corso di composizione architettonica e urbana 2007, polito

Course of Architecture and Urban Design – 72 hours – 6 credits – 130 students
Polytechnic of Torino (Italy), Faculty of Architecture, (4th year Students)


Course of Urban Architectural Design composed by two main modules:

  1. Starbooks ©: a book and magazine thematic research presented directly by the students to the class to explore a few key books in contemporary architecture
  2. Mini design workshops series: public space design in selected locations in Torino.
    students have to design their own site strategy, starting from the analysis of the existing, trying to highlight unseen potentials to define a programmatic proposition which will be actualized thru the processing of a generative geometry schedule.
    Version 1.1: Palazzo del Lavoro (Pierluigi Nervi, 1961)
    – miniwoshop #01: site analysis
    – miniwoshop #02: program identification
    – miniwoshop #03: generative geometries
    – miniwoshop #04: design exploration


Koolhaas, R., 1978, Delirious New York, London, Academy Editions, trad. It. 2001, Delirious New York, Milano, Electa

Le Corbusier, 1923, Vers une architecture, Paris, Editions G. Crès et Cie; trad. It. 1973, Verso una Architettura, Milano, Longanesi

Rossi, A., 1966, L’architettura della città, Padova, Marsilio

Rowe, C., 1994, The architecture of Good Intentions. Towards a possible retrospect, London, Academy Editions; trad. It. 2005, L’architettura delle buone intenzioni. Verso una visione retrospettiva possibile, Bologna, Pendragon

Tschumi, B., 1996, Architecture and disjunction, Cambridge Massachussets, London, MIT Press; trad. It. 2005, Architettura e disgiunzione, Bologna, Pendragon

Venturi, R., 1966, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, New York, The Museum of Modern Art; trad. It. 1980, Complessità e contraddizioni in architettura, Bari, Dedalo

Vyzoviti, S., 2003, Folding Architecture, Amsterdam, Bis Publishers

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