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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The course is aimed at people interested in the in-depth study of the historical processes of foundation and transformation of cities and at the historical processes of landscape formation.
Within the course, each student will be directed towards deepening a particular subject of study or research, depending on the final interview or the development of a degree thesis project.
Among the main topics:
- the design principles and technical tools adopted from the Middle Ages to the modern age for the design and planning of cities, public spaces and territorial infrastructures;
- methods of analysis of urban structures; critical analysis of the historical, aesthetic and design values of the city and its architecture;
- plans and regulations, real estate properties, the relationship between public space and private space in the Mediterranean and European area from the Middle Ages to the modern age;
- the analysis of the city and the historical landscape for a correct cultural interpretation in support of the current processes of valorisation, degign and planning.

Candidates must:

to be able to use specific tools for reading and interpreting urban and historical territorial tissues;
to be able to recognize and analyze urban planning models and cultural phenomena covered by the course program;
be able to develop appropriate comparisons and comparative assessments between different historical-urban planning phases, also in relation to the design models adopted for the planning of public spaces and architectures.


Preliminary examinations:
History of Architecture 1. History of Architecture 2.
Different training paths can be evaluated by the teacher.

It is however advisable to study the History of Urban Planning on the basis of a solid knowledge of the History of Italian and European Architecture.


The course is organized according to a first institutional section aimed at providing the tools of method and knowledge of the main themes of the history of urban planning, of the city and of the landscape between the Middle Ages and the modern age:
The city and the territory in the Middle Ages. Houses, roads, fabrics and blocks. Walls, squares, public buildings, religious architecture
The history of the landscape: tools, sources and methodological models for reading and cultural interpretation.
Technical, aesthetic and symbolic aspects in the construction of medieval cities
Bastides, Terrenove, new towns between the 12th and 14th centuries
Ideal city and perfect city between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The city of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Farnese and Sistine town planning
From the Baroque city to the nineteenth-century urban renewal of European cities
Tools for the study of the city. Catasti, historical cartography and archival documents.

A second section will explore themes and models of the history of urban planning in Sardinia, with readings and comparisons on cities, smaller towns and the historical landscape.

Teaching Methods

The course is divided into 40 hours of activity, with the recognition of 4 educational credits in the scientific disciplinary sector ICAR / 18

26 hours are dedicated to lectures;
4 hours will be dedicated to guided tours in urban and landscape contexts near Cagliari;
10 hours are dedicated to seminar sessions on the topics agreed between the students, individually or in working groups.

Verification of learning

The evaluation will be formulated following an individual interview on the topics covered by the program of the course and with the discussion of a seminar case study or in-depth study, previously agreed with the teacher.


(some general indications to be agreed in relation to the seminar course)

Enrico Guidoni, L'arte di progettare le città. Italia e Mediterraneo tra medioevo e settecento, Kappa, Roma 1992
Enrico Guidoni, Storia dell'Urbanistica. Il Duecento, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1989
Franco Franceschi, Ilaria Taddei, Le città italiane nel Medioevo. XII-XIV secolo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2012
Leonardo Benevolo, La città nella storia d'Europa , Roma-Bari 1996
Aldo Rossi, L'architettura della città, Clup, Milano 1978
Lewis Mumford, La città nella storia, Milano 1963
Enrico Guidoni, La città europea. Formazione e significato dal IV allXI secolo, Milano 1978 (in http://books.google.com La ville européenne: formation et signification du quatrième au onzième siècle, Pierre Mardaga, Bruxelles 1981)

Carlo Tosco, Il paesaggio storico. Le fonti e i metodi di ricerca tra Medioevo ed Età Moderna
Riccardo Rao, I paesaggi dell'Italia medievale, Carocci, 2015
Emilio Sereni, Storia del paesaggio agrario italiano, Laterza, Bari 1961
F. Panzini, Progettare la natura. Architettura del paesaggio e dei giardini dalle origini all'epoca contemporanea, Zanichelli, Bologna 2005.

Marco Cadinu e Enrico Guidoni (a cura di), La città europea del Trecento. Trasformazioni, monumenti, ampliamenti urbani, Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Cagliari 9-10 dicembre 2005, «Storia dell'Urbanistica, Sardegna/1», edizioni Kappa, Roma 2008De Matteis G., Le metafore della terra. Geografia umana tra mito e scienza, Feltrinelli, Milano 1985
Guido Ferrara,Giulio G. Rizzo, Mariella Zoppi, Paesaggio: didattica, ricerche e progetti: 1997-2007, Firenze University Press, Firenze 2007

Approfondimenti seminariali:
Ilario Principe, Le città nella storia d'Italia. Cagliari, Roma-Bari 1981.
Marco Cadinu, Urbanistica medievale in Sardegna, Bonsignori, Roma 2001
Marco Cadinu, Cagliari. Progetto e forma della città storica, Cuec, Cagliari 2008
Ortu G. G., Villaggio e poteri signorili in Sardegna, Bari 1996.

More Information

The site www.storiadellacitta.it contains numerous bibliographic sources of recent contributions on the subject: LIBRARY section https://www.storiadellacitta.it/category/biblioteca/

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