Resilience and Ecology: Discovery and Experimentation
The course is organized as part of the PhD programme in "Urban and Regional Development" and in collaboration with R3C - Responsible Risk Resilience Centre
The program of the course is based on the principle that transdisciplinarity is an essential tool for understanding environmental crises and the implications deriving from feedback phenomena.
Technological innovation, physics (with a focus on fluid dynamics), biology, philosophy, literature, planning, architecture and the creative and industrial arts will be taken into account with the hypothesis of overcoming the current planning and design approach.
In addition, this program will enable students to build on the notions and principles on urban planning, environmental and landscape design in order to learn planning and design methods and techniques, from a practice-based research perspective. A part of the lectures will be dedicated to international case studies dealing with three key research: “Zombie City”, “Lezioni dalla Fine del Mondo” and the recent activities on resilient communities’ actions related to the Italian Pavilion at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021.
Alessandro Melis, M.Arch, PhD, is the School of Architecture and Design IDC Foundation Endowed Chair at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, USA, and the curator of the current Italian Pavilion at the 17 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
Previously, he was Full Professor at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
11 October 21 | h. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Introduction to the course
Why resilience: attack on science and the future of architectural urban planning. Case studies
14 October 21 | h. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Tectonic thinking and urban design: how the culture of practice-based research can enable PhD studies at the Politecnico di Torino
21 October 21 | h. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Exaptation and transdisciplinarity in urban planning: towards a new architectural taxonomy
25 October | h. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Radical landscape and architectural urban planning: flow design, niche construction, and hurricanes
28 October | h. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Community resilience: the possibility of an intrinsically ecological urban design
Final discussion with Angioletta Voghera and Fabrizio Aimar
Fabrizio Aimar, Angioletta Voghera
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