“Walking the city”, a different take on architecture and urban planning in Barcelona

Halfway between a tour-guide and a compilation of essays on the renowned mediterranean metropolis, the book will be presented on April 21. It is the result of an experimental -and very succesful- teaching programme in UPC’s ETSAB, in which the city is taken as a raw material to study architecture, urban planning, sociology or history.

 

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

 

On April 21, a new book about Barcelona will be presented. A crossover between a tour-guide and a compilation of essays on the renowned mediterranean metropolis, “Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience” is an attempt to collect the lessons learned during the many experiences and events carried out by the teachers and students in ETSAB, the city’s public architecture school.

The book is the result of an experimental -and very succesful- teaching programme in UPC’s ETSAB, in which the city is taken as a raw material to study architecture, urban planning, sociology or history. Using the streets as a classroom, the courses over the last years have taken place through a series of city tours in which the students could experience the teachings themselves and experiment with the city around them.

The book, edited by Estanislau Roca, Inés Aquilué and Renata Gomes, will be presented in the auditorium of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) by none other than Oriol Bohigas, Itziar González, Lluís Permanyer and Anna Ramos. The authors of the articles featured in the book will also be present.

Itziar González (left) and Oriol Bohigas (right) in a recent round table in CCCB

Itziar González (left) and Oriol Bohigas (right) in a recent round table in CCCB

 


Practical Information

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience. (click for preview)
Estanislau Roca, Inés Aquilué, Renata Gomes (eds.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1930h @ CCCB Auditorium
c/Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona


 

This book presents the essence of a teaching and research project course format, organized by way of visits and city tours as part of the teaching program at UPC’s Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, which uses the city as a classroom and laboratory.

Its aim is to deepen one’s knowledge of the city through tours as a way of approaching architecture, urbanism, sociology, history and the rest of its components.

The project’s long history has created a rich background which has been generated year after year, from the contribution of teachers and students, mainly from other universities around the world, and has led to a solid knowledge base with a permanent and timeless line.

The project has won prestigious awards for quality in university teaching, including the Jaume Vicens Vives Distinction for Catalan Universities and the UPC 2011 Award for Initiative in University Teaching Quality, both academically renowned and prestigious awards.

The experience has been exported to other universities such as Rome, Medellin, Montevideo and Lisbon, and has recently acquired a larger dimension through collaboration with the Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona (CASB) program, in which the following prestigious U.S. universities participate: Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, North-western, Princeton and Stanford.

 

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona