Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Cooperation II

Cooperation II
Second semester
Project Planning Module
Cooperación 2
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: English

Teaching staff


The Cooperation 2 course trains architecture students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to be able to work in the field of Development Cooperation and in emergency situations.

It starts on a large scale by studying refugee camps and, after covering various urban plans, it ends by approaching the architectural project in the context of Development Cooperation. In depth treatment is given to concepts such as low-tech construction technologies, bioclimatic design, universal accessibility and the different housing and equipment typologies.

Pre-course requirements

Second-year students


The main objective of the Cooperation 2 course is to train the UIC’s architecture students as professional architects capable of taking part in cooperation projects based on entrepreneurship, innovation and social commitment.

Specific objectives include learning how to:

- Comprehensively manage a cooperation project.

- Coordinate and implement urban analyses and proposals for existing cities, as well as for refugee camps and other emergency situations.

- Understand low-cost and sustainable technologies in order to design, calculate and execute architectural cooperation projects.


  • 34-T - Ability to design, practice and develop basic and execution projects, sketches and blueprints.
  • 35-T - Ability to conceive, put into practice and develop urban projects
  • 51 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the study methods of social needs, quality of life, habitability and basic housing programmes
  • 52 - To acquire adequate knowlege of the environment, sustainability and the principles of conserving energy and environmental resources.
  • 55 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the relationship between cultural patterns and the social responsibilities of the architect
  • 57 - To acquire adequate knowledge of urban sociology, theory, economy and history.

Learning outcomes

- To know how to comprehensively manage a cooperation project from its conception through to its development, financing and implementation.

- To be able to solve urban planning and architectural problems in developing countries, taking into account their specific context (environment, population, culture, climate, construction techniques, etc.)


1. Basic concepts of development cooperation and emergency architecture.

2. Analysis of urban development solutions in emergency situations and in cities in both the third and fourth worlds.

3. Specific instruments that allow existing urban alternatives to be identified based on real-life situations, agents and local resources.

4. Study of low-cost housing, facilities and infrastructures.

5. Study of low-tech construction technologies and bioclimatic design.

6. Formalization of integral projects: architectural, economic, productive and educational.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Master classes will be combined with real-life case studies.

There will be an examination and a group project.

Class exhibition
34-T 35-T 51 52 55 57 0,36
Class participation
34-T 35-T 51 52 55 57 0,36
Clase practice
34-T 35-T 51 52 55 57 0,39
34-T 35-T 51 52 55 57 0,39
Individual or group study
34-T 35-T 51 52 55 57 1,5

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Compulsory class attendance, examination and the presentation of a project.

Bibliography and resources

- Davis, Ian.  “Arquitectura de emergencia: construcción alternativa”. Ed. Gustavo Gili, 1980. ISBN: 9788425209741

- Salas Serrano, Julián. "Contra el hambre de vivienda" TOMO I, CYTED-D. Editorial ESCALA, Tecnologías para la vivienda de interés social, Santafé, Bogotá, Colombia, 1992.

- Salas Serrano, Julián. “Vivienda y ciudad posible” TOMO IV, CYTED-D Editorial ESCALA, Tecnologías para vivienda de interés social, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia, 1998

- Fathy, Hassan. "Architecture for the Poor". Ed. The American University in Cairo Press, Egypt, 1989. ISBN: 977 424 575 X

- Lorenzo Gálligo, Pedro. “Un techo para vivir: tecnologías para viviendas de producción social en América Latina”. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2005. ISBN: 9788483018019

- Van Lengen, Johan “Manual del arquitecto descalzo”. Ed. Pax México, 2011. ISBN: 9786077723677

- Informes de la construcción, Volumen 63, núm. 523 2011. Monográfico "La tierra, material de construcción". V.V.A.A. Coordinadores: S. Bestraten, E. Hormias. http://informesdelaconstruccion.revistas.csic.es/index.php/informesdelaconstruccion/issue/view/134

- El Desarrollo humano sostenible en las aulas politécnicas. Material para la innovación docente. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. http://hdl.handle.net/2117/1979