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Smart Cities: Urbanism, Technology and Sustainability

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.

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2nd EDITION
UPC School

A new urban paradigm has emerged over the last decade: THE SMART CITY. The traditional concepts of living, working and leisure, characteristic of rationalist urban planning, have been joined by a series of increasingly complex issues that mean that the role of the city has to be defined in a new way. Sustainability, social cohesion, governance, innovation and resilience to environmental changes, among others, are the factors that make up the city in the Information Age.

The emergence and spread of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has led to a fundamental change in the contemporary city, making the range of values conferring full citizenship - THE RIGHT TO THE CITY - available to society.  With these new challenges to society, the traditional professions (architects, geographers, engineers, sociologists, etc.) have to consider how to adapt to the changes that the city is undergoing, and how to work in a multidisciplinary framework in terms of planning and managing the complexity that characterises territory in the twenty-first century.

This postgraduate course arises from the evident need to prepare professionals linked to the planning and management of the city in terms of the innovation, participation, quality of life and sustainability that the ICTs can bring to the optimisation of urban processes. The course aims to train specialists to become qualified to deal with an improved and more efficient use of resources, and in the development of innovative management tools based on "smart processes" that will help expand and enhance the knowledge of professionals working in local government, planning and management of Smart Cities.

The course is supported by Barcelona City Council - a city that ranks as a world leader in Smart Cities. Sant Cugat Town Council is also involved as an example of a medium-sized town which is committed to technologies and efficiency in order to provide high quality services for its citizens. The course features renowned professionals and experts in the field of research such as the participation of Professor Rudolf Giffinger of the Vienna University of Technology, who is leading the European Smart Cities project and the Planning for Energy Efficient Cities (PLEEC) project.

It will contain highly practical sessions involving the collaboration and participation of institutions and companies including CISCO, INDRA, SEAT, TRAM, Bicing, Servei Català de Trànsit, AMB and Ecoparc Besos.

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Aims

The primary objectives of the programme are:

- To empower multidisciplinary specialists to deal with planning and management of the city and the region in the Information Age.

- To foster intelligence in the city by means of new technologies, in order to achieve a more sustainable, efficient, competitive and socially inclusive city.

- To increase the human capital, culture and quality of life of citizens with greater social cohesion, and their involvement in decision making and the formation of an efficient, sustainable and transparent government.

Who is it for

- Professionals whose career is linked to regional planning.

- Specialists in the public sector (urban planning, technology and other departments).

- Professionals with higher or technical degrees (architects and engineers) graduates in Economics and Geography, environmentalists, planners etc.

- Professionals who wish to receive thorough training on all the theoretical and practical aspects related to smart cities despite not having a direct professional relationship with the content of the course.

Content

Subjects

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.

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

  • Alsasua Pastrana, Ioanna
  • 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).
  • Ferrer i Escoda, Josep Ramon
    Technical telecommunications engineer, higher electronics engineer and master's degree in Digital Dissemination from Ramon Llull University. Director of ICT Strategy and Smart Cities. Urban Housing, Municipal Computing Institute. Barcelona City Council.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shojaee Far, Mohosen

General information

Credits
15 ECTS (90 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:24/02/2017Classes end:23/06/2017Programme ends: 14/07/2017
Timetable
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
Barcelona
Contact
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 83
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
2.500 €
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 / 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 10 days before the starting date of the programme

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