Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Vittorio FIORE

Expected Learning Outcomes

According to the Dublin descriptors, students, at the end of the course, will demonstrate:

1) knowledge and understanding skills such as to reinforce those achieved in the first cycle; ability to elaborate and / or apply original ideas, in a research context.

2) ability to apply knowledge and understanding and ability to solve problems to new or unfamiliar issues, inserted in broader (or interdisciplinary) contexts connected to one's field of study;

3) ability to integrate knowledge and to formulate judgments on the basis of information that is not necessarily complete;

4) ability to communicate one's knowledge clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors.

5) ability to carry out research autonomously.

Course Structure



Seminars with experts.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

The course aims to provide the codes for reading constructive forms and material characters as integral parts of architectural expression. The spatial aspects of architecture will also be observed in the light of a tectonic conception that links the art of building to the geographical and historical aspects that establish its design principles.

We will adopt the text by Kennet Frampton that addresses the theme of architectural design by placing the accent, as well as on space, on the relationship between "Topos, Typos and Tectonic"; therefore settlement type, building type, structural typology, assigning to the word type the meaning of ideal type of original model.

Textbook Information

  1. Tectonics and Architecture (4 CFU)

K. Frampton, Tettonica e architettura. Poetica della forma architettonica nel XIX e XX secolo, Skira, Milano, 2005 pp.400.


  1. Technologies for traditional construction (1 CFU)

A. Petrignani, Tecnologie dell’architettura, Serie Görlich, Istituto Geografico De agostini, Novara 1984: pp. 168-179 (masonry); pp. 329-343 (vaults); pp.372-378 (floors); pp.402-409 (roofs)


  1. Case studies (1 at the student's choice; 1 CFU)

-C1. Martin Steffens, Schinkel, Taschen, Colonia, 2004, pp.89.

-C2. G.C. Argan, Walter Gropius e la Bauhaus, Einaudi, Torino, 1974(1951), pp. 85-128 (W. Gropius).

-C3. C. Norberg Schuz, Casa Tugendhat, Brno, Officina, Roma, 1984, pp.63.

-C4. R. de Fusco, Storia dell’Architettura contemporanea, Laterza,Roma-Bari, 1974 : pp.301-321 (rationalist architecture); pp.351-373 (organic architecture).


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.


The texts no longer on the market, or from which short extracts are selected, will be provided by the teacher on Studium in pdf.