ARCH 320 – Architecture Design Studio VI
Discipline(s): Architecture & Historic Preservation
Available: spring semester 2024
Instructor: Franco Pisani, M.Arch., Licensed Architect, Stefano Corazzini, M.A.
This is a third-year design studio course for architecture majors (VI of X for Masters). This course will teach students how to think and innovate as well as create designs by working conceptually and strategically across the boundaries of traditional design disciplines. This course will operate on the premise that public spaces are important to the livability of a city. There will be an emphasis on context, urbanity, urban fabric and public space of Florence (and other cities in Italy) while focusing on two main design goals: integrating in context and evaluating ways structural and mechanical systems inform spatial strategies. Design projects will therefore explore style as well as the fundamental aspects of space, urbanism and meanings, searching for a way to combine these aspects inside shapes.
The main goal of the studio is to provide students with an insight into the nature of the public domain and the ways in which architecture, context and urban space are weaved to create the physical setting for the activities and rituals of public urban life.
At the end of this course students will have enhanced their ability to explore innovative, and informed urban designs, with more complex and interactive profiles.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
– develop design with a contemporary approach that is respectful of a highly defined historical context
– develop a preliminary structural diagram for their design.
– understand the public realm of urban context and add context to their projects.
– work within the constraints of an historical context and (at the same time) take advantage of this opportunity.
– use tools and develop skills to design, communicate, evaluate and coordinate a project’s definition process.
– synthesize culture, technology, and design in a project.
– produce a complete set of presentation drawings using different media and tools.
Course descriptions may be subject to occasional minor modifications at the discretion of the instructor.