Academic Year 2019/2020 - 2° Year
Teaching Staff: Laura Saija
Credit Value: 6
Course Language: Italian
Taught classes: 28 hours
Exercise: 28 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

This class introduces students to knowledge and skills required by professionals assisting institutions and organizations responsible for regional and urban management, with the purpose of enhancing the relationship between communities and their life environments. Even if the course is at the introductory level, it combines theory and professional practice and is dedicated to those who are planning a professional career that is directly or not-directly connected with the field of City and Regional Planning.

Course Structure

The class combines theoretical learning activities with the constant application of such a theory through weekly assignments, based on the assumption that students better learn new theories and technical methods through their direct application and critical self-evaluation. Due to the fact that learning is connected with the possibility for each student of critically self-reflecting on the quality and efficacy of his/her work, on the basis of the study materials and feedback collected during class time, class attendance and full participation, as well as the respect of deadlines are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. In particular:

  • Through frontal lessons and student-led discussions - mostly taking place the first of the two days of class each week - students will learn the characterizing features of City and Regional Planning, its origins, and the main innovations over the past decades in terms of values, contents, tecnical and technolgical aspects.
  • Through practical assignements , students will apply theory while learning how to analyze cities and territories, depicting their main issues and challenges, and identifying strategies of action. Assignements are carried out weekly by each student individually or in teams. The second of the two days of class, every week, is dedicated to assignemnts handouts, desk reviews of students's work and in-class collective feedback sessions. Students should be constantly prepared to be actively engaged in the conversation and ready to openly share their work.

Detailed Course Content

  1. What is regional planning, between techne and politics
  2. The origins of planning
  3. Planning minimum standardsI
  4. historic preservation planning, the italian approach
  5. The envioronmental turn in Italian planning
  6. The planning process (participatory planning, strategic planning, etc.)

Textbook Information

  1. Salzano E. (2005) Fondamenti di urbanistica. Bari: Laterza
  2. Quaroni L. (1954) Pianificazione senza urbanisti in Casabella continuità n° 202, pp. 33-37
  3. Campos Venuti G. (1993) ‘Cinquant’anni: tre generazioni urbanistiche’. In Campos Venuti G. e Oliva F. (a cura di) Cinquant’anni di urbanistica in Italia 1942-1992. Bari: Laterza
  4. LN 1150/42 (testo coordinato e aggiornato); LRS 71/78 (testo coordinato e aggiornato); Legge Ponte e DM 1444/68
  5. Bettini V. (2004) Paradigmi e Teorie. In in Bettini V. (2004) Ecologia Urbana. L’uomo e la città. Torino: UTET; pp. 55-80
  6. Rees W. E. (1997) Urban Ecosystems: the human dimesion. - trad. it in Bettini V. (2004) Ecologia Urbana. L’uomo e la città. Torino: UTET; pp. 89-100.
  7. Giusti M. & Magnaghi A. (1994) L’approccio territorialista allo sviluppo sostenibile. In Archivio Studi Urbani e Regionali, n°52, pp. 45-74
  8. Bobbio L. (a cura di, 2004) A più voci. Amministrazioni pubbliche, imprese, associazioni e cittadini nei processi decisionali inclusivi, Edizione scientifiche italiane, pp. 1, 2, e 9-53 (disponibile on-line all’indirizzo:ù%20voci.pdf
  9. pp. 6-10 del Piano Strategico della Città Metropolitana di Genova ( )per comprendere cosa è la pianificazione strategica e capire il suo rapporto con la pianificazione territoriale tradizionale.