Politecnico di Torino (DASP, Dottorato in Architettura: Storia e Progetto) and the EPFL (EDAR, Doctoral Program Architecture & Sciences of the City)
The course is jointly offered by the Politecnico di Torino (DASP, Dottorato in Architettura: Storia e Progetto) and the EPFL (EDAR, Doctoral Program Architecture & Sciences of the City) to students of both institutions. The course is organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication (1968) of Invention de Carouge, a text written by Swiss urban planner and art historian André Corboz. Focused on the study of the new town of Carouge (planned and built by the Savoyard State in the 18th century near Geneva, and later incorporated as a neighborhood of the latter), the book was an ambitious attempt to combine historical study, urban analysis and planning theory. The topic of the book also represented a vector of cultural exchange between Turin and Switzerland in the following years, most notably on the occasion of the exhibition on Carouge organized by Turin’s State Archives in the mid-1980s. The course aims at revisiting the book, assessing its legacy and discussing whether the analytical instruments that were deployed in it are still valid and what has changed in our understanding of the mutual links between urban history, urban design, and urban analysis.