Bologna approved its new planning tools within the framework defi ned by regional urban planning law 20/2000 (in 2008 the Psc and in 2009 the Rue and the Poc). The article includes an in-depth look at Bologna’s recent urban development in three main stages. The fi rst is a critical reading of the current transformation processes in the relationship with new tools, in a local political and executive climate marked by compulsory city administration and a more general recession scenario. The second is a refl ection on the essential features of Bologna’s new urban scheme and its technical form, as well as the intentions underpinning them. The third, following a workshop, discusses any ‘research’ content identifi able in the Bologna operation from multiple viewpoints.
Keywords: Bologna; plan; research