Lucia D'Amato Architect

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Supervisor prof. Andrea Rolando (Politecnico di Milano)

Assistant Supervisor prof. Mario Sassone (Politecnico di Torino)

The thesis consists of the project for a high rise building located in the central part of the city of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, whose final features are reached through a design process based on different approaches, from the context analysis, to the structural, to the optimization of its aspects through parametrization.

The thesis work is composed by an introductive part with a brief history of the skyscraper and of the evolution of its features, to go deeper in the thesis topic analyzing the national and local context in which the project is inserted.

An extended description of the urban context in which the project is located offers a complete view of the urban fabric conformation, of the surrounding districts and of that in which the project site is located, of the building typologies and of the other high rises nearby, of the infrastructures and of the available services network.

To the contextualization of the designed building a wide description of the architectural features of the same follows, with the graphical representation of the project and a chapter on the structural design. In the latter the dimensioning of the bearing core structure, of the floors, of the vertical supports and of the foundations, besides verification calculations for horizontal acceleration and second order effects have been carried out. 

The last chapter is dedicated to the description of a possible methodology for the application of the parametric modelling process through Grasshopper and Galapagos to the building design worth to the optimization of some aspects concerning the structure, such as the variation of the overhangs, or the form with the rotation of the floors according to wind direction or to passive shading necessities, the relation with the context, such as the variasion of the footprint or the height.

In order to reach a whole flexibility of the project in sight to fulfill different or changing needs, everything described in the abovementioned chapter leaves open the way to different possible methodologies to seek for the best solutions for improving some characteristics of the building or that would make it adaptable to new contexts.


E-SCAPE_New tools and new opportunities for the localization of Expo 2015 general interest services along the Canale Cavour, a backbone of the Milano–Torino urban region

Tutor  Prof. Andrea Rolando


The recent completion of the high speed railway between Torino and Milano is producing relevant changes to the whole territorial system, setting a difference between the nodes of Milano and Torino, connected to the “long” (and fast) networks of mobility and the intermediate places, located on the pre existing “short” (and slow) networks. The risk is that of a “tunnel effect” that might produce a segregation of the territories that are crossed by the infrastructure, but distant from the main nodes. The use of innovative communication technologies (so called location based and other mobility services, integrating mobile phones and GPS) can contribute in re-balancing the territory, implementing new opportunities and uses, especially for those places attached to the nodes of the short networks. The research carried on in previous ASP projects has pointed out how Italia 150 and Expo 2015 could be the opportunity to implement some of these tools and has at the same time outlined the need for innovative representations and uses of the territory. In this project, Canale Cavour is proposed as a study case, to verify how innovative uses of intermediate territories, supported by new technologies, can contribute to a better territorial organization. 

The project aims at understanding and managing two main problematic issues: 1. to find out relevant sites located along the Canale Cavour, in a perspective of developing slow mobility paths (connected to Eurovelo routes and Lombardia Greenways) and nodes of services of general interest. The general aim is to work on the “slow” territories related to the Canale, in order to connect them to the sites and networks that the Expo 2015 is implementing, following the idea of a diffused event. 2. to use a strong interdisciplinary approach to understand how the use of innovative technologies can produce new behaviors and tools that can support and (eventually) even drive physical territorial changes, in a vision where the sites (and the people) located along and attached to the “backbone” of the canal can play an active role.


Internship at the Architectural Office Studio BERETTA ASSOCIATI S.R.L. 

Piazza Arcole 4, Milano

Academic tutor 

prof. Pierluigi Salvadeo

Internal tutor 

Arch. Federico Aldini

Project of a building to support industrial activities with tertiary functions, asylum and canteen, located in S. Pietro Mosezzo (NO):

Support the creation of preliminary presentation to the customer;

Realization of graphic formats (elevations, plans) for the preliminary design;

Project located in Milano, via Piranesi 44, residential building: 

Editing executive projects (plans, elevations, details) based on the requirements for the sale of the apartments;

Verification and modification of the buildings elevations and creation of  the tables of windows/louvers;

Project located in Budapest, commercial building for luxury clothing

Design / modification of plan layout of the store, preparing the presentation material



Supervisor prof. Andrea Campioli

The thesis consisted of a survey of prefabricated technologies that retraced the steps throughout history, starting from the first applications to current use, which has investigated the technological characteristics through an overview of materials and construction methods, who analyzed the applications in today’s contemporary residential projects.

The survey was divided on the basis of technological extension of the application of precast technology, prefabrication from partial to full, so as to highlight what is the state of the art, what are the possible applications, what are the advantages in terms of cost and time of creation, what are the reasons why these applications are currently not yet widespread, especially in Italy.

In support of this work, has been inserted a draft prepared under the Optional Thematic Workshop, which was developed in the project for a Social Housing for students, being composed of modular housing units, well suited to the use of precast technology.


Internship at Politecnico di Milano

Tutor prof. Andrea Campioli

The training activity consisted in the search for technical information about the manufacturing technology that uses profiles in Cold Formed Steel, which is cold formed steel profiles for the construction of building structures through processes of dry assembly. The technical information has been gathered through initial investigations on computer equipment (mostly web sites of companies, official agencies

that deal with the spread of technologies that use steel and certification of materials for dissemination to the general product concerned) and on paper (theoretical texts on Cold Formed Steel and its applications, and architectural reviews and analysis for construction projects have occurred in the application of technology analyzed).

The captured material was systematized in order to obtain an overview on the technology of CFS and then an overview of the products on the market by international companies.

The product of the research was a hypertext that formalizes the information obtained in a presentation of products, technologies and projects related to the use of Cold Formed Steel, supplemented by brochures and catalogs of the companies surveyed, and supplemented by Internet sites references most important for the deepening of the theme.

Through the training activities carried out has been achieved in a Technical Symposium on technological issues that are not addressed within the academic courses. This survey was useful to know a new type of technology and in slow expansion that has made significant changes and innovations in the construction process.

The use of prefabrication technology in buildings is also important to enhance the dynamism of a process that is still tied to traditional technology and procedures.

The particularity of this research was the interpenetration of theoretical knowledge and generic knowledge, and “market research” to get an overview on the concrete type of possible applications and products actually used and marketed.