The goal of the course is to enable students to approach the theoretical basis and the main research methods of urban planning and design. While being a unitary discipline, urban planning has been the subject of numerous interpretations that have proposed several conceptualizations of its social role, with obvious consequences on its representation (both theoretical and practical) and its professional experiences. In the 19th and 20th century, under the pressure of powerful processes of capitalist development, urban planning has been oriented to growth and modernization in social, economic and urban terms. Today, new factors such as climate change, population ageing, the long-lasting economic crisis, and the pervasiveness of digital technology, are all contributing to alter the urban and social scenarios, thereby raising new and urgent planning issues.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
The knowledge provided by the course will allow students to integrate and reframe more critically the teaching received in the urban planning studio attended in the first year. Lectures and exercise sessions will allow students to understand the historical development of the planning discipline and its variegated approaches as related to political cultures, economic systems, and territorial patterns. Furthermore, the course will allow students to compare and adapt best planning practices of the 20th century to contemporary urban problems.
In Urban Planning course, students explore a variety of planning issues, models, instruments and methods related with urban phenomena and their relationships with the transformation of the city, from the post-Industrial Revolution to the present day. Lectures will focus on social and cultural movements, global economic dynamics, institutional and regulatory aspects that influence the current conditions of urban systems and how the evolution of planning shaped them. Furthermore, case-studies – mainly from Europe and U.S. contexts - will support students in questioning the tensions between actors, stakeholders, and agents involved in urban transformations, and how living practices, private interests, and expectations impact the spatial dimensions of urban ways of life. Milan and its urban region will be the spaces in which students will discuss concepts and ideas that they achieved over the course and through the literature, comparing situations and phenomena described with tangible examples, even though a field trip and a set of suggested walks.
The result is an overview on consolidate and emergent topics and agents in the urban planning field, in which students are expected to think critically about planning and policy approaches to improve their knowledge about cities and the changing role of planners.
During the educational path the sequence of the courses and the order of registration of the related exam must follow the priority specified in the study programme regulation.
Modalità di valutazione
The evaluation for ATTENDANT STUDENTS (60% or more of attendance) is based on:
(i.) a written exam (60% of the overall mark) of some theoretical aspects presented in the lectures and mandatory readings and on the field trip;
(ii.) the delivery of a 30 pages comparative logbook (35% of the overall mark) in which students compare two cities (Milan and one selected by the student) using concepts and ideas developed through the lectures and readings;
(iii.) the engagement in debates and class activities (5%).
The evaluation for NO-ATTENDANT STUDENTS (less than 60% of attendance) is based on:
(i.) an oral exam (60% of the overall mark) of some theoretical aspects presented in the lectures and mandatory readings;
(ii.) the delivery of a 30 pages comparative logbook (30% of the overall mark) in which students compare two cities (Milan and one selected by the student) using concepts and ideas developed through the mandatory readings;
(iii.) the delivery of a 10 pages essay (10% of the overall mark) in which students will develop a personal reflection about current urban conditions elaborating concepts and discussing ideas developed through the mandatory readings.
The mandatory readings will be introduced to the students at the beginning of the course and uploaded on BEEP, for both attending and non-attending students.
Questions are addressed individually and are aimed at verifying the readings' knowledge and the student's ability in finding relations among the topics developed during the course.