Analysis and diagnostics of architectural cultural heritage

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course offers you an overview on a combination of both scientific and cultural knowledge and experience indispensable for the study of architectural heritage.
Aim of the course is providing you with education in the core surveying competencies focused on the better conservation, strengthening and the restoration of architectural heritage.
Special attention will be dedicated to managing the cultural and historical value of the building as a whole and knowing structural engineering elements in order to give you the scientific support necessary to safeguard architectural heritage.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, you will acquire extensive theoretical, methodological and experimental. techniques for assessing cultural and landscape heritage. You will also know to investigate the significance of ethno-anthropological interest according the main Conventions and laws on architectural heritage. You will be able to operate on the architectural heritage in planning and decision-making level, including in support of the restoration, protection and enhancement, promoted by public and private institutions, territorial organizations and professional companies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Construction process of buildings (foundations, walls, ceilings and vaults, roofs and vertical links, choice of building materials)
Elements of analysis and diagnostics of built cultural heritage (secondary structures and non-structural elements, beams and pillars, construction actions, compression, traction, cutting, wind and snow actions, isostatic structures, binding and reactions, requirements and safety assessments) and assessment of urban and territorial systems, in their environment and in the context of natural and anthropic risks.
Morphologies development of human settlement. Stylistic characters and methods to assess cultural interest.
Reference framework for recovery, requalification and reorganization of the built cultural heritage at the different scales.
Prerequisites for admission
The course has no specific prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
To link theory and practice, providing criteria and methods for Architectural Cultural Heritage, the teaching methods combines lecture by teacher, Class discussion, Student reports by individuals, field surveys, individual analysis of case studies. Students will deepen topics learning on field activity to experiment and apply techniques and methods learned in different contexts of built cultural heritage. The development of a case study survey will allow students to deepen the knowledge of the morphologies of human settlements and of the techniques and tools for assessing, programming and planning the protection of architectural cultural heritage. A detailed guide for developing the case study will be made available during the lessons and a specific lesson of the course will be dedicated to guide students to tackle each point of the track. Revision, discussion and comparison will be carried out at the end of the lessons. Due to the applicative nature of the course, attendance at lessons is highly recommended, although it is not mandatory.

Self-employment of the student:
The autonomous work required of the student is divided into the following activities: individual study of the textbooks and teaching materials assigned by the teacher; free work on in-depth texts of your choice; carrying out of the exercises assigned by the teacher, through the drafting - individually or in small work groups - of thematic reports and technical documents.
Teaching Resources
Teaching materials available on
Textbook assignments:
Agostini S., Manuale di Edilizia Rurale. Criteri di progettazione integrata, Edises, Napoli, 2015 (Sezioni I e II, da pag.5-95);
Agostini S., Di Battista V., Fontana C., Architettura rurale nel paesaggio, Maggioli, 2017.
The texts are available at the Library of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.
Further reading
Mordà N., Carlucci C., Raimondi G., Il degrado degli edifici in muratura. Patologia e diagnostica, Maggioli Editore, 2018 Il degrado delle strutture in calcestruzzo armato.
Felitti M., Mecca L.M., Diagnosi, monitoraggio e soluzioni per il recupero, Maggioli Editore, 2018.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending Students
- An oral exam focused on practical tasks: attending students will develop throughout the course a critical review about a case study of a conservation plan. This critical review will be deepened, updated and revised throughout the semester, and presented in a final seminar.
- A written exam about the contents of the course and the official list of bibliographical references.
The final mark will combine together the assessment of oral and written examination with the evaluation of assigned task during the course.

Non-attending students
For non-attending students, the case study is structured as short essay, whose theme and reference bibliography must be agreed with the teacher.
For the further reading choiced by students, a short note (2,000 words in length ) must be drawn up. The short note with the case study essay must be submitted on or before one week before the round of exams.
The final exam focuses on two mandatory tests:
- written test, which will focus on the reference teaching material.
- oral test. It will be focused on the reference bibliography and on the case study to enable students to demonstrate skills learned in providing recommendations or solutions on built cultural heritage.
The final assessment will result from the combination of the overall result of written and oral tests. With regard to case study essay and short textbook note, the ability to present their structure and contents in a synthetic and organic manner will be evaluated, highlighting reasons of interest and specific relationships with the course contents.
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Agostini Stella
After appointment
DEFENS - Science and Technology of Agro-Environmental Systems