ICAR/12 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The course focuses on methods for the knowledge of the built environment and the development of building and urban rehabilitation projects. The aim is to highlight a “system of oriented readings” to identify the characteristics of a place, to define the degradation process, to carry out technological and performance analysis; such cognitive approaches are a prerequisite for the meta project phase, wich interpretates data from the “information system” to develop intervention strategies, through a balanced combination of conservation and transformation.

The teaching spreads an iterative design process, able to drive to the formulation of informed decisions, based on knowledge of the building and its context. The proposed approach helps in assessing design solutions able to adequate buildings to useres’ needs, as well as in selecting the most appropriate design solution among several alternatives. The rehabilitation project aims to achieve an optimal balance between conservation and usability of goods to which we can attribute a market value. The course also emphasizes sustainability of maintenance, refurbishment and adaptive reuse at both technical and strategic levels.

At the end of the course, students will gain knowledge and operational, critical and synthetic skills to create, develop and manage solutions to the rehabilitation issues referred to the built environment. The selection of a case study (a building or an urban area) will allow the practical application of the acquired knowledge, as a solution to the complexity of the urban environment. The course will improve the communication skills of the students, leading them to illustrate the gained knowledge, also through the development of analysis and project documents related to the selected case study.

Course Structure

The course includes lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Learning process check tests (optional) will be scheduled (open-ended questions and drawings).

The final examination consists of a discussion on the topics covered in the lectures and the practical exercises, in order to test the achieved knowledge.

Detailed Course Content

  1. Definitions of Rehabilitation, evolution of the Rehabilitation branch of knowledge in Italy.
  2. The knowledge needed for rehabilitation.
  3. The values of heritage buildings and the constraints to transformation.
  4. The conservation-transformation relationship and the rehabilitation project.
  5. Building and urban maintenance.
  6. Building and urban redevelopment.
  7. Adaptive reuse.
  8. Urban regeneration.

Textbook Information

Main References

  1. Murtagh W.J. (2006) Rehabilitation and adaptive use, keep time: The history and theory of preservation in America, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
  2. Pinto M.R., De Medici S. (2017), The ‘system of values’ and the constraints to transformation for regenerating architectural heritage, in: Miano P. (a cura di), Heritage, temporality and materiality. Perspectives Exchange between Italy and Philippines, Clean, Napoli (ISBN: 978-88-8497-619-2), pp. 78-99
  3. Cantone F., The rediscovered castle. Story of an emotional restoration, Siracusa, LetteraVentidue, 2018, pp. 75-91.
  4. De Medici S., Senia C. (2014), Enhancement of Abandoned Buildings. Rudinì Winery in Pachino, FrancoAngeli, Milano (ISBN: 978-88-568-4684-3).
  5. Couch C., Sykes O., Börstinghaus W. (2011), Thirty years of urban regeneration in Britain, Germany and France: The importance of context and path dependency, Progress in planning, 75: 1-52.

Further References

A. De Medici S., Riganti P., Viola S. (2018), Circular Economy and the Role of Universities in Urban Regeneration: The Case of Ortigia, Syracuse, Sustainability (ISSN:2071-1050, DOI:10.3390/su10114305), vol. 10 (11): 1-26.

B. Pinto M.R., De Medici S., Senia C., Fabbricatti K., De Toro P. (2017), Building reuse: multi-criteria assessment for compatible design, International Journal of Design Sciences & Technology (ISSN: 1630-7267), 22: 165-193.

C. Simons R.A., Choi E. (2010), Adaptive Reuse of Religious Buildings and Schools in the US: Determinants of Project Outcomes, International Real Estate Review, Vol. 13 No. 1: 79-108.

D. Wang H., Zeng Z. (2010), A multi-objective decision-making process for reuse selection of historic buildings, Expert Systems with Applications, 37:2: 1241-1249.

E. Couch C., Sykes O., Börstinghaus W. (2011), Thirty years of urban regeneration in Britain, Germany and France: The importance of context and path dependency, Progress in planning, 75: 1-52.

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