Master's Degree in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
In Barcelona (Spanien)

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  • Grundschule
  • Barcelona (Spanien)

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 ofcultural 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.

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Multiple Management Scales
Economic Determinants
Bottom-up processes
Changing Demographics
Social Framework
Current Trends
Cultural Diversity
Human Health


Course Curriculum


1. Conceptual frameworkTheoretical framework. Main research contributions aimed at the analysis and regeneration of intermediate landscapesHistorical framework. Background and evolution of intermediate landscapes in developed and developing countries

Political framework.
(1) Multiple management scales. Local government and regional governance systems (regional compacts).
(2) Bottom-up processes and the participation of citizens.
(3) Partnership and public-private cooperation

Economic framework.
(1) Economic determinants of growth and sprawl. The sprawl machines.
(2) Local government revenue sources (tax revenues), land use and sprawl
Social framework.
(1) Threats. Segregation and loss of social capital.
(2) Changing demographic structure. Immigration and cultural diversity.
(3) Third places: new collective social places

Environmental framework.
(1) The impact of sprawl on the environment and human health.
(2) Current trends and techniques in environmental protection

2. Introduction to the study and presentation of case studies.Phenomenology and classification. Intermediate landscapes: contexts and morphologies. Identification of categoriesBasic tools for case study analysis. Analytical basis for the comprehension of intermediate landscapes. Key content to be consideredBasic tools for the spatial analysis of intermediate landscapes. Introduction to field work. Identification, interpretation and representation of key contentBasic communication tools. Written and graphic presentation techniques for planning and urban design material


3. Urban MaterialsMobility networks.
(1) Morphological categories. Types of road ways associated to types of development. Motorways, arterial roads, collector roads, local roads, historic roads, suburban trails.
(2) Regeneration strategies. The design of civic networks

Dispersed urban systems.
(1) Morphological categories. Clusters, corridors and sprawled developments.
(2) Retrofitting strategies. Infill, redevelopment and re-greening
Open spaces in urban networks.
(1) Morphological categories. Agricultural, forest, river and coastal areas. (2) Cultural landscapes and historic parks.
(3) Regeneration strategies. Integration of local and regional systems. The social, economical and ecological role of open spaces

4. Topics Culture.
(1) Cultural heritage and regional development. Local identity: marketing and sense of place.
(2) Heritage networks and pre-urban patterns. Civic engagement and heritage network capacity.
(3) Preservation programmes

(1) Landscape ecology: integrated and sustainable management of land mosaics (natural and built-up areas).
(2) Urban ecology: sustainable criteria related to: mobility, water, waste and energy management

(1) Methods of social inquiry and tools for active participation processes. (2) Strategies of design aimed at strengthening the local identity and sense of belonging.
(3) Rethinking the public space concept

(1) Regional mobility and transportation systems based on a comprehensive overview.
(2) Local mobility and accessibility. Design of place-based pedestrian paths

(1) Sprawl and social equity. Affordable housing and access to urban services and social facilities.
(2) Negative effects of sprawled developments on disadvantaged sectors (people with disabilities, senior citizens and children)Public health. Sprawl and public health. Design, research and policies on healthy place-making

5. ToolsInformation technologies. Geographical information systems applied to advanced analysis, design and the integrated management of intermediate landscapesCommunication technologies. Simulation systems applied to the display of regeneration scenarios. Digital development of activating images
(1) Basic microeconomics for planners. How markets function.
(2) Real estate markets (residential and commercial) and property laws. (3) Development and speculation. Public interventions.
(4) Regional marketing

Planning framework.
(1)Local and regional planning tools to propel intermediate landscape regeneration.
(2) Management on an intermediate landscape scale. Regional and municipal government agreements. Public-private partnerships.
(3) Legal framework. Local, regional and state regulations in order to develop intermediate landscape regeneration

3rd Module: CASE STUDIES

6. Local case studies: FieldworkLocal intermediate landscape regeneration case studies. Study of the morphological, functional, social, and political components of the case based on a comprehensive overview. Critical analysis of the existing planning and management tools

7. International case studiesStudy of significant international cases studies in developed and developing countries. Political, economic, social, environmental, legal and planning framework. Urban materials and main topics. Regeneration strategies


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