Course code POLI37
Course title Global warming and post-expo Milan!
Institution Politecnico di Milano
Course address
City
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Fair
Minimum level of French None
Key words
Language English
Professor responsible Carlo Barrese (carlo.barrese@polimi.it); Arian Heidari Afshari (arian.heidari@polimi.it)
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Participating professors Carlo Barrese (carlo.barrese@polimi.it); Arian Heidari Afshari (arian.heidari@polimi.it)
Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 20, Reserved for local students:
Objectives

Every catastrophe could be also considered positively as an opportunity, to learn from, enjoy its anticipation and live through if the society is ready for. Today, it is inevitable that every city around the world has to face directly or indirectly the 21st century impact of global warming. Milan maybe may not seem to be in the front line, yet, it has all potentials to become one of the frontiers of resilience.

 

The course will analyze the main parameters of global warming and Milan case reactions and anticipations, in both public and institutional levels. As all collective and individual decisions and actions, fashionable or modest count, Milan case will be explored from diverse and cross disciplinary point of views. The course will criticize in specific the evolution of post-expo 2015 Milan toward resilience scenarios.

 

The student will work on a short research essay to be agreed with the professor. The subject will be related to post-expo 2015 Milan response to global warming, with a specific focus on daily routines. It will include research and images. The evaluation will consider the layout quality of the research work.

 

The student will conceptualize a critical reflection and the hypothesis of target group(s). The steps of investigation and documentation on will be planned in advance with the professor. The student will represent, through graphic work, the outcomes of the research essay. Graphic quality will be considered in the evaluation of the work.

Programme to be followed

Presentation of the course

Global warming issues and concerns

Global or local warming?

Chronological case history of global warming in Europe and Italy

20th century Milan

Expo 2015 and global warming concerns

Green Milan

Co2 footprint

Global warming and daily life

Global warming; fashion or reality

Milan Companies and Global warming

Milan Architecture and Global warming

Milan Architects and Global warming

Milan activists and Global warming

Specific interview

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

"Eat the City" in Ecoweek: the Book #1: 50 Voices for Sustainability, ed. E. Messinas & D. Price, Athens: Ecovweek.Org, 2017.

 

Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction. An Unnatural History, London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Richard Ingersoll, "The Ecology Question and Architecture", in The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory, London: 2012.

 

Peter Calthorpe, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, Washington: Island Press, 2011.

 

David H. Haney, When Modern was Green. Life and Work of Landscape Architect Leberecht Migge, London: Rouledge, 2010.

 

Richard Ingersoll, "A Post-Apocalyptic View of Ecology and Design", by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2003.

 

Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution,  Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1999.

 

 

 

Further readings will be given according the chosen research.

Prerequisites

Course for Architects, designers and creative thinkers

REQUIRED graphic skills, video practice

Course exam

The student will conceptualize a critical reflection and the hypothesis of target group(s). The steps of investigation and documentation on will be planned in advance with the professor. The student will represent trough graphic work the outcomes of the research essay. Graphic quality will be considered in the evaluation of the work.

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