The system of urban, peri-urban and rural open spaces is the main object of interest for teaching that aims to make a synthesis of previous knowledge in terms of landscape design. At the territorial scale, even with examples related to on-site inspections, particular attention will be given to the environmental, historical-cultural and visual components of the places and their interactions. At the detailed scale, the course will engage the student in defining the design of the open spaces for an assigned area, for which they will also have to propose regeneration management models.
Having defined the changing concept of landscape and rurality, the course summarizes the evolution of agriculture and the transformation of agricultural landscapes up to recent times, also in the light of general and local regulatory measures. It introduces the understanding of the different elements (environmental, technical, economic and social) that have characterized the different "agricultural Italie" within the European agricultural policy.
The lectures are supplemented by "in the field" exercises, for the recognition on the board of landscape types, and in the laboratory for the use of geographic information systems in landscape design. The rural land project consists of reconstructing background knowledge, identifying strengths and weaknesses and developing improvement proposals. The theme and the project development requirements will be agreed with the teacher. During the exam the theoretical and practical skills achieved by the students will be evaluated. The exam test is also individual in the case of group design exercises.