21002063-1 - URBAN PLANNING

The development of a project on an urban scale (masterplan) with particular attention to the themes of the resilience to the climate change and to the relationship between physical and social form. Among the topics discussed: use of space; temporality of movement of the inhabitants; open and built spaces; design of soil and infrastructure; places of social life, of living and working. In addition, they analyze the models of urban development and demographic, land use, traffic, food sustainability, social interactions and urban spaces, the economy and the metabolism of the city.
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The aim of the course is to deepen the knowledge on theories and techniques of urban design and planning, starting from a concrete approach to territorial instances and urban trends in progress.

To achieve this aim, the course, by means a "role-playing game", will reconstruct the scenario of relationships between the various actors - citizens, technicians, operators, real estate owners, public administrators - participating in the city's life, simulating a process of co-planning and participatory planning, on the background of urban policies and planning. In this way, students can be introduce to the reality in which they will surely be involved in the future.

The "ideological" aim is to avoid disciplinary preconceptions, giving space to the ability to "listen" to the territory and those who live there, and to intervene through strategies and actions that determine the quality of urban policies, not forgetting any of the aspects involved.

Area of study and experimentation of the course will be that of the Tiburtina Station in the context of the "Quintiliani" Metropolitan Centrality, provided by the current PRG. In this context, it will be adopted - as an integration - the "utopian" scenario of the workshop "Mending Termini Station" (Rome 2017), which recalls the provisions of the Master Plan of Rome of 1931 which includes, in addition to the completion of the Railway Ring still provided, also the transformation of the Termini Central Station into an underground railway line dedicated to the High Speed line.

In the context of the Laboratory, an Urban Project will be built, respecting regional and state regulations, in which the various institutional (and not) roles will have to make proposals, feasible and sustainable, and confront each other in a "planning conference".

Core Documentation

I. Insolera, Roma moderna. Torino, Einaudi, 1993.

Reference Bibliography

su Roma, i suoi piani e l’evoluzione urbana / about Rome, plans and urban development: I. Insolera, Roma moderna. Torino, Einaudi, 1993. P.O. Rossi, Roma, Guida all'architettura moderna, 1909-1984. Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1993 sull’urbanistica e l’evoluzione disciplinare / about urbanism and discipline evolution : G. Astengo, Voce “Urbanistica” dell’Enciclopedia Universale dell'Arte, Ist. Geograf. De Agostini, Novara 1984 (vol. XIV, pp. 541-642) Ivan Blecic , Arnaldo Cecchini, Verso una pianificazione antifragile. Franco Angeli. Milano, 2016 L. Benevolo, Le origini dell’urbanistica moderna, Laterza, 1967 M. Cerasoli, Politiche ferroviarie, modelli di mobilità e territorio. Le ferrovie italiane nell'epoca della pseudo liberalizzazione. Aracne, Roma, 2012. L. Mazza, Trasformazioni del piano, Franco Angeli, 1997 G. Piccinato, Un mondo di città, Edizioni di Comunità, Torino, 2002 G. Piccinato, La costruzione dell’urbanistica 1871-1914, Officina, 1978 R. Pavia, Le paure dell’urbanistica. Meltemi edizioni, Genova, 2005 D. Wieczorek, Camillo Sitte e gli inizi dell’urbanistica moderna. Jaka Book, 1994 sulle tecniche / about techniques: M. Cerasoli, “Qualità urbana, mobilità, qualità della vita: una “grammatica” per il Rinascimento della città”. In: «URBANISTICA INFORMAZIONI», n° 263 S.I., sessione speciale n° 7 del 2015, pag. 16-19. C. Chiodi, La città moderna. Tecnica urbanistica, a cura di G. Sartorio, Roma 2006 P. Gabellini, Tecniche urbanistiche, Roma, NIS, 2001

Type of delivery of the course

The course will be followed a bidirectional and interlocutor iter between teachers and students, during which the theoretical themes of urban planning and those closely related to urban planning will be addressed. The core course of the course will consist of a series of meetings of verification and comparison, so as to allow a continuous exchange between the experiences progressively matured.


attendance is mandatory for 75%

Type of evaluation

To attend the exam, students must provide individually evidence of discipline elements that have acquired and, as a group, illustrate the product of their training during a collective exposure. The exam will take place "remotely", using the Microsoft TEAMS platform (already used during the course). The final design documents must be uploaded to the TEAMS archive 3 days before the exam.