The Master in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes at ESARQ-UIC in Barcelona provides a unique methodology for regenerating complex contemporary landscapes that encompasses practices from urban design to landscape architecture at a scale between neighborhood and region. It focuses on the regeneration of urban sprawl, informal settlements and the preservation of cultural landscapes in order to build a more efficient and sustainable metropolis.
Both developed and developing countries currently face a significant challenge in terms of urban design and planning: the management of emerging landscapes that have been triggered by increasing mobility and unprecedented urban growth. Standard planning cannot guarantee the efficiency and environmental quality of these new urban systems and open spaces. These landscapes, due to their size, morphology and use, question the very notion of the compact city, and, accordingly, our usual urban practices.
The regeneration of large suburban growth, shopping centers and commercial strips, or the preservation of agricultural land and river spaces, is taking place in many of our metropolitan areas. All these episodes no longer respond to local government boundaries, but to ad hoc constraints of a functional, morphological or environmental nature. For this reason, intermediate approaches are required, between a local and a regional level, in order to resolve conflicts and create opportunities.
The Master in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes is devoted to providing the required tools and methodology to achieve this. The program is based on the traditional core values of European planning, specifically: attention paid to local identity and environmental values; and a commitment to social equity. Based on these premises, current research from international experts is incorporated into a comprehensive approach in which economics and management hold a dialogue with ecology and culture.
Future perspectives for the Master’s program
This Master’s program contributes to the necessary methodological framework for the diagnosis, intervention and management of emerging intermediate landscapes. The regeneration of sprawl areas, the transformation of suburban thoroughfares into main streets, or the preservation of cultural landscapes, are being widely considered. This Master´s program recognizes the need to meet these challenges by training skilled technicians.
Since the eighties, mature and multidisciplinary critical responses have been consolidated in North American and European contexts, responding to various types of environmental, economic, social and cultural repercussions, generated by a demanding growth without a united overview. We can confirm that at present there are sufficient theoretical and professional grounds for offering an alternative model. Within this context, the Master in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes aims to contribute to the construction of more efficient and sustainable metropolis.
1st MODULE: INTRODUCTION - 6 weeks
1. Conceptual framework
2. Introduction to the study and presentation of case studies.
2nd MODULE: METHODOLOGY - 12 weeks
3. Urban Materials
3rd Module: CASE STUDIES - 9 weeks
6. Local case studies: Fieldwork
7. International case studies
4th Module: MASTERS DISSERTATION- 10 weeks
8. Masters Dissertation
9. Development of a regeneration proposal for an intermediate landscape. Integrated methodology involving analysis, intervention and management. Application of the intervention tools acquired during the programme in terms of decision making as part of a multiscale process. The development must express an overall strategic vision and flexible development in terms of its various stages
The academic staff for the Masters programme involves a reasonable balance between professors and lecturers from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) and visiting scholars from renowned and prestigious universities.
Due to the multidisciplinary approach of the Masters programme, the UIC professors and lecturers are a comprehensive group of academics with diverse profiles and areas of expertise such as: urbanism, geography, economics, law, ethics and anthropology. The management, coordination and masters dissertation supervisions are tasks for which professors or lecturers employed by the UIC are responsible, ensuring the continuity and the required dedication for them to be fulfilled to optimum standards. External professionals and researchers with good quality profiles incorporate their expertise into the programme in order to contribute innovative and competitive knowledge in specific fields. Therefore, the task of the UIC staff is to establish the academic guidelines of the Masters programme, complemented by specific collaboration from international scholars.
The mission of the visiting scholars is to broaden the perspective of the contents of the programme by introducing significant international role models. The involvement of the visiting professors acquires special significance when it is understood to be the initiation of an international research network for the construction and dissemination of knowledge. Along these lines we have established contact with various international research and academic centres.
Programme Directors and Coordination
The learning resources for each of the subjects are listed in the corresponding teaching guide.
Potential fields of work for future graduates
Potential professional work placements for future graduates
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October 2013 to July 2014 (1 academic year) / 60 ECTS credits.
ESARQ School of Architecture.