The paper describes the students’ works, which included posters and physical models,
were the partial outcomes of the current 3rd year design studio, led by Prof Giuseppe Fallacara
and taught with the support of Maurizio Barberio and Micaela Colella, both Ph.D. students at
the Polytechnic of Bari. The text illustrate an experimental teaching/learning approach which
Giuseppe tested during the design studio. This approach was inspired by the concepts of
‘Experiential Learning’ and ‘Flipped Classroom’, consisting in a series of “cooperative classes”,
where tutors and students interacted and discussed in an absolute spirit of intellectual equality.
The goal was to simulate the activity of a large architecture practice, involved in the design of a
public building, which generally requires the contribution of a large number of architects and
designers. The students were given a brief for a new museum and multipurpose centre in Matera,
Italy, which was recently nominated European Capital of Culture 2019. They had to deliver a
design proposal, a rapid prototyped model and a short video.
Micaela Colella is a licensed architect and a Ph.D. in architectural design. Her research and professional activity focus on the updating of 4.0 prefabrication systems with natural materials for sustainable architecture. Previously she taught Digital Design and Fabrication at the C.E.S.AR. Course of the Scuola di Specializzazione of the Politecnico di Bari. She is co-founder of the architecture firm Barberio Colella Architetti and partner and co-founder of the New Fundamentals Research Group.
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