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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

First semester
Type of Learning Activity 
Programme specific subjects
Study Path 
[PDS0-2015 - Ord. 2015] common
Teaching language 


Learning objectives 

The course aims to provide students the following knowledges and skills:

D1. Knowledge and understanding. At the end of the course, students will learn basic theoretical and practical references related to sustainability of resources and designs in urban areas themes.

D2. Applying knowledge and understanding. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply knowledges acquired in point 1, with particular attention to sustainable design basics and tools, planning processes, environmental resources and urban spaces management and enhancement to different scales, paying attention to flexibility, resilience and antifragility, over a long term timeline analysis.

D3. Making judgments. By the end of the course, students will be able to work out on their own about results' analysis, evaluation, selection and control related to design actions' making up and environmental impacts' management connected with complex urban systems, through the application of the models and analytical techniques examined during the course.

D4. Communication skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to explain, discuss and clearly apply concepts, models and tools acquired in points 1 and 2.

D5. Learning skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to examine and debate on their own all the topics covered in the course, also by consulting specific bibliography and site texts, making up both institutional and regulatory framework and technical national and international in-depth analysis of interest .


Economics elements' knowledges are requested


The course will focus precisely on the following topics:

1. Theoretical overview of the theme of environmental sustainability:
- resources and sustainability: theoretical reference approach
- sustainability in the urban environment
- environmental quality in an urban environment
- sustainable Design: Motivations and Purposes

2. The role of planning

3. The design

4. The SWOT Analysis

5. Accessibility in the urban environment

6. Low impact construction techniques: naturalistic engineering and green roofing

7. The energy certifications of buildings

8. Material certification

9. The role of deconstruction

Teaching format 

The course will take place through frontal lessons and seminar meetings planned with the presence of scholars and experts in the field, with discussion and classroom computation according to the following structure:

- presentation of themes and theoretical topics;
- in-depth seminars;
- case studies;
- check and evaluation in progress of students' original works.

Extended Programme 

Further information and details are available on the University Moodle

End-of-course test 

The assessment of learning will take place through an oral exam consisting of an individual interview to open questions on the theoretical topics covered during the lessons and the evaluation of the original plans done by the groups of students during the course.
The final evaluation will be equally distributed between the plan evaluation (50%worth) and the theoretical preparation (50%worth).
The final vote is expressed in thirtieths.

Other information 

Educational materials available on the University Moodle Platform


Reading list:

Antrop M. (2004), Landscape change and the urbanization process in Europe, Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 67, pp. 9-26.

Camagni R. (1992), Economia urbana. Principi e modelli teorici, Collana - Studi Superiori, Carocci Editore, Roma.

Camagni R. (2011), Principi di economia urbana e territoriale, Collana - Studi Superiori, Carocci Editore, Roma, ISBN: 9788843012176.

EEA, European Environment Agency (2014), Segnali 2014 - Benessere e Ambiente. Creare in Europa un’economia circolare ed efficiente nell’impiego delle risorse, AEA, Copenaghen, 2014, ISBN 978-92-9213-471-6.

Forte E. (a cura di) (2009), La trasformazione logistica del territorio urbanizzato, Franco Angeli Edizioni, Milano, ISBN: 978-88-5681-038-7.

Grasso A. (2010), Economia urbana e del territorio, Giappichelli Editore, Torino, ISBN 978-88-3480-921-1.

ISPRA (2018), Qualità dell’ambiente urbano, XIV Rapporto, Edizione 2018, ISPRA, Stato dell’Ambiente, 82/2018, Roma, ISBN: 978-88-448-0926-3

ISPRA (2018), Strumenti e metodi innovativi per la qualità dell'ambiente urbano, ISPRA, Edizione 2018, Stato dell'Ambiente, 83/2018, Roma, ISBN: 978-88-448-0927-0

Lanzani A., Pasqui G. (2011), L’Italia al futuro: città e paesaggi, economie e società, Franco Angeli Edizioni, Milano.

Mezzi P., Pelizzaro P. (2016), La città resiliente. Strategie e azioni di resilienza urbana in Italia e nel mondo, Altra Economia, Milano.

Micelli E. (2012), La gestione dei piani urbanistici, Marsilio Editore Venezia, ISBN 978-88-317-0957-6.

Musco F. (2009), Rigenerazione urbana e sostenibilità, Franco Angeli Edizioni, Milano.

Remo Dalla Longa (2011), Urban Models and Public-Private Partnership, Ed. Springer.

Urbact Secretariat – European Union, (2013), Cities of tomorrow, action today – Urbact II Capitalisation, Key Messages, Paris, France.

Vitillo P. (2014), La perequazione urbanistica. Progetto e crisi del mercato urbano (The Urban Equalization. Project and Crisis of the Urban Real Estate Market), Scienze Regionali, n. 2, pp. 101-112, DOI - 10.3280/SCRE2014-002008.

Other materials.

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