Course Syllabus

LEARNING OUTCOMES AND DELIVERABLES

This studio course aims to assist students in developing:

  • Sensitivity to complex socio-political relationships and the related consequences, particularly as related to the land ownership regime, planning process and system, and historical context in Milan;
  • Technical planning skills, particularly as related to site evaluation, redevelopment visioning, public space design, and market and stakeholder analysis.
  • Analytical, research, field work, and communication skills, the latter which includes both visual and written components;
  • Ability to perform effectively in a team situation and under constrained timelines; and
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the client and affected residents/businesses, and the human impacts of planning decisions with particular attention to social and climate justice consequences.

The final product will include a written report with an executive summary and a video presentation outlining key elements of the project, which should include at least the following:

  • A critical review and assessment of the current conditions of the study area;
  • Identification, as well as some understanding, of critical issues of concern to key stakeholders;
  • A vision for the study area and redevelopment process;
  • Options to achieve that vision, and their likely costs and benefits;
  • Specific actions and steps to undertake as related to the option(s).

TIMELINE

 

Week

 

Class Date

 

Activity and Deliverable (* Items in Bold are assignments due)

1

1.22

Expectations for studio

(get to know each other, initial travel prep, studio expectations)

Organize into groups of two to begin scoping and identifying issues

2

1.29

Explore studio project area and scope

Short group presentations on scoping (PPT)

Organize into groups of three to begin research on a core issue; choose a book/report/cluster of articles each person

3

2.5

Research on city and study area

Individual presentation of short synopsis of reading

Quick primer on visual and oral presentations

4

2.12

Research on project issues

Short presentations on core issue research (PPT + 2-page brief due from each group)

5

2.19

Conceptualization of core issues and ideas

Big ideas from each group on a core issue (2-page brief due from each group)

Each group division of labor: PPT, video (maybe), and oral presentation

Cross groups to prepare for midterm review

6

2.26

Presentation prep

Mock presentation (PPT + video)

Fine tuning presentations

Brainstorm questions and needs for site trip

7

3.4

Midterm Review (12pm – 6pm)

8

3.9-13

Field Visit in Milan

 

3.16-20

Spring Break

9

3.25

Debrief trip + Midterm Review

2-page reflection on site visit due

Regroup to work on project components

10

4.1

Presentation of direction setting and expectation of final deliverables.

11

4.8

Present developed Ideas.

12

4.15

Focused development of final deliverables

Outline of final deliverables

13

4.22

Production + communication re final deliverables

Identify gaps together; report and video production

14

4.29

Production + communication re final deliverables

Report and video production; peer evaluation

Mock presentation at end

15

5.6

Final Review (10am – 6pm)

 

 

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