Integrated design and re-use of rural buildings

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course offers an overview on siting and designing rural buildings, as well as on conversion and re-use ofhistoric farm buildings for alternative uses.
Content knowledge deals with relevant tasks closely related to how students will use it outside the learning environment. It provides criteria for analysing rural building and determining what values will be considered in the design process. These topics are discussed to broaden the graduate¿s competencies in a range of possible applications of farm building design.
The 6 cfu are organised in lectures and field work in order to understand how to operate in existing buildings and enhance the farmstead¿s attractiveness. It is intended that the learning and training tools will be used as a material consideration in determining application for new and protected building consent.
Expected learning outcomes
The course will cover the basic principles of the project design, including principles of structural design processes. Special attention will be dedicated to managing the reuse of rural heritage and understanding the relationship between farm building and its land context.
The aim is to train professional agronomists, within the competences set by Italian law (DPR 5 June 2001 n. 238 and by Law 10 February 1992 n. 152). As a graduate they will be able to work globally in the private and public sectors as project managers, consultants and researchers.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Agricultural building design process
Knowledge of the building structure (foundations, walls, floors and vaults, roofs and vertical connections, choice of building materials).
Basis of structural design
(foundations, walls, floors and vaults, roofs and vertical connections, choice of materials).
Methods for simple structural analysis (secondary structural elements and non-structural elements, beams and pillars, actions on structure, compression, traction, cutting, bending, wind and snow actions, isostatic structures, constraints and binding reactions, requirements and safety assessments).
Criteria for integrating agricultural buildings in their landscape.
Legislative framework for building in agricultural area.
Techniques and methods for renovation and rehabilitation projects of historic farm buildings
Prerequisites for admission
The course has no specific prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Students have the chance to apply what they learn in lectures to actual on-farm situations by having field trips and talking to farmers.

Students are required of following activities:
Individual study of the textbooks and study materials assigned by the teacher; Free work on in-depth texts of choice; Conduct of the exercises assigned by the teacher, through the drafting - individual or in small working groups - of technical reports.
Case Study provides students the opportunity to apply the concepts learned and more deeply research and analyse a selected farm.

OTHER INFORMATION
Although attendance will not be formally taken at lectures, it is strongly recommended.

The course will be held in Italian language.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography
Teaching materials available on www.ariel.it
Textbook assignments:

Agostini S., Manuale di Edilizia Rurale. Criteri di progettazione integrata, Edises, Napoli, 2015.

Further readings
Agostini S.,Di Battista V., Fontana C., Architettura rurale nel paesaggio, Maggioli, 2017.
Agostini S., Progettare in area agricola, Maggioli, 2011.

I testi indicati sono reperibili presso la Biblioteca di Facoltà
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending Students
An oral text focused on practical tasks: Attending students will develop throughout the course a critical review of a case study of a contemporary farmstead. This critical review will be deepened, updated and revised throughout the semester, and presented in a final seminar.
A written text (open questions) focused on contents of the course.
The final mark will combine together the evaluation of assigned task during the course and the assessment of written text.
The evaluation parameters will be aimed at ascertaining the ability to apply the course content in designing a conservation plan to assist farmers to consider the needs of their buildings and landscape and how it can be effectively and efficiently managed , the ability to define how to address the recovery or transformation of farm building, the autonomy of judgment, the communication skills, the correctness and appropriateness of the language and the ability to explain the analyzes and formulate hypothesis of development. The final mark will be expressed in thirtieths.

Non-Attending Students
Non-attending students are required to write a paper and introduce a presentation about a case study of a contemporary farmstead and to submit it a week before the final exam. The final examination will consist on:
A written test (open questions) about the contents of the course and the official list of bibliographical references.
An Oral examination (open questions) about the contents of the course and bibliography includind a further reading assigned by the teacher.
For the further reading choiced, a short note (2,000 words in length ) must be drawn up.
The final assessment will result from the combination of the overall result of written and oral tests. The evaluation parameters will be aimed at ascertaining the ability to apply the course content in designing a conservation plan to assist farmers to consider the needs of their buildings and landscape and how it can be effectively and efficiently managed , the ability to define how to address the recovery or transformation of farm building, the autonomy of judgment, the communication skills, the correctness and appropriateness of the language and the ability to explain the analyzes and formulate hypothesis of development. The final mark will be expressed in thirtieths.
AGR/10 - RURAL BUILDINGS AND AGRO - FOREST LAND PLANNING - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Agostini Stella
Professor(s)
Reception:
After appointment
DEFENS - Science and Technology of Agro-Environmental Systems