The course aims to provide theoretical and practical tools for the analysis and design of urban and territorial transformations. The Laboratory has the ambition to be a first reflection on the character of the development plan as the appropriate instrument to ensure the renewal and regeneration of the contemporary city. Two research questions guide the activities of the Laboratory: the investigation of the role of the project in its pragmatic and interpretative dimension and in the transformation of contemporary space; the identification and the testing of the potential for disciplinary advancement offered by the reflection on modern city. If the countryside, suburbs, downtown, seem no longer sufficient to establish categories and shared images useful for description and design of the contemporary territory, it is important to focus on the edge of consolidated city and its sprawl in countryside.
The Laboratory intends to give priority to the construction of plausible scenarios for the urban and territorial transformation, particularly in the selection of the most appropriate settlement morphology, the compatibility of land use, the role of public and private actors in the implementation of transformations. Equal attention is paid to the necessary requirements for environmental, social and economic development plan, with the aim of ensuring the efficiency of regeneration policy development and the feasibility of administration and management.