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Architettura » Methodology for the Development of Creative Thought in Architectural Design and Urban Planning, Donatella Mazzoleni

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Architecture is an art which responds to basic needs: providing physical protection for human activity, making sense of being human in the world. In this sense, architecture “creates” the space for our lives on this earth. The creative process in architecture, however, is not a personal journey. It is achieved only through collective effort, and only when, after many different people have worked together for a long time to actually construct something, there is a sudden realization, a kind of collective recognition, that new meaning has been given to the idea of living in a particular place and that a new kind of beauty has been perceived. This type of collective process, however, only gets under way when it is fired by the creative ability of the designer. The designer, therefore, needs to be able to create the right working conditions which are conducive to technical as well as creative output. Creativity cannot be taught because it is not an act of will. During this course, however, participants will learn some techniques and exercises to help achieve the personal and environmental conditions most likely to promote creative events in architecture. These lessons form the compulsory part of the “Workshops in architectural composition” course in the first year (2010-11), and the “Workshops in architectural design” in the fourth year (2008-09).

Testi d'esame

  • “Exam texts” in actual fact refers to the self-assessment forms which the individual student should complete at the end of the course as a summary of what they have learnt from both the theory and practical sessions. These should be brought to the exam. General bibliography includes:
  • Donatella Mazzoleni, La città e l'immaginario, Officina, Rome 1985.
  • Donatella Mazzoleni, L'architettura e le sue meraviglie, conference in the series “Come alla Corte di Federico II”, March 2008, in:
  • Donatella Mazzoleni Intervista sull'architettura, by Antonio Dentale, in: AA.VV. Transiti d'arte. Dall'avanguardia al contemporaneo, under publication.
  • For specific references and further reading please see bibliography at end of each lesson.

La Cattedra

Donatella Mazzoleni

Prof. Donatella Mazzoleni

Ordinary Professor of Architectural Planning. Born in Florence; degree in Architecture from Naples. Field trips (Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, Australia). Studies: anthropology, psychology, ecology. Teacher at Federico II and in foreign universities (Europe, USA, China, Australia) since 1980. Research topics: 60-70 “Utopian Architecture” (“nombre d’or” Grand Prix International Urbanisme Architecture 70); 80-90 “Meaning and Identity in Architecture”. Since 2000 “Architecture, a language for peace” with RCA Mumbai India and PPU Hebron Palestine. Projects: Square in honour of women and peace in Algiers for UNESCO; Desert greenhouse at Botanical Gardens in Portici; Sacred meditation space for all religions, F.te Avellana (PU); Civic and Municipal Piazza, Montella (AV); Buddhist Monastery, Pomaia (PI). Publications: Metapolis. Strutture e storia di una grande città 1983; La città e l’immaginario 1985; Napoli: il percorso delle origini 1995; Nature Architecture Diversity 1998; Palazzi di Napoli 1999; Architettura e Musica 2003; Domus. Pittura e architettura d’illusione nella casa romana 2004; Architettura come linguaggio di pace.

Anagrafica del corso

  • Architettura, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
  • Corsi di laurea: Magistrale in Architettura
  • Anno accademico: 2009/2010
  • Sede del corso: Dipartimento di Progettazione Urbana e di Urbanistica, Via Forno Vecchio, 36, Napoli (NA) - 80134


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