Reading Milan and Italian Cities: Place-making and Cultural Resources

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reading Milan and Italian Cities: Place-making and Cultural Resources

  • Host University

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

  • Location

    Milan, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Design, Italian Culture, Sociology, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This class is designed to introduce students to urban studies and - more broadly - to the interaction and crossover between culture and the city.
    We will examine historical, theoretical, and practical issues regarding post-industrial cities such as the rise of creative industries; the setting up of cultural quarters; the importance of art in place-making. To address these topics, a body of literature on creative cities will be surveyed and, in addition to the theoretical contents, the course will envisage sessions of urban observation.
    Field teaching is, in fact, an integral part in the study of the urban world: it gives students an opportunity to understand the real-world situations and to supplement what they have learnt from the lectures; but it is also a concrete opportunity to develop a new, socially and culturally sensitive, professionalism, able to analyze the forces that drive city physical, social and economic change and to identify urban trends in the people?s lifestyle.
    Since we are mostly urban dwellers, special attention will be paid to what we can learn from our experiences in Milan, a place that, as many other post-industrial cities, is facing the challenge of using cultural resources to re-position itself in a culturally and economically more diversified space.
    This course is expected to be highly interactive. Students are expected to proactively contribute to class discussion. The learning goals of the course are:

    1. to understand how city development is shaped by culture;
    2. to introduce students to different technique of urban observation;
    3. to help students identify, understand and explain urban issues;
    4. to deepen knowledge about some peculiar Italian cities.

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