ReCoDe strategies and results

April 2nd, 2019

In the past three years, a multi-disciplinary group of colleagues at the Politecnico di Milano have been exploring trends in housing and dwelling practices and the need for new kinds of housing, policies and processes in Italy.
The research aims to identify innovative, up-to-date housing solutions (in terms of building types, furnishing, layout, management and promoters) capable of meeting the urgent housing needs created by the profound socio-demographic transformations that have taken place in the West over the last few decades.
Using a  Design driven Research approach, the presentation sets out to answer the following questions. What are the best solutions to solve the mismatch between housing demand and supply in the contemporary city? How can the housing market be made accessible and affordable for vulnerable households? How can the current housing stock be upgraded without causing gentrification? How can the legacy of the Architecture of Interiors fruitfully contribute to the social and urban transformations of the city environment?

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Lablog @ Ordine architetti Milano

April 1st, 2019


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Lablog @ IUAV

April 1st, 2019


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AMa2019 Guest Lectures #02

March 16th, 2019

Double Guest Lecture
Ana Vaz Milheiro

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Michela Pace

Tuesday 19/03/2019
14:00 – 16:00
room B.3.4
Politecnico di Milano



AMa2019 Guest Lectures #01

March 10th, 2019

Double Guest Lecture
Stefano Guidarini

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Fabio Lepratto

HOUSING REGENERATION IN EU

Tuesday 12/03/2019
10:00 – 12:00
room B.3.4
Politecnico di Milano


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AMa2019-source repository

March 2nd, 2019


Envisioning San Siro #2

Here we list the main repositories for AMa2019 assignments

on San Siro
Writings by Mapping San Siro
Articles and publications on San Siro

on Social Housing & Retrofitting
Readings on Retrofitting & Regeneration projects
Readings on Social aspects connected with Housing


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AMa2019 – Kick Off

February 25th, 2019

The Architecture of Interiors Design Studio [AoI.DS] 2019 is inspired by the ever-increasing number of studies that in Italy and Europe are concerned with the need for an opportunity to intervene on the vast residential property built after WWII and, in particular, on the Social Housing building stock that constitutes for many Countries the most substantial part. This is due the European Energy road map (2012) that has fixed the ambitious goal to cut gas emission by the 85% by 2050, investing large amount of money for retrofitting interventions on public buildings, specially on housing stock.

download presentations
Booklet of the Studio
Opening Lecture by GP
Building Physics presentation by FL
Milano 50s Archi-tour by BB&SS
Zurich Housing tour by BB&SS

download other documents
template folder for deliveries
San Siro drawings
San Siro re-drawings Leporello – AMa2018
San Siro Understanding booklets – AMa2018

 


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Lablog lecture @ Lund University

February 19th, 2019

 

LTH
School of Architecture
18 FEB 2019
Horsaal B – 13h00


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lablog 2nd Prize in a Ideas Competition

November 28th, 2018

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE
Re.Co.De:
Redesigning Contemporary Dwelling


PROJECT AUTHORS*

Massimo Bricocoli
Gennaro Postiglione
Stefania Sabatinelli
Nicola Sirugo

JURY COMMENTARY
Coliving and cohabitation serve to increase density by reorganizing the layouts of existing buildings for more efficient spaces, and to include shared amenities for larger groups of inhabitants. The designer of this project, quoting STAR strategies + Architecture, states: “the real revolution in housing is indoors.” The proposal rearranges the interior layout of a typical london housing block, as the designer claims, to mirror the growing variety of job positions and of family arrangements. The ways in which people organize their urban lives to afford housing “is to be more closely investigated, as this brings along significant changes in terms of housing cultures, patterns of solidarity/community, and socio-spatial organization.” The design offers a selection of flexible interior organizational components – including the bathroom core, the equipped wall fitted with shelving and insulation, and movable partitions. The layout accounts for a mixture of user profiles, from the single adult student, to the elderly couple, to the divorced parent with child. The jury wonders, in what other building typologies can this project be applied?

*The work is a result of and ongoing design studio-based research (at Politecnico di Milano) over the last three years; colleagues involved: Massimo Bricocoli (Urban and Housing Policy), Giovanni Hänninen (Ethno-photography); Rodrigo Pemjean (Architectural Representation); Gennaro Postiglione (Architecture of Interiors) and Stefania Sabatinelli (Urban Sociology).

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Lablog @ Malmö University: 26-27 November 2018

November 24th, 2018

Three Lectures at Malmö University together with the POLIMI-Research group “Constellations. Spaces of Public Action”:


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ReCoDe! 2018 – Final Report

September 9th, 2018

After a very intense semester, we are pleased to deliver the different Report booklets produced during the ReCoDe! 2018 Thematic Studio by an heroic group of students.

Just a quick program brief.
New forms of dwelling and of contemporary living have been envisioned starting from field work that brought up a collection of up to 50 different Social profiles (and their related needs, behaviours, etc.): 6 existing housing buildings in the city of Milano have been selected as case study, Re-shaped for hosting new possible inhabitants nucleus.

