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ROMA 3 – URBAN MORPHOLOGY COURSE second semester 2022

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FOR INFORMATION,  mail     gstrappa@yahoo.com


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.


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.


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.


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



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)





The Great Transformation – Typology and Morphology in the Anthropocene

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25.-27. Jan. 2023 –  T.U.Berlin – Institute for Architecture


January 25  
Klima Polis book presentation and discussion
Sascha Roesler, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio
Moderation: Lidia Gasperoni –at Halle 7
at Forum
January 26
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction to the conference
Rainer Hehl and Jörg H. Gleiter
09:30 – 10:15
Key Note lecture
The End of the Territory, Architecture and Other Disasters
Giuseppe Strappa, Università degli Studi La Sapienza Rome
coffee break
10:30 – 12:00
The Urban Form and the Town’s Storytelling
Paolo Carlotti, Università degli studi La Sapienza Rome
Sandra Bartoli, University of Applied Science München
Between Absence and Loss: Rewriting as a Paradigm of Tansformation
Domenico Chizzoniti, Politecnico di Milano
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion
lunch break
14:30 – 16:30 Form and Meaning in the Foundation of Cities
Daria Belova, Phd candidate at Università degli studi La Sapienza Rome
N.N. Julian Raffetseder, PhD candidate at Università della Svizzera Italliana Mendrisio
Is Technique our Environment? Why and how Anthropocene Challenges Urban Morphology  Nicola Marzot, TU Delft and Università degli Studi Ferrara
Criticism of Subjective Individualism Between Anthropocene and Ecocene Matteo Ieva, Politecnico di Bari
N.N. Sascha Roesler, Università della Svizzera Italiana Mendrisio
16:30 – 17:00 Discussion
coffee break
17:30 – 18:00 Workshop Assignment
Introduction by Rainer Hehl
18:00 – 19:00 Workshop part I
at Forum
January 27
09:00 – 12:00 Workshop part II
12:00 – 14:30 Review/Presentations
14:30 – 15:00 Final discussion


The Great Transformation
Typology and Morphology in the Anthropocene
“The Anthropocene is the epoch in which the dialectical tension between man’s well-meant »architecture of good
intentions” and its disruptive consequences for the Earth system comes to the fore.” (Jörg H. Gleiter)
The changing environmental conditions – climate, mega cities, overpopulation and shrinking
population, rising sea levels, digitalization, and AI – are forcing people to rethink the relationship
between humans and System Earth, and with it the concept of architecture and the city as a manmade
The conference/workshop The Great Transformation. Typology and Morphology in the Anthropocene
takes a critical look at the changing conditions of typologies and urban morphology as central
architectural concepts for the creation of a meaningful human environment. It examines how and
whether the changing concept of “environment” will lead to a typological transformation of existing
urban morphology. Changing demographics, new concepts of living and housing, public
transportation, biodiversity and human and animal conviviality are factors that have an immediate
effect on typology and urban morphology.
Already in 1944 Karl Polanyi addressed the destabilization of the political order by the industrial
revolution. Today we notice that it is the aftereffect of the third industrial revolution, i. e. AI,
digitalization and smart technologies that lead to a great transformation of the climate, the eco system,
the cohabitation of species, migration, over- and depopulation eventually effecting the everyday
culture, architecture, cities and the territory at large. Under the current challenges of the Great
Transformation can be rather understood as an integral endeavor to cope with the consequences of
irreversible phenomena and there effects on architecture and city.
As the new epoch shakes the hitherto firm foundation of our understanding of the relationship between
man and earth, the question arises of what this means to urban identity and how the narratives of the
city adapt to it. Unlike previous epochs, the “becoming” of architecture, i. e. the morphological
transformations of types and models will receive important impulses from these new environmental
What are the implications of current “environmental forces” on the spatial, morphological and
typological constitution of architecture? What are the changing and what are the stable components of
the vocabulary for architectural typology and urban morphology? The Great Transformation. Typology
and Morphology in the Anthropocene conference/workshop explores alternative narratives, concepts
and practices for the changing environment in the Anthropocene. With the themes of atmosphere,
urban form, kinship, and commonality the conference encourages a critical look at both the history and
current practice of morphological and typological studies, their interconnectedness and crossfertilization,
their historical legacy and their potential to reshape architecture and the built environment.
It critically examines design strategies for an analytical and speculative journey into a forward-looking
new spatial, urban, and territorial vocabulary for the morphological and typological transformation of
architecture in the era of the Anthropocene.
The Chair of Architectural Transformation and the Chair of Architectural Theory will invite experts from
the field of urban morphology, typology and Anthropocene studies to discuss the above issues. Next
to lectures and discussions a student workshop and the presentation of students’ work are an integral
part the conference.

Aree culturali e crisi della globalizzazione

Cultural areas and the crisis of globalization

editoriale di U+D n.1718

di Giuseppe Strappa












Questo numero della rivista è dedicato al progetto urbano considerato nel suo rapporto con gli studi sulla forma della città che generano, o almeno spiegano, scelte, disegni, programmi. Nella convinzione che le indagini sulla morfologia urbana siano esse stesse un prodotto dell’ambiente in cui sono maturate, il numero è dedicato anche al tema della formazione e persistenza della nozione di “area culturale” nella condizione contemporanea. Argomento familiare non solo alla scuola muratoriana (si pensi, senza scomodare Vitruvio, alle tante ricerche dei geografi moderni, da Friedrich Ratzel a Carl Sauer). Ma esistono ancora le aree culturali, intendendo con questo termine ambiti sociali, geografici, politici nei quali si è consolidato un insieme di valori, linguaggi, tecniche condivise? In una fase della storia, peraltro, nella quale tutto sembra coesistere, tutto partecipare di uno comune universo, da quello delle immagini a quello economico, all’interno del quale la città si trasforma?
La questione delle specificità legate al contesto pone per noi architetti, in realtà, l’altro problema, assai arduo, della circolazione delle idee e dei progetti di architettura…..

CONTINUA A LEGGERE    Editoriale n.17-18 – Strappa