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European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism

Master's degree. Face-to-face.

Content

4th EDITION
UPC School

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The EMU program lasts two years and is divided into four semesters or modules. The first three refer to the three fields of the urban planning intervention: "Designing the City" devoted to urban planning, "Designing the Place", devoted to the design of urban projects, and "Designing the Region", devoted to the regional planning, and the last is dedicated to the development of the final Master Thesis that is the development of a research project.

Students must take during the second year of the program, one semester at another university other than the UPC to get the European certificate that will come signed by representatives of each university integrated into the EMU.

There are five types of subjects in the Masters. The workshops are over real and current cases and are the core of the degree and around these workshops are organized the different subjects, which provide extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge about the processes of urban and territorial transformations. The proposed themes are clearly focused on urban intervention, not only in its physical design but also in its construction materials, and in the temporal dimension and management of this process. Each of the three thematic modules has his own workshop, where is proposed an exercise based on an urban system structure or territory particularly suited to integrate and apply the considerations raised in the theoretical subjects. The Workshop is the backbone of the module and is usually done in close collaboration with the different administrations involved. On the other hand, the theoretical subjects, provide conceptual discussions and reflections on the recent evolution of the city and the territory and the mechanisms for an urban intervention. The methodological subjects are directed at promoting the knowledge of the application of a technique or instrument from the analysis of several plans and other project design figures. The seminars treat present topics, but with a transcendence beyond the local and concrete thing, which invites theoretical reflection. The specialization courses are subjects that approach practical questions like the land arrangement, systems of mobility, environmental management, etc.

Finally, the fourth module of the program, is a research project in which the student can integrate, apply and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the teaching period of the Master. The work will be led by one or two tutors. The first must be from the host university and the second, from another university of the consortium of the EMU. The task of the tutor is to continuously monitor the work done by the student for the preparation, written presentation and oral defense of the final thesis.

Modules

The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.

Designing The Region

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 05/09/2016. Barcelona

Designing The City (Urban Planning)

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 06/02/2017. Barcelona

Designing a Space (Urban Design)

