Program Structure

Module 1. INTRODUCTION (10 cr. ECTS) includes two mandatory courses: Conceptual framework (5 cr.) and Introduction to the study and presentation of case studies (5 cr.) The student will learn the basic analytical and management concepts for contemporary intermediate landscapes; classify the main morphological episodes; identify, and communicate the main traits of a case study.

Module 2. METHODOLOGY (20 cr. ECTS) has three mandatory courses:
Materials , Topics , and Tools. The students will learn about the basic components of intermediate landscapes and the main lines of research of contemporary regeneration projects; and the necessary tools in order to analyze intervention areas and efficiently communicate the regeneration scenarios.

Module 3. CASE STUDIES (15 cr. ECTS) focus on significant regeneration projects in intermediate landscapes through two courses: Local case studies (10,5 cr) and International case studies (4,5 cr). The first is fieldwork and introduces the students to the detailed analysis of a local regeneration project directly from its management institution. The second course is mandatory and offers the student a holisticviewpoint of relevant international case studies from expert scholars.

Module 4. MASTER THESIS (15 cr ECTS), supervision and assistance in the development of the master thesis. This is the end of the academic program.


Syllabus and Subjects


1. Conceptual framework

  • Theoretical framework. Main research contributions about intermediate landscapes.
  • Historical framework. Background and evolution of intermediate landscapes.
  • Political framework. Regional governance systems and bottom-up processes.
  • Economic framework. Economic determinants of growth and sprawl.
  • Social framework . Segregation and loss of social capital.
  • Environmental framework. The impact of sprawl on the environment and human health.

2. Introduction to the study and presentation of case studies

  • Phenomenology and classification. Contexts, morphologies and categories.
  • Basic tools for case study analysis. Identification, interpretation and representation.
  • Basic communication tools. Written and graphic presentation techniques.



3. Materials

  • Mobility networks. Morphological categories and regeneration strategies.
  • Dispersed urban systems. Morphological categories and regeneration strategies.
  • Open spaces in urban networks. Morphological categories and regeneration strategies.

4. Topics

  • Culture. Heritage networks and pre-urban patterns.
  • Ecology. Landscape and urban ecology from an integrated vision.
  • Community. Design strategies addressed to strengthen the local identity.
  • Mobility. Regional and local mobility from an integrated vision.
  • Structure. Strategic physical vision as a decision-making tool.
  • Ethics. Sprawl and social equity.
  • Public health. Design, research and policies on healthy place-making.

5. Tools

  • Information technologies. Spatial data management applied to regeneration processes.
  • Communication technologies. Production of activating images of regeneration scenarios.
  • Economy. Basic microeconomics for planners. Regional marketing.
  • Planning. Planning and management tools for intermediate landscapes regeneration.



6. Local case studies: Field Work

  • Local intermediate landscape regeneration case studies.

7. International case studies

  • Study of significant international cases studies in developed and developing countries.


8. Master Thesis

  • Development of a regeneration proposal for an intermediate landscape. Integrated methodology of analysis, intervention and management.

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