Spatial inequalities: urban planning and regional economics beyond growth-dependence
This integrated course explores the fields of action of urban planning and regional economics within the current contexts, characterized by a socio-economic transition that raises new questions about technical knowledge and its tradition. In the course, therefore, new forms of urban planning are presented, useful in addressing the emerging problems of contemporary territories with a particular attention to regional and urban inequalities that will be likely amplified by the COVID-19 health emergency. Moreover, a reconstruction of the geography of socioeconomic inequalities in European regions and cities and of their origins will be critically analysed, and implications for territorial policy measures drawn.
Finally, the course focuses on the crucial issues of the identity of places in a time in which new life cycles for existing regional and urban structures need to be imagined in a perspective of prudent and sustainable development.
Students will acquire knowledge of:
definitions, techniques and tools of urban planning and regional economics;
keywords to understand a series of relevant regional and urban dynamics in current societies with a particular focus on regional and urban disparities;
conceptual and operational tools with which to frame thinking about spatial inequalities, and how planning and architectural practice can help address and overcome them.
developing conceptual tools about regional and urban economic growth and development enabling to explain the rise of socio-economic inequalities across cities and regions;
developing operation tools by empirically applying spatial economic analysis methods to the study of regional and urban socio-economic inequalities to cities and regions in the European Union and in selected countries worldwide;
developing critical analyses and interpretation of different urban and regional contexts with a particular attention to urban and regional inequalities.
Regarding Planning and Urban Design issues, the course will address the rise of urban inequalities within cities at the global scale. In particular, the course will tackle three main interrelated issues:
1) the problems and contradictions of the more traditional growth-dependent conception of planning and urban design;
2) the analysis of spatial trends of urban inequalities, with a particular attention to problems related to deprived populations in the cities, as well as to the presence of the so called alpha elites of super rich;
3) a critical view of the more traditional ways of tackling urban inequalities in terms of planning, urban policy and urban design.
Regarding Regional Economics issues, the course will address the important challenges that local economies are nowadays facing because of rising socio-economic inequalities within cities and regions at the global scale..
In particular, the course will tackle three main interrelated issues:
1) the economic causes of spatial inequalities and their consequences for individual wellbeing;
2) the analysis of the spatial trends in socioeconomic inequalities in EU regions and cities;
3) the measurement and mapping of spatial inequalities in EU regions and cities.
The course will provide conceptual and operational tools trough which framing thinking about spatial inequalities, and how planning, architectural practice and design can help to address and overcome them.
Conceptual tools will be developed by reviewing a series of conceptual approaches about regional economic growth and development enabling to explain the rise of socio-economic inequalities across cities and regions.
Operation tools will be developed by empirically applying spatial economic analysis methods to the study of regional and urban socio-economic inequalities to cities and regions in the European Union and in selected countries worldwide.
Modalità di valutazione
Regarding the urban design part, a written essay to be developed in small groups (up to 3 students) has to be presented in class, critically analysing an international case study, that is relevant for the topic of the course, through the development of a short book with text, schemes, diagrams, drawings and/or images (40% of the evaluation).
Regarding the Regional Economics part, a written essay has to be developed in small groups (up to 3 students) and has be presented in class. The essay shall critically analyse an international case study that is relevant for the topic of the course, focusing on spatial disparities in an OECD country (40% of the evaluation).
Knowledge of Ryding (2013), Capello (2015) and more generally of the following reference list, should be demonstrated in the written essays (20% of the evaluation).
Knowledge of the contents of the following reference list should be demonstrated through an oral exam.
Briata P., Growth-dependence and social polarisation. A critical view of the London Plans/Urbanistica, Anno edizione: 2018, Fascicolo: 159
Briata P., Beyond social mix: Looking for a path to rethink at planning in the cities of difference/Plurimondi, Anno edizione: 2012, Fascicolo: 10
Camagni R., Capello R., Cerisola S., Fratesi U. (2020), Fighting Gravity: Institutional Changes and Regional Disparities in the EU. Economic Geography, 1-29.
Capello R., Regional economics, 2nd edition, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2015, ISBN: 978-1138855878, selected chapters.
Koh S.Y., Wissink B., Forrest R. (2016), Reconsidering the super-rich: variations, structural conditions, and urban consequences. In: Hay I., Beaverstock J.V. (eds), Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing: 18-40.
McCann P. (2020), Perceptions of regional inequality and the geography of discontent: Insights from the UK, Regional Studies, 54(2), 256-267.
Piketty T. and Saez E. (2003), Income inequality in the United States, 1913–1998, The Quarterly journal of economics, 118(1), 1-41.
Rodríguez-Pose A. (2018), The revenge of the places that don’t matter (and what to do about it), Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 11(1), 189-209.
Rydin Y., The Future of Planning: Beyond Growth Dependence, Editore: University of Bristol Policy Press, Anno edizione: 2013
Roberta Capello, Regional economics, 2nd edition, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2015
Yvonne Rydin, The Future of Planning beyond Growth-Dependence, Editore: The Policy Press, Bristol, Anno edizione: 2013
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