Course's description
Contents and objectives
Course Organisation

Course's description
Contents and objectives
Course Organisation

Course's description
Contents and objectives
Course Organisation

Architecture and Reality
in the Quantum Era
Specialisation in Historical Analyses, Survey of Architectural Heritage,
Architectural Restoration
Architecture in Wood: design, construction, restoration
Course's description
At the presidency of the Libera Università delle Arti in Bologna, the University Course “Advanced Architecture Design Studio” has been organised and activated. The course is designed like a traditional program with multiple academic training. The teaching structure consists of an IRT (integrated research team) type program.
Administrative offices of the University Course is L.UN.A., in via D’Azeglio 33, Bologna; classrooms and lessons will also take place in via D’Azeglio 33.
Course Director is Prof. Dario Apollonio;
Scientific Director is Prof. Marco Prati.
Coordination: Prof. Silvana Sermisoni
The course program will introduce participants to knowledge of advanced processes of architectural design.
Students and young professionals who participate will be offered the opportunity to enter an intensive “research study” that will encourage critical thinking in the sphere of contemporary complex design speculations. The program has been devised as a “framework”, an articulated structure, in which both academic and professional questions will be explored. But above all, the program emphasizes an experimental approach to architectural design, rigorously rooted in multiple complexities of the reality of our time.
Contents and objectives

The course program aims to:

1. Address the challenges and opportunities of global urbanisation through exploration of the city - and its architecture - in all its forms according to non conventional criteria;

2. Engage in a complex definition of architecture, beginning with innovative discussion about the program and arriving at the formulation of original design strategies;

3. Produce architectural objects, both digital and physical - in which conceptual commitment is openly and freely reflected, using innovative and standard technologies;

4. Articulate architecture as a cultural practice that combines critical thinking, design experimentation and ethical responsibility in a multidisciplinary environment;

5. Activate an extensive debate about current conditions which influence the course of the discipline and the profession.

The program unites a series of artistic, technological and cultural explorations of programs already ongoing at the school in order to obtain a sort of interdisciplinary cross pollination. A number of lessons will be about the contemporary city and theory of contemporary architecture (specific to the course, not general) with the objective of firmly establishing and improving disciplinary investigation in studies.
As its project laboratory, advanced study will use the Metropolis, which is developing along the via Emilia, with Bologna as its main centre.
This choice will provide a laboratory that presents unique challenges and unique opportunities.
The program aims to be a cultural place in which architectural designers from across the world, can test concepts and measure themselves with changes that involve project discipline and cities of the world.

One lecture (3 hours)
and one workshop (6 hours) weekly,
for a total of 9 hours, over a period of five months.

Simultaneously a virtual page will be generated where enrolments will be collected and this will be used as another window for communication of reflection linked to project development in real time, to introduce and expand lectures, to update students on topics that would otherwise be impossible to propose.
TIMETABLE: from 5pm to 8 pm for lectures and from 4pm to 10pm for workshops for “unconventional” time that also will permit maximum participation of those who have other professional or academic commitments or without compromising the quality of the course. During workshops, various components of project development will be addressed, from the architectural idea, to the program, the study of the empty space, for a fresh interpretation of the role of students, who will be urged to pose questions to colleagues and expose their own critical judgment, naturally under the ‘supervision’ of staff members. At other times technical disciplines and optional in-depth analyses will be made available to participants aimed at integrating further competences based on personal needs.
Examples: advanced cad, three-dimensional blow moulds, 3d printing and laser cutting (with technologies available in L.UN.A. laboratories), advanced information technology for robotics and management of web orientated information, and more).
Once or twice a month chosen guests will give lectures on the aforementioned subjects (evolution of the city, contemporary architecture, construction technology, technology of sustainability, art and surroundings). These might be held at any location and at any time (a lecture by and expert in DIN DRONE at the institute of aerospace mechanics, a lecture by an artist in a gallery, etc.)
The course will rotate around two principle phases: the mid-term presentation (after the first two and a half months) and the final exam presentation.
Both events will be devised as multimedia presentations (video, installations, models etc.) to a “dynamic” commission, made up of staff and professional colleagues who will arrive and change during the event. In both occasions participating tutors will offer constructive criticism and discuss the idea (mid-term) and the finished project (final exam) with students; final evaluation will be produced by the staff.


One lecture (3 hours)
and one workshop (6 hours) weekly, for a total of 9 hours, over a period of five months.
Course Organisation