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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Urban Design and the master's degree in European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism.


20th Edition
30 ECTS (195 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
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: 28/01/2020
Classes end: 14/05/2020
Programme ends : 31/05/2020
Monday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this programme?
This module of the Master in Urban Design contains several theoretical subjects, methodological and workshops, with a joint program of 30 credits. It focuses on urban planning and related research.
The subjects of this Graduate are distributed as follows:

Urban Planning Workshop
Structure and Urban Systems
Theory and Methodology of Urban Planning
Regulation and Urban Management
Infrastructure and Urban Development
Urban Economy and Financing of Urban Development
Environment and Urban Development

This module deals with the characteristics and problems of European urban system. Studio will be combined with courses on Theory of urban project, Landscape and public space design, Environmental planning and Urban economics. Main issues to be considered will be the relation between environment and city, the arrangement of mobility flows (people and goods) in relation to the spatial distribution of urban activities; the design of new residential and productive tissues in reasonable compact cities; enhancing urban heritage and landscape or the improvement of spatial distribution of centrality values and public and private facilities. Barcelona or other main cities use to become relevant case studies.
Who is it for?
The postgraduate course is aimed at architects and civil engineers, and especially to new graduates of these degree courses (including students pending of the final project). Thus, the program is conceived as a continuation of the training in urban planning that the syllabus do not allow to develop sufficiently in the first and second cycle.

Similarly, in courses others than workshop, the master shall be open to other professionals associated with some of the facets of urban transformation, such as geographers, economists, lawyers, etc.

Training Content

List of subjects
15 ECTS 120h
Urban Planning Workshop
This workshop focuses on the analysis and organisation of urban structures and some of its systems using a medium sized Mediterranean city, whose problems and issues and previous history make it especially suitable for academic discussion and professional specialisation, as an example. The project will start with a physical proposal that demonstrates the relationship between design and construction of a city, taking into account timelines and the organisational necessities of process and form management.
4 ECTS 20h
Theory of Urban Planning
This course is a review of intervention theory in the urban planning field, dealing with things from the contributions of primary plans to urban documentation within the discipline. Reflection on the evolution of theory and planning methods, as well as reflection on the representative elements of recent process stages.
Responsible: Profs. Dr. Miquel Coromines Ayala and Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
3 ECTS 15h
Urban Regulation and Urban Economy
The first part of the course deals with urban regulations and management instruments: distribution of land use and building density, quality controls and urban standards, infrastructures and controlling the shape of urban spaces, types of plans, controlling growth and transformation processes and regulation of architecture from the planning stages.

The second part of the course teaches students how to read the growth and transformation processes of cities from key economic and social perspectives. Things like local labour markets, industrial districts, involvement of new modes of transport and exchange, information flows and spreading of information are some of the economic changes that a city undergoes that require a physical solution.

4 ECTS 20h
Infrastructure, Environment and City
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.

4 ECTS 20h
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).
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 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:
This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism .
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.

