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INP4065375, A.A. 2015/16

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IN0533, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
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Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in BUILDING ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/20 Urban Planning 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 95 130.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 15/06/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2015 01/10/2015 15/03/2017 SAVINO MICHELANGELO (Presidente)
1 2014 01/10/2014 15/03/2016 SAVINO MICHELANGELO (Presidente)

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).
Target skills and knowledge: Preparatory to the choice of subject and discipline for the final exam strongly oriented to design, the course aims to deepen chief features of the planning discipline, the contents and approaches, methodologies and goals, also by analyzing and reflecting about the most significant national and international experiences developed in the last years. The course aims also to facilitate the enhancement of the skills of analysis, interpretation and development of a project at different scales, already acquired by the student.
The course offers the chance – also through seminars and targeted communications - to get involved in urban planning questions that are affecting mainly the existing city, underlining multifaceted problems, interdisciplinary approaches developed in the last years to solve them and design solutions recently set up. All the considerations will be useful – if not crucial – to develop the project requested to pass the course final examination.
With this course, students should acquire some methodological elements for planning, the ability to critically evaluate the contextual features, grasp the problem and the range of viable solutions to solve them, keeping in mind the various aspects (planning, architectural social, economic, cultural) and the potential impacts of the project.
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.).
Assessment criteria: The final assessment will take into account firstly personal interest and engagement exhibited during the course, the active participation to discussion and to deepening the questions and the arguments presented at lessons and seminars.
So, attention will be paid to the overall quality of the final project, the ability of individual members of the group to present the analyzed context, emphasizing the critical aspects and then to explain and argue the various design choices, framing the project in the disciplinary debate about the contemporary city and its changes.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be organized with lectures on theoretical-methodological issues, with a focus on urban regeneration projects, redevelopment and enhancement of public space design or residential neighbourhoods regeneration according to an eco-sustainable approach, waterfronts, to be intended as an emblematic "place" of the rhetorical, policies and innovative projects of urban regeneration. Some of the lectures will be used to jointly develop design to provide students with the necessary support to research and design.
Additional notes about suggested reading: During the course, according to the expressed needs of the students, specific bibliographic references will be provided for a better planning questions understanding, mostly city growth and changes, settlements transformations and processes that characterize and influence them.
There will be indications for contents in the main (Italian and international) planning journal or retrieved in the net which will help students to reflect and examine in detail items dealt during lessons and seminars useful to develop the final planning proposal.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • GABELLINI P., Tecniche urbanistiche. Roma: Carocci, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • ROTONDO F., SELICATO F., Progettazione urbanistica. Teorie e tecniche. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • GEHL J., Vita in città. Spazio urbano e relazioni sociali. Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli Editore, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • CARMONA M., TIESDELL S., HEATH T., OC T., Public Places Urban Spaces - The dimensions of Urban Design. London & New York: Routledge: Routledge, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • MADANIPOUR A., Urban Design, Space and Society. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • CECCHINI D., CASTELLI G. (a cura di), Scenari, risorse, metodi e realizzazioni per città sostenibili. Roma: Gangemi Editore, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • NUTI C.G., Progettare un quartiere. Criteri guida per un'esperienza didattica.. Roma: Orienta, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • SECCHI B., La città del XX secolo. Bari - Roma: Laterza, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • BIANCHETTI C., Urbanistica e sfera pubblica. Roma: Donzelli Editore, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • FREGOLENT L., INDOVINA F., SAVINO M. (a cura di), L'esplosione della città.. Bologna: Compositori Editrice, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • LABORATORIO CITTÀ PUBBLICHE, Città pubbliche. Linee guida per la riqualificazione urbana.. Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • SAVINO M. (a cura di), Waterfront d’Italia. Piani, progetti, politiche. Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • SOCIETÀ GENOVA 2004, +Città. Firenze: Alinea Editrice, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo