71338 - History of the City and of Territory

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the students with the interpretative and critical tools necessary for understanding the urban settlements from a historical perspective. The program emphasises the themes of the construction of the physical environment and of the architectural space.

Course contents

The title of the course is: The italian city between Middle ages and Renaissance

We will examine strategies, projects and rules that have contributed to the redefinition of the physical spaces of select italian cities (such as Rome, Florence, Siena, Urbino, Ferrara, Bologna, Mantua, Venice, etc.) between the XV and the XVII century.

After having considered issues related to the formation of the italian city, we will focus on some aspects of its physical organization in a period spanning the late Middle Ages and the Modern era.

In particular, we will devote a number of lectures to problems such as the construction of walls and fortifications, the design of streets and canals, the projects for the seignorial piazze,cartography and the “portrait” of the city,  the urban distribution of religious orders and the construction of magnificent palaces as well as humble residences.

A seminar about the palaces (in particular Palazzo Bentivoglio) and the water system (fountains, canals, etc) in Bologna is also planned.


La Sala Bologna nei Palazzi Vaticani, a cura di F. Ceccarelli e N. Aksamija, Marsilio Editori, Venezia 2011.

M.T. Sambin e R. Schofield, Palazzo Bentivoglio a Bologna. Studi su un'architettura scomparsa, BUP, Bologna 2018.

Select readings will be provided at the beginning of the lectures

Teaching methods

Lectures and labs will alternate for the most efficient exploration of the themes

Assessment methods

The oral exam will also include the presentation on a theme previously agreed upon with the professor

Teaching tools

Lectures will be delivered with visual aids such as power point presentations, screenings and internet sources.

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Ceccarelli