Urban Planning and Sustainability

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School


Planificación Territorial y Urbana
10 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
Once the theoretical and conceptual basics that guide development have been established, this module will turn to analysing the evolution of territorial and urban issues generated as a result of the industrial revolution and the successive instruments and planning techniques that have appeared to deal with these issues.

Analysis of urban structures and the elements of territorial configuration, as well as the study of current planning tools (legislation, plans, organising techniques territorial systems, mobility management, participation, etc.) that make up the core of this programme along with studies into new concepts and experiences from territorial planning.

This programme finishes with a module dedicated to government involvement and territorial organisation and will include the current debate over the territorial organisation of Catalonia, as well as a workshop about the development of case studies.
Gestión, Gobernanza y Políticas Urbanas
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
This module analyses the different land and housing policy models, from their historical appearance to the stated objectives when they were being created. This class will deal with the relationship between land use policy and the real estate market, emphasising factors that, from an urban planning point of view, can influence the normalisation of the land market. As well, this class will draw on the study of different land and housing policies, focusing on critical analysis of the predominant policies: land market liberalisation, interventionism, etc. It is from this perspective that the main elements of urban policy will be developed in the class (analysis of land and housing supply and demand, market accessibility, financing, fiscal policy, etc.). As well, it will include analysis of the current basic management tools, such as expropriation, obtaining land for free as a result of private management, land set aside for public housing, public land equities, market intervention, renting policies, etc.
Geographic Information Systems
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Basic knowledge on geographic information systems, the structure of graphic and alphanumeric data, their components and working procedures. Relevant concepts on urban and territorial structure, working criteria and procedures, fundamentally to visualize them in a synthetic way on a municipal level, using maps. Defining processes to explore and show different factors that converge in an environment, spatial relations and an integrating approach to many components yielding a qualitative improvement allowing to combine elements and make a synthesis of contents exploring urban information bases in a digital format and using computer applications based on conventional GISs Desktop aping (PC).
Sustainable Urbanism
10 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
The course programme is an introduction to the concepts of territorial and urban sustainability; its origins and evolution, references and strategies, and its applications when planning territorial systems. The course also covers subjects such as urban models and sustainability, the historical evolution of land occupation models: Compact City vs. Dispersed City and the principles of ecological town planning and the entropy of urban systems, organizations, etc. As well as concepts such as climate change, new perspectives and urban resilience. Another concept is that of sustainable cities; materials, energy, balanced use of materials in urban planning systems and their interaction with the environment, air, acoustic and other types of pollution, mobility, green systems and energy; use and transformation of materials, polluting emissions, inter-city and environmental energy flows.
Urban Climate and Climate Change
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Evaluación Ambiental del Planeamiento
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
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.
Smart Cities: Urbanism and Technology
5 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
The course programme consists firstly of a review of specialized literature on Smart Cities in the era of knowledge, information and globalization, based on the information and communication technologies applied to governance, management and citizen participation. Once the theory has been acquired, case studies will be analysed from the perspective of the six fundamental points of smart cities: economy, mobility, the environment, people, life and governance. The aim is to generalize the use of technologies to create more sustainable, digital, competitive and inclusive cities: this analysis shall include both the positive and negative effects that ICT's have on a city and a territory, from an economical, cultural, environmental and social point of view. Besides the case studies, the course includes "hands-on" workshops on virtual cities and visits to institutions, spaces and organizations that collaborate with the cities and are part of this network of smart cities.
Throughout the technical program will be visits to places of interest related to the contents of the subject. During the previous year visits to TRAM, Bicing and Kisses Ecopark were performed. Tours are conducted in the mornings.
15 ECTS. 80 teaching hours.

This is a research project that students will do while they are studying for their Master's degrees. The dates for this project are from 31 march to the end of the Master's Course. As a result, students will be working on this project at the same time they are studying for their degrees, applying the knowledge learned in each of the modules integrated into this Master's course. These projects will be proposed by students in class and can be done as a group or individually, depending on the project chosen.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
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(350 teaching hours)

Start date:
Classes start:07/10/2019 Classes end:17/06/2020Programme ends: 10/07/2020
Monday  16:00 to 21:00Tuesday  16:00 to 21:00Wednesday  16:00 to 21:00Thursday  16:00 to 21:00Friday  16:00 to 21:00
Taught at:
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649

Registration fee:
6.700 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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