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Advanced Transdisciplinary Urban Design & Research_BCNOW!

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PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The Master is designed as a research endeavor shared among students and faculty that combines a theoretical framework defining the objectives for the learning process, with its practical discussion in workshops. The projects to be developed in workshops and lessons are closely related and mutually reinforcing.

The program consists of 6 Workshops developed in 2 semesters, supported by theoretical and research sessions covering 4 knowledge modules. Loosely following an analogy of the renowned ecologist Ramon Folch, the combination of these modules offers an integrated vision of the city:

OIKOS                     biophysical support - TERRITORY/ PLACE

URBS                       anatomy - FORM

CIVITAS                   physiology - SOCIETY

DINAMIS                  forces, fluxes and movements - THE PROCESSES

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POLIS                     THE CITY

The 4 thematic modules are organized around these areas, which will be covered from the basic interscalar vision of the program: OIKOS will address issues related to space and its organization from a variety of perspectives ; URBS addresses constructed forms (architectural and urban theory and methods); CIVITAS, the collective (in essence, sociology and anthropology); DINAMIS will address issues of change and transformation taking place in different scales and domains.

A fifth module theme TRANSDISCIPLINARITY (Urban Social Structure and Form) is a transversal module that ensures the continuity among modules and introduces students to the systemic and transdisciplinary perspective of the city.

All theory modules are transversally performed unevenly across the program. They are interspersed with the 6 workshops that make up the Master.

The six workshops are graduated in time to a growing complexity and towards a gradual integration of the different urban scales. Although the workshops relate to areas of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, they are zones easily identifiable in any city, so the learning achieved in the workshops can be extrapolated to other urban realities.

Subjects

Workshop 1A - Old Center, New Problems
6 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.

This workshop will address issues such as heritage, coexistence of different social groups, the activation of depressed areas, reconsideration of mobility and movement in the city or the revaluation of public space and collective action.

Students will be able to understand the city as a sequential addition of social and historical layers. The workshop will address the intervention in urban areas in order to give them a new life without compromising its historic or functional values .

Students will develop an exercise which will be evaluated by a jury formed by Master's faculty and external reviewers. Its weight is 12% of the final grade.

Exercise to develop:

- Rambles for all. This world-famous avenue in Ciutat Vella is a very complex situation involving many issues and which calls for a strong action. It is the kick starter of the Master, mixing reflection and action, and where transdisciplinary discussion begins.

Workshop 1B - Residential Clusters
6 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.

Understanding public space as a unifying principle of social identity and community, this workshop addresses the need to extend the transforming action also to the configuration of buildings. It redefines issues such as types or uses to improve existing neighborhoods. The city is seen as a necessary mix of uses, in which residential areas play a key role.

Students will develop an exercise which will be evaluated by a jury formed by Master's faculty and external reviewers. Its weight is 12% of the final grade.

Exercise to develop:

- Changing Polygons: Polygon is the technocratic and generic word used to name the instant neighborhoods built between the 1950s and the 1970s. Ciutat Badia and Ciutat Meridiana are two examples of these areas in need of a reevaluation and transformation. It is a very typical European problem, soon to become an issue in developing countries building such schemes. Questions such as inoculation of productive activities, or achieving a wider variety of residential typologies are key issues to be developed in the workshop.

Workshop 1C - New Developments, Old Tissues
6 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.

This workshop addresses the reconnection and the reorganization of urban areas with new areas, proposing new models of lifestyle. It understands new construction as a positive tool to transform reality, with a deep comprehension of context and preexistences.

Students will develop an exercise which will be evaluated by a jury formed by Master's faculty and external reviewers. Its weight is 12% of the final grade.

Exercise to develop:

- Living on the margin: the left bank of the Besòs River as an inhabitable urban interface capable of reconnecting the river with the city of Santa Coloma. It is a preferential area of study for the new metropolitan government of Barcelona and a test-bed to work conflicts between public and private sectors.

Workshop 1D - Rural & Industrial Belt
6 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.

This workshop deals with the larger scale of the city, addressings issues such as the conversion of urban tissues and uses while avoiding gentrification and social exclusion. Other topics covered include urbanized agriculture, green corridors and the reassessment and reuse of non-heritage preexistences.

Students will develop an exercise which will be evaluated by a jury formed by Master's faculty and external reviewers. Its weight is 12% of the final grade.

