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The course aims to develop critical thinking towards the very notion of relationship between public realm, the city and their socio-cultural and morphological connotations in contemporary condition. The course would focus on methods to analyze and evaluate urban places; the focus would be to gain primary knowledge about these places to test ones’ individual assumptions and biases about public places in the city.
Milan will be the stage to study the transition between the historical city and new urban structure. The sites will be chosen along the traces of the ancient wall of Milan, urban sections showing the differences between the old urban structure and the recent urban transformation such as the project of Porta Nuova, City Life and Feltrinelli Foundation. The sites will be mostly public spaces with different characters and identity. Students will be asked to formulate a research questions/hypothesis related to the use of public places, perceptions of the urban form, the relationship between density, urban typologies and livability. The methods used to understand these places would include direct observation, field measurements, surveys and or interviews. The conclusion of the study will be a presentation of their hypothesis, mapping studies, analysis and inferences. The ambition of the course would be to dabble with relevant issues of the city and provide a common ground to engage discussions around the changes of urban life. The course will be conducted as a part of collaboration between CEPT University and Politecnico di Milano where students and instructors from both universities will work together in joint teams. Expenses for students: Material cost:Rs.5000, local travel: Rs: 10000, food and stay: Rs: 52000/-.