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
  • Castiñeira Palou, Isabel
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    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC. She has reconciled her teaching at the ETSAV with classes of Master in Urban Design and with her professional exercise in Castiñeira Corominas Sabaté SCP, CCRS architects, where it has developed numerous works of planning to several scales, territorial and urban.
Teaching staff
  • Albareda Fernández, Elena
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    Architect Associate professor since 2015 to the Department of Urban Planning and Planning (UPC). Gets the DIOSA (2009) in the PhD in Energy and Environment Architecture through an FI-Agaur scholarship, from which the current thesis is derived. She is a founding partner of the cooperative of architecture Cíclica [space, community & ecology] combining, since 2012, professional projects with teaching in her field of research. She is the author of publications related to ecological urbanism projects, urban metabolism, landscape ecology and sustainable transformation of the territory.
  • Castiñeira Palou, Isabel
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    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC. She has reconciled her teaching at the ETSAV with classes of Master in Urban Design and with her professional exercise in Castiñeira Corominas Sabaté SCP, CCRS architects, where it has developed numerous works of planning to several scales, territorial and urban.
  • Corominas Ayala, Miquel
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    Dr. Architect, Professor of Urbanism at ETSAB. Special doctoral award of UPC for the thesis: "Sòl, tècnica i iniciativa en els origens de l'Eixample de Barcelona". He has participated in several exhibitions about the Eixample and has published several articles, chapters and books about Cerdà and about the Eixample and others about urban planning. He has been invited lecturer in various universities of Europe and America. Architect responsible of Eixample in Barcelona City Council from 1983 to 1987. Combines teaching with professional practice of urbanism in the study CCRS, architects and partners.
  • Franquesa Sanchez, Jordi
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    Architect and PhD in Urban Planning by UPC (ETSAB), teacher of ETSAB since 1996. He has taught at different universities: Venice. Lisbon, Holland, Mexico and Brazil, and has been a speaker at a congress on innovation at Harvard. His doctoral thesis on the garden city won the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. He is the director and founder of the research group GILDA, Group for Innovation and Educational Logistics in Architecture, where 6 Jidai congresses have been held so far, Conference for Teaching Innovation in Architecture. He has written numerous articles on teaching innovation.
  • Galindo Gonzalez, Julian
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    Doctor in Architecture and Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC), where also develops his activity as a researcher. He has taught in several courses and international workshops, such as the Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism in Santander. He has coordinated, with the Historisch Amsterdam Museum, the exhibition "The construction of the open city. Amsterdam 1934-1995", presented in Spanish and European universities, and was invited by the universities of Palermo and Venice at the seminars that accompanied the exhibition in Italy. His works and articles have been recognized in publications, magazines and on national and international awards.
  • Navarro Acebes, Ferran
    Architect. He has worked as Head of Planning in several municipalities (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, L'Arboç, La Bisbal del Penedes ...) Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC since 1982. Own office since 1976, draft of general and derivative planning (especially historical centers) and of documents for the urban development management. He has written several books and articles about the urban development management, especially on the execution of the urbanism and the transformation of the built city.
  • Sabaté Bel, Joaquim
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    Doctor in Architecture and Economist. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC). Coordinator of the PhD in Urban Planning and of the Official Research Masters in Urban Planning. Conferences, seminars, master's courses and doctorates in more than fifty universities of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Research activity on the tools, methods and theories of urban development project, and the relationship between patrimonial resources and local development. All this has been translated in more than a hundred of books or book chapters, and in projects recognized four times in the National Awards of Planning.
  • Vilanova Claret, Josep Maria
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    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design and Professor of Urban Development and Regional Planning (UPC) from 1983, teaching at ETSAV and at ETSAB in various Masters of FPC and UOC. Professional specialized in urban regeneration, urban design and planning, with the multidisciplinary Equip EARHA SL and the professional company Equip BCPN SLP. National Planning Award 1983, Special Award UPC PhD 1995, Catalonia Urbanism Award 2001 and 2011, Planning and Research Award of the Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism 2011. President of the Association of Architects Planners of Catalonia 2001-2010, and president of the Union of Associations of Architects Planners in Spain since 2010.
  • Zahonero Xifré, Anna Maria
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    Biologist with a degree from the Universitat de Barcelona and a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Has been linked to the UPC since 1992 as a founding member and principal researcher of the Centre de Recerca i Projectes de Paisatge. Has developed curricular content for the Master¿s program in Landscape Architecture (1993-2003), for the Graduat Superior program in Landscape Architecture (1998-2004), and for the Màster Universitari in Landscape Architecture (2006-2009). She has been an associate professor in the Departament d¿Urbanisme i Ordenació del Territori since 2001, where her teachings have primarily been in the field of landscape. Having begun her professional activity in 1993, she founded the company (az) Estudis i Projectes de Medi Ambient i de Paisatge S.L.P in 2006, which primarily works on developing projects on landscape insertion, environmental and landscape reports for urban a.

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In addition to your CV, the UPC School will also require you to submit the following documents for preregistration on this Postgraduate course:
    To carry out the pre-registration to the Master you must send the following documents by e-mail, before June 30, 2012:

    -Registration and admissions:
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    -Summary of curriculum vitae
    - Portfolio containing the recent projects (especially urban) including graduation.
    - Copies of electronic portfolios.
    - 1 passport size photograph.
    - [Master enrollments only] A memory supporting (2000 words) that addresses the following topics:
    -Motivation to attend the Master
    -Why carried out the studies in UPC
    -Topics that interest you particularly for developing the thesis for graduation
    -Summary schematic (250 words) of the motivations of your project or graduation thesis.

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