Exercise to develop:

- Rural is the New Urban: The agricultural and industrial area of El Prat de Llobregat as a paradigmatic example. An area understood so far only as an opportunity for development, and as such left unattended until "appropriate" and civilized urbanism reached it. In this current situation mixing infrastructures and semi-urbanization, it can become a lot more layered structure, geared to the rest of the city without leaving its agricultural vocation.

Workshop 2A - Residential Clusters
13 ECTS. 96 teaching hours.

his workshop analyzes the dialectical relationship between the new and the old, and the processes by which innovation can be achieved simultaneously working on the issue of quality residential and public space.

Students will develop an exercise which will be evaluated by a jury formed by Master's faculty and external reviewers. Its weight is 20% of the final grade.

Exercise to develop:

- For a green and redensified Eixample: The city as a three-dimensional reality that has its own opportunities above street level. Barcelona in general, and in particular its very mineral nineteenth century extension, do not meet international standards on green areas. But an augmented residential density is compatible with a revegetalization of the city.

Workshop 2B - Old Center, New Opportunities
13 ECTS. 96 teaching hours.

This workshop develops critical and creative thinking about the identity of a particular place and discusses issues important to the construction of this identity, such as the concept of particularity, tradition, heritage and participation, expanding the conceptual and social base of the Master.

Students will develop an exercise which will be evaluated by a jury formed by Master's faculty and external reviewers. Its weight is 20% of the final grade.

Exercise to develop:

- Rec Comtal as an opportunity: This medieval water canal, destroyed in many parts, but still present in many others, has to be understood as a connecting device that crosses many situations and neighborhoods in the city, and is capable of giving a new reading to the city structure. Its recuperation has long been a popular claim and has sparked strong popular and social organizations around it. This exercise summarizes the Master, which can have different actions at different levels of different professionals dealing with urban issues.

Module 1 - OIKOS. From Territory to Metropolis: The Urban Genesis
2 ECTS. 34 teaching hours.

- The territory and the idea of place as sources of urban realities. The biophysical support of the city in its multiscale complexity

- The weight of history in the formation of the city

- The weight of territory and landscape in human settlements.

Students will be assigned, individually or in group, a task related with the workshops, developing theory issues or performing a specific research. Its weight is 2% of the total mark.

Module 2 - URBS. Urban Assemblages: Architecture, Infrastructure
2 ECTS. 34 teaching hours.

- Urban form. The anatomy of the city and its material constitution.

- The value of the city. Its buildings and the public space that connects them

- Heritage as a pragmatic component, beyond the idea of monument

- The city in its material component as a value beyond its use.

Students will be assigned, individually or in group, a task related with the workshops, developing theory issues or performing a specific research. Its weight is 2% of the total mark.

Module 3 - CIVITAS. Urban Civics: from Governing to Administering
2 ECTS. 34 teaching hours.

- The social dimension of the city.

- The formation of the contemporary city and the role of different social groups.

- The integration processes of participation, self-management and social criticism in urban design.

Students will be assigned, individually or in group, a task related with the workshops, developing theory issues or performing a specific research. Its weight is 2% of the total mark.

Module 4 - DYNAMICS. Fluxes and the City: Mobility, Diversity, Change
2 ECTS. 34 teaching hours.

- Changes and flows as a primary constituent elements of the city

- Time as a major factor in the design of the urban project

- Critical reflection on human and mechanical mobility and its consequences

Students will be assigned, individually or in group, a task related with the workshops, developing theory issues or performing a specific research. Its weight is 2% of the total mark.

Module 5 -TRANSDISCIPLINARITY. Social Structure and Urban Form
2 ECTS. 24 teaching hours.

This is the transversal module that defines the central themes of the program to be developed in workshops and seminars.

Students will be evaluated individually throughout the Program taking into account their progression in the effective construction of a transdisciplinary group. Its weight is 4% of the total mark.

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INFORMATION 2016-17 EDITION

Next course:
September 2017

Credits:
60 ECTS
(544 teaching hours)

Timetable:
Monday  17:00 to 20:00Tuesday  17:00 to 20:00Friday  09:00 to 13:00  15:00 to 18:00Saturday  09:00 to 13:00
Taught at:
ETSAV - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès
C. Pere Serra, 1-15
Barcelona - Sant Cugat del Vallès

Registration fee:
9.000 €

Language of instruction:
English

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