Master’s degree in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture

The need for qualified professionals that can develop projects and manage urban planning processes in developing countries is clear. We can find the highest urbanisation ratios in the world in these countries and it is here where international cooperation is most needed.

If we add to this the impact of an earthquake, tsunami or a war, the situation is critical and intervention is required in architecture and urban planning areas, in order to know how to develop a plan of temporary developments and settlements, with quick construction processes that are efficient under extreme conditions; with the management of the existing resources, offering solutions that can be implemented in this type of situations where unfortunately we must work under different forms of pressure.

The purpose of the Master’s degree is to face these situations and it is aimed at preparing future architects and professionals to deal with regional planning and emergency construction projects, i.e., professionals that can arrive at these ‘non-places’ and can use specific tools to apply the appropriate strategies in order to help develop the communities affected by such catastrophes.

Therefore, it aims to train experts that can provide a solution to large-scale problems generated by a catastrophe; professionals who can study and research materials, urban planning, the economy, the environment and society, based on ecological and sustainable principles.

This Master’s degree is part of the ERASMUS MUNDUS European cooperation program, considered to be one of the most prestigious programs in the world. The MUNDUS URBANO program brings together the following universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Università “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Université Pierre-Mendès-France Grenoble and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, in order to develop a joint European Master’s degree.

Director : Vicenç Sarrablo

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Master’s Programme Relational Barcelona. Other ways to conceive the plural city

Barcelona has been and is now a place of transfer, exchange and permanent laboratory of urban proposals which reflect many of the cities.

The new cities, plural and intelligent, not just work in relation to traditional urban areas, infrastructure, plots, network,… but they are incorporating in their growth and development of sustainability criteria, creating balanced communities, new transport technologies, energy and communications as well as cultural and geographical aspects relevant to develop a unique personality or profile.

Barcelona is set every day as a city of reference in Europe and worldwide. Its geographical location, politics, art, cultural and tourist attractions make it a model that allows for reflection on future proposals for the management and intervention in XXII century cities.

The Master “BARCELONA RELATIONAL” organized by the College of Architecture and faculty of the Department of Humanities at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, deepen knowledge of the city-identity, origin, development and future developments, and how the student in a critical, multidisciplinary and able to resolve unknowns purposeful projection, development and management posed by the cities of tomorrow.

The Masters is particularly aimed at graduates interested in growth, development and management of cities from the social, cultural, economic and urban: analysts, cultural managers, communicators, technical managers, technicians, environmental, political analysts, journalists,…

Director : Manel Arenas, Concepción Peig

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Master’s Degree in Biodigital Architecture

This Master’s degree in Biodigital Architecture offers a specialisation course of study at the Master’s level in connection with a research line about genetics applied to architecture in a natural and digital way. Both components address the study of architecture from ecological, environmental and digital vantage points.

Within the context of the “Genetic Architecture” study underway at the UIC, this postgraduate programme pays special attention to new digital-cybernetic and ecological-environmental projects in architecture.

The programme is primarily oriented towards the relevance of new biodigital paradigms in project development and addresses the concept of generative genetics in both practical and theoretical capacities.

The curriculum also touches on the idea of morphogenesis, through working with genetic software programs, developing grammar for formal systems and studying developmental processes and emergent systems. New technologies are bringing us towards new means of production (Data Driven Production, CNC), which in turn lead to unconventional architectural formulations that resemble the principles of genetics (variation, mutation) more closely than those of industrial chain production.

The programme is taught and coordinated by an impressive team of renowned professors from across the globe, all of whom have brought significant contributions to the field of contemporary architecture.

Director : Alberto T. Estévez

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