The program is directed by Philip Speranza, Assistant Professor of Architecture (specializing in design communication and urban design) and Principal of Speranza Architecture (New York).
“Life, City, Adaptation: Barcelona, Urban Design” offers students an opportunity to 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. Participants will 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. Design work for selected urban spaces in the 22@ district will then explore how cultural events, food culture and urban fabric provide an emergent connectivity between otherwise unrelated post-industrial blocks. Participants in the program will contribute results to the 22@ planning department to improve district planning guidelines and explore new urban design possibilities that support an evolving Catalan culture.
- Participants will enjoy opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary design work using multimedia-based methods with specialists of Catalan and Spanish design.
- Program includes morning and afternoon field visits to document neighborhood typologies in Barcelona.
- Participants’ work contributes to testing a new grassroots planning strategy in Barcelona.
- The 7-credit urban design program includes media workshops and visits to sites and design offices, as well as excursions to Girona, Igualada, and Alhambra.
- Participants will also experience Barcelona food culture and shopping for food for evening meals at some of the 43 municipal food markets in the district.