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

Programme

Edition
10th Edition
Credits
20 ECTS (120 teaching hours)
Delivery
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish
Fee
€2,750
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 27/01/2020
Classes end: 15/05/2020
Programme ends : 05/06/2020
Timetable
Monday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Barcelona
Why this programme?
This course seeks to offer viable proposals for sustainable growth that do not stop the growth of the city. It provides tools for professionals who are already working in the field of territorial planning in general, and specifically, for all of those people who are specialised in making territorial planning compatible with the environment. The way an urban project is designed, how it is integrated into the territory and how it affects the environmental quality in the area are concepts that help make up an important part of sustainable architecture. Land use regulation plays a fundamental role on the road to a more sustainable future, which has been established by a series of public political research projects and strategies that have been carried out both here in Spain and in the European framework.

The time has passed when metropolises experienced out of control, disorganised and chaotic growth, a time in which the limited capacity of these areas to absorb new habitants and offer them the necessary resources for their daily life was not heeded. Nowadays, public administrations are working to guarantee the supply of these resources (water, electricity, gas, rubbish collection service) and have designed projects aimed at building sustainable cities. Among the instruments used to do this are the local agenda 21s. These projects include transversal politics that take into account everything from mobility, the landscape, and waste to urban structure.
Aims
  • To study the different ways of balancing the consumption of materials in urban systems and the ways those systems interact with their environment.
  • To define urban and territorial ecology and illustrate their role in the development of the urbanism field.
  • To learn about environmental law and legislation and international agreements in the subject matter related to the environment.
  • To discuss the importance of local agenda 21s and their parameters.
Who is it for?
  • Urbanists and Superior Architects.
  • Building Engineers or Technical Architects.
  • Engineers of various specialties.
  • Graduates in Environmental Sciences.
  • Biologists.
  • Geographers.
  • Law graduates.
  • Economists.
  • Students of the last courses of the aforementioned degrees.
  • Public Administration Technicians.
  • Professionals engaged in territorial planning.
  • Professionals interested or involved in the management of the city and the environmental implications.

Training Content

List of subjects
5 ECTS 30h
Urban Climate and Climate Change
  • Basic scientific knowledge on climate change and urban climatology.
  • Analysis techniques of the urban climate, in order to know the possible adaptation measures in the small scale and the implementation within the processes of urban planning, that is, in the large scale.
  • Workshops where proposals for measures of adaptation to climate change in small and large scale work groups will be developed, as well as a role play.
  • Outputs of field work with the taking of climatic measures and practical exercises, such as the preparation of Climatopes and adaptation and recommendation measures in urban planning.

10 ECTS 60h
Sustainable Urbanism
  • Ecological foundations of environmental science. Urban Ecology Evolution of environmental awareness and the concept of sustainability.
  • Matter cycles, energy flows, diversity and information. Information and entropy.
  • The city and the territory as ecosystems. Ecological cycles (the cycle of water, carbon, ...) and the effect that human action has on them, especially urban development. The metabolism of the city and the ecological footprint.
  • Renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Soil as a non-renewable resource.
  • The ecological matrix of the territory: territorial systems of free spaces, the conservation of biological diversity and ecological connectivity. The rural space. Planning and sustainable management of the landscape.
  • Ecological urbanism, the origin and evolution of sustainability in the territory and the city. The principles of Ecological Urbanism, Ecocity, Smart Growth, New Urbanism and the certifications for sustainable development such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED for ND) and BREEAM Communities.
  • Sustainability indicators. Main international references. Resilience of cities in the face of climate change. Strategies and sustainable territorial models: land consumption; compactness, containment and urban renewal; diversity and mixture; social cohesion; sustainable mobility; energy autonomy, waste management.
  • The public space. Space of social cohesion. Importance of urban green, acoustic quality and air.
  • Practical workshops on the analysis of emissions generation, land consumption and case studies from the evaluation of neighborhoods with the help of LEED guidelines for ND or BREEAM Communities.
  • Visits (in the morning) to sustainable infrastructures of the city.
5 ECTS 30h
Planning Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental control instruments.
  • Environmental impact evaluations and applying them to plans and projects. Integrated environmental authorisations.
  • Instruments for protection and management of natural heritage.
  • Networks of protected natural spaces, planning and management. Biological corridors.
  • Protection of geological heritage. Management of unique habitats.
  • Organisation and management instruments for working with renewable natural resources. Environmental infrastructures.
  • Environmental integration in the various types of plans and for their subsequent verification, both the strategic assessment of the models and management alternatives and the consideration of the different environmental vectors.
  • Contents of the various environmental assessment documents and criteria for their preparation, with special attention to Environmental Sustainability Reports (ISA) and environmental reports.
  • Analysis of representative real cases.
  • Environmental evaluation workshops.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
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.
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Urban Planning and Sustainability .
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:
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Learning methodology

