Technology of Architecture Workshop A (students A-D)


Prof. Serena Viola






The teaching approach answers to the challenges affecting the built today, highlighting the limits of a dissipative logic that over the past centuries characterized the life cycle management, foreshadowing new design solutions aimed at protecting our resources. Within a technical and constructive scenario in dynamic evolution, the Laboratory provides tools fundamental to relate the built identities, to users’ needs and performance expectations for environmental units. The course is organized with the aim to explicit the connections that, in architecture, link building techniques in terms of materials, solutions, sizing, to performances.


Focusing on pre-industrial architecture, in load-bearing masonry, the Laboratory introduces the U.N.I. systemic approach, and it outlines the performances returned in time by sub-environmental and technological systems. Assuming the built as a system is the cultural condition within a design approach intended as iterative sequence of information and decision, where traditional and innovative techniques, delineate a broad and articulated cultural growth.

Teaching program

Through frontal lessons and application experiments, students come to deal with technologies’ integrability. An introductory phase with the reference paradigms and their gradual evolution through case studies, will be followed by a phase of information – decision, asking student to apply the systemic decomposition and decision models, to pursue the aim of rebalancing the dissipative processes.


Students will be required to develop an individual project, according to progressive stages of definition.


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P. Gasparoli, C. Talamo, Manutenzione e recupero, Alinea Editrice, Firenze, 2006

M. C. Torricelli, R. Del Nord, P. Felli, Materiali e Tecnologie dell’architettura, Editore Laterza, Bari, 2001

S. Viola, Nuove sfide per città antiche, Liguori Editore, Napoli, 2012