The Visual Language of Technique

Volume 3 - Heritage and Expectations in Education

  • Luigi Cocchiarella

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Setting the Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luigi Cocchiarella
      Pages 5-12
    3. Alfonso Fuggetta
      Pages 13-20
  3. Visual Language in Education: Between Theory and Experiences

  4. Images in Education: Iconographies and Experiences from the Schools of the Politecnico di Milano

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Luigi Cocchiarella
      Pages 95-99
    3. Luigi Cocchiarella
      Pages 101-104
    4. Luigi Cocchiarella, Cornelie Leopold
      Pages 105-109
    5. Fabio Mosca (Gounemond)
      Pages 131-134
    6. Michele Pirovano
      Pages 135-139
    7. Mattia Ferrari
      Pages 141-144
    8. Elena Marchetti, Luisa Rossi Costa
      Pages 145-148
    9. Elena Marchetti, Luisa Rossi Costa
      Pages 149-153
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-182

About this book


The book is inspired by the third seminar in a cycle connected to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Politecnico di Milano (July 2013). "Educating by Image. Teaching Styles vs Learning Styles" was the motto of this meeting. The contributions (coming from lectures, the poster session, interviews and round table) aim to propose an updated look at visual education, highlighting how digital tools and networks have profoundly affected the "representational styles" of the teachers and the "cognitive styles" of the learners, while at the same time reaffirming the importance of the interaction between the two groups. As Herbert Alexander Simon once said, "Learning results... only from what the student does and thinks"; therefore "the teacher can advance learning only by influencing what the student does to learn". That is no mean feat if we consider that, according to Benjamin Samuel Bloom, visual education not only involves the pure cognition, but also the affective and the psychomotor domains, not to mention the social aspects. This is why, alongside some theoretical and historical retrospectives, the contributions recommend a continuous revision of "what" and "how" could be included in the academic curricula, also in connection with secondary schools, the professional world, targeted Lifelong Learning Programmes for students and teachers. The volume includes an interview with the science journalist and writer Piero Angela.


architectural representation art science techniques design engineering graphics visual language

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Cocchiarella
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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