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6,5 ECTS credits

The course aims to offer a platform for debating contemporary landscape architecture and urban design. It is structured around three overlapping lines which explore the definition and scope of these disciplines, construct a critical discourse around them and speculate about their future and the future of cities. We will examine their theories and practices, adopting a broad rather than exclusively internal vision of the discipline, and the module will be enriched with analyses of interventions in cities from the point of view of other experiences, therefore building bridges with topics discussed in other modules of the Master in City Sciences.

The course will explore contemporary architecture, landscape and urban design but will relate these fields to others traditionally associated with civil engineering, geography, sociology, culture and history. This will not be done exhaustively due to the dimensions of the module and because the course, which essentially adopts a general, basic approach, will focus on a limited number of themes while nevertheless aiming to provide students with the most open and broadest possible overview of landscape and urban design, and to equip them with the key instruments for developing a critical outlook on urban reality and speculating in a more experimental way about the future of cities.

The module consists of eleven lessons that will create a broad repository of knowledge and references and help students to understand the basic issues, to ask themselves critical questions and to establish links with the topics discussed in other modules of the Master in City Sciences. The structure will be broken down into three cycles, ten lessons in total, plus an introductory lesson. The sessions will be based on reading assignments and the discussions sparked by them, in-depth analyses of case studies, and contributions from guest lecturers who will enrich the lessons with parallel, complementary visions of urban design and landscape.

Madrid Rio

In keeping with contemporary urban patterns, ecological demands and urban infrastructures, this module in the Master in City Sciences will examine the most important writings from a selection of key critics and discuss methods, models and systems for gaining an insight into the urban design and landscape theories of the 21st century. Meanwhile, the analysis of a set of contemporary case studies will demonstrate the practical application of these theories.

The purpose of the course is to help students to identify and interpret elements of urban landscape practice. Reading assignments, discussions, presentations by guest lecturers and analyses of practical cases and strategic proposals will provide students with a basic introduction to the design of urban space and landscape. By the end of the course they will be able to articulate their own experience and intellectual preoccupations and propose imaginative alternatives to contemporary practice by establishing a nexus between landscape and urban design and all the other disciplines studied in the Master in City Sciences.

Main themes covered are:
  • An Approach to Madrid as Urban Metropolis
  • Monumentality and Urban Renewal
  • Infrastructures in Cities
  • Urban Ecologies
  • Reconfigured Voids
  • Urban Acupuncture
  • Urban Morphology
  • Urban Planning
  • Core and Landscape Retrofi tting
  • The City as a Play-Ground
  • Generic City
  • Universidad Politécnica
  • ETSI arquitectura
  • ETSI Industriales