Degree in Architecture Studies

In La Salle you will be trained to become a responsable architect. Likewise, you will acquire the capacity to respond to the needs of society using the most advanced knowledge and technologies

URBAN DESIGN 1. Law, regulations and norms principles

The subject Urban Design 1 (Law principles, legislation and regulations) introduces the student to the knowledge of the different legislations, regulations and ordinances with the aim that the student understands how these affect the urban form and can be used in favor of a better building and urban project.
Type Subject
Primer - Obligatoria

Titular Professors

Previous Knowledge



Learning Outcomes of this subject are:
RA.01 Know the legislation that regulates the field of construction and their range.
RA.02 Know the regulations that regulate the field of construction and their range.
RA.03 Know the functioning of the Public Administration and Administrative Procedures.
RA.04 Know and identify the registration and property concepts.


Laws and Ordinances
Land Use.
External demands and compositional principles
Urban Compositions


The subject is presented in the format of a workshop for groups with specific and general sessions of theory, examples and introductions of the proposed exercise.
Whether during the Workshop or in the theoretical class, exercises will be proposed to solve at the time or specific reading discussion sessions will be held.
The workshop will work on an area and an urban form to which different demands will be applied throughout the course.


The evaluation consists on:
Class attendance: 10%. Highly significant evaluation activity.
Weekly evolution of the Workshop: 70%. Highly significant evaluation activity.
Participation in the debates: 10%. Moderately significant evaluation activity.
Resolution of specific exercises: 10%. Moderately significant evaluation activity.

- The “80% minimum attendance” means that only three sessions can be missed without written justification.
- The No Presentation (NP) of any of the partial deliveries will be penalized.
- The No Presentation (NP) of the final delivery means that the workshop (and therefore the course) is classified as NP.
- A continuously No Presentation (NP) will imply that the student goes directly to the resit.
- The delivery of non-original drawings (copy between students) will be strongly penalized.

Evaluation Criteria

In accordance with Article 5 of Royal Decree 1125/2003, of September 5th, the results obtained by the student in each of the subjects of the Syllabus, will be graded according to the following numerical scale from 0 to 10 , with expression of a decimal, to which may be added the corresponding qualitative qualification:
0-4.9: Suspense (SS) | 5.0-6.9: Approved (AP) | 7.0-8.9: Notable (NT) | 9.0-10: Outstanding (SB)
Special qualifications.
• 0.0, this rating is reserved for cases arising from the application of disciplinary sanctions.
• Not Presented (NP). This is the grade that will be assigned when a student has not participated in a sufficient number of assessment activities.
As a general criterion, the number of assessment activities will be considered sufficient if the highly significant assessment activities in which a student has participated represent an aggregate weight equal to or greater than 50% of the total weight of the activities. of highly significant evaluation.
• Honorary Enrollment (MH): this grade can be awarded to those students who have obtained a grade equal to or higher than 9.0, according to the criteria of the teacher responsible for the subject or the Evaluation Board. According to R.D. 1125/2003, the number of honors enrollments may not exceed 5% of the number of enrolled students. If the number of students enrolled is less than 20, an honorary enrollment may be granted.

Basic Bibliography

Busquets, J., Yang, D., & Keller, M. (2019). Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design. ORO Editions.
Fraga, M. F. J., & Bañales, O. J. L. (2001). Elementos de composición urbana (1st ed.). Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. Iniciativa Digital Politecnica.
Lehnerer, A. (2014). Grand Urban Rules. nai010 publishers.
Noguera, E. J. (2009). Elementos de ordenación urbana (Spanish Edition) (1st ed.). Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. Iniciativa Digital Politecnica.
Per, A. F., & Mozas, J. (2015). Why Density? Debunking The Myth Of The Cubic Watermelon (Spanish and English Edition). A+t Architecture Publishers.

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