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.