For a debate in open field: journals from didactics to architecture


  • Francesca Belloni Polytechnic of Milano



education, journals, schools, project


What are the reasons for dealing with the subject of training architects, as most architecture journals have been doing since the 1930s, questioning the teaching methods and investigating the teaching mechanisms in relation to the profession? What are the topics covered and the methods for their development? Through some significant examples – even the most recent ones – we will strive for illustrating the state of the art, showing how the debate has taken place throughout the different social or cultural periods and contexts, considering whether and how it has affected the definition of subsequent actions, academic or not.


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Author Biography

Francesca Belloni, Polytechnic of Milano

PhD in Architectural Composition, currently she is Adjunct Professor of Architectural Design Studio at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering; she is Affiliated Architect at the Accademia di Architettura of the Università della Svizzera Italiana.


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De Carlo, G. (1955), “Problemi concreti per i giovani delle colonne”, in Casabella Continuità, n. 204, p. 83.

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Grassi, G. (1990), “Un parere sulla scuola e sulle condizioni del nostro lavoro”, in Domus, n. 714, pp. 21-32.

Libeskind, D. (1987), “An Open Letter to Architectural Educators and Students of Architecture”, in Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 40, n. 2, p. 46.

Mies van der Rohe, L. (1938), “Inaugural Address, Armour Institute, Chicago”, in Johnson, P. (ed.), Mies van der rohe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, pp. 191-195.

Nicolin, P. (1978), “L’architettura nell’Università: Europa | Architecture in the University: Europe”, in Lotus, n. 21, pp. 3-6.

Rogers, E. N. (1933), “La formazione dell’architetto”, in Quadrante, n. 6, pp. 30-33.

Rossi, A. (1966), “La formazione del nuovo architetto | The education of the new architect”, Unpublished manuscript.

Dome, made from prefabricated elements, designed and built by the students on the Hönggerberg campus, during a workshop in 2014 (credit: Domus 1006, 2016)




How to Cite

Belloni, F. (2018) “For a debate in open field: journals from didactics to architecture”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 3(online), pp. 49–56. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/372018.



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