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. This year the course aims in particular to explore the potential that poetic, sensitive languages and visual narration can provide to trigger regeneration dynamics of collective sensibility and actual perception of the territory.
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 show that in each historical epoch the use of narrative, artistic, mythical and ritual languages has played an essential role in developing the actual ideas of city, generating pleasurable forms of appropriation and knowledge of the territory and in creating systems for educating communities.
- 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;
- provide technical instruments for reflecting on the potential offered by visual languages and the new audiovisual techniques to develop, in an experimental and collective form, new ways of narrating to express the huge patrimony of memories condensed on the territory, and enable this “deposit of knowledge” to act as a base for imagination, an opportunity to consciously liberate imagination and creativity and generate novel forms of appropriation of the territory.
- teach students to present and critically discuss the theoretical shifts behind the construction of a narrative course.