The City and the Futures. Perspectives and Experiences for Resilient Communities

Lecturers: prof. Sara Favargiotti (DICAM); dr. Rocco Scolozzi (Research Fellow - Department of Sociology and social research) 

Timetable 2019: 

May 2019 Hours Room
Monday 6  15:00 - 18:00 1H
Wednesday 8 10:00 13:00 1H
Monday 13 15:00 - 18:00 1H
Tuesday 14 10:00 13:00 2A
Monday 20  15:00 - 18:00 1H
Wednesday 22 10:00 13:00 1H
Monday 27 15:00 - 18:00 1H
Wednesday 29 10:00 -13:00 1H

4 weeks
2 days/week (6 hours/week)

Credits: 3 credits (24 hours)

Program:Imagining, planning, designing cities - or parts of them - means designing collective futures. The seminar explores those significant questions that communities are facing in the contemporary transformations of their living environment. Whom are the futures designed for? How possible and imaginable futures, and related socio-culturaleconomic-ecological conditions, affect contemporary design decisions? What is the temporal horizon of the design perspectives (Short? Medium? Long?). Do designers ask questions about the future of those who will live "their" project? And what are their effects on design? Is the future consumed or fostered? The contamination of disciplinary boundaries between landscape, architecture, urbanism, ecology, and futures studies (a recent branch of social sciences) has forced to expand and redefine the practice of designers and their field of operations. Following this, the seminar will focus on the expansion in approaches and definitions of relevant themes such as multiple futures, uncertainties, resilience, future-proof vs. future-failing solutions, social empowerment that have undergone during the last decade and the consequent emergence of new design methodologies. It will do so through sharing knowledge, perspectives, theories and design experiences among the fields of urban, landscape and ecological design, as well as environmental and social studies. The seminar might occasionally invite specialist in the related fields as guest critics to support and enhance the collective discussion. During the seminar the participants will be occasionally involved into different exercises according the theme of the day. The final submission will be a critical presentation (optionally supported by an extended paper up to 1000/1500 words) applying the presented approaches on possible/desirable/undesirable futures for selected case study/studies, related to their doctoral research topic, to be illustrated during the last day of the seminar. The seminar is specifically designed to address multiple disciplines and enrollment is encouraged for students from the fields of landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning and design, ecological design, as well students from environmental sciences, economics and social sciences interested in the long-term management and design of built  environments or territories but it is also opened to other disciplines.

Researchers and students (doctoral and post-docs) who are interested in participating in the seminar have to write an email to sara.favargiotti [at] by April 15, 2019.