Based on the idea that the territory should be considered the outcome of a process of interaction between man, society and the environment, the course aims to reconsider project design: no longer form imposing itself on a territory without life or history, but a spiral development, able to grow over time as an integral part of the life of a community that builds itself by creating relations. Following this pathway, the course aims to contribute to developing knowledge in the students that is careful to interpret the various specificities of contexts and to interpret, through design based on the acknowledgement of the diversity of territories and the practices of living connected with them, the new ways of creating the contemporary city.
It thus intends:
- to encourage students to question themselves on the deep meaning, sense and content enveloped in the actual concept of city and in the various definitions it has assumed over the course of time, providing a critical background of knowledge to be able to dismantle the common-sense categories and find new keys by which to interpret contemporary urban dynamics;
- to provide, by studying specific cases, methods and tools to learn how to interpret the environmental features and the past processes by which the character of the various urban and territorial structures was formed;
- take students to start a design process by which the knowledge acquired from a meta-project of urban reinterpretation of a specific territorial context can be creatively worked upon;
- learn to use the adequate tools to express the conceptual and design contents elaborated;
- teach to expose and argue the design choices made on the basis of their own critical path