The progressive growth of the urban population, cities and urbanized areas, associated with the worsening of environmental, economic and social problems, has encouraged the paradigm shift in the current urban development model. This change
has also been reflected in the urban and territorial policies, as well in the instruments for planning and implementing the development of cities, which have been reoriented to find strategies and sustainable design solutions, guided
by ecological values.
Starting from recent approaches to territorial and urban planning, we will arrive at those of ecological urbanism, which places the project and planning as central elements to achieve sustainable results, and then return again to the
theme of urban policies to deepen issues and validate guidelines urban development.
The course begins with an introduction to urban development and a framework of the main planning tools that materialize urban development strategies and policies based on the principles of sustainability. Then, it identifies and analyzes
the issues related to the explosion and the unlimited growth of the city, or the socio-economic consequences and transformations in the morphology and in the global urban design of the city. Following these questions, tackle ecological
design and planning and ecological urbanism trends and case studies, focusing on sustainable strategies and solutions.