• Giulio Massimo Barazzetta
  • Angela Silvia Pavesi
  • Sonia Pistidda
  • Lucia Toniolo
  • Mauro Eugenio Giuliani
  • Luca Alberto Piterà

CODEWORDS:  “PRESERVATION” is not the enemy of modernity but actually one of its inventions; “RESTORATION” involves the particular condition of a so-called re-writing of the work itself, in which the “remake” raises the matter of “imitating” the original, that has to be reproduced with different technologies,  as well as the issue of distinguish elements and parts, showing the gap between “new” and “original”

Teaching goals
The principal aim of this Architectural Design Studio together with the learning courses included in its 30 CFU, is the transformation of the built environment through a Developed Architectural Design with a basic Technical Design.
The Studio is focused about contemporary city transformation taking care of its preservation.  Its  general issue is the todays’ city fabric renovation, meant as buildings preservation, considering their transformation, extension, rather than addition as well. The topic focus on 1945-1970 European architectural heritage.

The project subject is the “Società Umanitaria” architectural complex, an urban block settled in Milan historical city fabric. This urban block is itself a long-term urban architecture transformation: starting from a monastery of the XIVth century, through the construction of the urban block in the nineteenth century, finally the second post-war reconstruction designed by Ignazio Gardella and Giovanni Romano, since as it is nowadays.
The complexity of architectural design process is managed in the studio through the topics interplay of Architectural Design and Composition, Restoration, Structural design, Building services design, Materials for preservation, Technology in BIM environment.
The Architectural Design and Composition teaching leads and systematizes the students’ project to be developed during the whole academic year until the Master of Science degree project.

General Approach
This Architectural Design Studio experience gather terms, as “complex architecture”, “restoration” and “transformation”, as concepts and tools to operate architectural projects in the material reality of built architecture and urban fabric.
Such as approach allows dealing with architecture renovation and preservation projects as the nowadays architecture general condition, with awareness of the architectural design cultural and composition issues, moreover than its material, functional, structural, technological topics.
The Architectural Design proceedings develop itself throughout a careful interpretation of the design program applied to chosen site, pinpointing the project references sorted by the project topics. This way the architecture project improves itself by various tasks and stages through suitable techniques, pursuing at same time their essential parts and features in the general project layout.
Any announced architectural idea becomes thus objective and the final design proposal can be built on thanks to its representation.
In order to achieve this general objective, the tight and continuous coordination between several topics is essential to run the multiplicity of duties that contribute to a design process, paying all consideration needed to fulfill the final construction design as a whole.