From Louis Kahn to Rhino Vaults: the structural matrix of architectonic forms


  • Michela Barosio Polytechnic of Torino
  • Ludovica Rolando Polytechnic of Torino



interdisciplinarity, radical teaching, conjectural redesign, parametric design, conception


The mismatch between the profiles of graduates and profiles required by the labour market has led the Politecnico di Torino to experiment with new forms of project’s teaching able to train professionals with markedly interdisciplinary profiles. Master’s Degree Programme Architecture Construction City gives shape to this interdisciplinary approach through the design units, which coordinate two to four disciplines around a single project. The experience of the Design Unit Architecture and Structural Forms is presented here as an example of this approach to the project through the recognition of the interrelation between the architectural and structural types and the coordinated use of physical and virtual models as a teaching tool.


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Author Biographies

Michela Barosio, Polytechnic of Torino

PhD, Researcher of Architectural and Urban Design. She has been in charge of interdisciplinary Design Laboratories for about ten years and is a member of the Teaching Academy of the European Association for Architectural Education. Her research is mainly focussed on three axes: design teaching methods, cultural landscapes and urban regeneration of industrial dismantled areas, specifically related to retail developments.

Ludovica Rolando, Polytechnic of Torino

Master’s graduating student and student Teaching Assistant in the Architectural and Structural Forms Design Unit of the Master’s Degree Course in Architecture Construction City of the Polytechnic of Torino.


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How to Cite

Barosio, M. and Rolando, L. (2018) “From Louis Kahn to Rhino Vaults: the structural matrix of architectonic forms”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 3(online), pp. 141–148. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/3192018.



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