This course provides students with a general overview of different surfaces in the Italian tradition. Materials such as marble, ceramics, and stone will be studied and a basic knowledge of how light is used to enhance surfaces and volumes will be discussed. Throughout the course students develop the ability to recognize different materials, focusing on those that are sustainable and recycled. Students also study the characteristics and features of materials, and how to reorganize different typologies of surfaces. They will be asked to write papers focusing on particular themes and to collect materials and surfaces in relation to a specific project.