Ghirardini / Designing Preservation

Designing Preservation integrating the architectural project to UNESCO tools to tackle territorial fragility: the Tivoli case as a pilot experience

Author: Sara Ghirardini, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Pier Federico Caliari, Politecnico di Torino; Politecnico di Milano; Francesca Lanz, Northumbria University; University of Lincoln

Research stage: intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Paper

DDR Statement

A research based on the cultural heritage debate is naturally committed to the idea of interdisciplinarity: not only in the traditional archaeology/architecture confrontation, but in the wider possible extents, from philosophy and human sciences to economics and technology. But, as architects, we should not forget that architecture is fundamentally design-based, and therefore a doctoral research in architecture should always deal with the practice of design. Even in the most academic works, the role of design is to interlace the tangible and intangible aspects of space. Design are the actions through which we understand, analyse, interpret and think space, and in this research they are crucial both in terms of topic and methodology.

Starting from the consideration that heritage-related territorial fragility is fundamentally due to the lack of care, of use, of transformation, the centrality of the idea of architecture as a practice of spatial care makes design experiences the main object of investigation.

At the same time, the relation between heritage and its surroundings concerns deeply the spatial relations involved, which can be better investigated and transformed through design tools, both analytical and projectual. Different tools are used for different research sections: in the cognitive framework the design analysis is interlaced with the direct experience of places, reporting it through graphic and visual elaborations (photo assembling, mapping, sketching); in the interpretation framework design tools are used in a proactive way, at different scales and detail, in continuity with the design practice but at the same time re-organising general research contents.