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Urban Planning and Sustainability

Master's degree. Face-to-face.

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7th EDITION
UPC School
Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.

This course seeks to offer viable proposals for sustainable growth that do not stop the growth of the city. It provides tools for professionals who are already working in the field of territorial planning in general, and specifically, for all of those people who are specialised in making territorial planning compatible with the environment. The way an urban project is designed, how it is integrated into the territory and how it affects the environmental quality in the area are concepts that help make up an important part of sustainable architecture. Land use regulation plays a fundamental role on the road to a more sustainable future, which has been established by a series of public political research projects and strategies that have been carried out both here in Spain and in the European framework.

The time has passed when metropolises experienced out of control, disorganised and chaotic growth, a time in which the limited capacity of these areas to absorb new habitants and offer them the necessary resources for their daily life was not heeded. Nowadays, public administrations are working to guarantee the supply of these resources (water, electricity, gas, rubbish collection service) and have designed projects aimed at building sustainable cities. Among the instruments used to do this are the local agenda 21s. These projects include transversal politics that take into account everything from mobility, the landscape, and waste to urban structure.

In the case of foreign students or Spaniards architects; without knowledge of the Legal Framework for Planning and Urban Management in Spain, conducting matter Introduction to Urban Law Spanish, which provides a set of introductory content to ensure a common minimum knowledge base, useful for future realization is recommended the master.

Aims

  • Training trained to deal with the planning and management of the city and territory in the XXI century multidisciplinary specialists. Authentic planners (planners' in Anglo-Saxon name), contemporary urban and territorial systems.
  • To study the concept of sustainability applied to the city and its morphological structures and the concept dynamic behaviour.
  • To define the potential models for territories of varying size, from one to forty hectares.
  • To asses land regulation as well as construction and land morphology.
  • To identify the tools used in the environmental management of territories and in assessments that allow the economic and social value of assets that do not have an explicit market to be measured, such as urban environments or spaces.

Who is it for

  • Urban Developers and Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.
  • Engineers from different areas of specialisation.
  • Professionals working in territorial planning.
  • Economists.
  • Graduates in Environmental Science.
  • Graduates in Law.

Content

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.

Planificación Territorial

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 24/10/2016. Barcelona

Urban Environment And Sustainability

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

Planificación Territorial y Urbana

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 24/10/2016. Barcelona

Urbanismo Sostenible

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 02/02/2017. Barcelona

Clima Urbano y Cambio Climático

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 16/03/2017. Barcelona

Planning Environmental Assessment

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 07/04/2017. Barcelona

Subjects

Planificación Territorial y Urbana
10 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
Once the theoretical and conceptual basics that guide development have been established, this module will turn to analysing the evolution of territorial and urban issues generated as a result of the industrial revolution and the successive instruments and planning techniques that have appeared to deal with these issues.

Analysis of urban structures and the elements of territorial configuration, as well as the study of current planning tools (legislation, plans, organising techniques territorial systems, mobility management, participation, etc.) that make up the core of this programme along with studies into new concepts and experiences from territorial planning.

This programme finishes with a module dedicated to government involvement and territorial organisation and will include the current debate over the territorial organisation of Catalonia, as well as a workshop about the development of case studies.
Gestión, Gobernanza y Políticas Urbanas
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
This module analyses the different land and housing policy models, from their historical appearance to the stated objectives when they were being created. This class will deal with the relationship between land use policy and the real estate market, emphasising factors that, from an urban planning point of view, can influence the normalisation of the land market. As well, this class will draw on the study of different land and housing policies, focusing on critical analysis of the predominant policies: land market liberalisation, interventionism, etc. It is from this perspective that the main elements of urban policy will be developed in the class (analysis of land and housing supply and demand, market accessibility, financing, fiscal policy, etc.). As well, it will include analysis of the current basic management tools, such as expropriation, obtaining land for free as a result of private management, land set aside for public housing, public land equities, market intervention, renting policies, etc.
Geographic Information Systems
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Basic knowledge on geographic information systems, the structure of graphic and alphanumeric data, their components and working procedures. Relevant concepts on urban and territorial structure, working criteria and procedures, fundamentally to visualize them in a synthetic way on a municipal level, using maps. Defining processes to explore and show different factors that converge in an environment, spatial relations and an integrating approach to many components yielding a qualitative improvement allowing to combine elements and make a synthesis of contents exploring urban information bases in a digital format and using computer applications based on conventional GISs Desktop aping (PC).
Sustainable Urbanism
10 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
The course programme is an introduction to the concepts of territorial and urban sustainability; its origins and evolution, references and strategies, and its applications when planning territorial systems. The course also covers subjects such as urban models and sustainability, the historical evolution of land occupation models: Compact City vs. Dispersed City and the principles of ecological town planning and the entropy of urban systems, organizations, etc. As well as concepts such as climate change, new perspectives and urban resilience. Another concept is that of sustainable cities; materials, energy, balanced use of materials in urban planning systems and their interaction with the environment, air, acoustic and other types of pollution, mobility, green systems and energy; use and transformation of materials, polluting emissions, inter-city and environmental energy flows.
Urban Climate and climate change
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Evaluación Ambiental del Planeamiento
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Environmental control instruments. Environmental impact evaluations and applying them to plans and projects. Integrated environmental authorisations. Instruments for protection and management of natural heritage. Networks of protected natural spaces, planning and management. Biological corridors. Protection of geological heritage. Management of unique habitats. Organisation and management instruments for working with renewable natural resources. Environmental infrastructures.
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.
Proyecto
15 ECTS. 80 teaching hours.

