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Designing a Space (Urban Design)

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.

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18th EDITION
UPC School

This postgraduate course can be attended as part of the master's degree European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism.

This module of the Master in Urban Design contains several theoretical subjects, methodological and workshops, with a joint program of 30 ECTS. It focuses on urban planning and related research.
The subjects of this Graduate are distributed as follows:

Urban Design Workshop
Analysis and development of projects
Urban Reform
Compositional criteria in the Urban Space Project
New Residential Projects
Design and Management of Public Space

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Miquel Corominas Ayala (micoro@coac.net)

Aims

To establish the relationship between the new parts of a contemporary city, often characterized by their isolation, a fact that has generated peripheral urban areas where the disintegration is dominant, to study the compositional aspects of the urban project, classify intervention methods used in recent urban remodeling operations according to common patterns and analyze new residential projects based on aspects such centrality, accessibility, services, community spaces, leisure and nature.

Who is it for

Architects with advanced or associates degrees.
Urban Planners.
Managers working for public administrations in urbanism departments.
Geographers.
Economists.
Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.

Content

Subjects

New Residential Designs
2 ECTS. 10 teaching hours.
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
Project Analysis and Evaluation
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Corominas Ayala, Miquel
    Dr. Architect, Professor of Urbanism at ETSAB. Special doctoral award of UPC for the thesis: "Sòl, tècnica i iniciativa en els origens de l'Eixample de Barcelona". He has participated in several exhibitions about the Eixample and has published several articles, chapters and books about Cerdà and about the Eixample and others about urban planning. He has been invited lecturer in various universities of Europe and America. Architect responsible of Eixample in Barcelona City Council from 1983 to 1987. Combines teaching with professional practice of urbanism in the study CCRS, architects and partners. Plan Director de Valle de Hebrón y del barrio de St.Ildefons y Plan especial Diagonal/Poblenou; Planes municipales de Vidreres, St. Pere Pescador, Vilafranca del Penedés, Mollet, Rubí, Vic, La Orotava (Tenerife), Lepe y Almonaster la Real (Huelva); Plan Insular de Tenerife; Remodelación Puerto de Brindisi (Italia) y reordenación viaria cuenca del Beberibe en Recife (Brasil).

Academic coordination

  • Corominas Ayala, Miquel
    Dr. Architect, Professor of Urbanism at ETSAB. Special doctoral award of UPC for the thesis: "Sòl, tècnica i iniciativa en els origens de l'Eixample de Barcelona". He has participated in several exhibitions about the Eixample and has published several articles, chapters and books about Cerdà and about the Eixample and others about urban planning. He has been invited lecturer in various universities of Europe and America. Architect responsible of Eixample in Barcelona City Council from 1983 to 1987. Combines teaching with professional practice of urbanism in the study CCRS, architects and partners. Plan Director de Valle de Hebrón y del barrio de St.Ildefons y Plan especial Diagonal/Poblenou; Planes municipales de Vidreres, St. Pere Pescador, Vilafranca del Penedés, Mollet, Rubí, Vic, La Orotava (Tenerife), Lepe y Almonaster la Real (Huelva); Plan Insular de Tenerife; Remodelación Puerto de Brindisi (Italia) y reordenación viaria cuenca del Beberibe en Recife (Brasil).

