The integrated course in Urban Planning and Design Contemporary city: descriptions and projects is organised in two sections, strictly connected and integrated: Urban Planning and Design [Prof. Patrizia Gabellini] and Infrastructure and Urban Planning [prof. Gabriele Pasqui]. The course aims to allow students to analyse and discuss the main questions of a new urban planning and design profile, starting from a new description of physical and social dimensions of contemporary city dynamics and changes. The approach is multi-scalar and interdisciplinary.

Lessons organization

The Course is organised in three parts.

The FIRST PART Descriptions and tools for contemporary cities offers different suggestions and tools for interpreting and designing the contemporary city.
In this part the Urban Planning section will be organised around these main issues:
1. deep changes in the traditional European landscapes and territorial organisation, based on the city-country nexus, and emergence of a various pattern mix;
2. analysis and design of some typical European patterns;
3. problems and design practices in the perspective of the re-composition of contemporary cities..
The Infrastructure and spatial planning will be organised around these main issues:
1. Crucial changes in contemporary city in the perspective of the new relationships between spatial organisation and socio-economic dynamics;
2. Spatial dynamics of Italian cities in connection with the long run development process
3. Urban populations and socio-spatial phenomena in contemporary city [mobility, pluralisation of spatial practices, conflicts].

The SECOND PART Situations, projects, policies introduces and discusses situations connected with different patterns that can be identified in contemporary cities, in Europe and in the world. For each pattern, different projects and policies are presented by the teachers in the morning. In the afternoon other situations connected with the pattern are presented and discussed by small groups of students, following a format that will be given during the lessons.

The THIRD PART Interpretations will conclude the course introducing some general themes about planning and design approaches for governing the transformation of contemporary cities.


The evaluation will be based on an oral examination.
Each student will discuss the presentations and materials about the lessons and
- the Italian books if the student wants to give the examination in Italian or
- the English texts [if the student wants to give the examination in English].

During the course students must present an exercize based on an analysis of a chosen pattern. The exercize will be considered for the evaluation.
For students which will not attend at least to 70% of the course lessons the examination will be based on a different reading list that will be published on the website of the course.


Contemporary city: descriptions and projects

Application form for the case study [Monday 2nd May 2011: dead line for the pattern chosen's submission]

Case Study - Presentation Schedule


Communication for attending
students which will do the exam
in Italian

[Download communication here]


Teachers responsible
Patrizia Gabelllini
Gabriele Pasqui
Giulia Fini

Time-table and Location
10.15 – 13.15 [Gabellini - classroom G2]
14.15 – 17.15 [Pasqui - classroom G2]

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