Courses offered at the University of Trento 
The course provides knowledge about the content of spatial plans and the main stages of the planning process, with a focus on ecological and environmental sustainability issues. Students will learn to identify and analyze the key information about the biophysical and human environment of a geographical context; to select and apply methodologies and tools to support the formulation and assessment of planning options; and to propose ecosystem-based interventions. The course includes an introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
The course covers the principles of sustainable development in urban areas, with a focus on the role of nature-based solutions (NbS) for more livable, resilient and healthier cities. Students will learn to analyze the supply and demand of urban ecosystem services; to plan and design NbS targeted to specific challenges and contexts; and to assess their environmental and socio-economic impacts using suitable methods and tools. Current thinking and experiences in cities around the world will be compared and discussed.
The objective of the course is to introduce the students to urban and territorial issues by providing the basic tools to interpret both the urban context and the regulatory and procedural framework in which building and infrastructural interventions are framed. Urban planning is introduced by highlighting the multiple issues and various approaches that emerged during its evolution, by showing the main methods and tools for territorial and urban analysis, by presenting some key issues for contemporary urban design, and by providing an overview of the existing plans at different scales.