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CODE 115737
SEMESTER 1° Semester


The course intends to complete the urban planning skills of the building engineer from a design point of view by delving into aspects such as environmental, economic and social assessment also thanks to the use of virtuous examples, methods or software existing on the international panorama.



The course aims to consolidate the design approach at an urban and metropolitan level, from big infrastructure projects to safe and sustainable regeneration projects in cities and port cities and their green certification with attention to the relationship between plan and project.


City projects aims to:

• move from the scale of urban planning tools to the scale of the urban project characterized by the logic of sustainability (environmental, social and economic)

• prepare participatory projects also thanks to the support of professionals from the world of work

• develop a critical sensitivity towards the design choices to be made in different urban contexts.


The course will enable students to:

• know techniques-methods and software useful for creating and validating an urban project from a sustainability point of view (environmental, social and economic)

• delve into an urban project of civil-building-environmental engineering

• develop projects in a co-designed and service learning manner.


The course intends to enhance the acquisition of soft skills: personal and social knowledge, ability to learn to learn, competence in creation and project management.


As it is a Master's degree in the civil-building -environmental field, the student must have acquired,  basic engineering notions and techniques-modalities linked to the study of the city and the territory.


The course includes 50 hours: some frontal lessons on the relevant topics of the Course, followed by the development of an urban project (laboratory) carried out individually or with small groups of students, constantly reviewed by the teachers.

The students will have to create a book in A3 format, two A1 graphic project (the first relating to the state of art of case study, the second relating to the analysis and project phases) and a technical report.

The proposed activities enhance the acquisition of soft skills: personal and social knowledge, ability to learn to learn, competence in creation and project management.

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with Professor Federico Scarpa (  ), the Polytechnic School's disability liaison.


The course syllabus includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics:

• From plans to projects

• Sustainability, circularity and resilience at urban level

• Participatory processes

• Big projects in cities - construction sites and infrastructure

• Sustainable urban regeneration projects in cities and port cities – Insights into waterfronts, natural and anthropogenic risks

• Methods for the certification/validation of the sustainability of the urban project

• Co-designed laboratory for the development of an urban project.


The teaching also contributes to the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda:

- Objective 3: Good Health and Well-being

-Objective 9. Build resilient infrastructure and promote innovation and equitable, responsible and sustainable industrialisation

-Objective 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, durable and sustainable

-Objective 12. Ensure sustainable patterns of production and consumption

-Objective 13. Promote action, at all levels, to combat climate change

-Objective 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

-Objective 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of the Earth's ecosystem.


All slides and other material used during the lectures will be available on @aulaweb, in English. In general, the notes taken during the lectures and the material on @aulaweb are sufficient for exam preparation. To support the projects, a specific bibliography is made available during the lessons.



Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy



The course includes an oral examination.

The examination consists of the presentation of the urban projects created that considers and reworks what was explained in the course.

There are 3 examination dates for the winter session (January-February-March) and 3 dates for the summer session (June, July and September).


Learning of the course topics will be assessed by an oral examination, which will evaluate: the urban project carried out during the course, its quality, originality and methodological correctness as well as the descriptive language property during the exam.

The oral examination will aim to assess not only whether the student has reached an adequate level of knowledge, but also whether he/she has acquired the ability to critically analyse spatial problems au urban level.


Working students and students with SLD, disability or other special educational needs certification are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning modalities.

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
Good health and well being
Good health and well being
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Sustainable cities and communities
Sustainable cities and communities
Responbile consumption and production
Responbile consumption and production
Climate action
Climate action
Life below water
Life below water
Life on land
Life on land