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: September 2017. Barcelona

Subjects

Territorial Organisation Workshop
15 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 1st year
This workshop focuses on formulating a real, current and representative intervention proposal for one of the issues that territorial organisation is currently dealing with. The effect of massive infrastructures, the geography of activities, recognition of the shape of territories as an intervention criteria, among other things, will be some of the issues that will be articulated in the focus of the project. This project will be initiated using information that has already been generated allowing students to quickly use the materials and create adequately detailed proposals.
Directors: Profs. Dr. Joaquim Sabaté Bel, Dr. Julián Galindo González and Alvaro Cuellar Jaramillo (Urban Development and Territorial Organisation Department).
Assessment: The project developed at the workshop
Post-industrial City Territories
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
Analysis and discussion of metropolitan realities like the growth and transformation process that Barcelona and other Mediterranean cities have experienced over the last few decades. Special attention is given to urban and territorial morphology as expressions of changes in demographics, economic activities, mobility, industry location, tertiary elements, facilities and residential areas. New forms of metropolitan growth. The nature of problems and processes.
Directors: Prof. Dr. Antonio Font Arellano (Urban Development and Territorial Organisation Department).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Territorial Organisation Theory
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
This section seeks to offer key urban development and design studies into the origin and evolution of territorial organisation and an evaluation of the current situation of our context and other nearby urban development cultures through the selection and detailed discussion of a meaningful group of plans and studies. This includes definition of objectives, technical development of the main proposals and application instruments.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Joaquim Sabaté Bel and Jordi Franquesa (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Territorial Organisation Experiences. Models, Instruments and Methods
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
This course studies the different types of the most commonly used plans in the territorial sector in Spain by presenting and critiquing of a series of case studies. As well this course looks at maps used in the Catalonian territorial sector, as well as maps from some other regions, where it is possible to look at the different types and focuses of methodologies produced nowadays.
Responsibles: Profs. Juli Esteban Noguera (Departamento de Política Territorial de la Generalitat de Cataluña) y Josep M. Carrera Alpuente (Instituto de Estudios Territoriales, Departamento de Territorio y Sostenibilidad de la Generalitat de Cataluña)
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Classes of support to the workshop
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
Discussions related to the workshop. The course will present the conceptual foundations of ecology at planning, landscape ecology principles, criteria for the design and sustainable management of the territory. It also will discuss the processes of growth and transformation of the territory from the socioeconomic perspective or the design of big infrastructures.
Responsible: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urban and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Cultural Landscapes, Heritage and Regional Planning Project
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
This course aims to provide an overview of developments in the treatment of heritage from the protection of cultural landscapes. Learn the concepts of 'cultural landscape' and 'heritage park', make a specific assessment of the situation in our immediate context and the challenges posed by this new conception of the landscape. Evaluate criteria and instruments in the successive stages in the development of a project in an area full of heritage resources and develop through analysis of representative examples, methodological guidelines for intervention.
Responsible: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Estructura y Sistemas Urbanos
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 1st year
This course includes discussion about the material, functional and formal characteristics of the contemporary city when it experiences a transition from an industrial economy to a service based economy and from a compact urban configuration towards a more diffuse configuration. Analysis of processes and different forms of traditional growth, new means of locating activities and constructing new residential and commercial zones. Collective space versus public and private space in the contemporary city.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Josep M ª Claret Vilanova and Angel Martin Ramos (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Teoria del Planeamiento Urbano
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 1st year
This course is a review of intervention theory in the urban planning field, dealing with things from the contributions of primary plans to urban documentation within the discipline. Reflection on the evolution of theory and planning methods, as well as reflection on the representative elements of recent process stages.
Responsible: Profs. Dr. Miquel Coromines Ayala and Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Urban Planning Workshop
15 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 1st year
This workshop focuses on the analysis and organisation of urban structures and some of its systems using a medium sized Mediterranean city, whose problems and issues and previous history make it especially suitable for academic discussion and professional specialisation, as an example. The project will start with a physical proposal that demonstrates the relationship between design and construction of a city, taking into account timelines and the organisational necessities of process and form management.
Responsible: Profs. Dr. Antonio Font Arellano and Isabel Castiñeira Palou (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: The project developed in the workshop
Regulación Urbanística y Economía Urana
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
The first part of the course deals with urban regulations and management instruments: distribution of land use and building density, quality controls and urban standards, infrastructures and controlling the shape of urban spaces, types of plans, controlling growth and transformation processes and regulation of architecture from the planning stages.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Xavier Carceller (Department of Architectural Construction) and Ferran Navarro Acebes (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).

The second part of the course teaches students how to read the growth and transformation processes of cities from key economic and social perspectives. Things like local labour markets, industrial districts, involvement of new modes of transport and exchange, information flows and spreading of information are some of the economic changes that a city undergoes that require a physical solution.
Responsible: Profs. J. Trullén, R. Boix, I.Muñiz (Area de economía aplicada de la Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona)
Infraestructuras, Medio Ambiente y Ciudad
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 1st year
The aim of the first part of the course is to offer a focused view of the relationship between two concepts (infrastructure and planning) on an urban scale. This course proposes systematising characteristic problems from each type of infrastructure according to remodelled planning where issues and flows (communication, energy, mobility), logistics, environmental infrastructures, public transportation, together with other relatively traditional layouts of streets and urban services constitute fundamental themes.
Responsible: Profs. Joan Miró and Francesc Magrinyà (Department of Infrastructures, Transport and Regional Planning).

