This course is designed for students with at least one year of architectural studies. Students are introduced to Italian interior design methodologies that often focus on the maximization and adaptation of small spaces. Students learn to appropriate the Italian and European tradition of reusing existing buildings as a tool towards designing new spaces. The projects in redesigning small spaces work towards developing problem-solving skills as they relate to functionality and maximization of space. Personal design ideas are developed through the combination of informative lectures and in-class studio time, where model-making and visualizing techniques to test three-dimensional ideas are practiced. Students learn to create two-dimensional drawings and representations to explore spatial composition, which will ultimately balance their artistic creativity with the need to clearly present their work to a jury of both professional architects and their peers.
The course consists of two sections taking place in the fall and spring semester:
- 3.1 Small spaces |Temporary modules (Fall)
- 3.2 Small spaces | Urban reuse (Spring)
For the “Temporary modules” design assignment, students will be asked to research and analyze temporary modules and containers. An emphasis will be placed on the ability of students to design solutions in the context of sustainable practices and procedures. A particular focus will be placed on recycled and uncommon use of existing materials.
For the “Urban reuse” design assignment, students will be asked to collect, analyze, and read in detail references pertaining to historical buildings. This assignment will ultimately help students develop their personal ideas in order to design a residential space for a hypothetical client.
SRISA studio courses will have personal and course materials to be purchased in Florence. A complete list will be provided with the syllabus on the first day of class.