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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2015/2016
Scuola Scuola di Architettura e Società
Insegnamento 096518 - PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN
Docente Donisi Chiara Mariateresa
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento
Arc - Urb - Cost (1 liv.)(ord. 270) - MI (1145) SCIENZE DELL'ARCHITETTURA***AZZZZ096518 - PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN
Arc - Urb - Cost (1 liv.)(ord. 270) - MI (1150) ARCHITETTURA AMBIENTALEAMIAZZZZ096518 - PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi


Designing for urban environments demands a contextual approach and an awareness of overlapping and interdependent systems in much the same way that designing for the larger environment does. Indeed, urbanization has now impacted on so much of the larger environment that a new field called landscape urbanism has come into being. The public space design course lies inside that new field.  The course will favor the analysis of urban structures and processes. Lectures help students to build up a personal urban design "toolbox", composed by theoretical concepts, design tools and best practices. 


The contemporary territories perception is a co-presence – often discordant as Rem Koolhaas reminds us– of infrastructural elements, agricultural landscape fragments, landmarks (i.e. historical buildings) and urban sprawl. Course students are supposed to be able - given an area - to identify each element and understand which are the existant relationships between layers.

Relationships between elements and characters of the city in contemporary age could be understood using the Megacity concept (David Grahame Shane, 2011). Megacities are complex systems made by heterotopias, armatures and enclaves.  

Several authors are re-thinking contemporary urban design methods. Consolidated planning tools, like zoning, or models, like urban sprawl, are inadequate to equip public space design and to offer citizens the urban complexity as an opportunity and not as a labyrinth. The research that has to be developed by students is concerned about understanding: which is the code/which are the codes that underlie contemporary urban landscapes? In fact there are many layers superimposed, and often is difficult to understand to which layer a single element belongs to. The megacities are layered (F. Choay) and design there means – at first - understanding each layer potential. 

The course will start defining what “space” is and which differences between “public and private” spaces are. In a broad sense the curse will introduce the public space design to: new concept of “park” (urban parks, theme park, agro-urban territories…), huge urban nodes (airports, infrastructural terminal…) and the fluid spaces between the private islands archipelago. 

Kevin Lynch's approach will help students in order to understand how an overall image of the city (mental map) helps people in orientering themselves in beetween landmarks, paths, edges, districts and nodes.

Students will be involved in three workshops during the semester. The first one will be based on Peter Bosselmann urban comparison method. The second one will involve students to re-think the Nolli’s map as urban design tool. The last one will be a re-drawing and re-thinking of a post-industrial landscape.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione


Oral examination

• Theoretical questions on the course topics

• Questions designed to highlight the student's ability to develop links between the various topics of the course and with previous teachings

Not - attending students are welcome during the course, but they are not supposed to develop the three workshops. Not-attending students take the oral examination based on three books taken from the bibliography. The book “Urban design since 1945. A global perspective” is mandatory. The examination, usually lasting twenty minutes, consists of a 5-minute general presentation by the student on the content of the chosen books during and after which the professor may ask questions. Questions are on theoretical topics developed during the course or/and are designed to highlight the student's ability to draw connections between the various topics of the course and with student's background. 


Attending students are supposed to submit all the workshops at deadlines. They are not supposed to have an oral examination.

The final evaluation is the individual assessment of the activities developed during the workshops.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaDavid Grahame Shane, Urban design since 1945. A global perspective, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaEdmund N. Bacon, Design of cities, Anno edizione: 1967
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJan Gehl, Life between buildings, Anno edizione: 1971
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAsh Amin, Nigel Thrift, Cities. Reimagining the Urban, Anno edizione: 2001
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAldo Aymonino, Contemporary public space. Un-volumetric architecture, Anno edizione: 2006
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPeter Bosselmann, Urban transformation, Anno edizione: 2008
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaEd Wall, Tim Waterman, Urban design, Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaKevin Lynch, The Image of the City, Anno edizione: 1960
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaUrban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities, ISBN: 9781118453636
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPhilips, April, Designing Urban Agriculture
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMichael Larice and Elizabeth Macdonald, The urban design reader
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaRabinowitz Bussell, Mirle, History of urban planning and design

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