Architecture and Landscape in Barcelona

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Urban Studies
Art History
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Fall, Spring
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This course explores urban, architecture and landscape projects in modern Barcelona from the 1850¨s to the present day. The focus is the “Barcelona Model”, the ambitious architectural and public space projects steered by the public sector, that have transformed the city since the democratic transition, bringing international acclaim. The class is structured in two blocks: the first offers a historical survey that explores urban and architectural developments in Barcelona from the industrial era up to the transition of the 1970´s and the Olympic period. The second part of the course presents a series of case studies of projects within Post Olympic Barcelona. These projects help to illuminate contemporary debates about architecture and urbanism in Barcelona as well as opening up larger issues that are relevant to contemporary urban and architectural theory in general. Some of the topics which will be addressed are: the regeneration of historic city centers; the transformation of former industrial spaces into new architectural centers; the use of culture as a regenerative catalyst; and experimental and participatory architecture and urbanism. We will also discuss the globalizing forces affecting contemporary cities, causing the creation of common landscapes as well as greater awareness of local identity, the environment and sustainability.