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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Urban Design.


12th Edition
27 ECTS (186 teaching hours)
Blended learning
Language of instruction
€3,250 €2,762.50(15% discount if you enrol before 30th June)
Payment of enrolment fee options

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 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: 26/09/2022
End date: 03/02/2023
Monday: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Tuesday: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Thursday: 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this postgraduate course?
This module of the Master in Urban Design contains several theoretical subjects, methodological and workshops. It focuses on urban planning and related research.

This module combines the strategic approach and the physical design, paying particular attention to the changes of the territory. The study is combined with courses on the theory of regional planning, regional economics, landscape ecology, methods and tools of regional design. The projects are based on information prepared in advance, so the students can manage to face rapidly the topic and work on their proposals in depth. The main issues to consider are the approach scenes, the new models and techniques to deal with territorial design, the use of heritage resources to improve local development, the importance of the morphology of the territory as the main criterion of design, or how mobility and infrastructure should be addressed to help regional development with environmental conscience.

The aim of the Master's is that students is to capacitate students to do the following:

  • Address urban projects in a dynamic and highly complex urban environment.
  • Analyse the urban problems of urban and territorial spaces.
  • Design proposals for planning, remodelling and urbanization of these spaces.
  • Integrate in the reflection on the forms of physical intervention, the sociological, economic, technical and management dimensions of urban planning.
  • Incorporate in the projects the different urban scales.
  • Prepare a personal and informed reflection on the main problems of the different fields of action of urban planning.
Who is it for?
Urban Developers
Managers working for public administrations
Civil Engineers

Training Content

List of subjects
3 ECTS 18h
GIS, Data Base and Territorial Project
This course aims to show, with practical cases, the potential of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool in the process of projecting the territory and the city. For this, the management of Big Data is investigated through the use of GIS.

The objective is to learn to work with data from multiple sources and start processing them to obtain knowledge that is useful to us in our project. The information available may be excessive, and our objective is to give it added value, using it as the basis for a positive analysis.

3 ECTS 18h
Planner Organisation Theory
This section seeks to offer key urban development and design studies into the origin and evolution of territorial organisation and an evaluation of the current situation of our context and other nearby urban development cultures through the selection and detailed discussion of a meaningful group of plans and studies. This includes definition of objectives, technical development of the main proposals and application instruments.
3 ECTS 18h
Cities-Networks: Eco-Systemic Urbanism
The aim of the first part of the course is to offer a focused view of the relationship between two concepts (infrastructure and planning) on an urban scale. This course proposes systematising characteristic problems from each type of infrastructure according to remodelled planning where issues and flows (communication, energy, mobility), logistics, environmental infrastructures, public transportation, together with other relatively traditional layouts of streets and urban services constitute fundamental themes.
Responsible: Profs. Joan Miró and Francesc Magrinyà (Department of Infrastructures, Transport and Regional Planning).

The second part of this course introduces environmental principles on an urban scale, integrating them into the urban landscape. New concepts, parameters and techniques following the environmental paradigm are incorporated into this course with the aim of improving the integration of natural and urban environments.

3 ECTS 18h
Urban Structure and Systems
This course includes discussion about the material, functional and formal characteristics of the contemporary city when it experiences a transition from an industrial economy to a service based economy and from a compact urban configuration towards a more diffuse configuration. Analysis of processes and different forms of traditional growth, new means of locating activities and constructing new residential and commercial zones. Collective space versus public and private space in the contemporary city.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Josep M ª Claret Vilanova and Angel Martin Ramos (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
3 ECTS 18h
Cultural Landscapes
This course aims to provide an overview of developments in the treatment of heritage from the protection of cultural landscapes:

Learn the concepts of 'cultural landscape' and 'heritage park'.

Specific assessment of the situation in our immediate context and the challenges posed by this new conception of the landscape.
Evaluate criteria and instruments in the successive stages in the development of a project in an area full of heritage resources and develop through analysis of representative examples, methodological guidelines for intervention.

12 ECTS 96h
Territorial and City Workshop
This workshop focuses on formulating a real, current and representative intervention proposal for one of the issues that territorial organization is currently dealing with. The effect of massive infrastructures, the geography of activities, recognition of the shape of territories as an intervention criteria, among other things, will be some issues that will be articulated in the focus of the project. This project will be initiated using information that has already been generated allowing students to use the materials and create adequately detailed proposals.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Urban Design .
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

The postgraduate course will be structured in two stages:

The first will be carried out online, between September and December 2022, in which the theoretical subjects corresponding to the Postgraduate Project Territory will be developed.

