Course Content (Syllabus)
It is not easy to define what urbanity is. It is not easy to agree all of us which are the main elements structuring its content as notion and as image, that is to say its main structural spatial characteristics. We do not all agree if urbanity is equally recognisable by all those who are experiencing it, from those who lived it, from all those who are remembering it, from all those who expect it. We do not agree if it remains stable during the years and to which extend changes happening in our social and economic life affect its transformation and redefinition. In other words, we do not all agree how our culture is embedded in the urbanity that is to say in the form and the organisation of urban space.
In singular or in plural form, the notion of urbanity plays a significant role in architectural discourses during the last fifty years and creates an influential environment for the emergence of architectural proposals for the form and the organisation of the urban space. How is it possible a multivalent notion to become the driving force of architectural creation? The module concentrates on different conceptions of urbanity as a vehicle to (re)think the city and to (re)design its urban space. It approaches the creation of urban space not as a ‘solution’ to a ‘problem’ but as but as a representation of a certain definition of a ‘problem’ considering this definition as a mythology which directs the creative action and legitimise its outcomes.
architectural design, urban design, urbanity, creativity, design process