Environmental Planning Studio – Prof. Francesco Musco

Environmental Planning plays a crucial role in territorial governance, supporting the identification of rules, norms and programs capable of promoting an environmentally sustainable use of land and resources. The Studio is based on the in-depth analysis of a case-study, and provides students with theoretical, methodological and technical insights related to spatial planning processes, in close relationship with natural resource management, also introducing complex and interdisciplinary elements, with respect to both territorial analysis and the large scale design.

The first part of the workshop is aimed at defining the main concepts to be used in project activities, with a specific focus on environmental, landscape and coastal planning. The second part is dedicated to the definition of environmental planning and design proposals for three case-studies located along the Veneto coast line. Peculiar attention is paid to the interactions between environmental and the urban dynamics, and more specifically to the relation between tourism/urban development and the preservation of coastal ecosystems, as well as to the land-sea interface.

During the Studio, students will have the chance to face complex planning problems related to: urban sustainability, environmental planning; local socio-economic development; inclusive and participative planning processes.

Urban Planning – Prof. Francesco Musco

The course of Urban Planning for students enrolled in the third year of the CdS Architecture, Building and Conservation aims to introduce students to the basic concepts, theories, techniques and practice of urban planning, with particular attention to relations with the consolidated urban systems.
From the theoretical foundations of the discipline, they will be presented and discussed case studies related to the most advanced European experiences of urban planning in a sustainability perspective, encouraging students to understand the functioning and methods of preparation of the development plan does not overlook the latest developments discipline.
Through lectures, seminars with experts and administrators, classroom exercises, students will be introduced to understand the relationships between architectural design, city and territory into a critical perspective and interpretation. Particular attention will be given to learn rules on the definition of an urban regeneration project as ‘practical’ planning for the integrated and sustainable recovery.

Environmental Economics and Policy – Prof. Matelda Reho 

The course considers the main areas of environmental policy, the instruments used, the methods to assess in economic terms the improvement or deterioration of environmental quality. The expected results refer to the achievement of three main objectives. A first training objective refers to the ability to focus, characterize, issues / problems against which we work with environmental policies. Students develop critical and independent judgment understanding of what is being described as a problem in the literature, in the return of the daily press, in the understanding of parts of the public; acquire skills to evaluate and propose strategies, measures and actions in the environmental policies, working to improve them, in the interests of efficiency, effectiveness, social equity. A second objective of the course refers to the acquisition of the ability to choose and apply appropriate tools of environmental policies within different approaches with respect to a wide set of criteria and with the involvement of different actors. We explore, for this purpose, approaches and tools whit public actor dominance and innovative practices, which always see more like different protagonists. Particular attention to the development of communication skills, which are essential to interface with different contexts. A third objective, closely linked to the first two, refers to the acquisition of knowledge and skills of choice and application of assessment and environmental accounting tools. Within the policy making process, students have the opportunity to deepen economic valuation techniques of the environment and landscape and on the costs associated with impairment / loss of their duties.
More generally, at the end of the course, it is a growing awareness of the increased effectiveness of an environmental policy that intervenes upstream, to prevent the negative impacts, compared to measures introduced to problems downstream, such as care of the impacts, the importance of building local strategies that will relate to global strategies, to support life-saving models geared to the environmental resources and the respect of resilience.

Landscape and Rural Policies – Prof. Matelda Reho

The course highlights the possible interactions between agri-food policies and spatial planning in rural peri-urban and urban areas, considering the multifunctional dimension, its ability to produce goods and services. Among these the agricultural landscape, but also new urban landscapes, the influence on adaptation and mitigation of climate change, recreational use of the territory and important social services.
The student acquires knowledge about the CAP measures (Common Agricultural Policy) and national and regional agricultural policies; skills in the analysis and valuation of ecosystem services produced by agriculture, their contribution to the resilience of the city and the countryside; ability to support the food urban strategies and spatial planning. The course enables the student to develop independent judgment in the selection of financial opportunities related to the Common Agricultural Policy, according to a consistent public intervention in the territory; it puts attention to the development of communicative skills to facilitate, in the work, the interaction between different stakeholders