Teaching staff

  • Batlle Durany, Enric
    Architect, PhD in architecture in 2002 with the thesis recently published by GG entitled 'The Garden of the Metropolis' and Professor in the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of ETSAV. He's specialized in landscaping and has given numerous lectures worldwide. In 1981, together with Joan Roig, creates BATLLE Y ROIG ARQUITECTES, an architectural firm that develops building projects, planning and landscape. His work has won awards both state and international level.
  • Bergadà Masquef, Jordi
    Architect for the ETSAB, professional office in Reus from 1983 to present, several projects of architecture, public spaces and urban design, promoting both public and private, member of Departament of Culture of Demarcation of Tarragona COAC 1992-96. President of this Demarcation 1996-2010, Member of the COAC Governing Board 1996-2012, member of the Commission of Urbanism of Catalonia 2003-2011 and Councilor of Architecture and Urbanism of the City of Reus 1999-2011.
  • Casamor Maldonado, Carles
  • 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.
  • Corominas Ayala, Miquel
    Dr. Architect, Professor of Urbanism at ETSAB. Special doctoral award of UPC for the thesis: "Sòl, tècnica i iniciativa en els origens de l'Eixample de Barcelona". He has participated in several exhibitions about the Eixample and has published several articles, chapters and books about Cerdà and about the Eixample and others about urban planning. He has been invited lecturer in various universities of Europe and America. Architect responsible of Eixample in Barcelona City Council from 1983 to 1987. Combines teaching with professional practice of urbanism in the study CCRS, architects and partners. Plan Director de Valle de Hebrón y del barrio de St.Ildefons y Plan especial Diagonal/Poblenou; Planes municipales de Vidreres, St. Pere Pescador, Vilafranca del Penedés, Mollet, Rubí, Vic, La Orotava (Tenerife), Lepe y Almonaster la Real (Huelva); Plan Insular de Tenerife; Remodelación Puerto de Brindisi (Italia) y reordenación viaria cuenca del Beberibe en Recife (Brasil).
  • de Solá Susperregui, Bernardo
  • Español Llorens, Joaquim
    Doctor in Architecture and professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (UPC). He has been professor of the "Accademia di Architettura" in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and invited professor in various universities of Europe and America. He is the author of books about architectural research, as "Architects in the landscape", "Invitation to the architecture", "Girona: Anatomy of the historic city", "The fragil order of the architecture" (Doctoral special prize, "Archítesis" prize) and "Form and consistency". He has realized his professional work with F. Hereu. With him he has obtained several prizes (FAD prize of opinion, Special mention award of European Public Space, finalist in several FAD prizes, and others architectural prizes). His works have been published in books and specialized magazines, as well as in the monograph "F. Hereu and J.Español. Inventories of Architecture", and have been showed in various exhibition.
  • Falcone, Patrizia
  • Fayos Molet, Ricard
    Architect (UPC, 1974). Professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (UPC) and professor of various Master¿s programs and international seminars. Since 1984 is linked in several important charges in the town hall of Barcelona and since 1992 is the Technical Director of Planning and Infrastructure of the town hall of Barcelona.
  • Figueras Feixas, Martirià
  • Font Ferrer, Antonio
  • Henrich Monràs, Jordi
    Architect (ETSAB, 1982) and Master in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University, NY (1985). Architect of the Department of Urban Projects of the Hall of Barcelona (1987-2004) and the Department of Public Space of AMB (2004-2007). He currently works as freelancer, working with J.Artigues, architect, and recently with I. Bennasar, architect, working on projects for public spaces and public facilities.
  • Peremiquel Lluch, Francesc
    Doctor of Architecture (UPC). Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning at the ETSAB (UPC). Professor of several graduate programs. Author and director of researching works in the field of Urban Transformation and Urban Residential Project. Member of the Urban planning Research Group. Municipal Architect of Badalona (1985-2007) where was head of urban planning.
  • Quintana Creus, Màrius
    Architect (ETSAB 1979). Architect of the Department of Urban Projects from 1982 to 1988 and Head of the Department of Urban Elements from 1988 to 1992 of the Hall of Barcelona. Professor of School of Design Elisava of Urban Furniture Design from 1988 to 1997. Professor of Urban II at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, during 1992-1993. Professor of Projects III in the School of Architecture of the Vallès from 1993 to 1996. Professor of Projects VII-VIII in the School of Architecture of Barcelona since 1996. Conservative architect of Mies van der Rohe's Pavilion in 1999.
  • Sabaté Bel, Joaquim
    Doctor in Architecture and Economist. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC). Coordinator of the PhD in Urban Planning and of the Official Research Masters in Urban Planning. Conferences, seminars, master's courses and doctorates in more than fifty universities of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Research activity on the tools, methods and theories of urban development project, and the relationship between patrimonial resources and local development. All this has been translated in more than a hundred of books or book chapters, and in projects recognized four times in the National Awards of Planning.

General information

Credits
30 ECTS (200 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:September 2017End date:December 2017
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
Contact
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 70
Degree
Postgraduate diplomas 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 Postgraduate course 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
3.000 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
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 10 days before the starting date of the programme