The second will be taught face to face in the months of January and February 2023, if sanitary circumstances allow it. In this second part, the postgraduate workshop will be held.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Streaming sessions
Synchronous online interactive open sessions will be planned. Professors attend these sessions and students pose questions and address their concerns. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled in calendar.
Work placements & 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 of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Sabaté Bel, Joaquim
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    PhD in architecture from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and economist. He is coordinator of the Doctorate and Master of Research in Urbanism (1990-2018) and of the European postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (2005-2013) at the UPC. He has given lectures and courses at over 70 European, Asian and American universities. Investigating instruments, methods and theories of the urban and territorial project, and the relationship between heritage resources and development. More than 100 books or book chapters, as many articles and direction of fifty doctoral theses. Recognized three times in the National Urban Planning Awards (Spain), the Urban Planning Award of Catalonia (2007) and the Special Heritage Award of Catalonia (2011).
Teaching staff
  • Cortellaro, Stefano
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    Doctor architect. Associate professor at the Department of Urbanism and Spatial Planning (DUOT-UPC) and at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC). Professor of the Master in Urban Planning (MPU) - European postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) and guest at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan), Universitá Federico II (Naples), PennDesign (Philadelphia) and the University of the Balearic Islands.
    Author of different publications, among others, of the book Morna, Atzaró: the construction of the territory of Ibiza (COAIB, 2007), finalist for the 2008 FAD Awards, in the Thought and Criticism category. Curator of various exhibitions on Erwin Broner and his projects and studies have been exhibited at the College of Architects of Barcelona, ​​Tarragona, Palma, Ibiza, Formentera, and schools of architecture of Barcelona and Reus. He has been invited as a speaker at national and international seminars and conferences. Author of several landscape, urbanism and architecture projects, with awards and mentions in various competitions (FAD, European Landscape Biennial, Baricentrale International Competition, COAC and COAIB).
  • Franquesa Sanchez, Jordi
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    Doctor architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Full professor at the Department of Urbanism and Spatial Planning (DUOT-UPC) for more than 20 years and professor at the Master in Urban Planning (MPU) - European postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU). He has taught at different universities such as Venice, Lisbon, Holland, Mexico and Brazil, and has been a speaker at a conference on teaching innovation and learning at Harvard.
    His doctoral thesis obtained the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize. Director and founder of the Group for Innovation and Teaching Logistics in Architecture (GILDA), from where different lines of work on learning are developed, and from where seven JIDA congresses have been held so far (Conference for Educational Innovation in Architecture) . He has written numerous articles on teaching innovation and has participated as a speaker at different national and international conferences on this subject.
  • Jornet Forner, Sebastià
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    Urban Architect by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the UPC. President of the Agrupación de Arquitectos Urbanistas de Cataluña (AAUC). Professor in various training courses in the field of urban planning and management at the UPC, Bar Association of Barcelona and the Sert School of the College of Architects of Catalonia. European Prize of Urbanism 2010 and National Prize of Urbanism of Spain 2006 by the Plan in the district of the Mine in Sant Adrià de Besòs with the office of Jornet Llop Pastor arquitectos.
  • Llop Torné, Carles
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    PhD Urban Architect by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Cum Laude Extraordinary Doctorate Award, 1998. Director of the Urbanism and Urban Planner at UPC from 2008 to 2015D. Director of the Master in Urban and Territorial Development, Management and Transformation of Cities and the Master in Creative Management of the Metropolis of the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya, of the UPC. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute pour La Ville en Mouvement. Creative partner of the firm JORNET-LLOP-PASTOR architects, which has received the prizes: Catalonia of Urbanism 2013, 2016, European Urbanism 2010, National Urbanism Spain 2006, the Urbanism Award of the XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2011.
  • Magrinyà Torner, Francesc
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    Civil Engineer by UPC (1988) and Doctor in Urbanism from the ENPC and Paris-Sorbonne (2002). Town Planning and Transport Consultant (1988-1996). Head of mobility at the Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency (2000-2006), Director of the Strategic Planning Area of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (2015-2019). He has been a councillor in the Eixample District of Barcelona since 2015. Professor of Urbanism in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UPC). Coordinator of the EXIT-UPC Research Group (Engineering, Networks, Infrastructures and Transport). Outstanding publications: The evolution of engineering in urban planning (2002); The urban space of mobility (2007); Cerdà, one hundred and fifty years of modernity (2010).
  • Martín Ramos, Angel Francisco

