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The ADVANCED URBANISTICS AND NEW HABITATS LABORATORY proposes an analytical, planning and prospective look at the new conditions of our living and relational environments (city-territory-place/places; living ensembles, relational spaces, etc.) through a proactive, integrated and multi-scalar exploration of simultaneous systems and levels oriented of strategic and adaptive ways. Complexity, dynamism, evolvability, transversality, interactivity reactivity at all levels (physical and virtual, material and digital) conform keywords of this holistic will intended to foster a new kind of qualitative formulations for our spaces and spatialities.
The multi-scalar, urban planning and landscape design-oriented Option Lab, formed by the modules Advanced Urban Design and Strategic Landscape Analysis and Design.
The course is designed as a continuation of a sequential process of approaching urban planning and urban design and a City-Architecture cross-reading for Architectural Design students. The expression and communication of a new kind of challenges for the contemporary city and the design of new convivial/relational scenarios (interactive and proactive public and collective spaces) will be in the basis of the sampled experiential course.
Key requirements are:
- To be able to critically employ the knowledge, analytical apparatus, operational, design and strategic tools of the urban planner to analyze and interpret places, define their transformation processes, assess their conditions of transformability and prefigure their future scenarios.
- To be able to respond to the demand for new urban spaces and the new landscape with innovative projects, taking the project as a transversal tool with respect to contemporary urban and territorial scenarios.
- Be able to identify innovative strategies for the design of public space, understood in its productive and social values and in its relations with contemporary urban conditions.
- To be able to set up morphological-spatial, economic and social simulations of urban transformation, evaluating their potential effects and outcomes.
- To be aware of the socio-cultural challenges related to the use of new technologies and the emergence of new forms of citizenship, in order to instruct and guide shared and participatory design processes.
Office hours: Friday morning and / or Thursday afternoon
Office hours: Monday mornings 10 - 11 by appointment
MANUEL GAUSA NAVARRO (President)
NICOLA VALENTINO CANESSA (President Substitute)
ADRIANA GHERSI (President Substitute)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The exam will involve the production of an A3 dossier and A1 tables in competition mode, as well as the layout of the various exercises carried out during the year. Initiative in creating additional formats will be considered a plus.
The presentation of the material will coincide with an end-of-course workshop (on-site or out-of-town) within which all projects can be compared together in one space. The examination will thus consist of the delivery of the planned materials and an oral test presenting the production, as well as a short essay integrated into the summary dossier or book.
Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of depth of each topic will be given in the course of the lectures. The mainly oral examination but with a short written essay will test the effective acquisition of basic knowledge of the methodologies assayed and their applications to the analysis and synthesis of the proposals presented. Narrative, communication skills and problems and open questions will allow assessment of the ability to apply knowledge in practical situations that may occur with reference to good laboratory practices. The student should be able to link and integrate knowledge learned during laboratory activities with that provided during the lectures.
The oral presentation will focus mainly on the proposal developed in relation to the topics covered during the lectures and will aim to assess not only whether the student has achieved an adequate level of knowledge. The ability to describe the processes and proposals clearly and with correct terminology will also be assessed.