course consists of 4 lessons in a Intensive Language Course plus
2 private tutorials on the language of architecture, each day.
course is designed for students who are already experts in the field
of architecture and who are interested in Italian architectural
language for reasons of work or study. The program focuses on various
aspects of architecture, aiming at providing students with the basic
vocabulary and professional expressions that are most often used.
Since it is held that a dry presentation of vocabulary on the subject
matter would be of little practical use, each of the fields will
be covered through the analysis of texts that are presented on
video tapes and in written form. Through the study and discussion
of texts, the basic vocabulary of the specific topic is laid out.
After identifying the basic technical vocabulary and expressions,
the student is helped to assimilate them through targeted exercises
and discussions. Site visits to monuments and other buildings in
the city are generally included in the course.
that may be discussed during the course:
A general outline of the History of Architecture
Roman and Byzantine architecture
Romanesque and Gothic
The Physics, Science and Technique of building: light intensity
and illumination; building material; loads and beams; traditional
building materials; reinforced concrete
Vaults and arches
the field of architecture is extremely broad and cannot be covered
in a thorough manner in the few available lessons, students may
begin the course by planning with the instructor a program with
a narrower focus on the basis of their needs, with a concentration
on only several topics. In particular, if a student needs to increase
his expertise in a specific area for professional reasons, we recommend
that he inform us before arriving in order to give the instructor
sufficient time to prepare a specific program with selected texts.
For example, if a student works in the field of architectural restoration,
the focus of the course could fall on traditional building materials,
the quality of the materials and on the building sciences. If a
student is instead interested in the History of Architecture, topics
could include the styles and evolution of architectural elements
through time, etc.