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Daniele Pini

Adjunct professor

Department of Management

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Urban Planning and Development. Course Program 2022-23

Prof. Daniele Pini ( [], [] )

The course will focus on the issues of the conservation and revitalisation of the historic cities in a wider urban planning perspective. It will concentrate on two major aspects:

  • Historic cities as a cultural heritage, whose preservation is becoming more and more relevant in planning and development policies (i.e. as an asset for cultural tourism and creative economy);
  • Historic cities and settlements as a setting for cultural institutions and activities.

The interaction of these two aspects is evident in many conservation planning experiences, carried out by international agencies or local authorities in different countries, and it implies the use of specific methods of analysis (i.e. inventory techniques), the establishment of appropriate urban design and planning criteria, the setup of adapted management and implementation tools.

These issues will be explored through an overview of the most diffused methods and tools for conservation planning, and the discussion of some relevant case-studies from Italian and international experiences. The slides of the lectures will be provided in the classroom in PPT format.

During the course, the students will be required to carry out a team work in small groups (3-4 persons), consisting in the analysis of the interaction between a cultural institution (i.e. a museum, a theatre) or event (i.e. a festival) and its urban context in a city or region of their choice. The topics and initial findings of the team works will be discussed in a seminar at the end of the course, whilst the final version of the team work (a PPT of 15 slides with a short text of approx. 2000 words) has to be submitted by mail one week before the exam.

The course will consist of lectures and discussions on the subjects, as per the below calendar. The exam will consist in the discussion of the team-work, with reference to the subjects of the lectures.


Wednesday 09.11 (10-13)

Introduction: the historic city today – an urban planning issue. Methods of identification and assessment of cultural urban heritage

Friday 11.11 (10-13)

Reading and planning the historic city: key urban conservation experiences in Italy: Siena, Assisi, Urbino, Bologna

Team works: identification of possible case studies

Friday 08.11 (10-13)

Reading and planning the historic city: key urban conservation experiences in Italy: Siena, Assisi, Urbino, Bologna, Ferrara, Venice

Wednesday 16.11 (10-13)

Charters and Conventions concerning urban heritage: Venice Charter, World Heritage convention, UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape

Friday 18.11 (10-13)

Integrated territorial-urban conservation & planning: the application of the UNESCO raccomendation on Historic Urban Landscape. Case studies World Heritage cities of Ferrara and Nice (France).

Wednesday 23.11 (10-13)

The UN New Urban Agenda and the UNESCO report on culture for sustainable urban development.

Culture as driver for urban regeneration of Inner Areas. The crucial role of the public realm. Case studies of Bilbao, Oslo and Koeln

Team works: review of the available documentation on the selected case studies

Friday 25.11 (10-13)

The Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape, Heritage and sustainable development: Case study of Cairo

Team works: review of the available documentation on the selected case studies

Wednesday 30.11 (10-13)

UN New Urban Agenda & UNESCO Report on “Culture Urban Future”. Case Studies in the Global South (Beijing, Rabat, Dubai, Sharjiah, Abu Dhabi)

Team works: preparation of the first initial presentation.

Friday 02.12 (10-13)

Team works: Presentation and discussion of initial findings



“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

Francesco Bandarin, Ron Van Oers (Editors): “Reconnecting the city”, Wiley-Blackwell, New York-London, 2015

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.

UNESCO: “Culture Urban Future. Global report on culture for sustainable urban development” 2016 ***

*** 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.

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