Advanced Transdisciplinary Urban Design & Research_BCNOW! > Sant Cugat del Vallès > Master's degree > UPC School > Imprimir -

Advanced Transdisciplinary Urban Design & Research_BCNOW!

Master's degree. Face-to-face.

Presentation

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

It is impossible to think, design and build cities today without a complex approach integrating social knowledge and a practical experience of urban design. It requires a deep understanding of the multiple processes concurring in diverse urban environments: historic cities experiencing the influx of migrants from other countries, decline of industries that gave an impulse for many cities' development, reevaluation of environments and new understandings of ecology, the needs for security and the rights to the city that urbanites today may claim.

BCNOW!- Advanced Transdisciplinary Urban Design & Research integrates these questions with a transdisciplinar and practical vision of urban research, design and management (http://bcnow.org/). It is an innovative program with a ground breaking pedagogy that incorporates faculty expert in urban design and social sciences. It is aimed at professionals willing to go to the next level of expertise, make the most of their abilities, and enlarge their knowledge and experience base. Architects or engineers, urban planners, sociologists or geographers, ecologists, activists or economists: all form an international and transcultural group of highly trained and motivated professionals.

After being implemented very successfully in Saint Petersburg since 2014, in a
joint collaboration with the urban design institute SREDA, BCNow! is now developed in Barcelona, a city long regarded worldwide as a leader in urban transformation. The acknowledged quality of its urban design, its commitment to sustainable and technological innovations and its implementation of public policies are currently taken to a whole new level of social awareness and is fast becoming a test bed for new systems of governance and participation. BCNow! participates of this momentum and will work on real case studies with the capacity of being transposed to other international urban realities.

The transdisciplinary and the international focus of the Program is further supported by its equally transdisciplinary and international faculty. Students will be directly guided and evaluated by the active faculty from UPC-BarcelonaTECH, UAB-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UvA-University of Amsterdam and EUSP-European University at Saint Petersburg.

The Master is promoted by the Barcelona Metropolitan School of Architecture. The School has the latest technology in equipment and facilities. 

Aims

The main objective of the program is to provide students with the necessary tools to contribute to the improvement of the quality of reflection, analysis, planning and urban design, integrating social and technical aspects in their solutions.

It will enable students to:

- Transdisciplinary teamwork, overcoming the conventional limitation separating functions according to disciplines, advocating instead the alternative notion of design collaborative. Understand the project not as an instrument unique to architecture or engineering, but as the main vector of confluence of different professions involved in defining the city;

- Consider the transformation of the city and the urban environment as a positive force that involves a deep knowledge of preexistences and current and future needs. The dialectical relationship between the new and the existing as well as the process by which innovation can be achieved;

- Understand the impact and results of each action plan and specific design, focusing specifically on new lifestyles. The public space as aggregator of social identity and community. The role of social groups in shaping the contemporary city;

- Introduce creative and critical thinking about the identity of a particular place and the multiple possibilities of its beneficial transformation;

- Be able to perceive the importance of the territory and the landscape in the city. Work around the notion and practice of upcycling, urban agriculture and green corridors

Who is it for

BCNOW! is aimed at graduate professionals from different disciplines working in public or private entities wishing to become critical agents in the transformation of the city and the territory.

The Master is designed to integrate architects, engineers, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists and economists with the desire to promote information-sharing and teamwork among specialists from different disciplines and overcome the conventional dichotomy designer / consultant.

BCNOW!- Advanced Transdisciplinary Urban Design & Research wants to become a permanent laboratory of young professionals from different fields and from around the world, forming a cross-cultural group of highly trained and motivated urban experts.

Content

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

________+              _________________________________

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.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Massip Bosch, Enric
    Architect PhD. Professor at the Department of Architectural Design at UPC. Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and renowned architect with extensive international experience in architecture, urban design and city planning. With its office EMBA (www.emba.cat) has won the European Prize for Urban Design Abitare il Mediterraneo LEAF International Award 2009 and 2011.

Academic coordination

  • Muñoz Ramírez, Francesc Manuel
    Phd in Geography and professor at the Department of Geography of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Current Director of Urbanization Observatory, Research Group of the Department of Geography at the UAB, and teacher of several master and postgraduate programs at UAB.He has published articles about the city, urban studies and landscape issues. His work includes books like urBANALization: Common Landscapes, Global Places (Gustau Gili, Barcelona, 2008) and Strategies towards low-density city: containment management (Diputación de Barcelona, 2011).
  • Sezneva, Olga
    Sociologist. PhD, New York University. Urban sociologist, curator, Professor of Urban Studies at European University -St. Petersburg, faculty member at University of Amsterdam, founding Co-Director of post-graduate program in urban research and design 'Building City Now' (St. Petersburg), member and curator of the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop: Serial Migrants' Art and Identity.