The second part of this course introduces environmental principles on an urban scale, integrating them into the urban landscape. New concepts, parameters and techniques following the environmental paradigm are incorporated into this course with the aim of improving the integration of natural and urban environments.
Responsible: Profs. Albert Cuchí and Xavier Carceller (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Project Analysis and Evaluation
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 2nd year
This course seeks to analyse different aspects of medium sized urban interventions, predominately urban projects, by looking at the different elements and techniques used in recent proposals that have been selected for this course because of their paradigmatic nature.
Responsible: Profs. Drs. Miquel Corominas Ayala y Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Urban Improvement
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 2nd year
Recent urban improvement plans and operations, as much for the sector itself as for the variety of situations where they are proposed, for the diversity of objectives and the intervention methods, represent one of the most important chapters in the history of urban development of our cities. This course seeks to classify these things according to common themes, allowing us to do comparative study to establish suitable criteria, objectives and intervention methods for use with different urban improvement situations.
Responsible: Prof. Ricard Fayos Molet (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Urban Design Workshop
14 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 2nd year
This workshop focuses on the relationships between new pieces of a contemporary city that are frequently characterised by their isolation, mutual indifference and insensitivity within the urban context, given that they have generated peri-urban zones where non-integration is the norm.
Designs proposals put forth will focus on exploiting the potential functional and formal links between these peripheral units to be able to configure new city structures and determine their complexity, vitality and beauty.
Responsible: Profs. Drs. Miquel Corominas Ayala, Adolf Sotoca Garcia y Beth Tuà Sardà (Department of Urban and Regional Planning).
Evaluation: The project developed at the workshop
La Construcción de la Forma Urbana.
2 ECTS. 10 teaching hours. 1st year
The urban project, such as the architectural one, is an exercise of synthesis about diferent factors. In this synthesis the invention of the urban form -either of volumes or spaces- is often a key moment to unlock the process. The effectiveness of this form depends on its conformity with the technical and functional aspects, but also depends on a crucial attribute: the internal consistency of the shape itself. The course aims to expose some mechanisms for constructing formal coherence and to come into an analysis and understanding of the logic of form, its process of formation, the relationship of the project with the context or the economy of expressive resources. It seeks to provide conceptual tools to project the urban morphology, without forgetting the other dimensions of the synthesis of design.
Responsible: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Español Llorens (Departament of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Design of Public Space
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 2nd year
This course focuses on the discussion about public space projects: streets, boulevards, promenades, squares and parks, through its most characteristic features explained by their authors. This instrumental course, will review the different elements and common techniques used in the construction and maintenance of public space. This seminar will focus in the recent review of public space design and in the gradual enrichment of techniques and materials.
Responsible: Prof. Miquel Corominas Ayala (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
New Residential Designs
2 ECTS. 10 teaching hours. 1st year
The scarcity of innovation of different types of residential organisation models put forth over the last few years is in stark contrast to the traditional role of residential design projects as purveyors of new urban organisational models. Given the minimal quality of housing, new offerings tend to be promoted by means of complimentary aspects such as: centrality, accessibility, features, community spaces, entertainment, and proximity to natural spaces... This seminar is based on analysis of designs from the last twenty five years.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Isabel Castiñeira Palou and Francesc Peremiquel Lluch (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Module Situations and Scenarios: Research Seminar European
30 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 2nd year

This fourth module is the development of a research project, eventually, as a first stage of a doctoral thesis.

This thesis integrated in the European Masters in Urbanism (EMU), consist in a research project in where are applied and are developed the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the Master. In this sense, it would be feasible any issue related to any of the subjects offered in the program of the Master.

This work has, therefore, a research component, where the student must carry out a process of reasoning and come to conclusions and, on the other hand, it's an inclusive project, considering that mobilizes the whole of general and specific skills developed during the course.

The work will be led by one or two tutors. The first must be from the host university and the second from another university of the consortium of EMU. The work of the tutor is supervise the work done by the student for the preparation, written presentation and oral defence of the thesis.

The evaluation system of the thesis includes a public defence before a court. The presentation and defence will be public and his overcoming means to obtain the corresponding title of European Masters in Urbanism. These acts of presentation and defence are concentrated at the end of each of the semesters of teaching.

Responsible: Profs. Drs Miquel Corominas Ayala, Antonio Font Arellano and Joaquim Sabate Bel (Department of Urban and Regional Planning).

 

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INFORMATION 2016-17 EDITION

Next course:
September 2017

Credits:
120 ECTS
(710 teaching hours)

Timetable:
Monday  16:00 to 20:00Tuesday  16:00 to 20:00Wednesday  16:00 to 20:00Thursday  16:00 to 20:00
Taught at:
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649. Edifici A
Barcelona

Registration fee:
12.000 €

Language of instruction:
Spanish

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