Environmental planning and land policy

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
1) The teaching's aim is giving the student critical and practical instruments to managing environmental resources in spatial development strategies. This issue will be addressed both theoretically and empirically, in planning areas of special environmental and cultural concern, at different level.

2) In 6 ETCS spatial design and planning subjects, are covered looking at the regulatory system to help you become effective in all aspects of environmental planning understanding. The main areas of planning are explored with particular reference to metropolitan contexts, protected areas and agricultural and forestry lands.

3) The didactic contents conveyed by the teaching connect to the common educational objectives of the course of study by providing theoretical knowledge and operational skills to manage environmental protection in territorial development planning. The teaching contributes to the achievement of the educational objectives of the cycle degree programme consistently with the professional profiles and employment opportunities provided for the entire training course. The training received will give graduates tools and skills to participate in planning strategies focused on management and recovery of rural and natural environments.
Expected learning outcomes
After completing the course unit, students can expect to utilize these skills in:

1) Knowing, analyzing and evaluating urban and territorial systems in their agro-environmental context, as well as recognising natural and anthropic risks to which they are subject

2) Understanding how to integrate agro-environmental resources in spatial planning.

3) application of knowledge and understanding to identify the qualifying characteristics of management and programming policies to integrate agri-environmental resources into planning processes. The development of practical exercise will give students the opportunity to experiment with methods and techniques to evaluate the effects of territorial choices on environmental resources on case study.

4) Exercise critical, communicative and study transversal skills to communicate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences focusing on environmental issues in spatial planning, at different level.

5) Skills, awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of enviromental processes intrinsic values that intersect spatial planning at different scales to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy or in team.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The following information may vary in relation to the rules that will be in effect at the beginning of the second semester. In the actual context of the health emergency, the lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform. Students will be able to follow class in synchrony, based on the timetable of the second semester, and asynchronously. Lessons for this purpose will be recorded and left available to students on the same platform for the semester.
In order to support learning, meetings will periodically be organized with students. According to emergency, they will be in presence or in synchronous mode .
The program and reference material will not change. For each update, students are invited to contact the Teacher.
Course syllabus
Lectures focused on acquiring tools to diagnose the physical, historical-cultural, ecological-environmental, landscape and socio-economic characteristics of a large-scale territorial system in order to build a critical planning framework to safeguard the environmental quality in a sustainable development.
Topics covered:

- Interpretation of territorial processes
- Sustainable planning
- Main large area planning models
- Relations between natural, anthropic and built environment.
- Analysis of the settlement and infrastructural system
- Elements of forestation and land design
- Study and evaluation of environmental problems
- Landscape analysis
- Construction of the cognitive framework to guide planning and territorial planning choices
- Transformation actions and strategic evaluations
- Environment and use: the design of protected areas
- Reference regulatory apparatus
- Application aspects: Proposals for development scenarios and plan actions
Prerequisites for admission
The course has no specific prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
In developing the program, lectures are integrated with practical activities. The aim is understand how to apply
technical and design knowledge to managing environmental system in spatial and urban planning.
The available resources and training activities are functional to achieving the expected learning outcomes. Teaching provides students with criteria and methods to outline strategies and approaches to meet agro-environmental systems.
The teaching uses e-learning didactic material available on the Ariel teaching platform during the teaching .
The teacher will use lectures, thematic insights and exercises proposed to students to discuss, analyze and report in the classroom the results achieved.
Following the context of the health emergency, field trip could be replaced by seminars.
Students have the chance to apply what they learn in lectures to actual on their own cases study.
The development of the case study, to be prepared along the development of the teaching will allow the student to deepen the knowledge, in the form and content of the tools for the analysis, programming, planning, and management of a system agri-environment, within the framework of natural and anthropogenic risks and in relation to the provisions of the reference regulations.
Moments of review and comparison to accompany students in their own case study may take place at the end of the lessons.
At the end of the Teaching, students will present the results of their elaboration in seminar form in order to develop the ability to communicate and transmit what they have learned.
Students are required of following activities:
Individual study of the textbooks and study materials assigned by the teacher; Free work on in-depth texts of choice; Conduct of the exercises assigned by the teacher, through the drafting - individual or in small working groups - of technical reports.
Case Study provides students the opportunity to apply the concepts learned and more deeply research and analyse a selected built cultural property.
Although attendance will not be formally taken at lectures, it is strongly recommended.
The course will be held in Italian language.
Teaching Resources
Teaching materials available on www.ariel.it
Textbook assignments:
Agostini S., Urbanistica periagricola. Pratiche di rigenerazione territoriale, Maggioli, 2018
The text is available at the Library of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

Further reading
Fabiano N., Paolillo P.L., La valutazione ambientale nel piano, Maggioli, 2008
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending Students
In relation to the context of the health emergency, attending students will be considered those who participate, even asynchronously, in the class of the M.Teams platform. They also will be able to participate, even deferred, in the exercises proposed during the development of the lessons.
The final exam focuses on an oral text focused on practical tasks: Attending students will develop throughout the course a critical analysis of a case study. This critical review will be deepened, updated and revised throughout the semester, and presented in a final seminar.
The final mark will combine together the evaluation of assigned task during the course and the assessment of oral text.

Non-Attending Students
Non-attending students are required to write a paper on a case study according the Teacher. The final examination will consist on an oral examination about the contents of the course and bibliography, includind a further reading assigned by the Teacher, as well as on the introduction of case study analysed.
For the further reading, a short note (2,000 words in length ) must be drawn up. The short note with the paper on case study have to be submittted to the Teacher a week before the final exam.
The final assessment of the non-attending student will derive from the combination of the overall test result.

General instructions
If the rules do not allow attendance, the oral exam will take place using the M.Teams or Zoom platforms.
The final mark will be expressed in thirtieths. It will be the weighted average of the assessments achieved by the exam tests and case study developed
The evaluation parameters will be aimed at ascertaining:
-the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding
- the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through the discussion / evaluation of sustainability of planning strategies on agro-environmental resources.

- the student's independence of judgment also through the analysis of case studies discussed during the course or illustrated in textbooks

- the language correctness and appropriateness relating to regional, environmental and urban planning.

- the ability to explain the analyses and formulate hypothesis of development clearly and logically.
ICAR/20 - URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Agostini Stella
After appointment
DEFENS - Science and Technology of Agro-Environmental Systems