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


10th Edition
5 ECTS (30 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: 14/04/2023
Classes end: 19/05/2023
Programme ends : 26/05/2023
Friday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this lifelong learning course?
This course in Environmental Assessment of Planning aims to provide, from a multidisciplinary perspective, methodological and instrumental elements for the integration of environmental requirements in urban planning plans, as well as for the effective implementation of the new legislative requirements on the environmental assessment of planning.

Throughout the course, the bases for environmental integration in the various types of plans and their subsequent verification will be developed, both with regard to the strategic assessment of management models and alternatives, and with regard to the consideration of the various environmental vectors, sustainable mobility, etc. At the same time, the content of the various environmental assessment documents will be analyzed and criteria for their preparation will be formulated, with special attention to environmental sustainability reports (ISA) and environmental reports.

All these contents will be exposed through various representative real cases and workshops or tutored practical exercises will be held.
Promoted by:
  • Centre de Política de Sòl i Valoracions
  • Offer a conceptual and legal framework for urban environmental assessment.
  • Deepening the environmental evaluation process, determining the environmental requirements of planning and strategically assessing the management models and alternatives.
  • Write with criteria the evaluation documents: environmental sustainability reports (ISA) and environmental reports.
  • Evaluate the various planning instruments: partial territorial plans, urban master plans, municipal urban planning plans (POUM) and derived planning.
  • Know the specific aspects in the environmental evaluation of planning (natural heritage, ecological connectivity and territorial fragmentation, water cycle, acoustic quality, sustainable mobility, climate change, etc.).
  • Articulate the evaluation of the environmental impact of projects. Bases and verification.
Who is it for?
  • Urban planners and technical or superior architects.
  • Engineers of various specialties.
  • Economists, geographers, sociologists or graduates in Environmental Sciences or Law.
  • Professionals dedicated to urban and territorial planning.
  • Professionals from public administrations in the areas of urban planning, territory, environment, etc.

Training Content

List of subjects
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.
Lifelong learning diploma 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. The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya's lifelong training courses are approved annually by the University's Governing Council. (See details appearing on the certificate).
Range of modules
This lifelong learning 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:
relation Postgraduate courses:
relation Lifelong learning courses:
This lifelong learning course is also part of the training track for the postgraduate course in Urban Environment And Sustainability .
The postgraduate course programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire postgraduate course you can sign on one or several modules.
Postgraduate course:
relation Lifelong learning 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.
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.
Assessment criteria
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 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 lifelong learning 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
  • Arellano Ramos, Blanca Esmaragda
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    PhD in architecture by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and architect by Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and 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
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    PhD in Architecture, and Professor emeritus 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
  • Torrents Abad, Josep Maria
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    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 Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

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Career opportunities

  • Urbanist specialist in urban planning.

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