Learning outcomes of the course unit
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING - APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The course contributes to the formation of the engineer student, developing his scientific and technical skills in the field of planning practices and techniques.
The student will acquire sufficient knowledge to allow him to understand, judge, analyze and draft main relevant planning tools at the urban and regional scale with special attention to the relations between sustainability tasks and spatial planning.
MAKING JUDGEMENTS - COMMUNICATION SKILL – LEARNING SKILLS
The information obtained, especially the analysis of the case study, will allow the student to develop specific communication skills and further learning on the issues of land use planning.
Course contents summary
Planning and sustainability: general concepts and tasks; the study of urbanism. Variety of approaches.
Relationships between Urban Planning and Economics and Planning and Urban design: for instance government's role in urban settings and problems of housing finance.
FEATURES OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Interpretative concepts with the help of geographical disciplines. Site characters. Related categories: intersection, contiguity and ridge, valley . ; urban form and structure analysis: Sprawl, urban sprawl, exurbanisation, periurbanization, sprawling city, suburbia, suburbs: urban Fabric. Phenomena of urban development: mode of urban growth, structure of urban settlements; urban density.
ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL AND REGIONAL PLANNING LEGISLATION
Town and Country Planning Code, Spatial planning and regional legislation in Lombardy and Tuscany.
Urban services standards. Concept of threshold.
ELEMENTS OF LANDSCAPE AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION
Landscape planning. Content landscape protection measures in land use plans. Case studies.
Land Resources Data Base. GIS methodologies. Collecting and processing spatial data by geo-portals
Landscape planning with special reference to the river areas.
REGIONAL PLANNING ISSUES
The following regional planning issues are handled: Co-ordinate zoning laws and codes; Carry on sustainable land-use policies; Prevent development in risky areas (flood plains or along earthquake faults); Select transportation corridors; Designate critical nuisance land uses locations; indicate green belt land or natural or agricultural reserves to avoid settlement amalgamation and protect the environment.
Pietro Giorgieri e Paolo Ventura (cur.), Strada Strade, Edifir, Firenze, 2007
Antonella Valentini e Paolo Ventura (cur.), Il paesaggio e le infrastrutture, La Rosa, Brescia 2008
Paolo Ventura (cur.), La Pianificazione di Area Vasta. Il Casentino e altre esperienze, Dedalo, Roma 1996
Michele Zazzi, “Paesaggio e piani urbanistici”, in G.Ronzani (a cura di), La dimensione ambientale dei piani urbanistici, CLUEB, Bologna, 1998
Lectures and case study analysis: detection of urban growth through aerial photographs; statistical analysis; development forecast; zoning areas designation.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral qualifying examination after completing the practical case study analysis.