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Integrated design and re-use of rural buildings
Code: G581I-
Teacher:  Stella Agostini
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 4
Practices in classroom: 2
Basic aims:  This course offers an overview on siting and designing rural buildings, as well as on conversion and re-use ofhistoric farm buildings for alternative uses.
Content knowledge deals with relevant tasks closely related to how students will use it outside the learning environment. It provides criteria for analysing rural building and determining what values will be considered in the design process. These topics are discussed to broaden the graduate’s competencies in a range of possible applications of farm building design.
The 6 cfu are organised in lectures and field work in order to understand how to operate in existing buildings and enhance the farmstead’s attractiveness. It is intended that the learning and training tools will be used as a material consideration in determining application for new and protected building consent.
Acquired skills:  The course will cover the basic principles of the project design, including principles of structural design processes. Special attention will be dedicated to managing the reuse of rural heritage and understanding the relationship between farm building and its land context.
The aim is to train professional agronomists, within the competences set by Italian law (DPR 5 June 2001 n. 238 and by Law 10 February 1992 n. 152). As a graduate they will be able to work globally in the private and public sectors as project managers, consultants and researchers.
Course contents:  Basic architectural design. Elements of structure. Statics and Mechanics of buildings. Materials. Behaviour of structural elements.
Survey farm building.
Recognising needs, restraints (contextual, normative, procedural and technological) in order to define design procedures.
Features of historic farm buildings.
Design guidance on how to approach conversion work, without destroying the rural character of the farmstead in the landscape.

The concepts learned during the lessons will be applied to simulate a project in a farm. Field work will also be part of the course and discussed in the work lab.
Program:  Brief review of basic concept in physics and structural design.

- Basic system types: foundations, arches, beams, trusses.

- Elements of construction techniques.

- Behaviour of materials and choice criteria.

- Overview of the development of farm buildings.
- Analysis of range of agricultural building types.
- Building crafts, features and designating characteristic local constructional techniques of special interest
- Survey and methods of structural design, recognising models and architectural styles.
- Criteria taking account of farm buildings setting and their settlement patterns.

- Relationships between agriculture and cultural heritage.

- General principles for addressing the composition of architectural system in the landscape.

- Evaluating local significance and national importance, looking at farmsteads inserted in protected areas

- Laws, methods, criteria and tools for project development and management.
Prerequisites:  Info not available
Preparatory instructions:  Info not available
Learning materials:  References
Study materials provided by the teacher (www.ariel.it)

The following text are suggested:

S. Agostini (2014), Manuale di Edilizia Rurale. Criteri di
progettazione integrata, Edises, Napoli.
S. Agostini, (2011) Progettare in area agricola, Maggioli.
Agostini S. Recupero dell’edilizia rurale e integrazione nel
paesaggio, Maggioli, 2009
Other info:  Course structure
Teaching lectures: 4 cfu
Practical skills : 2 cfu

Methods of teaching
In addition to the lectures, the concepts learned during the
lessons will be applied to simulate a project in a farm. Field
work will also be part of the course and discussed in the work

Course evaluation
The final examination of the course is a feedback on the
lectures and on the results of practical work. It includes
exercises on designing structural elements and oral test on
course content and bibliography.
Homework, quizzes and the final examination will be assigned
numeric scores based on the understanding and reasoning
ability of the students.

Language of teaching
The course will be hel:d in the first semester

Contact the teacher
Prof. Stella Agostini
DeFENS – Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional
Division of Agro-environmental Sciences
Tel. 02/50316762

Program of Integrated design and re-use of rural buildings (pdf version)
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