Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Urban Design IV

Urban Design IV
Second semester
Project Planning Module
Urbanismo 4
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: English

Teaching staff


Subject to a request for an appointment.


The course of Urbanisme 4 educates the student in the area of the urban and territorial project, providing the necessary vision of the design of the public space. The student gets notions and tools useful for the formal, functional and material development of open space, necessary in the current professional training. Through the study of references and the review of concepts of productivity, sustainability and social inclusion, the student addresses technical solutions based on the exercise developed in Projectes 8. As a 5th year subject, the develop and final product are part of the Final Degree Project (TFG) of the student.

Pre-course requirements

Students can enrol for the Urban Design 4 course once they have passed Urban Design courses 1, 2 and 3.


  • Deepen in the concepts acquired in Urbanism 2 and 3 and apply the methodologies in the practical exercise to develop.
  • Study the close relationship between the architectural project and the public space that surrounds it.
  • To provide instruments and methodological bases to develop the design of the open space in consolidated urban contexts and of suburb landscapes.
  • Know and integrate the main concepts related to urban sustainability in the design of land development.
  • Expand the knowledge of the main experiences of urbanization projects carried out in the local and international context.


  • 35-T - Ability to conceive, put into practice and develop urban projects
  • 37 - Ability to develop functional programmes for buildings and urban spaces.
  • 42 - Ability to catalogue buildings and urban heritage and plan their protection.
  • 45-T - Ability to design and execute roads and urban development, gardening and landscaping projects
  • 46 - Ability to apply urban planning ordinances and standards.
  • 47-T - Ability to prepare environmental and landscaping surveys and plans to correct environmental impacts.
  • 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.
  • 53 - To acquire adequate knowledge of architectural, urban development and landscaping traditions of Western culture, as well as their technical, climate, economic, social and ideological foundations
  • 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.
  • 58 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the methodological principles of urban planning and metropolitan and regional development.
  • 59 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the mechanisms of preparing and managing urban development plans on any scale.
  • 60 - To acquire knowledge of civil, administrative, urban planning, building and professional regulations.
  • 61 - To acquire knowledge of feasibility analysis, supervision and coordination of integrated projects.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student:

  • Identifies, conceptualizes and synthesizes the most significant open spaces in his/her proposal through diagrams.
  • Acquires the basic notions to face the design of landscape recognizing the main variables: topography, drainage, solar orientation, artificial lighting and vegetation.
  • He/she obtains knowledge about some specific materials of the urbanization works such as pavements, urban furniture and vegetation, and knows how to apply them according to the type of project he/she carries out.
  • Achieves control of the most relevant tools for the representation of the contents studied and use various scales to prepare the required documents.
  • Builds a reasoned reflection on the project decisions adopted in the different scales of work and is able to link them with the rest of the content studied in the technical areas.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Urbanism 4 is taught in a continuous workshop format where theoretical and practical learning are integrated. The following methodological steps are followed:

  • Reading and conceptualization of the types of open spaces to develop. Review of urban sustainability criteria and achievement of standards.
  • Schematic definition of the main variables that influence the public space project.
  • Proposal for the arrangement of the public space that surrounds the building, considering the immediate context. The work is carried out around the ground floor of the building and 1/500 and 1/200 scale sections of the project.
  • Design of spaces and unique elements of the proposal.
  • Material and constructive specification of the urbanization elements according to product catalogs or by own design.
  • Development of images that explain the character of the free space created.
Class exhibition
35-T 37 42 45-T 46 47-T 51 52 53 54 57 58 59 60 61 0,18
Class participation
35-T 37 42 45-T 46 47-T 51 52 53 54 57 58 59 60 61 0,18
Clase practice
35-T 37 42 45-T 46 47-T 51 52 53 54 57 58 59 60 61 0,18
35-T 37 42 45-T 46 47-T 51 52 53 54 57 58 59 60 61 0,21
Individual or group study
35-T 37 42 45-T 46 47-T 51 52 53 54 57 58 59 60 61 0,75

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Totally face to face modality at the classroom.

The evaluation will be continuous and the ability to express in a synthetic and organized way the contents corresponding to each one of the steps followed in the Workshop will be assessed. The assimilation of the theoretical contents, the reference models and the instrumental bases and their application to the open space project will be especially considered.

The evaluation of the Practical Workshop represents 100% of the final grade.

It is considered essential to be able to pass the subject:

• Attendance at workshops. Absences must always be justified and can never exceed, as a whole, 15% of the school day. If this condition is not met, the student will not be able to continue the course.

• Deliver an A3 format dossier according to the guidelines given and reach a positive evaluation.

The course is presented as a workshop and therefore the active participation of the student in the debates will be valued.

Bibliography and resources

General Bibliography:

RODRIGUEZ-ROJAS, María Isabel. "Guía para la Intgración de los Sistemas Urbanos de Drenaje Sostenible en el Proyecto Urbano". Granada, Editorial Universidad de Granada, 2017.

PEREIRA, Celeste. "Jordi Henrich. Una visión de Barcelona y su espacio público". on the w@terfront. Public Art.Urban Design.Civic Participation.Urban Regeneration. vol.61 , nr2. ISBN: 1139-7365, 2019.