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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2021/2022
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 052640 - URBAN DESIGN + STUDIO
Docente Colucci Angela , Minucci Guido
Cfu 9.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento
Arc - Urb - Cost (Quinq.)(ord. 270) - LC (1144) INGEGNERIA EDILE - ARCHITETTURAEQ2AZZZZ052640 - URBAN DESIGN + STUDIO

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The learning process is characterised by an integrated system of activities towards the concrete application of design principles, methodologies and techniques to real-life case studies’ projects development. The Urban Design and Urban Design Studio educational path is articulated in:

- the Module on emerging urban topics that aims to give the main conceptual reframing to understand urban phenomena and develop critical skills supporting the innovative and integrate solutions development;

- the Module on urban design toolbox that aims to provide the knowledge and the application of main theoretical references and methods of urban design process.

The Urban Design and Studio courses’ goals are integrated in the general learning objectives of the Master programme related to the understanding and practice of multi-disciplinary and multi-scale design of complex adaptive systems and the innovative solutions towards the urban sustainability. The Urban Design Course and Studio will provide the knowledge and instruments to support the development of robust and coherent design process among different design scales connecting architectural to urban and territorial scales.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

At the conclusion of the course, the student knows the tools required to manage an urban design process and understands the complexity of urban systems; applies design skills to manage various types of urban transformation; is able to make choices and explain them.


Detailed learning outcomes:

DD1) Knowledge and understanding

The student:

- becomes familiar with complex urban systems and the related key and emerging issues;

- becomes familiar with sustainable, adaptive and ecological urban design principles;

- acquires technical and methodological urban design competences.

DD2) Applying knowledge and understanding

The student:

- learns and applies an integrated approach to urban design, including the whole transformation process and governance;

- develops a proposal for an urban master plan project;

- understands the local urban context and develops strategic/complex visioning (problem setting, resources identification/recognition, problem solving).

DD3) Making judgements

The student:

- acquires a critical approach to urban issues and the capabilities to activate synergies and connections among different disciplinary fields and different design scales;

- acquires the capabilities to activate synergies and connections among urban issues / challenges and design solutions.

DD4) Communication

The student:

- acquires / improves communication skills, team-work and individual critical capabilities;

- acquire/improve organisational competencies and co-production methods (workshops management).

DD5) Lifelong learning skills

The student is able to conduct autonomous research in scientific literature.


Argomenti trattati

Emerging Urban topics module / Urban topics module
Sustainable Cities, Urban Resilience, and Nature-Based Solutions in the sustainable urban design and regeneration process are the core themes of the Urban Design topics module. Urban Resilience is a key concept orienting international policies and strategies: Resilience approach requires a profound innovation and renovation of the sustainable urban design in order to manage complex urban transformation process, integrating social, environmental, economic, and organizational (governance) components towards the enhancement of resilience proprieties of urban systems improving the adaptation capacities to deal/face environmental (Climate change mitigation and Climate change adaptation), social and economic stress and shocks and communities well-being. 
The main topics of lectures and seminars of the Urban Topic Module are:
_Resilient cities and resilience principles for the urban regeneration process and sustainable design;
_Adaptive cities: urban climate-adaptive design including the landscape design, nature-based solutions and Urban Ecosystem services, water sensitive design, resilient food production, and sustainable agriculture;
_Urban innovation and strategic urban design: innovative topics for urban regeneration, multi-stakeholders governance (from design to implementation and management of urban transformation)
_Public life: Public spaces design principles focussing on the principles of Universal Design (designing cities and urban places that include everyone), both in terms of design choices and as inspiring principles in the construction of a strategic urban vision.

Urban Topic module includes two tasks: the "critical review" task and the "case studies comparison" task.

Critical review task
The critical review task aims to develop student's skills in the critical reframing of theoretical and scientific papers and light up the links between conceptual reframing and their application in the Urban Design process. Students have to read and analyze a scientific paper assigned (or chosen), filling a guided review form provided structured in three parts: the critical review on the assigned paper, the identification of the transferable inputs from the assigned paper inputs to the urban design process steps and the selection and analysis of another related paper (or scientific/technical report).

Case studies comparison task
The aim of the "case studies comparison" task is to guide the student (or small group of students) in the analysis and comparison of good practices based on robust methodologies and in the identification of the aspects of transferability to the urban master plan design process. In the first part of the task, students will define the selection criteria and the analysis/comparison method and collect the cases. In the second part, students will compare the best practices and identify the transferability aspects from the selected cases to the urban masterplan design path.

