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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 051513 - URBAN DESIGN STUDIO
Docente Concilio Grazia
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The Studio explores the fields of action of the urban planning within the current contexts, characterized by a socio-economic transition that raises new questions about technical knowledge and its tradition. In the Studio, therefore: are experienced new forms of urban planning, useful in addressing the emerging problems of contemporary territories; are constructed problematic frameworks of design alternatives; are tested the relations between the spatial transformation of landscapes and the regulatory dimension of the urban design.

Finally, the Studio focuses on the crucial issues of the identity of places in a time in which new life cycles for existing housing structures need to be imagined in a perspective of prudent and sustainable development.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi


- acquire knowledge and understanding of the techniques and tools of urban design;

- acquire knowledge and understanding of a critical approach to urban and landscape design on the various scales, correlated to work planning, economic and feasibility assessment, and accessibility design;

- are capable of doing historical and critical analysis and interpretation of locations and contexts;

- are capable of developing design solutions coherent with the location and context, even in highly complex urban environments.

Argomenti trattati


The city is the place where the challenge of sustainability, social inclusion, resource scarcity, and economic crises is played; here, designing transformations is a dialogue, even harsh, between very different disciplines and knowledge, between theories and practices, between constraints and visions. Designing transformations is a complex alignment of difference and uniformity, immutability and instability, continuity and discontinuity.

Within such a complexity, although some constraining norms and rules, there are no best formulas or guidelines to design the city: there is a need to manage large margins of uncertainty over which no “project” can be considered as a final, enduring product; a project is rather a process in which actors constantly reconfigure in relation to temporary and ephemeral outcomes which, all together, shape the transformations. Therefore the focus is shifted to the urban transformation process, to a field of action in which the production and organization of the city's spaces emerge from the project's “becoming”.

Far from being merely a future image or representation, the project interacts with the context (immaterially and materially), deforms it even before any transformation starts, involves it, collaborates with it. Fundamentally to such “project as process” are the actors who, in the cities, are the protagonists of transformations by playing very different roles: urban designers, citizen professionals, communities of interests and places, public institutions, and many others. There are many resources available for urban transformation but the interaction mechanisms between them are far from being known and the project works in wide uncertain conditions: how does a green area work, or rather a parking lot? What phenomena will trigger in a peripheral public space? Will there be cyclists on a bicycle running? Who will be the users of a new public spaces? Many of these questions are not answered in the project as a prefiguration of the future but rather in the project as a dialogic tool for transformation management, thus growing in complexity due to the high number of resources the city produces throughout its making.

In coherence with this complex vision, the Studio aims at exploring the action fields of urban planning and design within current urban contexts as characterized by a complex socio-economic transition that challenges technical knowledge, its theoretical tradition, and its practices. Within this perspective, new, even experimental, forms of urban planning and design are experienced in the Studio, able to deal with emerging problems of urban transformation and development which, more and more, require new design skills and competences that overcome the traditional figure of urban design experts and enrich it with abilities to shape new governance models, to mediate between public authorities and local communities, to elaborate frugal solutions, to behave inside frequent phenomena of urban activisms. To be interdisciplinary dialogic tools, design (in many cases small scale design) alternatives are preferred to feed the debate rather than governing the transformation towards an alignment effort the regulatory dimension and the needs for transformation.

Finally, the Studio focuses on the crucial issues of space making and spatial identity by involving students in a problem mapping and design alternatives planning for the collective public space of Grande Parco Forlanini.


The Urban Design Studio (UDS) will be mainly focussed on the area of the Grande Parco Forlanini (GPF) in the eastern area of Milano. This park is currently in a condition to be connected, completed and activated. Two parts of it are old parks of the Milano metropolitan area in proximity of the Linate airport: the old Forlanini Park and the Idroscalo Park. Both belong to the so-called area of Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, a large agricultural land bordering the urban area of Milano from east to west throughout the south borders. Also, the GPF includes another area only recently annexed to the park; this area is mainly agricultural but infrastructure with bike-lanes and play-grounds.