Here are the links for all work documents:
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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Botanical Garden in Piazza Carignano

July 11th, 2018

The project is part of our interiors design studio focusing on the urban regeneration of piazzas in Italy. Our site was Piazza Carignano in Torino in which we proposed a new intervention, a botanical garden and exhibition space. The proposal came following our analysis of Torino and the absence of any natural or water element that can give life to the space. Our intervention came after noticing that we need a strong element, the water and a natural element, the trees that make people stay in the piazza and enjoy it. The space is designed as a piazza within a piazza, with submerged ponds filled with water, holding different kind of trees. The trees make the piazza work on a seasonal basis changing the aesthetic and functional use of the piazza. The ponds respond to the symmetry of the facades and hold a symmetry on their own creating circulation spaces and seating spaces in between them.  A main waterfall starting  from the side of palazzo Carignano distributes water to the space and emphasise the importance of it in the piazza. Furthermore, an underground gallery space relates to the exhibition of artworks from the palazzo carignano and strengthens the main axis of circulation in the piazza. Steps on either sides make people stay and relax in the piazza.

29/6/2018, Politecnico di Milano

Group Project: Myrto Pitara, Sanad Wir, Margaux Vitalis


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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: 1:10 detail window model

July 11th, 2018

This model was made as part of the design and construction studio. It is a detail model in scale 1:10 of one of the windows of a student accommodation in Milan, near Porta Garibaldi. The building sits at the border between a rapidly developing area and an area of historical interest. The façade of the building was composed of these extruded angled windows. The design aim behind these windows was to give some intensity and playfulness to the façade, create a place for sitting, studying and contemplation, and maximize the amount of light that enters each room. The orientation of the windows varied for each façade. The aim of the model was to represent the construction of this part of the building but also to demonstrate the spatial interior quality of the window which provides a free space for the students to use. The building is made out of brick and its structure is metal frame. The window is a prefabricated element which could be transported on site and immediately installed.

Group project

Taylor Helmer, Melina Koutra, Ahmed Khalid Badr


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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Hideaway

July 10th, 2018

 

Probably the first serious construction work children undertake is a blanket fort. For the structure to be built and withstand playing requires numerous attempts. And although it collapses frequently, this failure is not usually too painful, it takes only a few bruises before the right method is eventually discovered. Kids are thankfully not discouraged easily as to build is a natural way to learn about gravity and material properties.

Furniture found at home is transformed into various tents, hideaways and pillow forts not just to make a mess. Through these temporary pavilions children adjust the surrounding environment to their own scale. In a kind of primal way it gives a sense of safety by just reducing the height of the space and changing its proportions. This self-created space gives freedom to imagine, enhance creativity and invent new solutions.

This engagement to play is remarkable. But so is an architect’s way of designing and testing the building. One way it can be done is through a scale model. How similar it is to playing. What could be said is that we imagine and model possibly with the skills first acquired by building a blanket fort.

This is what this maquette represents. The first structural curiosities, creating a new space with known components, a temporary change to the known, an experiment. An architecture without architects.

 

Kamila Milewska



Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: METAPHYSICAL HOUSE

July 10th, 2018

 

 

The project consists in the design of a small exhibition house for a collection of some of the metaphysical, enigmatic and ambiguous paintings of the artists De Chirico and Magritte, to be placed in an empty plot between the street Weteringschans and a canal in Amsterdam, near Vondel park and the Rijksmuseum.
To transpose the themes of the collection into architecture and to relate the project with the context we worked through architectural categories such as materials, space, light, and with the concept of gravity.
The volume that hosts the exhibition is, in fact, detached from the ground. In this way the ground floor becomes a free space, designed to be a public garden for the city, in relation with the street, the canal and the exhibition house.
A permeable wall with some openings calibrates the relation between the public garden of the exhibition house and the street, creating different perspective and point of view from the street to the canal.
The landscape of the garden is designed with the aim of giving the opportunity to live a flexible and public space in relation with the water.
While the whole ground floor relates itself with the materiality of the context through the use of bricks, the suspended volume has a grc cladding resembling concrete, with an overlaid glass skin that reflects the surrounding, giving to the volume a sense of metaphysical abstraction.
Entering in the exhibition the visitors will have to follow a path designed to be a sequence of different atmospheres, achieved with the contrast of dark and light spaces, compression and dilatation in height, creating a complex and exciting succession of spaces.
During the metaphysical experience the visitor is detached from the outside world; only at the end of the path he can visually recollect with the city. The visitor will than return to the garden through the exit stairs, collocated on the south façade, that has a visual contact with the surrounding thanks to the use of perforated panels. These panels create also a screen for the sun during the summer and a stimulating atmosphere with the game of lights and shadows that ends the promenade of the exhibition house.

DAVIDE ALBERTI, DAVIDE ANTOLINI, VITTORIO ASPERTI, MARTINO BONFIOLI



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