Urban design toolbox module
The didactical framework for the Urban design toolbox module is the Ecological Urban Design process (NOOS - Not Only One Solution), as laid out in the Palazzo and Steiner (2012) textbook. The urban design process proposed will be considered as a guide for managing the urban design project development.
The Urban design toolbox module includes three didactical activities:
_ seminars: to introduce the NOOS process, recap main techniques and methods for urban design and to present some cases and examples of applications in the urban design real process;
_ workshops: dedicated to the main phases of the NOOS process (synthesis; strategic vision; master plan; details and implementation). Workshop activities are based on the active involvement of students in presenting methods and organizing debate and co-production activities with the class.
_ Urban Master Plan project development: during the Urban Design Studio, teams of students develop a proposal of the Urban Master Plan.

The Urban Master Plan
During the Urban Design Studio students' teams develop an Urban Master Plan proposal: the design process is articulated according to the main "NOOS" urban design process steps (during the semester students' teams will present evaluated sub-tasks: knowledge/synthesis, urban strategic envisioning, urban master plan).
The Urban Design Course and Studio propose an integrated design path based on real instances of local stakeholders and involving the stakeholders ("the UD/UDS clients"), external experts, and students to define a strategic urban vision and urban design proposals for the local context regeneration towards sustainable, livable and adaptive urban scenarios. The UD/UDS "design brief" is provided at the beginning of the semester, and it includes the instances and requirements for the Urban Master Plan proposals development.

Integrated task "the urban design project: crosscutting concepts."
The task aims to stimulate the individual critical skills/capacities and to enhance the individual contribution to the work-group paths. Each student has to develop a document presenting individual critical reflections. Starting from a topic or a focus of personal interest, students have to re-think (and return) to the activities and proposals developed during the work-group (Urban Master Plan and Case study tasks) presenting original and personal contributions and explaining the connections between these application activities and the methodological and theoretical aspects (UD class lectures, seminars or approached during the Critical Review task).


No specific pre-requisites

Modalità di valutazione

The evaluation (vote) of the Urban Design course and Urban Design Studio is the result of the pondered average among the evaluations of singles tasks developed during the semester.

> Critical review task (individual task, kick-off at the beginning of the semester & submission deadline in the middle of the semester; relevance: 20% of the final vote). The task evaluation criteria are general accuracy and completeness of the work according to the task requirements, ability to summarize and originality in responding to the points of critical analysis, ability to link and integrate the ideas provided during the modules of the course and the ideas of the paper assigned (critical ability and learning of urban complexity issues), overall consistency between aspects of critical reading and the choice of solutions.

> Case studies comparison task (individual/small team task, kick-off at the beginning of the semester & submission deadline at the end of the semester; relevance: 20% of the final vote). Evaluation criteria: overall accuracy, completeness, and compliance with the indications provided, consistency, originality, and robustness of the investigation path of the topic and the proposed investigation method; clarity and comprehensibility of the materials delivered (effectiveness of the communication and synthesis capacity).

> Urban Master Plan Task (team task, organized on sub-tasks & final submission deadline at the end of the semester; relevance: 45% of the final vote). The main assessment criteria of the Urban Master Plan Task are the quality of analysis and research; the coherence in the design process and robustness of design methods application; the innovation in design proposal development and integration in the urban strategic vision of urban emerging topics proposed during the Urban Topics Module; punctuality, quality, and accuracy in deadlines and documentation submitted (including the capability of communication of the design proposals). Additional evaluation criteria are related to the aspects of coordination with the contents of the Course of Urban Design focussing on coherence and robustness of the project path, correct application of the methods presented in the lessons, and integration of the themes related to the module on urban complexity. Urban Master Plan Task sub-tasks will be evaluated, and the vote of each sub-task will be pondered in order to define the final mark of the Urban Master Plan task.

> The urban project: crosscutting concepts Task (individual exercise, start at the beginning of the semester and delivery at the end of the semester, weight 15% of the final evaluation). The task aims to valorize the original critical capacities and the individual contribution to teamwork activities. The evaluation of the task is mainly based on the quality of the task submitted (criteria: originality, quality, and accuracy of the work, property & richness of links and references used) and partially on the level of individual proactivity shown by the student during the activities of the Urban Design course and Studio (active participation in workshops and seminars, coordination of proposed activities during the course and Studio...).

The final individual vote proposed for Urban Design and Studio Course is based on the pondered average of all UD/UDS tasks.
In order to improve the final vote proposed, students can sustain an integrative oral exam based on the bibliography and on the contents of lectures (and seminars published on Beep). Based on the individual preparation demonstrated during the oral exam, the UD/UDS proposed vote (the evaluation deriving from the pondered average) could be improved but also decreased. The component deriving from the Urban master plan task (relevance of 45%) and the Proactivity (5%) can not be modified with the oral exam.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaDanilo Palazzo, Frederick Steiner, Urban Ecological Design: A Process for Regenerative Places, Editore: press, Anno edizione: 2012
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaUrban Task Force, Toward an Urban Renaissance, Editore: Editore: E & FN ESPON, Anno edizione: 1999
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGehl, J, Life between buildings: using public space, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAngela Colucci, Resilience Injections in Urban Public ream design , Editore: Maggioli, Anno edizione: 2017

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