Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM3A19 (AF:340042 AR:190614)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
Course year
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The course aims to introduce future operators in the management of artistic and cultural activities to the themes of the architecture of public spaces, with particular attention to open spaces and places, as urban interconnections, important for the quality of life in urban centers and suburbs, often degraded
The overall objective of the course is to understand:
- the distinction between private and public spaces and their definitions. - the public functions of the major buildings (including private ones) and the related design issues.
- mixed functions between public and private in new urban centers and commercial districts.
- quality control of public spaces in urban planning activities.
We will investigate how urban interconnection spaces represent an important programming point for planning and interventions to improve people's lives in the centers and suburbs.
The basic methods for field observations of social behaviors in public spaces will be addressed, both for improvement interventions and for checks on the results achieved. We will investigate the need for innovation of exhibition spaces and museums, libraries and archives, and some methods of participatory design.
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Definitions of public and private space. Brief historical evolution of these concepts. Difference between space and place. Complementarity between open and built space. The revolutions of the big cities: public and private mobility. The consequences of the technological evolution of transport, communications, artistic events. Urban furniture and reuse of the abandoned space. Buildings with public functions. Buildings of culture (theaters, cinemas, libraries, museums, etc.), sports (stadiums, sports fields, sports halls, gyms, etc.) and social buildings (bars, restaurants, fairs, canteens, etc.). Aggregating places and their spatial, practicability and flexibility requirements. Third places and other analytical contributions by sociology. Studies on human behavior in public spaces. Attractiveness, flexibility, safety and other qualitative concepts of open urban spaces. Design of buildings, spaces and places of culture (Museums, Libraries and Archives) and their complementarity and convergence. Analysis of some realizations and specific projects, with attention to quality and innovation. Notes on urban planning and participatory design.

The study materials will be made available in digital form at the beginning and during the course, including powerpoint presentations
Final paper on a topic addressed in the course, agreed with the teacher
Final oral exam with discussion of the paper
Lectures with presentations of slides
Where possible, visits with exercises on the topics

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Cities, infrastructure and social capital" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 12/10/2021