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ROMA 3 – URBAN MORPHOLOGY COURSE second semester 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR INFORMATION,  mail     gstrappa@yahoo.com

PROGRAM

The course in Urban Morphology, optional, in English, provides 6 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:

  1. a series of lectures (see schedule) aiming to provide the student, through the morphological/processural method, with the tools to read the built environment, historical and contemporary, having the architectural design as its goal. Some independent lectures could be given by external professors or experts, on complementary subjects.
  2. “morphological walks”. Field surveys organized to examine in the Rome historical center the fabrics and buildings under study.
  3. Students who intend to apply the reading method through a simple design proposal (exam form 1, see above), will be followed weekly through work reviews by the teachers.

EVALUATION  METHOD

Students will be evaluated through an oral test. They will choose one of the following forms of exam:

  1. Discussion of a simple design proposal derived from the theoretical studies.

Documents required:

  • study plan of the morphology of the place
  • study plan describing the formation of the proposal by phases
  • Plan of the design proposal (at urban scale) derived from the morphological reading and architectural interpretation of the place.
  1. Discussion on one of the theoretical topics listed in the course program.

The students will be free to present their individual notebook and all the works they consider useful for evaluation.

ADOPTED TEXTS

BasIc text in online format (in English)

  1. Strappa, L’architettura come processo (translated chapters), Franco Angeli, Milano 2015

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)

  1. Caniggia, G.L. Maffei, Interpreting basic building (pages. 53 –164) , Altralinea, Firenze 2017

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

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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)

 

 

 

 

ISSUM – International Summer School on Urban Morphology – Rome, 20 / 28 June 2022

IsufItaly, as a member of International Seminar on Urban Form, Italian Network and Kaebup (Knowledge Alliance for Evidence-Based Urban Practices), welcomes applications from Master and PhD architecture and planning students interested in Urban Morphology research to participate in an International Summer School on Urban Morphology to be held in Rome from 20 to 28 June 2022 . 
ISSUM, organized with the contribution of Isuf Regional Network, aims to offer students the opportunity to learn methods of UM through the teaching of international teachers and concretely verify the knowledge acquired through the interpretation of the built landscape. The ISSUM goal is to provide also a centre of excellence in urban form knowledge through multiple exchanges and involvement of students, academics, professionals in learning, research and design. 
Through lectures and studio work, discussions, and research activities (in English), participants will explore the urban morphology studies’ role in reading historical and consolidated urban fabrics and producing an evidence-based intervention design.

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.  

Site
Lectures and studio work will take place at Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti, a Renaissance building in Piazza delle Cinque Scole in Rome. The site is located in the Ghetto area, in a specially  remarkable historical area where the Medieval and Renaissance fabric blends with the  ancient substratum. The area around the school will be the subject of the morphological readings.
 
Application
A jury will select a group of 15 participants.  

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. )

Please send your application by  15th March 2022 to the link: https://tinyurl.com/mr3r8zhs 
 
The result of the selection will be communicated via email by 10th April 2022. For further details or inquiries, please write to:  

isufitaly_morphologyproject@yahoo.com

Registration
For the participation to the ISSUM, the payment of a fee of € 200 after the selection is required as a contribution to organizational expenses. The fee should be paid by 30th April 2022 and includes lectures and the use of educational spaces.

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.

TERRITORY IS ARCHITECTURE (Sapienza Urban Morphology Course – lect.3)

Some students of my UM course asked me to publish the pp of the last lecture on territory. The slides are here presented without the overlapping drawings I made during the lecture (lost when the file was closed). It might be a good exercise for them to redraw the route’s hierarchy on the mute bases.

b. LEZ. 3 TERRITORY -ridotto sito