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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Arcidiacono Andrea , Pucci Paola
Cfu 12.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Design Studio aims at providing the students with updated analytical and design tools to tackle with the main contemporary issues of urban planning, related to the transformations of contemporary cities.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

In the final oral examination, students are expected to demonstrate, as an outcome both of lectures, bibliographical readings and design activity:

  • capacity to understand and interpret the complexity of contemporary city at different scales and to identify the relationships between the different territorial systems within urban, peri-urban and agricultural landscapes;
  • capacity to investigate and discuss issues and key concepts of contemporary debate and practices in urban planning;
  • awareness of the multiple tools and methodologies in contemporary urban planning;
  • awareness of the specific relationship between urban planning strategies, and urban design solutions and outcomes at the local scale;
  • capability to collect, manage and process data and maps to deal with socio-economical trends and urban practices;
  • awareness of the ecological and environmental issues as key components in contemporary urban planning and design.

Specifically, through the practical tasks of the Studio, students are expected to demonstrate:

  • capability to represent in technical drawings, critical readings of urban weaknesses and opportunities, concerning different territorial and urban systems (infrastructural, environmental, morphological and functional);
  • capability to represent, in effective products and formats (thematic panels, papers and classroom presentations), urban strategies and design solutions through urban planning and design tools;
  • capability to communicate and explain critical readings, planning proposals and design results concerning the selected territory.

Argomenti trattati

Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Design Studio (SP&ID_Studio) activity is finalized to offer an adequate knowledge about the theoretical framework of the urban planning and infrastructure design disciplines, and to experiment tools and techniques, at different scales (neighborhood, city and metropolitan area), for addressing the interventions, consistent with the principles of sustainability and equity.

Based on this frame, the main goals focus on regenerating and efficiently retrofitting the urban settlements, both in its historical identity and in recent urban fabrics, enhancing the urban and peri-urban landscapes, avoiding land take and soil sealing, increasing environmental and ecological performance of the open spaces, rethinking the role of the infrastructures (grey, green and blue) in the design of ecological and mobility networks, preserving natural resources (soil) and ecosystem functionalities, in order to create the conditions for a resilient and adaptive urban design.

The SP&ID_Studio activity takes advantages from the contribution of two integrated disciplines: Spatial Planning design and Infrastructure Design.

'Spatial Planning and Design' focuses on the current challenges for the contemporary city and territory, considering environmental and ecological issues as priorities for planning and design. The urban growth can be no longer the paradigm for urban planning. Accordingly to this re-definition of planning model toward a sustainable development strategy, the course address the design of the contemporary city through updated tools of spatial planning and design; aimed at selecting and identifying the urban structural systems and actions aimed at improving city performance, focusing on tools for open spaces design (green and blue infrastructures, natured based solutions, urban drainage interventions) and for land use transformations.

‘Infrastructure Design’ focuses on the multiple dimensions of contemporary transport and mobility projects, dealing with established transport planning tools and techniques, revised in the light of the growing interest for the social implications of transport planning decisions, as well as for integrative design approaches able to rethink the infrastructure as a mean of creating place-making.The activity of SP&ID_Studio moves from the definition of the theoretical framework of the urban planning and design, to support and to enrich the design working session, through lectures, site tours, debates among practitioners, researchers and students.

The lectures aim at illustrating the evolution and framing of spatial urban planning discipline, urban planning techniques with particular focus on the Italian context; history of modern planning, urban design principles; urban and infrastructure projects evaluation. Some lectures are devoted to introduce cultural background and techniques to address the workshop activity, step by step.

The design activity is organized in two integrated phases, related to selected project areas:

  • Phase 1 _ Interpreting the context, through a cross-scale approach, to produce an analytical framework, framing and synthesizing the strategies and prevision of the planning documents in force at the regional, metropolitan and local scale, as well as the existing territorial conditions concerning the infrastructural, environmental and settlement features (land uses, environmental system and open spaces; infrastructures and facilities). Assessing the current performances, features and dynamics of the selected study-area, this phase is finalized to identify the main action strategies able to improve the livability and the quality of the environmental, ecological, infrastructural and built environment systems.
  • Phase 2 _ Developing a Masterplan, able to identify a coherent and strategic set of design solutions, dealing with both the dimension of the spatial transformations and infrastructures design 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. Particular attention will be paid to the transformation of abandoned, underused and vacant spaces with the aim of 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 their implementation at the large scale.

Similarly, moments of collective project review are organized, in order to facilitate comparison, exchange and professional discussion among students and tutors.


The course is offered at the first semester in the first year of the MSc path and it is conceived to provide analytical, interpretative and design tools on spatial planning as well as on infrastructure and open spaces design, to merge together students with different previous formative experiences, providing a common ground of knowledge and expertise in the field of urban planning and design.

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 evaluation of the theoretical concepts and readings proposed during the lectures;
  • the final outcomes of the SP&ID_Studio, developed throughout the course and discussed, deepened, updated and revised during the semester.

Specifically, the final presentation will be organized as a public discussion in which every group will present all the works carried out during the Studio


Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBosselman P., Urban transformation, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2008
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCarmona M., Tiesdell S., Heath T., Oc T., Public Places Urban Spaces, Editore: Architectural Press, Elsevier., Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCurtis C, Renne JL, Bertolini L (eds), Transit oriented development: making it happen, Editore: Ashgate, Aldershot, Anno edizione: 2009
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDouglas I., James P., Urban Ecology. An introduction, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2015
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDuany A., Speck J., The smart growth Manual, Editore: McGraw Hill., Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaFirley E., Grön K., The Urban Masterplanning Handbook, Editore: John Wiley and Sons Publication, Chichester, Anno edizione: 2013
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLoew S., Urban Design Practice. An International Review, Editore: RIBA Publishing, London., Anno edizione: 2012
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMorandi C., Milan. The Great Urban Transformation, Editore: Marsilio., Anno edizione: 2007
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPalermo P.C., Ponzini D., Spatial Planning and Urban Development. A critical Perspective, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPucci P., Vecchio G., Enabling mobilities. Planning tools for people and their mobilities, Editore: SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences, Anno edizione: 2019, ISBN: 978-3-030-19580-9
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaShannon K., Smets M., The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure, Editore: Nai Publisher, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 9056627201
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativavon Schönfeld K. Bertolini L., Urban streets: Epitomes of planning challenges and opportunities at the interface of public space and mobility, Cities , Anno edizione: 2017, Fascicolo: 68

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 144:00 156:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

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