Although acknowledged as independent disciplines, urban planning and architectural design, without a doubt, share some similarities and even originate from the same knowledge base.
Urban Design is an approach that provides a city with a shape, form, and character. It is a study of parts of the city that constitute a group of buildings or an integrated Urban Fabric and Focuses on Physical Material Elements such as blocks and the spaces around them and their relationships with each of the second and third dimensions. It deals with city or sector zoning as an Abstract and Urban Designer takes the design rights of ownership or employer and acting within a certain area. Urban planning, similarly, is concerned with the layout of neighborhoods, cities and regions as to fulfil the needs of a community and economy.
Meanwhile, Architecture or Architectural Design is defined as the art, process and product of designing and constructing buildings/structures. It is concerned with function, form, and firmness and encompasses the design organization of urban space and infrastructure.
Giving more than an introduction to students, the summer school on Architectural Design and Urban Planning uses prompts from theorists, practitioners in contemporary architecture and urban design. The two-week course will deal with advanced techniques and technologies used in urban designing. It is important to be mentioned that the course will go through a real case study on:
“Designing infrastructure: a key turn in the Urban Landscape, case study the Tor Vergata Rome, Italy”.
Undergraduates, post-graduates and interested participants are all invited to attend this course from 18- 29 of July 2018 in Rome, Italy.