78304 - Urban Planning and Practice-Oriented Design Studio

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Simona Tondelli (Modulo 1) Angela Santangelo (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Architecture and Building Engineering (cod. 0940)

Learning outcomes

The scientific contents of the course refer to the analysis and assessment of urban and territorial systems, that are taken into consideration in their environmental context and in the framework of natural and anthropic risks that are affecting them and of economic variables that are influencing them; the models and methods for the identification of the elements characterizing the different management policies and the intervention programmes, and for making clear the decisional processes that are leading the evolution of the considered systems. The design work concerns projects and/or plans at urban scale. The workshop will explore urban planning and urban regeneration projects.

Course contents

1. Theoretical aspects and practical examples (80 teaching hours)

Lectures will be accompanied by seminars illustrating cases study and examples. The seminars will be held by technicians form the public administration and professionals.


Course presentation. Introductions to the course objectives and structure. Urban Planning laws: historic recalls to the laws concerning spatial use and protection. General and sector plans. Planning levels.

Integration of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach into regional development policies

The basic principles of Emilia- Romagna regional planning law: subsidiarity, sustainability, simplifications, effectiveness, public involvement.

From PRG to PSC. The contents of the municipal plan. Strategic and structural planning. Building and Urban regulations.

Tools for urban planning implementation. Municipal operative plan (POC) and land use plans.

Urban regeneration and the Regional Law n. 24/2017. Densification, land take

Rent. Urban and territorial equalisation.

Social housing

Assessment of plans and programmes : SEA. EU and national legislations. The Emilia-Romagna case study.

Environmental Impact assessment (EIA): laws, procedures, contents of the environmental report.


First experiences of regional planning in Italy; Regional Territorial Plan, Provincial Coordination Plan

Municiplaity Association urban planning.

The reform of local administrations: The Metropolitan City and the Strategic Metropolitan Plan.


Landscape planning. Evolution in the laws from landscape conservation to valorisation. Regional Landscape Plan (PTPR). Parks and natural areas. Greenways and ecological networks.


Eco-Industrial parks planning and design (APEA)

Water sustainable management at urban and building scale. Basin planning. Transport planning. Models for Air quality management plan.

Civil protection plans.

Seismic vulnerability and urban planning.

2- Practical work - 4 CFP (60 h):

Practical work consists of the drawing o a design proposal concerning the urban regeneration of the build environment, to be carried on in small groups.


Presentations illustrated durign the lectures, intergated by the following readings:

Borghi E., (2017) Le aree interne e la questione territoriale. Donizelli, Roma.

De Luca G. e Moccia F. Domenico (a cura di, 2017), Pianificare le città metropolitane in Italia. Interpretazioni, approcci, prospettive. Inu Edizioni, Roma

Hall, P., (1992), Urban and Regional Planning. Routledge, London and New York

Parson, C. K. and Schuyler, D. (2002), From Garden City to Green City. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London

Mercandino, A. (2001) Urbanistica tecnica, Manuale per le indagini, le proiezioni, la diagnosi e il progetto, Il Sole 24 ore, Milano

Salzano, E., (2001), Elementi di urbanistica. Laterza, Roma-Bari

Secchi, B., (1989), Un progetto per l'urbanistica. Einaudi, Torino

Steiner, F. (2004), Costruire il paesaggio. Un approccio ecologico alla pianificazione. McGraw-Hill, Milano

Tondelli S. (2006, a cura di) Teoria dell'urbanistica. Dal 1945. Di Taylor N., Clueb, Bologna.

Riferimenti normativi: LR24/2017 dell'Emilia-Romagna

Teaching methods

The course programme is articulated in two parts: the theoretical part and the practical work.

1. theoretical part:

The course deals with planning and management of complex urban systems, analysing the problmes of the natural and built environment and techniques for developing planning tools, at different scales, with particular reference to plan and projects sustainability, mobility, environmental risk prevention. The theoretical presentation of the principles and rules dealt with in the lessons is completed through seminars with the participation of experts (both professionals and public administrations' officers) presenting plans and good practices.

2. Practical work

The project is developed in groups under the supervision of the teacher and of two turotrs. The object of the work is the drawing of an urban regeneration design at urban scale

Assessment methods

Oral exam (individual).
The final score consist both of the assessment of the oral exam and of the group work.

The assessment of the work group is made by the average assessment of the intermediate assessment (analysis) and of the final assessment (design), following two public seminars in which the students' group will present their work. The participation to the seminars, which have the form of a public discussion, is necessary to be admitted to the oral exam.

The group work must be concluded and the elaborated materials (panels and cd) must be at least 15 days before the date of the oral exam.

The assessment will be in a scale from 6 to 10 and will condition the final assessment as follows:

10 - 9 final maximum grade 30L

8,5 - 8 final maximum grade 30

7,5 - 7 final maximum grade 28

6,5 - 6 final maximum grade 26

< 6 failed 

the oral exams is a discussion about the topics presented during the lectures and seminars.

Teaching tools

Slides used during the lessons, links to relevant documents (urban plans ad assessments), examples and cases (national and international)

Office hours

See the website of Simona Tondelli

See the website of Angela Santangelo


Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Climate Action Life on land

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.