URBAN AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING
At the end of the learning experience, the student is supposed to be fully aware of how urban planning instruments work, to know how to apply them to a case study of urban regeneration and to communicate the design choices and outcomes.
The student is supposed to have a slight conscience on institutional themes concerning the city and, mostly, on procedures of urban analysis.
The course deals with the topics of urban planning declined with a focus on urban sustainability, with reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goal n. 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
The course tackles the basic principles of urban and regional planning, providing elements for the construction of the cognitive framework of the territory, seen as a dynamic system with high complexity. Then, elements of urban planning techniques will be provided, paying particular attention to the planning of urban units (the neighbourhood, the neighbourhood, the community), their mobility system and public spaces and services.
During the Design Studio, students will have the opportunity to apply the theory to a case study of Urban Regeneration for a mid-sized European City.
The topics of the course are:
- Introduction on sustainability and contemporary urban challenges;
- the origins of urban and regional planning;
- the territory as a highly complex dynamic system;
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as tools for urban planning;
- urban planning surveys (physical, historical, social, economic);
- the basic principles of sustainable urban planning;
- planning of urban units: housing estates, the neighbourhood, the community;
- the design of public spaces;
- the main elements for mobility planning in urban environments.
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- Lectures on the cultural and technical aspects of urban planning for sustainability;
- Integrated design studio on Urban Regeneration for an European middle-sized city;
- Study visits and seminars.
Final exam, composed of three aspects:
1) discussion about solutions and statements assumed for the practical Urban Regeneration Design work;
2) oral or written test on theoretical and cultural aspects;
3) assignments to be delivered during the course.
For further details, see the corresponding voice for the “URBAN PLANNING STUDIO FOR THE SUSTAINABLE CITY”.
The course will be delivered in class (online teaching and reviews only for students with proven difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemics).
Teaching methods include:
- Frontal lectures on the cultural and technical aspects of urban planning for sustainability;
- Individual and group assignments;
- Integrated planning studio for an Urban Regeneration case study applied to an European middle-sized city;
- Study visits (if the pandemic will allow it) or guest lectures.