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Course unit
INM0016716, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IN0533, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination URBAN DESIGN AND LABORATORY
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance
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

Teacher in charge DUNIA MITTNER ICAR/21

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/21 Urban Studies 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 60 15.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 95 130.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Prerequisites: none
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at deepening the examination of the cities from the physical point of view, their breakdown according to thematic principles, also through the reciprocal comparison and the identification of models of urban composition. It offers an introduction to the environmental and landscape topics, while setting them within some of the most recent European urban experiences.
Examination methods: 3 different types of exam are foreseen:
1. Written Thesis Work on the lectures
2. Exercise work
3. Laboratory Work
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will occurr by considering the following weights:
1. 25%=Written Thesis Work
2. 25%=Exercise work
3. 50%=Laboratory
Course unit contents: The class is made of lectures and of one or more drawing exercises, in order to evaluate the necessary communication and knowledge capabilities.
The lectures are meant to draw a path of analitical decomposition within some "starting" documents of Modern Urban Planning, among which: the Pro Helsingfors Plan (1918), the Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan van Amsterdam-AUP (1935), the Greater London Plan (1944), the Finger Plan for Copenhagen (1947), the Generalplan för Stockholm (1952), the General Plan for Assisi (1955), the Schéma directeur d’aménagement et d’urbanisme de la région de Paris-SDAURP (1963-64).
The program aims at particoularly analize the relations among the drawings of general transformation of the city and the detail plans for some city parts of big dimensions (Bosch en Lommer, Slotermeer in Amsterdam), the open spaces at the scale of the new democratic city, the consitution of a public commitee related to big architectural projects (the satellite cities of Stockholm, the new towns of London, the villes nouvelles in Paris).
In the second part the class is meant to measure the actuality of the modern urban planning tadition, through the analysis of some more recent plans, such as the General Plan of Rome (2000), the Översiktplan for Stockholm (1999) the General Shanghai Development Plan (1995-2001), in oder to evaluate the elements of continuity and/or newness with the european tradition.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: theoretical or practical seminars on specific argouments, class exercises, textes
Additional notes about suggested reading: Specific textes and some images on the single lectures will be provided on-line, where possible.
No text on the entire class or power-points from the single lectures will be provided
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Astengo G., voce “Urbanistica”, Enciclopedia Universale dell’Arte, vol. XIV. Venezia-Roma: Istituto per la collaborazione culturale, 1966. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bosma K., Hellinga H. (ed.), Mastering the City. North European City Planniing 1900-2000. Rotterdam-The Hague: NAI-EFL, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mittner D. (a cura di), La città reticolare e il progetto moderno. Milano: Città Studi, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mittner D., Planning and large urban projects. Stockholms 1990-2025. --: Urbanistica n. 143, 2010. pp. 32-42
  • Mittner D., China: urban migrations, new towns. --: Urbanistica n. 148, --. pp. 9-16
  • Mittner D., New Towns. An Investigation on Urbanism. Berlin: Jovis, 2018.