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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Balducci Alessandro , Bruzzese Maria Antonella
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

Urban Policies Design Studio addresses complex planning problems dealing simultaneously with policy design and urban design aspects of territorial transformations.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The  the students will learn tools and skills to face the complexity of urban transformations, focusing upon the integration between policy design and urban design. In doing so they will be able to deal at the same time with technical, economic and political feasibility of an urban project.

Argomenti trattati

In the  Master  program, the Urban Policies Design Studio is conceived as an opportunity for students to address complex planning problems dealing simultaneously with policy design and urban design aspects of territorial transformations. The students are encouraged to face real problems and difficulties connected to the policy demands emerging from critical metropolitan spaces, focusing on issues like policy effectiveness, implementation, project management, and their linkages with the urban design choices. Students are asked to work  in teams on a common design topic.

The Studio is composed by two modules: Urban Policies and Urban Design.

Every year the activity is focussed upon one o more Milanese urban sectors, usually presenting a wide range of different potential and or problematic situations that are relevant for the public agenda.

The issues the Studio usually cope with (the Post-Expo, the ex-Gasometer’s area in Bovisa, the transformation of the abandoned railway yards, , the neighbourhood plans, to make some example of what we worked on in the last academic years) need to be treated both at a territorial scale, paying attention to the strategic dimension, and at the local scale, dealing with the spatial dimension.

This year the Studio will work on the Milanese periphery, (the urban sector will be communicated at the beginning of the studio activity)  as a place where is often concentrated a variety of urban elements such as neglected activities and functions, public housing, infrastructures, administrative city borders, agricultural and/or open spaces but where are also present phenomena like social and economical fragilities, low accessibility to the services, low quality of the buildings. These conditions need a complex approach to the project that has to be able to cope with the manifold dimensions of the urban problems. A set of situations will be proposed to the students as places where they will develop their urban policy design proposal.

 The methodological reference for the analytical operations and the design activities will be the “policy analysis” tools integrated with "urban design" methods: projects will be based on the exploration of aims, resources and interests of local actors as well as on the interpretation of characteristics of the physical environment.   

The Studio is articulated in three main parts, each ending with a work-delivery.

The first will include:

  1. activities “on the field“:interviews, site visits and guided tours aimed to let students to become familiar with the work-areas, etc..
  2. methodological contributions: how to understand the territory, how to define the problem, how to identify alternatives, how to build up scenarios, how to design the implementation process,
  3. the production of a report with interpretative maps of territory / on going policies and projects /actors (first delivery).

The second will be dedicated to the design activity: teachers will assist students to develop their work project through weekly reviews, which will provide “tools” useful for the project but also clarifications about particular issues related to the project. This part is aimed at defining the main concept of the project to develop (second delivery).

The third  part will be dedicated to the development of the urban design and policy proposal. The delivery of this part will correspond with the final exam.

The Studio activities will also include study-trip to a city presenting similar problems; this trip will consist of guided visits, meetings with local actors and debates upon the main local transformation projects selected in relation to the topics of the Studio.


The course is located at the second semester of the MSc path and is conceived to merge together students with different previous formative experiences and provide them a common ground. Therefore no specific prerequisites are required.

Modalità di valutazione

Students will deliver in groups two intermediate reports and a final one at the of the semester. Each delivery will be evaluated.

The final assessment will take into account the result of the intermediate deliveries, the quality of the proposal and the final report of the team work, and the oral presentation that every member will do. 


Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaScholl, B. Peric, A. Signer R. (eds), Spatial Planning Matters Inspiring Stories and Fundamental Topics, Editore: ETH Zurich, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 978-37281-3907-8
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaD. Schon, The Reflective Practitioner, Editore: Basic Books, Anno edizione: 1983
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaA. Balducci and R. Mantysalo (eds), Urban Planning as a Trading Zone, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2013
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaA.Balducci, V.Fedeli, G.Pasqui, Strategic Planning for Contemporary Urban Regions, Editore: Ashgate, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaA. Balducci, V. Fedeli, F. Curci, Post-Metropolitan Territories Looking for a New Urbanity, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2017
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaA. Bruzzese, A.Longo, Conversations on composition. Interdisciplinary reflections on contemporary urban planning projects , Editore: Planum Publisher, Anno edizione: 2011, ISSN: 1723-0993
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaA. Balducci, V. Fedeli, F. Curci, Oltre la Metropoli , Editore: Guerini associati, Anno edizione: 2017
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBruzzese A. in Bruzzese A. Lapenna A.(eds.) Linking Territories., Design as a tool. Notes about 'research by design' activities, Editore: Planum publisher Milano, Anno edizione: 2017 https://issuu.com/planumnet/docs/linking_territories._rurality__land
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBruzzese, A. in Armondi and Di Vita (eds) Milan. Productions spatial patterns and Urban change, Creative production and urban regeneration in Milan, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2017
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBruzzese in A. in Fisker, J. et al (eds) Enabling Urban Alternatives. Crisis contestation and Cooperation, The spatial features and temporality of urban alternatives, Editore: Palgrave Mc Millian, Anno edizione: 2019

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

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