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Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum Class Standing: 1 Sophomore
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Area of Study: Architecture, Arts, Design, Humanities
Program Description:
Urban Design in Barcelona

Program Overview

Investigate how bottom-up urban design strategies provide a framework for the participation of workers and residents to create an integrated community in Barcelona’s 22@ information activities district. Visit and diagram three urban typologies at the scale of the urban room, district, and neighborhood, including: (1) maritime metropolis; (2) modernisme; and (3) contemporary pluralism, along with a comparative study of similar typologies in Granada, Andalucía.  Explore how cultural events, food culture and urban fabric provide an emergent connectivity between post-industrial blocks in the 22@ district and contribute results to the 22@ planning department to improve district planning guidelines. In-situ work looks at existing and newly acquired datasets using architectural scaled software Rhino Grasshopper, associated plugins, and custom scripts. These new design methods are supported by interaction with interdisciplinary local experts in planning, urban ecology, architecture, robotic engineering, transit and landscape architecture. 

See student work from previous years at the Urban Design in Barcelona blog.

Academic Details

You will enroll in three upper-division architecture courses related to urban design: (1) Contemporary Urban Design in Barcelona Seminar (equivalent to UO ARCH 410/510) focuses on measuring neighborhood social interaction. This course examines contemporary principles such as the self-sufficiency of city blocks and superblocks, and urban ecology of cities as organisms of interrelated systems; (2) Media for Design Development (equivalent to UO ARCH 423/523) looks at methods to measure urban characteristics, such as diagramming and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Methods are applied to short exercises and to a design problem-based project and final group activity; and (3) Data Making Workshop: Urban Sensing Robotics (equivalent to UO ARCH 408/508) which examines the use of handheld mobile technology and new inexpensive microprocessors and sensors to bring the power of information to an accessible user level.

Working with Barcelona 22@ planning department guidelines, the research explored in this program will attempt to model block-by-block planning guidelines as a systematic way to support city planning from the bottom up over time by various inhabitants including workers, residents and tourists. Work will be shared with the Ajuntament de Barcelona planning offices as a way to support urban sustainability.

For UO students, the credits earned can be used to fulfill general undergraduate electives, or, for students majoring in architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture, as well as professional elective requirements. Students from allied fields may be able to request major credit from their major departments. Prior to departure, students will commence their studies by completing an orientation program. Students who are not in residence on the Eugene campus will be able to participate remotely in the orientation program.


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