The whole GPF area is cut by the Lambro river although the city users are barely aware of its presence: the Lambro river is part of a wider plan aimed at recovering it from pollution and benches “artificialization”. Parallel to the river a huge highway infrastructure underlines this cut and makes the park hard to be perceived as a whole in its incredible richness of spaces and practices opportunities.

Finally, the GPF lays in two different municipalities that hardly coordinate and reciprocate their actions although recently they showed the common intention to align their interventions in the area to have an entire valuable metropolitan park.

The UDS will be oriented to reflect on the park as a whole and to create transformative scenarios to reduce the current material and immaterial (some key actors show opposition behaviour to the creation of the park) dis-connections. The entire Studio work will be carried out considering the complex geography of actors acting in the park area and possibly contributing to its making.


The UDS will interpret the theme of urban planning and design by looking at the city as a socio-environmental system in which transformations result in and from intense dialogues between spatial contexts and actors throughout the making of a project. Within this vision of project, the UDS provides three main theoretical/practical contents:

Urban planning/design and governance. This content refers to making explicit the criticalities regarding the governance of planning and managing urban transformations. This domain will be operationally experienced by students due to the deep interaction the UDS will have with a real urban transformation processes and its actors: the creation of the Grande Parco Forlanini. The governance of urban transformation will be discussed theoretically and in practice and will feed the whole UDS.

Urban Living Labs. This part will involve the students in the experimental dimension of urban design. From co-design, to small-experiments; from space prototyping to complex incremental project to foster situated organizational learning and city making.

Urban design for tactical and civic-oriented urbanism. This part will take into account  both new form of projects as well as new roles for urban designers. It will be based on several seminars that will be organized for students and will present Italian and foreign experiences  so to guarantee students to get in touch with real initiatives and project’s form/model.

Structure of the Studio

The workshop activities will be organized along three sets of activities:

  1. Exploring the area
    • Visiting the site
    • Criticalities and resources
    • Reporting
  2. Strategy making
    • Transformation concept
    • Strategic initiatives
    • Reporting
  1. Designing transformation triggers
    • Scenario development
    • Small Urban Experiments
    • Reporting

The UDS will be composed of several activities: lectures, seminars and WS with key actors and experts, design work. A complete agenda will be supplied to students on day one of the teaching activities.



Modalità di valutazione


The work in the lab requires students to be divided into groups of 2 or 3 units and provide work deliveries consistent with phases 1, 2 and 3, as per paragraph 1.3. The calendar for these deliveries will be presented to the students on the first day of the lesson but may be subject to minor changes if deemed necessary by the professors during the course of the work.

For each delivery, a score will be supplied to the group and the final evaluation will consist of an average of the three votes that may be subject to modifications (only positive ones) in relation to the commitment and interest that the group will demonstrate in the course of the work and to be assessed by the three teachers at the end of semester.

For each delivery three criteria will be considered: 1) completeness with respect to the delivery requests; 2) coherence with the context; 3) quality of the foreseen transformation. Also the capacity of the group to self-organize the work, to manage several tasks and to be autonomous in developing a design strategy for the transformation will be considered in the final score.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLydon M, Garcia A, Duany A, Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2015
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJeffrey Hou, Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities, Editore: Rotledge, Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSimon Marvin, Harriet Bulkeley, Lindsay Mai, Kes McCormick, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan Eds., Urban Living Labs: Experimenting with City Futures, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2018
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJames Evans, Andrew Karvonen, Rob Raven (Eds.), THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2016
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaLaura Pfeifer, The Planner's Guide to Tactical Urbanism, Anno edizione: 2013 https://reginaurbanecology.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/tuguide1.pdf
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCharlie Simpson, An Overview and Analysis of Tactical Urbanism in Los Angeles, Anno edizione: 2015 https://www.oxy.edu/sites/default/files/assets/UEP/Comps/Simpson%20Final%20-%20Copy.pdf

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Forme didattiche
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Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 96:00 103:59

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schedaincarico v. 1.6.9 / 1.6.9
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