Politecnico di Milano
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Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Beria Paolo , 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

The workshop aims at providing the students with the analytical and design tools to explore the relationship between infrastructure, urban spaces, mobility practices and economy, through lectures, seminars and practical activities.

Focused on the interaction between transport infrastructure and land use, the workshop integrates two complementary disciplines: the transport economics approach and the urban design approach. Both disciplines are aimed at testing an integrated approach on the infrastructure projects, conceived as means of place-making and not only as a space of flows or a technical solution to fulfill a transport demand.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

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

  • awareness of the multiple dimensions of contemporary transport and mobility projects, shifting from a conventional transport planning approach to a sustainable transport approach;
  • awareness of challenges, perspectives and approaches in mobilities and transport planning in the contemporary literature debate;
  • capacity to manage and discuss issues and key concepts of the debate on urban mobilities, accessibility,  planning practices and modelling tools;
  • awareness of the specific role of mobility and transport tools in integrating different technical knowledge to hold together an integrative approach with regards to mobility projects;
  • capability to collect, manage and process data on mobility and transport issues;
  • capability to represent quantitatively and cartographically the results of the analysis of data concerning the current mobility practices;
  • capability to use the collected data to ground the design activity, including critical understanding of their trends and technical forms;
  • capability to communicate all that in effective products and formats (i.e.  a poster, a presentation, a paper, etc.).

Argomenti trattati

The core activity is the design activity, supported with lectures, site tours, debates among practitioners, researchers and students to enrich the design projects working session.

The lectures are designed to introduce the main positions in the literature debate as well as innovative design and policy approaches about infrastructure and transport projects; mobility practices; rail transport and local public transport features as well as new transport supply; transport demand and transport modelling; dimensioning, integration and timetabling of services.

The design activity aims at investigate the effects of a new transport supply on mobility practices and land use patterns, analysing which are the opportunities originated from the changes in the transport accessibility, with particular attention to the stations/nodes/junctions.

In this framework the main issues will be focused on design solutions able to:

  • improve the integration between new transport supply and urban settlement in terms of  services and functions in and around the transport nodes, to increase their accessibility as well as new functional plans, sustainable both for environment and for economics;
  • redistribute the positive externalities originated by strengthening and developing the infrastructure system, land value capturing and catching up all the positive externalities created by public investments.

To address the issues, the main steps of the project will be:

  • Describe mobility trends and transport supply in the study-area (demand and supply);
  • Identify the role of the transport nodes, their catchment area, and of the  transport line as a whole;
  • Reconstruct the settlement dynamics that affect the mobility demand;
  • Study the land use planning and urban transformation projects that modify the settlement density;
  • Propose a classification of the transport nodes for coordinating accessibility and land use planning, and for the guidance and management of investments;
  • Study the supply and demand interaction due to new policies to be designed by students; preliminary sizing the infrastructure and the transport services.

The outcome of the students’ work will be on three topics, mutually integrated:

  • regenerating spaces, paths, services of a transport node, improving its accessibility and the quality of its services;
  • proposing a new spatial development scenario, alternative to automobile-based land uses, densifying in some stations, according to specific profiles;
  • improving the public transport supply, interconnected with the stations, to expand their catchment area and to modify the modal split.

The lectures and further course materials are available on the Beep online platform.


The workshop is offered at the first semester in the second year of the MSc path and is conceived to provide analytical, interpretative and design tools on a specific topic (mobility and infrastructure projects), taking advantages from the contribution of two disciplines (transport economics and urban design) to complete a more general educational training path. Therefore no specific prerequisites are required. However, a general knowledge of Gis and Spreadsheet software can be useful.

Modalità di valutazione

The final mark will combine together:

  • assessments of the reading, proposed during the lectures;
  • the outcomes of the design projects developed throughout the course and discussed in depth in two critical review;
  • an examination of theoretical concepts.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBanister, D., The sustainable mobility paradigm. In Transport Policy, Editore: Elsevier, Anno edizione: 2008, Fascicolo: Vol. 15, No. 2, 73-80 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0967070X
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDeLong J. V., Myths of Light-Rail Transit; in Policy Study, Editore: Reason Foundation, Anno edizione: 1998, Fascicolo: 244
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPucci P., Colleoni M. (eds), Understanding Mobilities for Designing Contemporary Cities, , Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 978-3-319-22578-4
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPucci P., Manfredini F., Tagliolato P., Mapping urban practices through mobile phone data, Editore: PoliMI SpringerBriefs Series, Anno edizione: 2015, ISBN: 9783319148328
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSemp S. et alii, Classyfying railway stations for strategic transport and land use planning. Context matters, Journal of transport geography, , Anno edizione: 2011, Fascicolo: 19, pp. 670-679
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaShannon K., Smets M., The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure, Editore: Nai Publisher, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 9056627201

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 144:00 155:59

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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