Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona
- Dates – TBD
- Max Enrollment – 30
- Taught In – English
- Prerequisites – No
- Academic Area – Community & Regional Development; Landscape Architecture
Look up from your tapas and watch the flow of people—neighbors, tourists, artists, and peddlers—as they stroll down the Rambla. They disappear into the metro and resurface in a vibrant plaza or hillside neighborhood, climbing stairs to apartments that tower over this vibrant metropolis. Barcelona, celebrated for its contemporary architecture, urbanism, and landscape, is also a city with strong community identities and a long history of activism. In this class we will explore the city's urban history, housing, and grass-roots activism. With the city as our classroom, we learn through daily field trips, guest lectures, case studies, and conversations at sidewalk cafes.
- Live in one of the world’s great cities and enjoy its rich history and culture.
- Visit cutting edge projects in urban planning, community design, and housing.
- Experience the Spanish joy of living: long lunches, late dinners, and neighborhood fiestas.
- Stay in the bohemian neighborhood of Gràcia, in the heart of Barcelona.
- Explore the nearby Pyrenees Mountains, the Costa Brava, or the Balaeric Islands.
What Students Are Saying
- “The class helped me learn about things to consider in urban planning. The experience of interviewing locals really changed my design philosophy.”
- “This provided new and informative experiences, perspectives, and opened my eyes to more problems that communities are facing and the challenges faced to overcome them.”
- “I gained a more global view about urban planning.”
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