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 the approach to 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 intends to contribute to increasing knowledge among students that is careful to interpret both the variety of specificities of contexts and - through design based on the acknowledgement of the diversity of territories and practices of living connected with them - the new ways contemporary cities develop.
To this end, following on from the first-year History of the City and Territory course, in which the deep sense was investigated of the meanings and content encapsulated in the concept of city and the various tendencies this has shown over the course of time, the objectives are:
- to provide a critical body of knowledge useful to undermine the consolidated categories and find new clues to help interpret contemporary urban dynamics.
- to provide, studying a specific case in-depth, the methods and tools to learn how to interpret the environmental characteristics and past anthropological processes by which the features of the various urban and territorial structures were formed;
- to start up a design route to be able to creatively use the knowledge acquired in a meta-project of urban reinterpretation of a specific territorial context;
- to learn to use descriptive tools to express the conceptual and design contents developed;
- to teach students to present and discuss the design choices based on a critical path of their own.