Academic Year 2019/2020 - 4° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 12
Scientific field: ICAR/20 - Urban and regional planning
Taught classes: 120 hours
Term / Semester: 1° and 2°

Learning Objectives

  • Urban design

    This class offers students an urban planning experience in the field, in partnership with a local community, based on action-learning approach (learning during the action). The second semester module is complementary with the first semester module, which offers students advanced tools for spatial planning. The second semester module is concerned with procedural aspects of planning (role of the technician and of local community members, characters of the interaction between technicians and non-technicians, etc.).

Course Structure

  • Urban design
    1. Fundamentals of advanced planning theory
    2. Fundamentals of theory for community-based planning
    3. Technics and tools for collaborative design
    4. Theories and methods of action research for urban planning
    5. Strategical planning
    6. Ecological and circular planning
    7. Landscape, heritage and local development

Detailed Course Content

  • Urban design

    The course is inspired by the pedagogical approach of action learning (learning in the course of action), according to which the student is called to reflect critically, through continuous in-depth theoretical studies, on an experience of real community planning. The course is divided into two types of different but intertwined and complementary activities:

    Theoretical and research study activities - through lectures, reading seminars, research and study activities, students will acquire background knowledge, theoretical and technical knowledge in preparation for the project as premises and bases for the design activities (see next point). These activities may include web-seminars with teachers and students of international university partners (in the past, the course has been developed in partnership with the University of Memphis and UMASS Boston) for joint training activities on the procedural aspects of urban planning and local development.

    Design Activities – for the practical and design part of the course, students will have the opportunity to

    be involved in an intensive and highly collaborative field design experience, in partnership with one or more territorial organizations interested in collaborating with the University on a strategic plan and / or local development project based on principles of social solidarity and environmental sustainability. Students will be involved in theoretical reflection activities on the themes of the project, methodological lessons, data collection and analysis and in collaborative design events. Student will elaborate data-books, maps, strategic plans and integrated projects focused on reactivating heritage (in its natural, historical and cultural component) considering ecological cycles (specifically, the hydrological one), circular economy and sustainable mobility

Textbook Information

  • Urban design
    1. Albrechts, L. (2013). Reframing strategic spatial planning by using a coproduction perspective. Planning theory, 12(1), 46-63
    2. Saija, L. (2017). La ricerca-azione in pianificazione territoriale e urbanistica. Franco Angeli
    3. Sandercock, L. (2004). Towards a planning imagination for the 21st century. Journal of the American Planning Association, 70(2), 133-141.
    4. Savini F. & Bertolini L. (2019) Urban experimentation as a politics of niches. Environement and Planning A 51(4) 831-848.
    5. Sclavi, M., Susskind, L. (2017). Confronto creativo. Come funzionano la co-progettazione creativa e la democrazia deliberativa. Perché ne abbiamo bisogno, IPOC
    6. De Varine, H. (1978). L’Ecomuseo. Jalla, D. (2005, a cura di). Le radici del futuro. Il patrimonio culturale al servizio dello sviluppo locale, Clueb, Bologna, pp.241-273