Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Planning Thought and Practice
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Bedrone Riccardo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     48 12 0 0 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/21 6 B - Caratterizzanti Architettura e ingegneria
Subject fundamentals
To settle and live in a stable manner human societies organize and control the space. So they must distribute the assets and the buildings in which they operate, distinguish the places intended for private activities and for the common activities, allow the movements, regulate the construction of buildings and infrastructure. Always the instrument used for the organization and control of space is the plan. Spatial planning is therefore the technical knowledge that processes the tools and ways to configure the space: settlement patterns, plans, parameters and rules of land use, projects. The territorial government, an expression which since 2001 has replaced the term "urbanism" in the Italian Constitution, is the decision-making process by which political power assigns rights of use and development of land, using the spatial planning. The course deals, in a perspective of cultural and technical evolution, the reasons and the social, economic and institutional functions of spatial planning and of the territorial government, by treating critically characters and content over time through the examination of Italian and foreign cases.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to convey to the student the following knowledge:
- nature and social function of the practices of spatial ordering;
- instrumental nature and political implications of spatial planning;
- institutional evolution of the territorial government;
- main technical matrixes of contemporary spatial planning;
- main cultural orientations of contemporary spatial planning.
The course aims, therefore, to give the student the following skills:
- ability to understand the social reason and the political implications of the practices of spatial planning;
- ability to recognize and distinguish, even in a critical manner, the technical and cultural foundations of the professional activity.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The learning of the course contents assumes knowledge of basic fundamentals in the fields of history, geography and civics.
The course involves indicatively 12 weekly lectures, as below articulated in two thematic parts:
Part I. Origins of the territorial government
1. Two archetypes of spatial planning
2. The State and the regulation of land
3. Constitutional problems of territorial government
4. The plan and the rights of citizenship
5. The patterns of spatial ordering
Part II. Theories and models of spatial planning
6. A theory of spatial equality
7. A theory of spatial development
8. A spatial equilibrium model
9. The city and the landscape
10. The cities of new plant
11. Structure and action
12. The new orientations of the urban plan
Delivery modes
Teaching is organized on the basis of the 12 lectures listed above. There are no laboratory works, but students are required to prepare (individually or in small groups) an exercise of deepening. This activity, the details of which will be specified in the classroom, will require the procurement of a contained bibliography additional with respect to the basic teaching materials, with a limited time commitment.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The materials for the study of the topics of the course consist of (1) a textbook, (2) the traces of the lectures, (3) other texts reported for deepening. In particular:
1. The textbook adopted for teaching is: Gaeta L., Janin Rivolin U., Mazza L., "Governo del territorio e pianificazione spaziale", De Agostini / Cittą Studi, Novara 2013. The study of the book is compulsory but does not replace the participation to lectures and the consultation of the relevant traces, to integrate with individual notes.
2. Attendance is required and students are required to collect their notes individually. To facilitate this activity, the traces of the lectures will be made available in time on the teaching web-portal.
3. Other texts (books, essays, reports, scientific articles, web-links) will be suggested during the course in relation to the dealt matters and can be used for processing the exercise of deepening.
Assessment and grading criteria
Given the complexity of the issues addressed by the course, the understanding by the students will be progressively assessed through two written tests, which have a compulsory nature and value of exemption. By the end of the course, and in view of the oral exam, students will also be required to deliver the exercise of deepening processed.
The final grade of the student will thus result from:
a) the results of the two written tests, carried out during the course;
b) the evaluation the exercise of deepening delivered within the end of the course;
c) the outcome of the oral exam.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16

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