The UPC's Masters in Urban Design 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.
Urban planning cannot be indifferent to the fast transformations of our society in the new information era. The increasing complexity of the urban phenomena and their interactions, the impact of the new communication technologies in relationship between the city and the territory, the role of the big metropolis, which is getting more and more relevant to an international scale, make the urban planner develop suitable methods and instruments of intervention in this context.
The Master's program faces up to this challenges of contemporary urban planning, attending to the development of new instruments for a critical intervention in different contexts.
The Master is divided into three modules, corresponding to the three fields of action of urban intervention:
City Design (Urban planning)
Urban Design (Urban project)
Regional Design (Regional planning)
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.). This is the reason why the workshops, based on real urban planning projects in different towns and carried out in close collaboration with the corresponding administrations, are the focal points of the Masters. The rest of subjects, which bring extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge about the processes of urban and territorial transformations, are articulated around the workshops.