Teaching staff

  • Bayona Mas, Marta
    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the UPC. She completed the Diploma of Architecture at the University of North London, for the course about Barcelona, and Diploma in Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich, among others. Cofounder of Bayona Valero Associates Architects, studio that has realized projects in many areas and different scales of architecture and urban planning from the urban project to the architecture of buildings or the renovation or rehabilitation of external spaces.
  • Benedito Ribelles, Mariona
    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Architectural Design at the UPC. She has been professor at ETH Zurich in 2005, Professor of Art and Ephemeral Architecture Master and professor of Summer Studio of Washington University of Saint Louis in several edicions. Winner of the FAD Prize for Ephemeral Spaces with the work "Llàgrimes de Santa Eulàlia". She is co-founder with MartiSanz of the architectural studio MIM-A (www.mim-a.com) since 2007, where she has developed several projects in architecture, public space and exhibition design .
  • Jaffe, Rivke
    Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture at Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam.PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. Her anthropological research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political, and includes an interest in topics such as popular culture, environmental pollution, and organized crime. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on these and other topics in Jamaica, Curaçao and Suriname. She is currently leading a major research program on public-private security assemblages in Kingston, Jerusalem, Miami, Nairobi and Recife, studying how urban governance changes through hybrid forms of security provision.
  • Kurkovsky West, Diana
    B.A. Middlebury College, Philosophy. Ph.D. Princeton University, Program in the History and Theory of Architecture Dissertation: CyberSovietica: Planning, Design, and the Cybernetics of Soviet Space, 1954-1986. M.A. Williams College, Program in History of Art and Architecture. M.A. Princeton University, Program in the History and Theory of Architecture. Director of Science and Technology Studies Center, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. She has received several Honors and Awards. She has participated in various workshops and conferences and has published several articles and book chapters.
  • Massip Bosch, Enric
    Architect PhD. Professor at the Department of Architectural Design at UPC. Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and renowned architect with extensive international experience in architecture, urban design and city planning. With its office EMBA (www.emba.cat) has won the European Prize for Urban Design Abitare il Mediterraneo LEAF International Award 2009 and 2011.
  • Muñoz Ramírez, Francesc Manuel
    Phd in Geography and professor at the Department of Geography of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Current Director of Urbanization Observatory, Research Group of the Department of Geography at the UAB, and teacher of several master and postgraduate programs at UAB.He has published articles about the city, urban studies and landscape issues. His work includes books like urBANALization: Common Landscapes, Global Places (Gustau Gili, Barcelona, 2008) and Strategies towards low-density city: containment management (Diputación de Barcelona, 2011).
  • Ramis Frontera, Tomeu
    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Associate professor in the Department of Architectural Design at the UPC. Visiting Professor in Architecture-ESARQ International University. He has been professor at ETH- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Founder of FLEXOARQUITECTURA, study that has won several prizes and awards on several occasions.
  • Rosell Gratacos, Joaquim
    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of UPC. He is also a professor at the School of Design IED Barcelona. Usually teaches at several international universities. He has been assistant professor at ETH Zurich with Prof.JLMateo and at the University Center of Design in Barcelona (BAU). Co-founder of the studio Bernardez Rosell SCP Architects. His architectural, urban design and landscape projects have been awarded, selected for several awards and documented in specialist publications. He is the author of the book "Afterwards, Remaking landscapes", GG.
  • Sánchez-Villanueva Beuter, Manuel
    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Architectural Design at UPC. Master in Architecture and Writing from Elisava-Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Member of the Advisory Committee for the Official College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC) Rehabilitation. Architect consultant at the Palace of Catalan Music. Director of the studio architecture haz s.l.p.
  • Sezneva, Olga
    Sociologist. PhD, New York University. Urban sociologist, curator, Professor of Urban Studies at European University -St. Petersburg, faculty member at University of Amsterdam, founding Co-Director of post-graduate program in urban research and design 'Building City Now' (St. Petersburg), member and curator of the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop: Serial Migrants' Art and Identity.
  • Zubelzu Viarje, Ana
    Architecture from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Associate Professor at the Department of Architectural Design. He has won several first prizes and competitions, including: Extension and restyling of the classrooms of the Faculty of Arts (UAB), remodeling the space resulting from the underground railway (Montcada i Reixac) Remodeling Gardens Montserrat Roig in Sant Andreu de la Barca, etc. She is a member of ZFC architects.

General 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
The sessions held on Friday afternoon will start at 14.00h.
Taught at
ETSAV - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès
C. Pere Serra, 1-15
Barcelona - Sant Cugat del Vallès
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
9.000 €
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.

0.7%

Language of instruction
English
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

Related entities

Collaborators