Prof. Alessandro Balducci will be presenting:

Strategic Planning for Contemporary Urban Regions:
The case of Milan

This will be held at 6pm on Friday, 8th July 2011, Level 4 Room 407 – Faculty of DAB (Building 6), 702 – 730 Harris Street, Broadway 2007.

The lecture will illustrate the case of a strategic plan for the urban region of Milan, one of the most dynamic European cities.  This was realised in the period 2004-2009 by the Province of Milan with the technical assistance of the Department of Architecture and Planning of the Politecnico di Milano.  The planning process was based upon an experimental and exploratory approach which tried to link top-down visions and descriptions of the urban region with a bottom-up participation from grass-roots organisations, associations, groups of municipalities.  The two pillars of the strategy were the idea of looking at the urban region as a “City of City” rather than a metropolitan area and the concept of habitability as the main objective of the entire strategy.

The lecture will also present the case in the context of the theoretical debate about planning contemporary urban regions.

Professor Alessandro Balducci, Architect and PhD in Planning, is Vice-rector of the Politecnico di Milano.  Full professor of Planning and Urban Policies and director of the PhD Program in Spatial Planning and Urban Development.  Former Head of the Department of Architecture and Planning (2001-2008), he has been President of AESOP, the Association of the European Schools of Planning (2001-2004), among the founding members of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and is currently Chair of the Italian Society of Urbanists (SIU).

As a scholar in the urban studies and planning he has been responsible of European and National research projects;  as an academic planner he has been responsible for many projects among which the Strategic plan of the Province of Milan (2004-2008), and has been advisor for plans and urban projects in Italy and abroad (Shanghai, Dubai).

He has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture of Pescara (1992-1995), has been visiting scholar at U.C. Berlekey, USA, and visiting professor at the University of Reims, France, Tongij University Shanghai China, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, MIT Cambridge, USA and at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland.

He is author/editor of 12 books, and of more than 100 articles and essays in Italian and English.