This is a research project that students will do while they are studying for their Master's degrees. The dates for this project are from 31 march to the end of the Master's Course. As a result, students will be working on this project at the same time they are studying for their degrees, applying the knowledge learned in each of the modules integrated into this Master's course. These projects will be proposed by students in class and can be done as a group or individually, depending on the project chosen.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Roca Cladera, Josep
    Doctor in Architecture, UPC Professor. Director of the UPC Centre for Land Valuation Policy. The director of the Doctorate in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation, which is unique in its kind in Spain as it combines the economic, legal, social and environmental processes involved in town and regional planning. He has written numerous articles related to the real estate economy, the analysis of territorial structures and the city. His most outstanding books focus on the theoretical analysis of the formation of land value and the practical application of valuation methods. Professor Roca is a leading figure in the Spanish and international sphere in the field of valuations, and especially those related to urban management processes. He has been a pioneer in Spain in teaching valuations at graduate level since from the appearance of master's degree courses in the early 1980s.
  • Arellano Ramos, Blanca Esmaragda
    Architect. Holder of a master's degree in Urban Management and Valuation from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. An associate lecturer at the Department of Architectural Constructions I of the ETSAB, a researcher at the Centre for Land Valuation of the Policy Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a member of the Urban Quality of Life and Sustainability research group. She has undertaken and directed research in the areas of urban planning, land and housing policy, and analysis of urban growth processes: Sprawl vs. Compact City, sustainable urban planning, sustainable mobility, public space, urban regeneration, civic culture, benefits and models of city management. She has held various public sector positions in the areas of housing, land, urban development and ecology, as well as regional and urban planning.