    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design and Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC. He has developed an extensive professional practice in the field of the urban and territorial planning and is the author of several published studies on urban, historical and current issues, as well as of the Spanish edition of relevant works of the modern urbanism.
  • Montlleó Balsebre, Marc

    Degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona (UB). Associate professor of the BIArch in the Productive Land Program workshop and the Master in Management of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) since 2008. Coordinator of the module Social Metabolism, sustainability of the Master in Urban and Territorial Development and professor of the Master in Urban Planning ( MPU) -European postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Master in Environmental Engineering (ICT-UPC). Main work in the insertion of environmental aspects in planning, spatial planning and projects that are carried out in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Since 1999 he has been working in Barcelona Regional where he has participated in numerous urban and territorial planning projects. Since 2014 he is Director of Environmental Projects of Barcelona Regional.
  • Moreno Sanz, Joan
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    PhD in Urban studies at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Extraordinary Doctoral Award UPC 2016, with the doctoral thesis "Territorial corners. Mobility and territorial planning. A model of integration: the Randstad-Holland" (2014). Master of Research in Urbanism from DUOT-UPC (2010). Master's degree in urban planning at DUOT and architect at ETSAB.  His fields of research are urban mobility and university pedagogical innovation. He currently teaches as a lecturer at ETSAV-UPC and collaborates with public administrations in the drafting of technical reports.
  • Núñez Malavé, Sandra
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    Architect by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Professor in the Master in Urban Planning (MPU) - European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) since 2016 in the subject of Geographic Information Systems, databases and territorial project. Postgraduate studies in Projecting the Territory, Projecting the City and Projecting the Place by (UPC), postgraduate studies in GIS applied to the Planning of the Territory, Urbanism and Landscape, and in Urban and territorial analysis through GIS by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). Training as a GIS specialist through certified courses such as GIS Cloud, programming in QGIS with Python and GIS applied to hydrology, in addition to studying the degree in Applied Data Science at the Open University of Catalonia. She is a member of Colectivo CCRS where she has worked on the implementation and use of Geographic Information Systems technology as a project tool in the development of planning work at the municipal and territorial levels.
  • Rueda Palenzuela, Salvador

    Graduated in Biology and Psychology from the University of Barcelona (UB) and graduated in Environmental Engineering (Ministry of Industry and Universities) and in Energy Management (UPC). He has given seminars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, British Columbia University, Escuela Galega del Paisaxe, Harvard University, and more than 800 lectures and master classes at different institutions. He has published in national and international magazines. Founder and President of the Urban and Territorial Ecology Foundation; director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona; of Urban Environment in the Ministry of the Environment (1995-2000); of Information and planning of the Catalan Waste Agency (1993-1995) and the Sanitation Board of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1992-1993). Coordinator of the Revitalization Programs of the Historic Center of Barcelona (1990-1992), technical director of the Environmental Services of the Barcelona City Councils (1986-1990) and Sant Adrià del Besós (1980-1986).
  • Sabaté Bel, Joaquim
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    PhD in architecture from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and economist. He is coordinator of the Doctorate and Master of Research in Urbanism (1990-2018) and of the European postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (2005-2013) at the UPC. He has given lectures and courses at over 70 European, Asian and American universities. Investigating instruments, methods and theories of the urban and territorial project, and the relationship between heritage resources and development. More than 100 books or book chapters, as many articles and direction of fifty doctoral theses. Recognized three times in the National Urban Planning Awards (Spain), the Urban Planning Award of Catalonia (2007) and the Special Heritage Award of Catalonia (2011).
  • Zaragoza Talamantes, Alberto
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    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Master in Urban Planning from the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development (UPC School). Partner-director of Colectivo CCRS.

Career opportunities

  • Technical manager in urban planning departments.
  • Consultant in Urban Planning and Territorial Planning.
  • Urban planner specialist in urban project, urban planning and regional design.
  • Project manager in the area of ​​urban planning.
  • Freelance urbanist.

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