The field of urban planning cannot be oblivious to the rapid changes in our societies in the new information age. The growing complexity of urban phenomena and their interactions, the impact of new communication technologies in the relationship between city and country, the increasingly important role internationally in large cities, forcing the developer to develop the methods and intervention tools best suited to act in this context.
Four relevant European Universities (UPC, TU Delft, KU Leuven and IUAV Venice) designed in 2005 a first European Postgraduate Masters Programme in Urbanism: Strategies and Design for Cities and the UPC Master in Urban Design takes part of this new Program. With the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU), four leading European institutions in research and education in the field of urban planning have joined forces to provide an educational urban planning program of high-level. The participating universities are: Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), Delft, The Netherlands, Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Leuven, Belgium; Università IUAV di Venezia (IUAV), Venice, Italy and University of Catalonia (UPC-ETSAB / ETSAV), Barcelona, Spain.
This new common program faces up to the challenges of contemporary urban planning, attending to the development of new instruments for a critical intervention in different contexts. The two-year program meets professional experiences, methodological approaches and theories from different European countries, as well as the respective culture in terms of planning and design of the participating universities.
The four universities join efforts to the specifically European tradition, in terms of the consideration that the Urbanism (urban planning and design) is a discipline socially responsible to improve the lives of all citizens. In addition, each university has its approach related and developed according to their geographical, historical and cultural situation. This specificity makes students to gain valuable experience in different physical and cultural landscapes.
The Degree finally obtained is European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism, issued by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Students must take during the second year of the program one semester at another university other than the UPC to get the European certificate that will come signed by representatives of each university integrated into the EMU.
The Masters has been designed to train highly qualified architects in the development of urban projects that have to adapt to a dynamic and very complex urban environment. The Master's program emphasizes the physical form of the interventions, in relation to which the rest of aspects in urban planning are considered (economic, social, management, etc.)
Because the participants on the Master come from all over the world, we often work in multicultural groups, an enriching situation that is more and more common in the professional activities of the urbanists.
The aim of the Master's is to capacitate students to do the following:
- Analyze urban problems in urban and regional areas.
- Design proposals for planning, remodeling and developing these areas.
- Understand the sociological, economic, technical and managerial aspects of urban planning and weave these into their understanding of the forms of physical intervention.
- Incorporate the different scales involved in Urbanism into their designs.
- Develop discriminating, well-grounded views of the field of Urbanism.
Beyond that, the specific objectives in the Master are: (1) think critically and incorporate the dynamics of urban complexity within a clear conceptual framework, (2) encourage research through design, which enables enhanced visibly ability of this method of approach and offer an innovative technique (project as a producer of knowledge), (3) be able to initiate a contextual and flexible dialogue within the framework of a strategic bargaining with the different stakeholders or affected by the design proposal in order to achieve a better understanding of the implementation process, and (4) promote wider perspective on the consequences of decisions and actions on shaping the current and future city.
Who is it for
- Urban Developers.
- Managers working for public administrations in urbanism departments.
In this sense, the Master is aimed basically at architects and engineers and especially to new graduates of these careers (including students pending of the final project). Thus, the program is conceived as a continuation of urbanism's training that the career not allow to develop sufficiently.