AR-202(r) / 10 crédits

Enseignant(s): Gay Menzel Catherine Odile, Menzel Götz

Langue: Anglais

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remark: Inscription faite par la section


The studio focusses on contextual imaginary. Developing narratives, inspired both by the site and by the student's imagination leads to a theme sustaining the project. The narrative helps the student to develop an architectural project in a given context.



Urban Legends, contextual imaginary, narrative, transposition, survey, double exposure, Genova, outdoor public space, mixed-use, hybrid buildings, the city as a common project, evocation, making of sense, reconnection, collective, social,  periphery, productive landscape, infrastructure, identity, architectural languages, ecology, sustainability, film, models, words.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • develop and verbalise own needs
  • develop a narrative from contextual elements and personal imagination
  • Use a narrative as main guideline through all scales of the project
  • Analyze a site with a survey and documentation
  • Define a desire through the project and make transmittable to others
  • Present the project adequately
  • Demonstrate consistency throughout the project
  • Reason a coherent discourse
  • Acquire first proficiencies in developing a mixed-use project
  • Understand architecture as a cultural activity

Transversal skills

  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Manage priorities.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.

Teaching methods

The second semester will start with the site(s) visit. Groups of two will receive one of the selected public spaces in Genoa. These will be heterogenous of various characters and will be surveyed during the visit using diverse mediums, with each group researching one specific theme of each site. Then each group will develop a social club, on a site in relation to the public spaces already surveyed, destined for a specific social group.

Assessment methods

During intermediate and final reviews, a guest jury will be appointed.

Table critics will take place at the Studio GayMenzel.

Continuous control, 100%


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No



Each student will receive a course booklet.

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Théorie et critique du projet BA3, BA4 (Gay et Menzel)
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 4 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence


Lundi, 8h - 10h: Cours

Lundi, 10h - 12h: Projet, autre

Lundi, 14h - 18h: Projet, autre

Mardi, 8h - 12h: Projet, autre

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