The course focuses on fostering specific theoretical and applied knowledge, skills and abilities.
Specific knowledge and skills regarding planning and control on a broad, strategic, or structural town planning scale, indeed verging on the extreme end of small regional scale, dealing not just with the urban space proper but, in a typical case, the entire territory of a municipality.
Students acquire new theoretical and applied knowledge regarding territorial and urban policies, and planning methods and tools. They also enhance knowledge and skills they already possess, as result of applying and testing them in the specific context structural planning.
They also acquire knowledge specific to town planning, like the methodological tools and the institutional / legal framework regulating town-planning proper, as well as the knowledge necessary to critically assess the impact that other policies, plans and projects have on town planning.
Students are encouraged to develop and perform critical, inquiring and deductive thinking.
To work in a group tackling interdisciplinary issues.
To analyze data and evaluate situations, and to do that in a context-sensitive way.
To conduct SWOT analysis and develop scenarios.
Design alternative proposals.
Evaluate alternative scenarios and proposals.
Prepare the proposals within institutional / legal framework regulating spatial planning.
Act with ethical and moral sensibility regarding the social and environmental dimensions of planning practice.
The course has a studio character.
Combines lectures with work on a specific project.
A large part of the project work is carried out in the classroom.
At first, the students conduct a critical review of the current situation in the study area, usually the entire territory of a municipality, including the current policies, plans and projects.
Findings feed a SWOT analysis with specific focus on the issues considered significant for the spatial organization of the study area and its development.
Scenarios are being built.
The scenarios are evaluated in a comprehensive manner, across various axes, including feasibility and resilience.
Along with the chosen scenario comes the estimation of the main qualitative and quantitative elements of the proposal. The proposal is specified in spatial and programming terms. The proposal includes regulations and maps for the entire territory of the study area (municipality), with reference to activities/ land uses and the networks of social and technical infrastructure, with the pertinent detail required for different types of areas, and with special interest for the urban areas.
Students work in groups of six.
– 20%: Active personal participation in the classroom (including tests etc.)
– 30%: Group performance on the project
– 20%: Individual performance on the project
– 30%: Final exams (individual)
All the above are stated clearly in the Outline of the course, in the e-class.
Μέλισσας Δ. 2010. Οι χρήσεις γης και το γενικό πολεοδομικό σχέδιο& η ζώνη οικιστικού ελέγχου. Εκδ. Σάκκουλα ΕΕ.