Project Work with Focus on Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
This studio deals with some classic antagonisms of urbanism: the spectres of city and nature, community and individuality, energy and ecology. Based on the accumulated data and strategic maps of the research design studio in semester one, the students in groups of three will define themselves the spatial setting of their projects, whether it will be in the centre of a historic city, in suburban or rural areas, in shrinking or increasing landscapes. The goal will consist of developing dialogic approaches in order to bring the above mentioned antagonisms in productive interactions and to develop an integrative design which will take into account the social, cultural, economic and ecologic aspects of our continuously changing society.
Students will be introduced in basic urban analysis and design tools and learn to integrate cognition in human sciences. The studio will interplay between different scales, from the territorial to the neighborhood, thus articulating the relationship between urbanistic structures and architecture in its volumetric framework as well as landscape architecture in its materiality. Being aware of the impossibility of anticipating the whole complexity of territorial transformation, the result will not be a classic masterplan but an open processual urbanism defining strategic structures, systems and rules leaving enough space for a more natural evolution.