Smart Cities: Urbanism, Technology and Sustainability

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

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.

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Promoted by:

  • Centre de Política de Sòl i Valoracions


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.

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(90 teaching hours)

Start date:
Classes start:15/02/2019 Classes end:27/06/2019Programme ends: 05/07/2019
Monday  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:
2.600 €

Language of instruction:
Spanish / English

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

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