Smart Cities: Urbanism, Technology and Sustainability

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School


Smart Cities: Urbanism and Technology
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
The course programme consists firstly of a review of specialized literature on Smart Cities in the era of knowledge, information and globalization, based on the information and communication technologies applied to governance, management and citizen participation. Once the theory has been acquired, case studies will be analysed from the perspective of the six fundamental points of smart cities: economy, mobility, the environment, people, life and governance. The aim is to generalize the use of technologies to create more sustainable, digital, competitive and inclusive cities: this analysis shall include both the positive and negative effects that ICT's have on a city and a territory, from an economical, cultural, environmental and social point of view. Besides the case studies, the course includes "hands-on" workshops on virtual cities and visits to institutions, spaces and organizations that collaborate with the cities and are part of this network of smart cities.
Throughout the technical program will be visits to places of interest related to the contents of the subject. During the previous year visits to TRAM, Bicing and Kisses Ecopark were performed. Tours are conducted in the mornings.
Smart Cities: people, quality of life and governance
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.

- Technology or Urban Intelligence? Smart Cities do not only involve the use of technology, but these technologies can also help improve the quality of life for their citizens.

- Studying cities, as containers of information and human capital and not just as buildings and infrastructure. To that end, in this second course, we will pay particular attention to the three aspects of smart cities which relate to people's quality of life and governance (Smart People, Smart Living and Smart Governance).

- Case studies, best practices, plus a workshop which will review the potential indicators that help measure a city's progress in terms of those areas.

Geographic Information Systems: Smart City Project
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.

- Basic knowledge of geographic information systems, their graphic and alphanumeric data structure, their components and their working criteria and procedures.

- Tools for designing databases, entering georeferencing procedures, while allowing the development of a GIS and related spatial analysis.

- An urban and territorial structure that is essential for a synthetic perspective at a general territorial or municipal level using thematic maps.

- Spatial analysis in vector and raster formats and applications crossed between both.

- Basic concepts of Remote Sensing, and creating vectorial territorial and municipal databases and viewing them on maps.

The Smart City Project This project consists of creating an innovative platform such as an app or similar which will facilitate transformation towards a smart city using GIS technologies.

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(90 teaching hours)

Start date:
Classes start:24/02/2017 Classes end:23/06/2017Programme ends: 14/07/2017
Thursday  16:00 to 21:00Friday  16:00 to 21:00
Taught at:
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649. Edifici A

Registration fee:
2.500 €

Language of instruction:
Spanish / English

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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