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

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.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Visits
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
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 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.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Arellano Ramos, Blanca Esmaragda
    Architect. Holds a Master's degree in Urban Management and Valuation from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Associate lecturer at the Department of Architectural Technology of the ETSAB, researcher at the Land Policy and Valuations Centre at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and a member of the Quality of Urban Life and Sustainability research group. She has conducted and directed research in the areas of urban planning, land and housing policy, analysis of urban growth processes: Sprawl vs. Compact City, sustainable urbanism, sustainable mobility, public space, urban regeneration, citizen culture, capital gains and city management models. She has held various positions in the public sector in the areas of housing, land, urban development and ecology, as well as territorial and urban planning.
  • Roca Cladera, Josep
    A Doctor in Architecture, and Professor at the UPC. Director of the Land Policy and Valuations Centre at the UPC. He is director of the Doctorate Course in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation, a unique programme in Spain as it combines the economic, legal, social and environmental processes that underlie the planning of the city and the territory. He is the author of numerous articles related to the real estate economy, the analysis of territorial structures and the city. His most well-known books focus on the theoretical analysis of the formation of land value and on the practical application of valuation methods. Dr Roca is a national and international benchmark in the valuations field, and especially those related to urban management processes. He has been a Spanish pioneer in teaching valuations at the postgraduate level since the appearance of master's degree courses in the early 1980s.
Teaching staff
  • Arellano Ramos, Blanca Esmaragda
    Architect. Holds a Master's degree in Urban Management and Valuation from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Associate lecturer at the Department of Architectural Technology of the ETSAB, researcher at the Land Policy and Valuations Centre at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and a member of the Quality of Urban Life and Sustainability research group. She has conducted and directed research in the areas of urban planning, land and housing policy, analysis of urban growth processes: Sprawl vs. Compact City, sustainable urbanism, sustainable mobility, public space, urban regeneration, citizen culture, capital gains and city management models. She has held various positions in the public sector in the areas of housing, land, urban development and ecology, as well as territorial and urban planning.
  • Batlle Durany, Enric
    Architect for the ETSAB, Ph.D. in architecture in 2002 with the thesis published in the Gustavo Gili publishing house entitled 'The Garden of the Metropolis', professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning and director of the MBLandArch, university master's degree of landscaping at the UPC. He is a prestigious landscape architect, teaching conferences and courses around the world. He is a founding member, jointly with Joan Roig Duran, of the Batlleiroig Arquitectura office, which has been working since 1981 in landscape, urban planning and building projects.
  • Carceller Roqué, Xavier
    Doctor in Architecture (UPC). Professor of courses in Urban Ecology, Sustainable City and Territory, Environmental Assessment or Integration of Urban Planning, Legislation, Environmental Management and Diagnosis. He develops the professional activity in the administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia where, among other charges, has been head of the Planning Natural Environment (Department of Environment) and he is currently Head of Service Plans and Programs, in the General Division Environmental Assessment (Department of Planning and Sustainability).
  • Ferran Mèlich, Antoni
    Environmental Technician in the City Council of Arborç. Professor of Territory Planning at the University of Vic.
  • Mayor Farguell, Xavier
    Ecologist, Biologist.
  • Navarro Valbuena, David
    Responsible for the Tax Planning Unit of the Catalan Water Agency.
  • Navazo Lafuente, Marius
    He is a geographer and his professional activity has been developed around the planning of the territory and the urban planning, always from the perspective of the mobility and the transport infrastructures. He has worked both from the private sector as well as from the administration of the Generalitat de Catalunya, where he participated in different sectoral plans (Plan for Infrastructures for Transport in Catalonia), territorial plans and mobility plans. As a consultant he has developed different plans and preliminary projects, as well as has advised in the drafting of normative texts.
  • Roca Cladera, Josep
    A Doctor in Architecture, and Professor at the UPC. Director of the Land Policy and Valuations Centre at the UPC. He is director of the Doctorate Course in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation, a unique programme in Spain as it combines the economic, legal, social and environmental processes that underlie the planning of the city and the territory. He is the author of numerous articles related to the real estate economy, the analysis of territorial structures and the city. His most well-known books focus on the theoretical analysis of the formation of land value and on the practical application of valuation methods. Dr Roca is a national and international benchmark in the valuations field, and especially those related to urban management processes. He has been a Spanish pioneer in teaching valuations at the postgraduate level since the appearance of master's degree courses in the early 1980s.
  • Torrents Abad, Josep Maria
    Architect Master's Degree in Urban Environment and Sustainability and Official Master's Degree in Urban Management and Valuation by the UPC. He is Head of the Service of Plans and Programs of the General Sub-Directorate for Environmental Assessment, in the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

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Career opportunities

  • Technical manager of urban planning, territory and environment departments in public administrations.
  • Consultant in Urban Planning and Territorial Planning.
  • Urbanist specialist in urban planning.
  • Project manager in the planning area, territory and environment.
  • Urbanist in free professional exercise.

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