Urban Design

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School
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Urban planning cannot be indifferent to the fast transformations of our society in the new information era. The increasing complexity of the urban phenomena and their interactions, the impact of the new communication technologies in relationship between the city and the territory, the role of the big metropolises, which is getting more and more relevant to an international scale, make the urban planner develop suitable methods and instruments of intervention in this context.

This new common program faces up to the challenges of contemporary urban planning, attending to the development of new instruments for a critical intervention in different contexts. The workshops constitute the core of the each semester.

The Master is divided into three modules, corresponding to the three fields of action of urban intervention "City Design", devoted to planning, "Urban Project", devoted to urban design, and "Regional Design "devoted to regional planning.

There are five types of subjects in the Masters. The workshops deal with the analysis and project designs of real and current cases. The theoretical subjects put forward conceptual discussions and reflections on the recent evolution of the city and the territory and the mechanisms for an urban intervention. The methodological subjects are directed at promoting the knowledge of the application of a technique or instrument from the analysis of several plans and other project design figures. The seminars treat present topics, but with a transcendence beyond the local and concrete thing, which invites theoretical reflection. The specialization courses are subjects that approach practical questions like the land arrangement, systems of mobility, environmental management, etc.


The UPC's Masters in Urban Planning Project Design has been designed to train highly qualified architects in the development of urban projects that have to adapt to a dynamic and very complex urban environment. The Master's program emphasizes the physical form of the interventions, in relation to which the rest of aspects in urban planning are considered (economic, social, management, etc.). This is the reason why the workshops based on real urban planning projects in different towns, carried out in close collaboration with the corresponding administrations, are the focal points of the Masters. The rest of subjects, which bring extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge about the processes of urban and territorial transformations, are articulated around the workshops.

Because the participants on the Master hail from all over the world, they often work in multicultural groups, an enriching situation that is more and more common in the professional activities of urbanists.

The aim of the Master's is to capacitate students to do the following:
- Analyze urban problems in urban and regional areas.
- Design proposals for planning, remodeling and developing these areas.
- Understand the sociological, economic, technical and managerial aspects of urban planning and weave these into their understanding of the forms of physical intervention.
- Incorporate the different scales involved in Urbanism into their designs.
- Develop discriminating, well-grounded views of the field of Urbanism.

Beyond that, the specific objectives in the Master are: (1) think critically and incorporate the dynamics of urban complexity within a clear conceptual framework, (2) encourage research through design, which enables enhanced visibly ability of this method of approach and offer an innovative technique (project as a producer of knowledge), (3) be able to initiate a contextual and flexible dialogue within the framework of a strategic bargaining with the different stakeholders or affected by the design proposal in order to achieve a better understanding of the implementation process, and (4) promote wider perspective on the consequences of decisions and actions on shaping the current and future city.

Who is it for

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

Information form
(34) 93 112 08 70


Next course:
September 2017

100 ECTS
(630 teaching hours)

Monday  16:00 to 20:00Tuesday  17:30 to 21:30Wednesday  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

Registration fee:
10.000 €

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