Territories of dispersion: Situations, Scenarios (fall semester)
The Design Studio will reflect on research/design through description and scenarios. The Italian territories of dispersion, the new form of the contemporary metropolis, are taken as a reference for comparison with other European or non European cases. The hypothesis that leads the Studio is that these territories are today facing a strong mutation. the Studio will observe and read places and territories in transformation, questioning them with different hypothesis about their future. Scenarios related to new way of living, moving, inhabiting the city and the territory will be explored to understand the ways in which the territories of dispersion have been, will and might be shared or conflictual resources and support of an innovative ecological project; looking for new representations of the territory as infrastructure and living place.
Cultural Landscapes: Strategies and Descriptions (spring semester)
Heritage cities and landscapes are a relevant concept born within modern architecture and urbanism. Their preservation for contemporary life is today one of the most exciting challenges for planners and designers since this requires: a) the development of sharp sensitivity to detect latent qualities; b) the feeding of a deep specific cultural background; c) the development of clever design skills to interpret patterns, spaces, forms so that their original concept is respected, but, at the same time, modern urban life finds the best possible shape and fascinating forms. The Design Studio will deal with the re-cycling of the former Actv dockyard to insert a new design in the thick landscape and historical palimpsest of Venice and its lagoon.