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Program

Information 2018-19 edition
The 2018-19 edition of the postgraduate course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
Edition
4th Edition
Credits
15 ECTS (90 teaching hours)
Modality
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Fee
2.600 €
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0.7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
February 2020
Timetable
Monday: 16:00 to 21:00
Thursday: 16:00 to 21:00
Friday: 16:00 to 21:00
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Barcelona
Why this programme?

The last decade has seen the emergence of a new urban paradigm: THE SMART CITY. Traditional concepts of living, working and leisure, which are characteristic of rationalist urbanism have been joined by a number of increasingly complex aspects that mean the role of the city must be defined in a new way. Sustainability, social cohesion, governance, innovation and resilience to changes in the environment are some of the factors that make up the city in the Information Age.

The emergence and spread of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has entailed a fundamental change in the contemporary city, making it possible to provide society with the values granted by full citizenship - THE RIGHT TO THE CITY. With these new challenges to society, traditional professions (architects, geographers, engineers, sociologists, etc.) must consider the challenge of knowing how to adapt to the changes taking place in the city, and work in a broad-based manner on planning and management of the complexity that characterises cities in the twenty-first century.

This postgraduate course stems from the proven need to train professionals linked to city planning and management in innovation, participation, quality of life and sustainability that the ICT can contribute to the optimisation of urban processes. It is a postgraduate course aimed at training specialists to deal with a better and more efficient use of resources and the development of innovative management tools based on "smart processes," which will help to expand and enhance the knowledge of professionals working in local government bodies, and planning and management of Smart Cities.

As a city that is a world leader in the Smart Cities sphere, Barcelona City Council is pleased to collaborate with the postgraduate course. Other participants include Sant Cugat del Vallès Municipal Council, L'Hospitalet del Llobregat Municipal Council and Sabadell Municipal Council, which are examples of medium-sized cities that rely on technology and efficiency to provide high quality services for its citizens. The course features renowned professionals and experts in the research field, including the participation of Professor Rudolf Giffinger, of the Technical University of Vienna, who is the leader of the European Smart Cities project and the Planning for Energy Efficient Cities project (PLEEC).

It involves highly practical sessions with the collaboration and participation of institutions and companies including CISCO, INDRA, the Renault Foundation, the RACC Foundation, TRAM, Ecoserveis and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.

Promoted by:
  • Centre de Política de Sòl i Valoracions
Aims

The basic objectives of the programme are:

  • To train multidisciplinary specialists to deal with planning and management of the city and the territory in the Information Age.
  • To promote intelligence in the city, using new technologies in order to achieve a more sustainable, efficient, competitive and socially inclusive city.
  • To increase human capital, culture and citizens’ quality of life by means of greater social cohesion, as well as their participation in decision-making and the establishment of an efficient, sustainable and transparent government.

Who is it for?
  • Professionals who associate their professional activity with regional planning.
  • Specialists in government bodies (urban planning and technology departments, etc.).
  • Professionals from technical or higher degree courses (architects and engineers), graduates in Economics and Geography, Environmentalists, Planners and similar professional.
  • Professionals who wish to gain a thorough understanding of all the theoretical and practical aspects linked to smart cities, despite having no direct professional association with the contents of the course.

Training Content

List of subjects
5 ECTS 30h
Smart Cities: Urbanism and Technology
  • Intelligence and the City: cities have always accumulated human intelligence and technological innovations.
  • Technological Revolutions: from the agricultural to the industrial revolution, and from the industrial to the information revolution.
  • Analysis of the changes experienced by Cities in the Information Age.
  • Smart Cities in the era of knowledge, information and globalisation, based on information and communication technologies applied to government, management and public participation.
  • Analysis of case studies, reviewing three of the six areas that make up smart cities: economics, mobility and the environment, which aim to bring technologies into widespread use in order to create more sustainable, digital and competitive cities.
  • The effects of ICTs on the city and the territory, from the economic, cultural, environmental and social perspectives.
  • Practical workshops on the virtual city. Visits will be scheduled to institutions, spaces and organisations that collaborate with cities and are part of this network of smart cities.

Technical visits will take place (in the morning) to places of interest linked to the content of the subject, including visits to institutions such as TRAM, Bicing and Ecoparc Besós, among others.

5 ECTS 30h
Smart Cities: people, quality of life and governance
  • Technology or Urban Intelligence? Smart Cities are not only smart because of their use of technologies, but also because those technologies can help improve their citizens' quality of life.
  • Studying cities as containers of information and human capital and not just buildings and infrastructures. To that end, the three areas of smart cities that cover people, quality of life and governance (Smart People, Smart living and Smart Governance) will be the particular focus of study on this second course.
  • Case studies, good practices, and a Workshop that reviews the possible indicators that help measure a city's degree of progress in these areas.
5 ECTS 30h
Smart City Project
  • Basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems, their graphical and alphanumeric data structure, their components and criteria and work procedures.
  • Tools for designing databases and entry of georeferencing procedures, while permitting the production of a GIS, and the associated spatial analyses.
  • Basic urban and territorial structure for a summarised display on a general or municipal territorial level, using thematic maps.
  • Spatial analysis in vector and raster formats, and cross-applications between the two types.
  • Basic concepts of Remote Sensing, and the creation of territorial and municipal vectorial data bases and their display on maps.

The Smart City Project is undertaken based on this knowledge. This project consists of developing an innovative platform such as an app or similar item which using GIS technologies, will facilitate the process of transformation towards the smart city.

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.

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.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
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.
Workshops
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.
Assesment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
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 appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service .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
  • Alsasua Pastrana, Ioanna
    Architect at SIMBIM, an innovative architecture and construction consultancy company with full integration of BIM (Building Information Modeling), based in Barcelona.
  • 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.
  • Barceló Bugeda, Jaume
    Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the UAB. Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics and Statistics of the UPC. Scientific Director of the ICT and Mobility area at CENIT (Transport Innovation Centre).
  • Giffinger, Rudolf
    Doctor of Geography. Lecturer in the Department of Territorial Planning, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning of the Technological University of Vienna, TUVIEN. Expert in research on Smart Cities, and an analyst of urban and regional development at the Regional Science Center, SRF.
  • Marco Párraga, Daniel
    A graduate in Electronic Engineering from the UPC and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from ESADE. He is currently director of the SmartCatalonia strategy for the Government of Catalonia, where he has held other positions in the last 11 years, including head of the ICT Industrial Promotion programmes of the Secretariat for Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society. He previously worked in the private sector, holding various positions in the strategic consultancy field in the Information and Communication Technologies sector, and in research and development projects.
  • Puig i Boix, Josep
    Doctor in industrial engineering, specialising in energy techniques, and a graduate in Environmental Engineering, Ecology and Environmental Management. Director of Ecoserveis. The winner of the "Poul laCour" Prize at the European Conference on Wind Energy 2001, and the 2004 European Solar Prize in the Solar Architecture category.
  • 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.
  • Sanz Marco, Lluís
    Industrial, Energy and Information Technology Engineer, and a graduate in Management (ESADE). The Director of Basic Data at the Municipal Information Technology Institute. Barcelona City Council.
  • Shojaee Far, Mohosen
    Architect at SIMBIM, an innovative architecture and construction consultancy company with full integration of BIM (Building Information Modeling), based in Barcelona.

Associates entities

Collaborating partners

News

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Videos
Open Talent with Rudolf Giffinger: "Smart cities and energy efficient urban development"

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