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Urban Planning 2 is the second subject in the field of Urbanism that is taught in the overall teaching program of the Degree in Fundamentals of Architecture. It is a compulsory subject that takes place during the third year first semester (https://web.ua.es/docenciaurbanismo).
Urban Planning 2 is a monothematic subject that focuses on the study of the urban public space culminating in a project proposal. Following on from Urban Planning 1, which deals with an introduction to the city and its parts, Urbanism 2 approaches the public space from the human scale. It introduces different analysis methodologies that allow a complete and complex approach to the meaning and physical qualities of social spaces in the city. Theoretical and methodological criteria and strategies are provided, as well as the necessary tools to approach the project proposal for an urban public space.
General Competences (CG)
Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)
Inherent transversal competences:>>Cognitive Instrumental
UA Basic Transversal Competences
Inherent transversal competences:>>Methodological Instrumental
Inherent transversal competences:>>Technological Instrumental
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Entrepreneurship Capability System
Specific Competences:>> Project Block
In general terms, Urban Planning 2 offers a theoretical, methodological and practical approach to the analysis and design of public spaces at the human scale. The course specifically focuses on the physical characteristics that are key to urban vitality.
The course includes theoretical and practical content. The theoretical element comprises four main sections that introduce the students to concepts, techniques and tools that support the development of the practical element. The practical comprises two main assignments. One where the students conduct a physical and perceptual analysis of a successful public space and another one in which the students develop a project proposal to revitalize an existing urban space.
The specific objectives [O] for each of the four theoretical sections are:
[O1] Acknowledge the students’ preconceived ideas and concepts about public space
[O2] Make students aware of today’s public spaces by establishing links with their previous experiences and reflecting on the architect’s role in the design of successful public spaces
[O3] Motivate students to acquire new knowledge, stressing the impact of the design of public spaces on the city’s vitality
[O4] Explain the definition and function of public spaces
[O5] Explain the different types and morphologies of open public spaces in the city
Competencies: CB-2, CT1, CT-2, CE-53 (BP), CE-55 (BP)
[O6] Raise students' awareness of the human characteristics, capacities and limitations that influence the experience of the urban environment
[O7] Explain what physical and perceptual aspects of the space are key to encouraging people presence and longer stays in public spaces
Competencies: CB2, CB3, CT1, CT-2, CT-4, CT-17 (IM), CT-10 (IC), CE-34T (BP), CE-35T (BP), CE-50 (BP)
[O8] Explain what type of traditional and contemporary methods and sources are useful for collecting information for the analysis and subsequent design of public spaces
[O9] Familiarize students with specific criteria and strategies useful for diagnosing the vitality of public space and for the design of social and livable spaces
Competencies: CG-3, CG-7, CB-4, CT1, CT-2, CT-4, CT-6, CT-8, CT-23 (IT), CT-17 (IM), CT-10 (IC), CT-30 (SCE), CE-34T (BP), CE-35T (BP), CE-42T (BP)
[O10] Provide guidelines for selecting and analyzing reference projects, taking into account their impact at different scales: city, district, neighbourhood, the site itself with its specific urban elements
[O11] Guide students in the process of selecting design strategies and decision making to carry out a successful public space project
Competencies: CB2, CB-3, CT1, CT-2, CT-4, CT-17 (IM), CT-18 (IM), CT-10 (IC), CT-30 (SCE), CE-35T (BP), CE-35T (BP), CE-37T (BP), CE-40T (BP), CE-45T (BP), CT-23 (IT)