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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in Sustainable Urban Space
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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the continuing education master's degree in Architecture and the Environment: Urban Space, Light and Integration of Energy in Architecture.


6th Edition
15 ECTS (90 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
Start date: 08/10/2024
End date: 18/12/2024
Tuesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this postgraduate course?
The public space has a strategic role in redefining new patterns of behaviour at the urban level. During the Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Urban Design, students will be taught to identify the transformation processes and parameters that exert an influence when creating new urban, creative and innovative instrumental strategies, adapted to the new socio-economic-cultural scenario.

The effect of the sun and the amount of energy available in each case must be urban and architectural decision-making tools. The programme teaches students how to apply software to simulate, calculate and study solar radiation applied to urban planning.

The programme will enable students to acquire the necessary critical thinking to work on processes creating or modifying urban fabrics, based on an overall consideration of the factors involved.

To train specialists in urban behaviour, with skills to work on the design and assessment of the city.
Who is it for?
  • Architects, technical architects and engineers interested in obtaining a high degree of specialisation in the application of renewable energies in architecture.
  • Other university professionals that need to broaden their knowledge in this field.

Training Content

List of subjects
15 ECTS 90h
Sustainable Urban Space
  • Sustainability.
    • Introduction to sustainability.
    • Life Cycle Analysis.
    • Construction waste. Domestic waste.
    • The water cycle: capture, treatment and storage.
    • Simulation, calculation and study software of solar radiation applied to urban design.
  • Urban dynamics.
    • Territorial models, urban structures and sustainability.
    • Towards sustainable urban development and mobility. Urban mobility.
    • Urban light pollution.
  • Urban morphology.
    • The human and social dimension of the public space.
    • Heat island and urban morphology.
    • Urban catalysts.
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 qualification in Sustainable Urban Space, issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the continuing education master's degree in Architecture and the Environment: Urban Space, Light and Integration of Energy in Architecture .
The continuing education master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire continuing education master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Continuing education 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.

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.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
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 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
  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
    Alonso Montolío, Carlos
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    Doctor Architect. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Coch Roura, Helena
    Coch Roura, Helena
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Teaching staff
  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
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    Doctor Architect. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Batlle Durany, Enric
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    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
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    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).
  • Coch Roura, Helena
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Crespo Cabillo, Isabel
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Representation at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Cuchí Burgos, Albert

    Doctor of Architecture (ETSAB, 1983) and Professor in the Department of Architectural Technology I of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and coordinator of the line of Sustainable Building of the Master of Sustainability at UPC (Official Master). He works on issues of sustainability and architecture, both in teaching and research, in collaboration with various institutions. He has made presentations, and publications on the issue at national and international level. Founding member of the group "Architecture and Sustainability" of the College of Architects of Catalonia and partnership for sustainable building in GBC Spain. Technical partner in sustainability and building of various institutions, including t Generalitat de Cataluña, Ministries of the Government of Spain, the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona and the Consortium of Santiago de Compostela. He has published several works on an urban scale.
  • Feliu Jofre, Alvaro

    Civil Engineer.
  • Isalgue Buxeda, Antoni
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    Doctor in Physics. Professor ocf the Department of Physics (UPC).
  • López Besora, Judit
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    Doctor of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master in Architecture, Energy and Environment. Lecturer Professor Serra Hunter at the Department of Architecture Technology of the UPC. She has 20 years of experience in the profession of architect, in the fields of building and energy efficiency.
  • Martí Casanovas, Miquel
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    PhD in Urbanism from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Civil Engineer (INSA Lyon) and Master in Political and Social Sciences from Institut d'Études Polítiques de Paris. Professor in Department of Urbanism and Spatial Planning of the UPC. Her field of research is the study of contemporary public space, sustainable mobility strategies and their effects on a qualified, intense and healthy urban space. Researcher at the Center for Forest Science and Technology of Catalonia on biocities and ecosystem services of green infrastructures.
  • Pagès Ramon, Anna
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architecture Technology (UPC).
  • Roca i Blanch, Estanislao
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    PhD in Architecture and Emeritus Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Has been director of the Department of Urbanism, Territory and Landscape, as well as vice-chancellor of Infrastructure and Architecture of this university; professor in charge of various undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, and president of a Final Career Project Court at the Barcelona Technical School of Architecture. Director of a dozen doctoral theses, one of them winner of the Manuel de Solà-Morales European Urban Planning Award. Invited as a lecturer at relevant congresses and, as a teacher, at twenty prestigious international universities. Assessor of the (CNEAI) ANECA. Currently, co-director of the Poliědrica book collection and responsible for the “Cities” section of the Compàs d'Amalgama magazine of the University of Barcelona. He has published about thirty books and more than a hundred chapters and/or scientific articles in indexed journals. Among others, he has obtained the three-year Lluís Domènech i Montaner award for research in architectural sciences, the Jaume Vicens Vives Distinction for university teaching quality and the Europa Nostra Medal of Honor. He was also awarded the National Urbanism Award.
  • Rull Bertran, Rosa Maria

    Architect. Lecturer in Projects at the Alicante Higher Polytechnic School (EPS-UA), the ESARQ-UIC, and the BAU - University of Vic. Founding partner of the studio Bailo+Rull - ADD + ARQUITECTURA.

Career opportunities

  • Sustainable Urban Design Consultant.
  • Technical Consultant on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Construction.

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