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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Amaducci Stefano , Pucci Paola
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Urban and Environmental Design studio focuses on the changing relationship between urban and rural areas, with the aim of defining design proposals able to re-organize the open spaces and enhance spaces of co-habitation between different “urban” and “rural” ways of life.

The Design studio activity takes advantages from the contribution of two disciplines: urban design and  agronomy and food sciences.

According to an interdisciplinary approach, Design Studio proposes a proactive manner to planning peri-urban areas, endorsing the reason of the open and agricultural spaces, taking into account the relevance of the multifunctional agriculture in peri-urban areas, due to the societal and lifestyle transitions in these areas.

Design studio offers also a different view of agricultural landscapes planning. For this, it will be proposed a conceptual model of agricultural landscape dynamics that illustrates the specific contribution of agronomy to landscape planning. This model describes the relationship between three elements: farming practices (food and energy production), landscape patterns (conventional vs agroecological landscape) and natural resources (water, soil and biodiversity). To avoid potential risk of misunderstanding and underestimating the role of farming practices in peri-urban and rural landscapes dynamics, which could lead to ineffective management decisions regarding these landscapes, the Design studio offers an effective interdisciplinary approach that includes agronomic and environmental knowledge and tools.

Grappling with the urban and rural in non-dualistic ways, the Design studio offers analytical and design tools to dealing with hybrid forms of landscapes characterizing the peri-urban fringes, re-defining the peri-urban agriculture and its functions as a producer of goods and services for the citizens.

In this framework and from a project-oriented viewpoint, the Design studio will be finalized to : 

  • selecting relevant issues relate to the urban-rural transition;
  • representing landscapes and urban practices where we can read the urban-rural transition;
  • integrate the goals of agricultural production into the multiple objectives of the landscape design and management;
  • testing a research by design approach, using the project as a mean of knowledge and research of urban-rural fringes, rather than a final prefiguration of a probable future.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The students will acquire:

  • awareness of the multiple dimensions and complexities of contemporary peri-urban areas and the role of the open spaces in these urban setting;
  • awareness of challenges, perspectives and approaches to analyze through a cross-scaling approach the urban-rural transition and the role of the open space   in the contemporary literature debate;
  • capacity to manage and discuss issues and key concepts of the debate on the “Urban transition” and regional urbanization processes;
  • awareness of the key role of integrating farming practices in the characterization of contemporary landscape patterns, and in the design of future agricultural landscape scenarios;
  • ability to read the rural and natural landscape to (re)design farming systems to minimize the impacts on natural resources;
  • capability to collect, manage and process data and maps to deal with open spaces and infrastructure design, project of the urban-rural fringes, promotion of peri-urban agriculture;
  • capability to comment them in a critical understanding of their trends and technical forms;
  • capability to communicate all that in effective products and formats (i.e., a paper, a poster, a presentation, etc.).

Argomenti trattati

With the aim of improving the integration between the urban needs and the distinctive features of a rural territory, the design activity focuses on the re-organization of the open spaces in selected project areas in which the tasks will be organized in three phases:  

  • Phase 1 _ Interpreting the context through a cross-scale approach to imagine its possible transformation and its potentialities
  • Phase 2 _ Proposing a Scenario as a tool able to propose visions for the medium and long term period, check the feasibility of different project solutions, and reflect upon the implications and the consequences of its implementation
  • Phase 3 _ Developing a Masterplan able to identify a coherent and strategic set of actions, dealing with both the dimension of the spatial transformations and cross-scaling daily practices as well as the development of a system of policies of intervention in the field of open spaces and infrastructure design, project of the urban-rural fringes, promotion of peri-urban agriculture.

The Design studio integrates lectures, site tours, design projects working sessions and debates among practitioners, researchers and students, according to the following organization:

  • kick-off activities to introduce, from different approaches (urban design, agronomy, borderscape study, landscape design), the selected theme and project areas, through lectures oriented on the main issues related to the case-study as well as meetings with scholars, public administrations, local actors;
  • design activities as intensive work to interpret the context and its starting conditions from different perspectives, to imagine its possible transformation and its potentialities (concept, strategies, actions hypothesis definition) as well as to develop a Masterplan and reflect upon the implications and the consequences of its implementation;
  • final presentation to discuss the Design studio outcomes with professors, students and invited guests.

 The lectures and further course materials are available on the Beep online platform.


The course is offered at the second semester in the first year of the MSc path and it is conceived to provide analytical, interpretative and design tools on infrastructure and open spaces, integrating two complementary disciplines (urban design and agronomy and food sciences, to complete a more general educational training path. Therefore no specific prerequisites are required.

Modalità di valutazione

The final mark will combine together:

  • the mid-term evaluations related to the preliminary outcomes of the design activity;
  • an examination of the theoretical concepts and readings proposed during the lectures;
  • the final outcomes of the Design studio, developed throughout the course and discussed deepened, updated and revised during the semester.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGasparrini C., In the city on the cities, Editore: LIST Lab, Trento, Anno edizione: 2015, ISBN: 978-8898774357
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPucci P. Colleoni M (eds), Understanding Mobilities for Designing Contemporary Cities, Springer , Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 978-3-319-22578-4
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaShannon K., Smets M., The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure, Editore: Nai Publisher, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 9056627201
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaZasadaa I., Multifunctional peri-urban agriculture. A review of societal demands and the provision of goods and services by farming. In Land Use Policy , Anno edizione: 2011, Fascicolo: 28 , pp. 639¿ 648

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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
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Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 120:00 130:00

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