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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 051513 - URBAN DESIGN STUDIO
Docente Del Bianco Corinna , Pastore Maria Chiara
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 course will:

1. Develop the necessary techniques and methodologies to analyze issues and case studies in the contemporary urban Africa;

2. Introduce concepts of urban design and planning that reinforce development opportunities in the Sub-Saharan African and Global South context;

3. Help to understand how urban design and planning ambitions are influenced by a wide variety of physical, economic, political, social, and cultural factors.

The case study selected for project is Maputo and its metropolitan area, Mozambique

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population growth is radically changing the urban environment. Cities are expanding at fast rate and in unforeseen ways. Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Accra, Arusha, Maputo, just to name a few, are all undergoing major revision of the old Master Plans for their cities.

Stunning, super-modern, high-rise glass buildings appear in green and neat streets. Eco-self-sufficient smart cities, reminding in their images new Asian and Gulf urban environments (Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Masdar), are the new target for the planning authorities. Projects include new areas of development, densification processes, and redevelopment of old areas through vertical expansion and change in program (business districts, office and retail). These plans do not consider the reality of these cities, inhabited in large part by low-income earners that occupy informally the city lands.

The course aims to study the forms, formation and functioning of cities in rapid urbanizing contexts, by observing the processes of urbanization, regeneration, growth, and management, and give context to the relation between the reality of  African cities and the New Urban Agenda 2030.

It seeks, therefore, to build a critical approach to urban planning theories, urban design methodologies and skills, by looking at their contextualized application to the diversity of African cities.

The course allows students to develop a common vocabulary and a set of concepts that can be used to understand, analyze, and study the dynamics of urban areas in sub-saharan Africa and, more in general, in the Global South. In line with the current interest of our University, the course will deal with topics concerning the UN Sustainable Development Goals and specifically the 11th Goal “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, in order to envisage how such a  unavoidable challenge can be achieved or, contrariwise, is jeopardized by socio-economic and political phenomena on the ground.

From the methodological point of view the course includes a series of lectures either by the appointed teachers and by guest lecturers that provide students with a comprehensive view on the most important literature on the subject of urban development contexts and by the study of projects.

The studio’s activities will be divided into two main modules: the fist module will be devoted to the analysis of the city, by studying the most important emerging issues that influence and change the city (economy, demography, environment, urban governance, etc). This activity will be done in groups, and students will be asked to provide a comprehensive portrait of the city.

The second module will be devoted to the design proposal. Students will be asked to work in small groups and to provide policies of intervention and design solution to the applied case study.

At the end of each module, final review with external reviewers will be organized.



Modalità di valutazione

The assessment for the course will be based on readings, team work, and an oral exam. Marks will be given on the basis of class exercises, and of the oral exam. The students will have to demonstrate to have acquired an overall, in-depth and critical knowledge and understanding of the issues examined. The evaluation of students’ engagement in the course, including lectures and seminars attendance, will be integral to the final mark.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSusan Parnell, Edgar Pieterse, Africa's Urban Revolution: Policy Pressures, Editore: Zed Books, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 1780325215
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSusan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield, The Routledge handbook on cities of the global south, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2014
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJennifer Robinson, Ordinary cities: Between Modernity and Development, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2006
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSimone AbdouMaliq, For the City Yet to Come: Urban Life in Four African Cities, Editore: Duke University Press, Anno edizione: 2004

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