The Department

The Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) is a leading  joint structure of Politecnico and Università di Torino working in the cultural area of territorial transformation and government of territorial processes analysed in their physical, economic, social, political, cultural aspects and their inter-relationships, in a sustainable perspective, from global to local scale.

DIST promotes, coordinates and manages basic and applied research, training, and technology transfer and services to the territory, particularly focused on the sciences and the urban and regional policies and on territorial, urban and environmental-landscape, project and planning.   

Moreover, DIST research areas include: analysis, planning and government of the territorial context; urban planning and policies for sustainable development of the urban and rural areas; diagnostic and management of cultural, architectural and landscape heritage; human, economic and political geography; urban and environmental sociology and media; methods and techniques of survey and representation at urban and territorial scales; history and conservation of the architecture of the city and its territory; transport and logistics planning; technical and economic feasibility of urban plans and projects.

DIST encourages interdisciplinary activities focused on the enhancement of interactions among researchers coming from different cultural areas. DIST supports research activities linked to its scientific subjects and promotes relations with other sectors. DIST strongly promotes the participation to local, national, European and international research programmes.

Within its cultural areas, DIST organizes, manages and delivers high level teaching (three year Bachelor-level, Master of Science level, Master of I and II level, Specialisation Schools, Doctoral Research) providing inter-departmental and inter-university courses. Furthermore, it promotes and sustains both professional education to public authorities and services to private companies, with specific training courses at various levels.

DIST coordinates the following courses at Master of Science level:

-   Territorial, urban, environmental and landscape planning;

-   Planning of green areas and landscape;

DIST promotes training activities based on testing thanks to the support of teaching and research laboratories as the Laboratory of Urban and Territorial Analysis and Representation (LARTU) and the Laboratory of High Quality (LAQ-TIP).    

DIST researchers come from previous different departments of the Politecnico and Università di Torino; these Departments were active before the new Statute of the Politecnico came into force. In particular, DIST relies upon the interuniversity and interdisciplinary experiences of researchers of the former Dipartimento Interateneo Territorio and Dipartimento Casa-Città.