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Design unit – II year bachelor

Atelier Città e Territorio E – 2019/2020

Politecnico di Torino

architectural design (A.A. Dutto) + urban planning (I. Vassallo & S. Lenoci) + statistics (A. Cauli)

+ tutors (S. Dighero, E. Soy Llevat)

The design unit faced various design scales: from the territory towards the building. In addition to architectural design, other disciplines were involved: urban planning and statistical analysis. The case study was that of the territory of Cuneo, a town located on a plateau at the confluence of two rivers in south western Piedmont.

Cuneo offers the example of an 'intermediate' territory, namely a territory characterized by the balance between agriculture, industry and craftsmanship. The geographical shape of the place is particularly interesting for understanding the logic of urbanization. From the original historical core, located at the conjunction of two rivers, the city gradually expands towards south. The goal was to understand which variations occurred in building types overtime in view of future developments.

The public spaces of the town are characterized by a set of elements. In particular, arcades feature the main axis of the city and demonstrate how building typologies vary in relation to different modes of production.

The scale of the project offers interesting connections with several theories of the 1960s, joining urban and architectural design. These texts are useful theoretical references for learning to read the territory (and to interrogate it) from the perspective of architecture.

The site visit showed three key themes for the town development, namely: housing, production and mobility. The goal was to understand how these three functions can be newly joined by means of architectural design.

Here Stefano Dighero is dealing with the territorial model of Cuneo...

In order to understand the place it was reproduced with study models and maps. Each group of students then chose a line crossing the territory and designed three sites placed at different points along this line.

Each group chose a specific building typology and experimented with different distributional diagrams. Aim of the experimentation was to understand which elements make up a building typology: which are the 'weak' and 'strong' elements of a territorial and architectural type.