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The course provides students with the framework of the international debate in urban and spatial studies. The critical study of the conditions of contemporary strategic thinking and territorial conditions will be addressed.
The city can no longer be conceived as a spatial object defined but as entities in continuous and unpredictable evolution and escapes the boundaries and permanent characters. The course focuses on urban practices of everyday life, economic activities, power, conflicts, requests for participation as material and immaterial forms.
To approach this critical and dialectical form, space (urban) means dealing with the various devices that give it body and value: contextual social situations, space practices, institutional discourses or different forms of language. Written discourse (institutional, press, literature, narrative); oral discourse (institutional, decision-makers, planners, users, administrators); images and iconographic shapes (mental cards, photos, advertising images, films) will form interpretive pathways in a collection of "materialized representations" of the city.
At the end of the course students will need to know the main thought theories about the city and the landscape, about social and space practices, and the themes and problems that convey reflection on justice and space equity.

In conformity with what has been established by the Dublin Descriptors (I-V), at the end of the course the student would have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
I. Knowledge and understanding: The student will acquire the knowledge of the main interpretative models of issues related to equity, the right to the city, the representations, and the policies that insist on the landscape and urban societies.
II. Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding: thanks to the lessons learned, the student will be able to analyze the principles and tools of Urban Spatial Policies and Practices.
III. Making judgements: the student will be able to form an independent and critical judgment on urban spaces, social practices and policies that govern them.
IV. Communication abilities: the student will acquire the ability to communicate the acquired skills as well as his / her views on the most controversial issues related to contemporary urban issues including the microlocal scale.
V. Learning skills: the student will be able to apply knowledge and understanding acquired in the professional and research fields relevant to complex space systems


There are no formal prerequisites but the student attending the course must have appropriate language, logical, cultural, political skills.
Obligatory pre-requisites are indicated in the “Regolamento” of the Corso di Studio.


Geography as Discursive Narration - Representations and Space - Modern Geography and Post-Modernity - Geography and Politics - Politics, Politics, Territory - Local Development Scale - Multiple Spatiality and Moderate Territory - Geography of the Urban. Contemporary cities - City concepts and theories - Urban forms of growth - Economy, society and change - Cultural turn - The political form of the city - Urban actors, cities and policies - Urban metamorphoses - Research and the urban field: experimental methods , Audiovisual methods - city of everyday life - Proximity and flow - Economies and distances - Circulation - Power - Democracy -

In detail the issues that will be addressed will focus on:

1. The Legibility of the Everyday City,
2. Propinquity and Flow in the City,
3. Cities in a Distanciated Ecomony.
4. The Machinic City.
5. Powerful Cities,
6. The Democratic City.

Part of the course will be devoted to the cinematic representations of the urban space that form interpretative paths of the "materialized representations" of the city to compare them with the form of the building and the conditions of urbanity: written discourses (institutional, press, literature, narratives), oral discourses (institutional, decision-maker, planners, users, administrators),- iconographic images and shapes (mental cards, photos, advertising images, movies).

Teaching Methods

The course will consist of 20 lessons of 2 hours each. After a more strictly theoretical-conceptual (conducted with classroom lectures), followed by a seminar part with more applied studies on specific topics and presentation by the students attending. A micro-laboratory will be proposed on the forms of urban film representations.

Verification of learning

The assessment of the student's knowledge will be based on a written exam consisting of open-ended questions relating to topics discussed during the course. The written test can be replaced by the presentation of a multimedia project to be agreed upon with the teacher. The score of the examination is of thirty points. Results will be published through the Esse3 system.

Method in determination of the score:

In determining the final score of the exam, the following factors will be taken into consideration:
1. The ability of the student to utilise coherently the knowledge acquired to address the problem under consideration;
2. The ability to have understood the links between the topics discussed, in a concise vision;
3. Knowledge of the course topics;
4. Use of appropriate terminology.
To be successful and therefore to achieve an examination score of not less than 18/30, the student will have to demonstrate that a thorough knowledge of the course topics discussed has been achieved (point 3) and be able to express such vision concisely and in a critical manner (point 2), with an acceptable presentation of one’s argument (point 1) and the use of correct terminology without serious errors (point 4).
To attain a maximum score of 30/30, the student will have to demonstrate that an excellent knowledge of the course topics has been achieved (point 3), demonstrate a high level of expression in one’s arguments (point 1), an excellent ability to be concise (point 2) and the use of correct and appropriate terminology (point 4).


Amin A., Thrift N., 2005, Ripensare la dimensione urbana, Il mulino, Bologna. (Cities: reimagining the Urban, 2002, Wiley, London)

Aru S., Jampaglia C., Memoli M., Puttilli M., (2018), L’emozione di uno spazio quotidiano. Parole, racconti, immagini di Sant’Elia-Cagliari, Ombre Corte, Verona.

Letture a scelta:
Lefebvre H., 2014, Il diritto alla città, Ombre corte, 2014
un numero della rivista: jssj-justice spatiale/spatial justice https://www.jssj.org
Licata A., Travi E., 1985, La città e il cinema - edizioni dedalo
Foucault M., Eterotopia. Luoghi e non-luoghi metropolitani, Milano, MIllepiani
Benjamin W., Immagini di città, Torino, Einaudi.

Sant’Elia. Frammenti di uno spazio quotidiano
Web Documentario, 2016/17

Murat, le géographe
MURAT – Multiplicity Urban Representational
Amazing Theory, is a collective multiple name

Al centro di Tunisi.
Geografie dello spazio pubblico dopo una rivoluzione
Web Documentario, 2013

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