Teaching staff

  • Arellano Ramos, Blanca Esmaragda
    Architect. Holder of a master's degree in Urban Management and Valuation from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. An associate lecturer at the Department of Architectural Constructions I of the ETSAB, a researcher at the Centre for Land Valuation of the Policy Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a member of the Urban Quality of Life and Sustainability research group. She has undertaken and directed research in the areas of urban planning, land and housing policy, and analysis of urban growth processes: Sprawl vs. Compact City, sustainable urban planning, sustainable mobility, public space, urban regeneration, civic culture, benefits and models of city management. She has held various public sector positions in the areas of housing, land, urban development and ecology, as well as regional and urban planning.
  • Barceló Bugeda, Jaume
    Doctorate in Physics from the UAB. Professor at the School of Informatics and the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the UPC. Scientific Director of the ICT and Mobility area of the CENIT (Transport Innovation Centre).
  • Biere Arenas, Rolando
  • Bosch Meda, Jordi
  • Burón Cuadrado, Francisco Javier
  • Cabrera Tosas, Francisco José
  • Carceller Roqué, Xavier
    Doctor in Architecture (UPC). Coordinator and/or director of several masters courses (Urban Ecology, Sustainable City and territory, environmental assessment or integration of urban planning, legislation, environmental management and diagnosis). He develops the professional activity in the administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia where, among other charges, has been head of the Planning Natural Environment (Department of Environment) and he is currently Head of Service Plans and Programs, in the General Division Environmental Assessment (Department of Planning and Sustainability).
  • Carrera Alpuente, Josep Maria
  • Castiñeira Palou, Isabel
    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC. She has reconciled her teaching at the ETSAV with classes of Master in Urban Design and with her professional exercise in Castiñeira Corominas Sabaté SCP, CCRS architects, where it has developed numerous works of planning to several scales, territorial and urban.
  • Clavell Nadal, Dolors
  • Cofan Amiel, Camil
  • Esquius Rafat, Andreu
  • Esteban Noguera, Juli
  • Ferran Mèlich, Antoni
  • Ferrer i Escoda, Josep Ramon
    Technical telecommunications engineer, higher electronics engineer and master's degree in Digital Dissemination from Ramon Llull University.
  • Ferrer Pont, Esther
  • Giffinger, Rudolf
    Doctor of Geography. Lecturer in the Department of Territorial, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning, University of Technology of Vienna (TUVIEN). Expert in research on Smart Cities, urban and regional development analyst at the Regional Science Centre (SRF).
  • Jornet Forner, Sebastià
  • Lambies Ortin, Enric
  • Llop Torné, Josep Mª
    Architect Planner (UPC, 1973). Director Planning and Environment of Lleida (1979-1988 and 1991-2003). Director of Planning of the City of Barcelona (1987-1991), before the 1992 Olympic Games. Professor of the University of Lleida and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. First Prize of Catalonia Urban General Plan 1995-2015 Lleida. Project Coordinator "Management and control of urbanization" of the URB-AL Network on tools for urban income redistribution. Program Director of the International Union of Architects and UNESCO Chair on "Intermediate Cities, Urbanization and Development".
  • Mariño Bermúdez, Xavier
  • Marmolejo Duarte, Carlos
  • Mayor Farguell, Xavier
    Ecologist, Biologist
  • Moix Bergada, Montserrat
  • Montenegro de Paz, Sergio
  • Pagès Ramon, Anna
    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology I (UPC)
  • Palacio i Villacampa, Gabriel Àngel
    Gabriel A. Palacio is a Senior Regional Planner and Responsible for the Implementation of Regional Planning at the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia. Graduated in Planning and Architecture from Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC), he has over 25 years of professional experience on Regional Planning, in which he has held different positions. He specializes in Regional Planning development, implementation and connection to more or less related matters such as Urban Planning, Environmental & Legal Issues, Landscape Policies, Land Stewardship and Rural Development, among others.
  • Perez Lamas, Carlos
  • Puig i Boix, Josep
    Doctor in industrial engineering, specialising in energy technologies, and the holder of the degree in Environmental Engineering, Ecology and Environmental Management. Director of Ecoservices. Winner of the Poul Lacour Award at European Conference on Wind Energy 2001, and the European Solar Prize 2004 in the Solar Architecture category.
  • Queraltó Ros, Pau
  • Roca Cladera, Josep
    Doctor in Architecture, UPC Professor. Director of the UPC Centre for Land Valuation Policy. The director of the Doctorate in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation, which is unique in its kind in Spain as it combines the economic, legal, social and environmental processes involved in town and regional planning. He has written numerous articles related to the real estate economy, the analysis of territorial structures and the city. His most outstanding books focus on the theoretical analysis of the formation of land value and the practical application of valuation methods. Professor Roca is a leading figure in the Spanish and international sphere in the field of valuations, and especially those related to urban management processes. He has been a pioneer in Spain in teaching valuations at graduate level since from the appearance of master's degree courses in the early 1980s.
  • Sanz Marco, Lluís
    Industrial, Energy and Information Technology Engineer, Diploma in Management (ESADE), Director of Basic Information at the Municipal Computing Institute. Barcelona City Council.
  • Sumpsi Riera, Carles
  • Tejedor Bielsa, Julio
  • Torrents Abad, Josep Maria
  • Trilla Bellart, Carme

General information 2016-17 EDITION

Next course
October 2017
Credits
60 ECTS (350 teaching hours)
Timetable
Monday  16:00 to 21:00Tuesday  16:00 to 21:00Wednesday  16:00 to 21:00Thursday  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
Barcelona
Contact
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 83
Degree
Master's degrees issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
6.500 €
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.

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Language of instruction
Spanish
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme

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