The Master of International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture is an official degree that prepares architects, urban planners and other professionals to develop and rebuild communities affected by the ever-growing impact of climate change, military conflicts, rapid urbanization and economic crises in both developed and developing countries. The one-year program provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological background in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach and manage projects in cooperation and sustainable development ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.
Professionals involved in these areas need to understand that their role in the complex system of international cooperation is to seek holistic solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and citizen participation. It is essential to understand the physical, social and cultural substrate of the cities or territories in which we are going to intervene and analyze the context at all scales throughout the intervention process in order to establish a critical approach and proposals in accordance to their urban legacies.
The Master degree deals with three main topics: international cooperation, sustainable development, and emergency architecture. The program includes courses that will help implement and complete this necessary multidisciplinary approach with alternative planning, urban and architectural strategies that promote social cohesion. Students will be introduced to different contexts and situations so as to acquire the proper skills to develop a critical analysis and management capacity of complex problems. They will learn to maximize human resources to deal with and support local actors in post-disaster scenarios and tackle urban upgrading strategies in both developed and developing countries.
This Masters Program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious programs in the world. The Mundus Urbano program is a joint European Masters degree program offered by the following universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Université Pierre-Mendès-France Grenoble and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The programme provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological background in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach and manage projects in cooperation and sustainable development ranging from the urban to the architectural scale. Students will acquire the necessary knowledge to manage complex projects in international cooperation, emergency architecture, and sustainable development in which governmental and non-governmental institutions, beneficiaries and technical staffs are involved.
This program is aimed at university graduates from the following areas: Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, Engineering, and International Cooperation. The course is taught in English.
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One academic year.
The syllabus contains a total of 60 ECTS credits, distributed throughout the academic year into 29.5 theory credits, 15.5 personal work credits and 15 practical credits.
The course will be taught between October 2012 and July 2013.
Classes will be taught on the Iradier-Barcelona Campus
The Area of Cooperation within the UIC's School of Architecture (ESARQ UIC).
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The Barcelona-based master is a second-year option within the Mundus Urbano master (Darmstadt University), forming part of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Programme and making it the only Erasmus Mundus master offered by an architecture school in Catalunya.
The Mundus Urbano program is a joint European Masters degree program offered by the following universities:
The programme is divided into three terms, each with a specific aim, with the final purpose of preparing students to develop a dissertation on action methods in complex and fragile post-emergency situations.
TERM 1 - CRITERIA. Students will attend full day workshops and part-time seminars. This module is designed to provide a full and multidisciplinary understanding of project management and sustainable urban development policies and the economic and social policies that influence urban regeneration in developing countries, northern countries and countries undergoing reconstruction. The aim is for students to acquire an integral understanding of all the processes involved in urban regeneration based on practical knowledge of complex local situations.
TERM 2 – FIELD TRIP & INTERNSHIP. This includes a trip outside Europe to see places with developing needs or places that require future responses and settlement reconstruction after crises. Students participate in an internship within a company or institution working in the area of international cooperation.
TERM 3 – STUDIO PROJECT. Students start their individual research projects under the supervision of a tutor. The project will focus on specific post-emergency scenarios, urban development, prototypes and disaster management. This part of the programme includes lectures on practical matters and methodology to assist students in developing their studio projects.
TERM 1: CRITERIA
TERM 2: FIELD TRIP & INTERNSHIP
TERM 3: STUDIO PROJECT
Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the theoretical-practical classes.
All students will be assessed during each seminar. In January, each student will present a written report using the research basis developed during TERM 2 –STUDIO PROJECT to a committee, summarising the structure and content of the dissertation.
At the end of the course, the student will defend the dissertation in front of an academic and/or professional committee, which will contain sector specialists and experts.
The learning resources for each of the subjects are listed in the corresponding teaching guide.
The Master’s program is taught by a prestigious group of specialized, interdisciplinary professors with proven track records and with the collaboration of NGOs and other institutions that participate actively in the field of international cooperation. The academic staff is also composed of researchers from the four universities collaborating with the Mundus Urbano program.
Dra Giovanna Carnevali, Dra Carmen Mendoza, Dr Pere Vall, PhD Mustafa Hudita, PhD Maria Elena Martin Zequeira, PhD Abdul Bhatti, Simon Vélez, PhD Reena Tiwari, Marie Aquilino, Martijn Shildkamp, Sergio Palleroni, Sandra Bestraten, Cameron Sinclair (AFH) and Nathaniel Corum (AFH), Esteban Leon (UN Habitat) and Dan Lewis (UN Habitat), PhD Jacqueline Polvora.
Dr. Massimo Faiferri, Dr. Javier Peña, Victor Pou, Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo, Dr. Kelly Shannon, Dr. Marcel Vellinga, Sergio Palleroni, Dr. Ana Marta Amaro, Dr. Amit Kumar, and Mundus Urbano Scholars: Yatin Pandia, Ph.D., Jacqueline Pólvora, Xiangning Li, Eman Amad, Ph.D., Yang Guiqing, Ph.D., Mario Coyula, Ph.D. and Carmen Ledo.
Bryan Bell, Tom Corsellis, Alexander Levi, Roberto Ottolenghi, Ruben Pesci, Amanda Schachter, Shigeru Ban, Alison Brysk, Richard Burdett, Monique Eleb, Iacopo Gallico, Medina Hadziha Sanovic, Anne Lacaton, Andre Loeckx, Peter Marcuse, Lorenzo Romito, Antonella Vitale, Laura Vescina and Ken Yeang.
During term 2 The master course comprises a period for students to complete an internship period of three months in International Cooperation Institutions and/or local organizations in order to familiarise themselves with the development and management of Cooperation Projects.
In the third part of the course (TERM 3 – STUDIO PROJECT), students will prepare their dissertations, which will be supervised by their tutor. Students can select a topic from the following areas: international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture.
In the third part of the course, students will attend conferences given by experts, who will talk about different subjects related to the programme. Students will also participate in sessions in which they will receive guidance on writing for research purposes.
Information about the access routes for this Official Masters course can be found here:
In addition to meeting the legal requirements described in the access routes, the Admissions Office will highly value:
In order to reserve a place on the course, candidates who have received an official letter of admission must make an initial payment for the amount of 20% of the total Masters course fee.
The balance may be paid after the enrolment process.
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The University does not provide grants/scholarships for third year students. Those seeking financial aid are advised to consult other organisations.
The UIC holds collaborative agreements with various banking institutions to facilitate course financing with preferential conditions. Please check the terms and conditions for the current academic year in the following document:
Members of the UIC Alumni and Friends Association are entitled to a 10% discount.
Additionally, certain collectives may be entitled to special discounts for certain programmes, which are specified in each case.
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