Architecture, City and Project (Urbanism)

Barcelona Neighborhood by Neighborhood.

This course focuses on initiating student research into emerging issues in the field of urban planning. The city of Barcelona, its greater metropolitan region and various neighborhood initiatives serve as the raw material for our work and conversations.

We will emphasize the social dimension of these interventions and compare them to similar undertakings in cities around the world.Each topic addresses a fundamental question about 20th- and 21st-century urbanism.

The structure will be the following:

  • Six visits to different areas of the city to spark discussion of the issues. Each will last two to three hours and include on-site discussion. The six sites will be: Ciutat vella, Montjuich and the Zona Franca, Gracia, Santa Coloma, The Teixonera and Horta, The Eixample.
  • Three lessons on morphology, planning and urban project in contemporary Barcelona
  • Two colloquia will allow us to discuss questions posited during the Master’s in Urbanism lectures.
  • Two tutorial sessions will examine student projects and allow us to evaluate methods and objectives.

Session length and sequence will conform to that of the Master’s program.


A ten-page research paper that compares Barcelona to another city, and that relates to individual student projects.


  • Alexandre Cirici, Itziar Gonzalez. Pam Pam to Pam. 2012
  • Francesco Careri Walkscapes: Walking as an Aesthetic Practice./ Walking as an aesthetic practice. 2014
  • Kevin A.Linch The Image of the City 1960
  • Gordon Cullen. The Concise Townscape 1971
  • Jane Jacobs. Death and Life of Great American Cities. 1961



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Joan Moreno Sanz


Urban Planning Subjects