1. Subject data: 1.1. Code: MAE02. 1.2. Subject type: Optional 1.3. Duration: Full semester 1.4. Credits ECTS: 8 (S1) 1.5. Teacher in charge: Isidro Navarro Delgado 1.6. Language: Spanish and Catalan
Type Subject
Previous Knowledge

Professional profiles (Undergraduate and graduate architects, construction engineers, civil engineers, licensed technicians) working in the construction activity interested in development of projects implementing all architectonic criteria and applicable construction energy efficiency systems.


Be able to apply sustainability strategic criteria, in order to improve interaction with the surrounding land and with urban and architectonic design.

- Nowadays, building energy rehabilitation is one of the architecture´s objectives. For this reason, it is considered as an important concept to be taken into consideration in order to improve building performance.
- The implementation of technology, design systems and energy calculation allows analysing every single constructive solution, using climate and architecture to achieve higher comfort level of final users.
- The course introduces the maximum number of environmental parameters, the basic criteria of energy flow of buildings, design systems to develop bioclimatic architecture and ambient savings evaluation.
- The course also teaches sustainability analysis strategies, how energy works and about existing design systems that make the most of the surrounding available energies.
- Additional interest is to train professionals in developing and implementing sustainability strategic criteria, in order to improve interaction with the environment and with urban and architectonic design.


1. Territorial scale.
a. Territorial planning.
b. Natural resources.

2. Urban scale.
a. Urban planning.
b. Infrastructures.
c. Urban indicators.
d. Roadways and accessibility.

3. Local scale.
a. Landscaping in public spaces.
b. Recycling and rehabilitation.
c. Sustainable construction and urban scale.
d. Building technical codes.

1. Terminology and Formalities.
2. Data base and Software
3. Materials
4. Water
5. Constructive process.
6. Materials reutilization.
7. Recycling
8. Use, management and maintenance.

Sustainable urbanism and acceleration of urbanization.
a) Environmental economy principles.
b) The roles of the cities in the management of environmental policies.

European urban policies.
a) London case
b) Le Grand Paris
c) Randstadt polycenter model.

Eco-cities - Eco-neighbourhoods
a) Freiburg
b) Hammarby Sjöstad

Developing countries. Urban policies.
a) Bogotá.
b) Sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean.
c) Masdar Eco-City, Abu Dhabi (Foster & Partners) y Dongtan Eco-City, China (ARUP)

Dysfunctions of present Urbanism. Sustainable urban criteria.
a) Introduction to urban and sustainability history.
b) Dysfunctions of present urbanism: costs of scattered urban systems versus the ideal compact city.
c) Moving towards more open systems in urban planning.

Urban evolution Barcelona 1976-1997/ 1997-2010
a) Barcelona Regeneration 1976-1997 : Transition to democracy: Facilities and open spaces. Olympic Games.
b) Urban transformation of the northeast coast of Barcelona (Levante) 1997-2010: Opening of `Diagonal´, `El Forum´ y `La Mina´, `La Sagrera´. Transformation of the industrial activity of `Poblenou´.
22@ Transformation (Head office of ´Dirección de Urbanismo 22@´)
a) Urbanism 22@
b) Infrastructures 22@

Environmental assessment of the Catalonia Urban Plan.
a) Integration of environmental criteria in the Catalonian urban plan.
b) Environmental assessment conceptual and legal frame.
c) Practical cases in urban planning: residential sector and commercial/industrial sector.

Tools/checklist applicable for a sustainable urban Project..

Cities for persons - The human dimension.


Workshops 26 35
Studies and individual/group works 78 25
Presentations, communication activities 52 60
Visits to construction sites 26 100
Assessment activities 26 70

Classes combine theory content with practical exercises for a better understanding of concepts presented at each session.
Course includes debates, presentations, computer work and technical visit to construction sites and existing recognized projects/infrastructures related to the content of the course.
Faculty staff is composed by professors and active licensed professionals.
Attendance is mandatory and it is organized in 3 hours sessions during a period time of eight months.


Individual/group work 40.0
Presenting work in front of an audience 20.0
Class attendance and participation 20.0
Exams 20.0

Evaluation Criteria
Basic Bibliography
Additional Material