5 years single cycle degree in BUILDING ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester


Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9

Prerequisites: As final stage of a critical consideration about city, the region and their changes, and of the process of formation of the ability to design and programming, accrued during previous years, the course assumes knowledge of the fundamentals about planning instruments and the main aspects the planning as acquired in the courses of Administrative Law and Urban Design, as well as the ability to develop guidelines and projects at urban and territorial scale (one of the aims of the course of Urban Planning and Techniques 1).
Examination methods: Students to be admitted to final test must provide a planning design proposal developed during the course and the final examination will consist in the presentation and discussion of the project, integrated with critical considerations voted to evidence their comprehension of planning chief questions and awareness maturated in the design process.
The final work (which can also be developed in a group of not more than 3 members) shall consist of:

a) Board 1 (A0 size). Survey. The board must contain information about features of the selected area, a regional and urban framework, critical interpretation of existing environmental, morphological, social and economic, demographic, planning conditions;
b) Board 2 (A0 size). Vision. The board must list the significant critical points, underline potential and resources to exploit in the new asset proposed for the selected area; also some project basic concepts;
c) Board 3 (A0 size). Metaproject. First and basic proposal for a new asset of the selected area, drawn up according to survey results; to the problems and resources detection, assessing the environmental and planning compatibility. The board must contain main proposed interventions for new residential developments, enhancement for public facilities, conservation or improving quality of rural or natural areas, green connections, infrastructure improvement for better and sustainable accessibility; indication for planning development;
d) Board 4 (A0 size). Masterplan. Final design scheme for the new asset of the selected area, containing the most relevant planning development solutions, landscape enhancement proposals, zoning and building rules, detailed project for the different aspects for the suggested transformation;
e) A3 Report (A3 size), containing notes, sketches, information, statistical data, document and whatever else students consider useful for developing the project about present conditions of selected area, deterioration conditions, design proposal contents and building rules (the dossier must include photographic documentation and general urban design references).

Students during the discussion may supply multimedia devices of their choice (PowerPoint presentation, photoes collections, videos, etc.).
Course unit contents: The course is aimed primarily to introduce students to the various problems that occur today in the city and in the area that seem to disrupt the traditional processes that have characterized the growth and transformation of the settlement organizations. Students will be incentivized to look carefully to some aspects of the contemporary city and particularly reflect in a critical way about suitable approaches to plan in the city and the territory in order to ensure not only better quality of housing and collective life (undoubtedly in a sustainable perspective!) but also natural resources protection and the environment.
More than a purely descriptive or taxonomic term, "contemporary city" will be considered a synthesis concept which summarizes the strong changes that have affected the company's current and consequently the different ways to use and enjoy the open space and the built environment; the different and changing implications of the social practices, habits and ways of life, the needs expressed and not declared by urban plans (which tend to forecast the scenario in which communities carry out activities and needs); the innovative solutions urban design tries to outline for appropriate solutions to new requirements.