Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2007/08
History of Town Planning
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture Sciences - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
De Pieri Filippo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/18 40 20 0 0 7
Pace Sergio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/18 40 20 0 0 11
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/18 4 A - Di base Formazione di base nella storia e nella rappresentazione
Objectives of the course
The unit goes through the landmarks of the settlement dynamics, seeking to highlight growing powers, conflicts and methods to read current layout’s stratifications. The learning pathway contemplates three main objectives:
- Knowledge of the European and North-American city, grounded on critical comparison of well-established interpretative approaches, on the basis of texts where general framework and key notions are drawn.
- Knowledge of models, projects and underlying iconography supporting historiography interpretations, with the goal of shaping a shared catalogue of protagonists, images and exemplary cases.
- Shaping of critical judgement through comparison of emblematic cases representatives of the discipline’s complexity.
Expected skills
During the unit it will be required to develop the capability to read urban settlements, historical stratifications, patterns of urban growth and urbanisation processes. It is noted that lesson attendance is mandatory, and that this will be checked by signing an attendance sheet at the start of each lesson.
Prerequisite to attend the unit ‘History of town planning’, is for the student to have general knowledge of History of Architecture, with particular reference to Contemporary History, alongside basic notions of town planning, political and economic history. Specifically, the student is expected to be familiar with words, tools and essential methods needed to exhaustively interpret a city.
The unit will follow the settlement dynamics’ landmarks, seeking to highlight growing powers, conflicts and reading methods of the stratifications in the current layout. The unit’s contents will follow the landscape historical evolution, examining pictorial and cartographic representations related to the periods under consideration:
- The Ancient history city and the colonial settlement model
- The crises of the High Medieval cities, the formation of particularism
- The urban policy of communes
- The system of the cities-states
- The city of Modern history and the early Contemporary history
- The Industrial Age conflicts: the disputed city
- The new models of European and North-American town planning
- The city of the 1900s second half
As a basis for the unit, the entry 'Urbanistica' [town planning] from ‘Enciclopedia universale dell'arte, vol.XIV’ [Universal Encyclopedia of Art, volume XIV] (1966), and in ‘Dizionario enciclopedico di architettura e urbanistica, vol.VI‘ [Encyclopedic dictionary of architecture and town planning, volume VI] (1966). General references can be found in L. BENEVOLO, ‘La città nella storia d'Europa’ [The city in history of Europe], Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1993; and D. CALABI, ‘Storia della città’ [History of City], 2 volumes, Venezia, Marsilio, volume I (L'età moderna) [Modern History], 2001; volume II (L'età contemporanea) [Contemporary History], 2005.

Recommended readings:
G. AMENDOLA, La città postmoderna [The postmodern city], Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000.
G.C. ARGAN, L'Europa delle capitali 1600-1700 [The Europe of the capitals, 1600-1700], Milano, Fratelli Fabbri, 1965;
J. HEERS, La città nel medioevo [The city in the Middle Ages], Milano, Jaca Book, 1995;
P.M. HOHENBERG, L. HOLLEN LEES, La città europea dal medioevo a oggi [The European city from the Middle Ages to today], Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1990;
R. KRAUTHEIMER, Tre capitali cristiane. Topografia e politica [Three Christian Capitals: Topography and Politics], Torino, Einaudi, 1987;
F. MANCUSO, Le vicende dello Zoning [The events of zoning], Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1978;
C. OLMO, La città industriale. Protagonisti e scenari [The industrial city. Protagonists and scenarios], Torino, Einaudi, 1980;
G. PICCINATO, La costruzione dell'urbanistica. Germania 1871-1914 [The construction of town planning. Germany 1871-1914], Roma, Officina, 1977;
E. SALZANO, Fondamenti di urbanistica. La storia e la norma [Foundations of town planning. History and law], Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1998.
G. ZUCCONI, La città contesa. Dagli ingegneri sanitari agli urbanisti [The disputed city. From sanitary engineers to town planners], Milano, Jaca Book, 1989

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2007/08

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