Matter generates the idea: experiments in the architectural education

  • Fausto Novi University of Genoa
  • Andrea Giachetta University of Genoa
  • Chiara Piccardo University of Genoa
Keywords: architectural education, architectural technology, creative process, problem solving, learning by doing

Abstract

The educational experiments mentioned below are aimed at demonstrating how matter, technique and technology can play their role in the architectural design as main elements of inspiration and development. These elements do not constitute a feared limitation to the designer’s creative freedom, also favoring the integration of scientific and technical training (at least for what learned in the early years) with design idea. The focus on materials as possible generators of ideas seems to be a good method to acquire the awareness of the responsibility for design action, since this is a problem-solving activity and not a free, ‘creative’ and uncontrolled activity.

Author Biographies

Fausto Novi, University of Genoa

Full Professor in Architectural Technology, he carries out research on technologies for environmental sustainability in construction. He is in charge of the Technology Laboratory of the Bachelor’s Degree Course in Architecture Sciences.
E-mail: novi@arch.unige.it

Andrea Giachetta, University of Genoa

Associate Professor in Architectural Technology, he coordinates the Bachelor’s Degree Course in Architecture Sciences and is a member of the Doctorate teaching staff. He is in charge of the Technology Laboratory of the Bachelor’s Degree Course in Architecture Sciences.
E-mail: andreagiachetta@arch.unige.it

Chiara Piccardo, University of Genoa

Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Design, she carries out research in the field of sustainable buildings and is an Adjunct Professor of the course Environmental Sustainability in the Architectural Design.
E-mail: chiara.piccardo@arch.unige.it

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Published
2018-06-30
How to Cite
Novi, F., Giachetta, A. and Piccardo, C. (2018) “Matter generates the idea: experiments in the architectural education”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 3(online), pp. 71-76. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/3102018.
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Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint
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