• Advanced studies in Urbanism

    The Master in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes at ESARQ-UIC in Barcelona provides a unique methodology for regenerating complex contemporary landscapes that encompasses practices from urban design to landscape architecture at a scale between neighborhood and region. It focuses on the regeneration of urban sprawl, informal settlements and the preservation of cultural landscapes in order to build a more efficient and sustainable metropolis. To learn more, stay tuned to our blog and read on about our program.
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Why Did Copenhagen’s Biking Rate Surge in One Year?

Copenhagen is famous for being a city where a lot of people bike. But for years the bike commuting rate has remained roughly steady at just over a third of trips. Then last year the city’s bike commute mode share increased from 36 percent to 41 percent. Meanwhile, driving declined 3 percent as a share … Continue reading

How are we going to plan the cities of the future?

With the Sustainable Development Goals under discussion and Habitat III on the horizon, we are arriving at a pivotal moment for the future of cities. As that most ubiquitous of statistics tells us, more than half of us globally now live in urban areas. This figure is projected to increase to 70% by 2050. And … Continue reading

10 of the Most Innovative Sustainability Solutions from Cities Across the Globe

This time last year we shared ten awesome sustainability ideas from cities, and now we’re doing it again. These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today. One chapter in the report focuses specifically on city solutions, and … Continue reading

Discover Parking Craters

Angie Schmitt, editor of Streetsblog USA and originator of the “parking crater” term is blunt, “a parking crater is a depression in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of buildings”. Whether parking craters are formed due to the meteors of 20th Century bad policy, a city’s erosion of manufacturing or housing, … Continue reading

The New American Dream Is Living in a City, Not Owning a House in the Suburbs

The latest housing numbers reflect an uptick in Americans abandoning their white-picket fences and two-car garages for a sky-high abode with a downtown view, but the question is how long the shift away from suburbia will last. In June 2002, several years before the peak of the housing boom, President George W. Bush famously proclaimed … Continue reading


. As of this coming 2014-15 edition, the Master in Urbanism “Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes” at ESARQ-UIC is offering a new format adapted to the current needs of professionals of the field which wish to combine their academic learning with their professional work. The format includes online theoretical classes and a two month hands-on workshop in … Continue reading

optimizing the street grid

Some people love it, some people hate it. But you have to admire its simplicity, and it certainly does have some merit; It is incredibly easy to plan out and survey (everything is an aligned rectangle.) It is highly connected (there are no dead ends.) It is very hard to get lost in (especially if … Continue reading

The Case For Protected Bike Lanes

Giving cyclists their own space results in some pretty big benefits beyond just a lack of dead cyclists. Visit cities like Amsterdam or Copenhagen and you soon notice something different about the facilities for cyclists. Not only are there are plenty of bike lanes, but the lanes are fully separated from the rest of the … Continue reading

Espai Germanetes: Activating Vacant Space in the Middle of Barcelona

The Eixample Esquerre is, in terms of form and function, a patterned and monotone district of Barcelona. Solid blocks and long streets of asphalt are framing the urban grid of this part of the city which shapes the usual landscape of the Catalan capital. The excitement of finding a block that breaks this constant rhythm … Continue reading


Due to all requests for informations and doubts about our master and postgraduate degree in urbanism, next June 11  4:00pm (GMT+2), we’ve arranged another live (on-line) informative session for explaining the Master Degree in Urbanism ‘Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes (RIL).We will also introduce the new RIL’s Online Postgraduate Degree. The Online Postgraduate Degree is based on … Continue reading