionals to give lectures on their design experience linked to the study of urban form.
Field surveys, organized by host teachers, will guide the students in practical urban analysis. The team of teachers will also provide the basic cartography helpful in reading the various case studies.
Studio activities, intended as reading exercises and practical drawings concerning the selected urban fabrics. They will also involve some hints on the architectural design related to the fabric studied. The students’ work will be discussed with the contribution of the host teachers, including local academics and professionals.
Minimum Requirements for the application are:
• 4th-year Architecture or Urban Planning student
• Some experience in urban form studies
To apply, interested students are required to send:
• name and surname
• date of birth, place of residence and nationality, email address
• a brief academic and professional CV and a motivation letter (maximum 4000 characters in all) containing all data considered useful for the evaluation (schools, universities and post-graduate courses attended, professional experiences, publications, etc. )
To support the dissemination of UM studies, Isuf will provide a grant to an African Student.
A final dinner will be organized on the 28th in a nearby restaurant (included in the fee). The fee does not include accommodation costs and the optional tour which will be organized on Sunday 26th of June.