28381 - Urban Planning and Development

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Daniele Pini

  • Credits 4

  • SSD ICAR/20

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Course Timetable from Nov 26, 2018 to Dec 10, 2018

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student is expected to understand the urban transformation which took place in Europe in the 19th century and a further understanding of the new rapport between the city and the surrounding territory and their conservation. In particular, the student is expected to: - learn theories and methods for reading and planning the historic city and cultural landscape - interpret preserving of the historic city as an asset for cultural and economic development - interpret the historic city and landscape as context and object of interest for cultural institutions.

Course contents

1) The historic city as an urban planning issue. Methods of identification and assessment of cultural values to be protected and enhanced.

2) Reading and planning the historic city. Key experiences in Italy ‘50s – ‘70s: the foundation of an urban planning practice.

3) Preserving the historic city: regulatory frameworks for Urban Conservation in UK, France and Italy.

4) The World Heritage Convention (1972) and the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape approach (2011).

5) Planning policies and conservation interventions for the World Heritage cities.

6) Team work on the role of Cultural Activities in Historic Cities


Ismail Serageldin: “Very Special Places. The Architecture and Economics of Intervening in Historic Cities”, The World bank, May 1999 *

Dennis Rodwell: “Conservation and Sustainability in Historic Cities”, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 2007;

Robert Govers, Frank Go: “Place Branding. Glocal, Virtual and Physical Identities, Constructed, Imagined and Experienced”, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, Basingstoke 2009.

“Managing Historic Cities”, World Heritage papers n.27, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Sept. 2010 *

Francesco Bandarin, Ron Van Oers: “The Historic Urban Landscape”, Wiley-Blackwell, New York-London, 2012

Daniele Pini, Laura Verdelli: “Planning and management of urban and landscape heritage – Planification et gestion du patrimoine urbain et paysager”, Bononia University Press, Bologna 2012.

* Texts provided in pdf files at the beginning of the course.

Other texts regarding the specific issues and case studies presented in the lectures will be provided during the course.


Teaching methods

Lectures and class work

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Teaching tools

PPT and pdf files

Office hours

See the website of Daniele Pini