The system of rural and peri-urban open spaces constitutes the main object of interest of the teaching that aims to make a synthesis of previous knowledge on landscape analysis. At the territorial scale, also with examples linked to field surveys, special 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 the definition of the open spaces project for an assigned area, for which management models of regeneration will also have to be proposed.
Having defined the complex concept of landscape and rurality, the course briefly examines the evolution of agriculture and the transformations of agricultural landscapes up to recent times, also in the light of general and local regulatory interventions. It introduces to the understanding of the manifold elements (environmental, technical, economic and social) that have characterized the various "agricultural Italie" also as a consequence of the European agricultural policy.
The lessons are complemented by exercises, in the field for the recognition of landscape typologies on a descriptive card, and in the laboratory, for the use of geographic information systems in landscape analysis.
The last part of the course includes a summary of the techniques for the drafting of a rural territory project, with the reconstruction of background knowledge, the identification of strengths and weaknesses and the elaboration of improvement proposals.