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Primo Semestre

Training objectives

The laboratory purpose is to guide, study, understanding and experiment the design potential and enhancement of artistic-cultural heritage.

Deepening theoretical principles and critical tools, students will be guided to build a framework of knowledge concerning enhancement of cultural assets to theoretical, critical and analytical support of the design. Through the development of methodological tools, drawing practice, models creation and direct verification, the course will allow students to develop an autonomous and independent design practice (related to knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities) making concepts related to enhancement of some specific samples of north-eastern Italy.

The course in Design Theory and Criticism will focus on museum design enhancement of cultural heritage with particular reference to the curatorial project and the metaproject of training and communication. The didactic activity will be finalized to transfer theoretical principles, critical tools and analysis methods, selection and arrangement of collections of historical evidences and artifacts.
A further objective will concern the students growth about full awareness of complexity connected to an enhancement that operates with a systemic approach and that is effectively positioned in the cultural scenarios of contemporary life more than ever fluid and composite.


Basic design workshop, Concept design workshop

Course programme

Product Design Workshop 2
In-depth study of the multi-faceted practices of museum-exhibit design

Theory and Criticism of Design
Theoretical in-depth study of the multi-faceted practices of museum-exhibit design

Didactic methods

Product Design laboratory 2

Teaching will shaped in lectures, research, on-the-spot investigation, design and prototyping practices under the supervision of the teaching staff. followed to design charette sessions, during these events the theaching staff will check the ability of the students in critical reflection, in researching and investigate a design theme, developping and communicate design solutions.

Theory and Criticism of Design

Teaching will shaped in lectures, seminars and practices under the steady supervision of the teaching staff. The aim of this approach is to enable students to tackle the themes and methods of design for the enhancement of the cultural heritage, through research, study and critical reflection carried out on direct and indirect sources.

Learning assessment procedures

During the examination students will discuss the result of their project showing drawings, models and renderings that will testify achievement of the objectives of course.

Reference texts

The texts will be distinguished between most significant and recommended; they will be updated and integrated each time during the course.
S. Polano, Mostrare, Lybra Edizioni, 1980
F. Cirifino, E. Giardina Papa, P. Rosa, Studio Azzurro. Musei di narrazione, Silviana Editoriale, 2011.
G. Ottolini, Architettura degli allestimenti, Altralinea, 2019.
Franca Semi, A lezione con Carlo Scarpa, Venezia, Cicero editore, 2010.
Philippe Duboy, Carlo Scarpa. L'arte di esporre, Johan & Levi, 2016.
Ilaria Abbondandolo, Francesca Palladini, Carlo Scarpa e la forma delle parole, Marsilio Regione del Veneto 2011.