Curriculum

 

In MLAB landscape is approached from 8 different and complementary perspectives. Each of them addresses a specific problem, for which students design different experimental solutions. The sum of these different focuses builds, at the end, an unique frame through which the student will exercise the profession.

The MLAB‘s programme is structured around 4 main modules (A. Public space, B. Green systems, C. Water sysytems and D. Tourism), 3 international intensive courses (I. The green public space, II. Water and tourism, III. Remaking landscapes) and a set of theoretical courses (Contemporary landscape projects’ critique and the Master final project).

 

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A. THE PROJECT OF PUBLIC SPACE 18 ECTS
From the disciplinary knowledge of more than 150 years of design models related with the modern history of public space and after 25 years of academic experience on present day issues related to landscape, the studio investigates free space, through a contemporary prism that goes beyond urban design typologies, in order to incorporate global notions and strategies about its essence.
The studio deepens in new visions starting from the point of view of landscape, ecology or art to the development of the project up to a professional level that considers detail construction as an expressive virtue.
The studio’s objective, which focuses results from the perspective of the public use, as an inevitable starting point, is to deal not only with urban projects, but also with sites in the peripheries, with the sea and fluvial shores, to reinvent landscapes or to influence infrastructure projects.
Studio work pursues tools for an efficient academic response to the issues set around free space through practice supported by a contrasted body of theory, as well as design presentations or that of exemplar propositive attitudes and technical knowledge and research on new disciplinary fields… Go to the site
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I. THE GREEN PUBLIC SPACE 2 ECTS

The purpose of this workshop is to present the personal vision in the landscape design of a renowned professional-professor, taught as an intensive course. It wants to connect students with different international professional contexts than the Catalan and expand local visions. The issue is subject to the proposal of the visiting professor, but related to the first major workshops, The project of public space and Systems of Green, as is held parallel to these subjects… Go to the site
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B. GREEN SYSTEMS: FROM URBAN GREEN TO NATURAL AREAS 18 ECTS

The studio’s curriculum related to vegetation systems suggests a new approach towards territorial processes from the perspective of vegetation. In order to do so, distinct case studies are identified which are developed at a design level with emphasis on natural processes; in this sense, besides vegetation, design focuses on soil quality, climate, hydrography, etc.; as well as on dynamics related to urban and regional aspects or, even, to transformation processes of landscapes, usually perceived as natural.
The studio deals with border situations and with the characteristics of natural dynamics in order to debate the project and management of large territories. Thus, we deal with the concept of disturbance, as for example, a fire in a forest, with the objective to work with process and time, when dealing with deteriorated sites; the project evolves, occasionally, to the development of techniques, such as fire control, which allows us to intervene at a design scale… Go to the site

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C. WATER SYSTEMS: COASTS, RIVERS, AGRICULTURE. 18 ECTS

Litoral systems, fluvial borders and streams are one of the most specific issues that landscape architecture addresses, especially, in regions as the Mediterranean one. In order to design seafronts, riverfronts, marshlands, etc., approached from the perspective of the improvement of deteriorated spaces, one has, always, to deepen into the knowledge of the contact between land and water, and as a consequence, with vegetation, dealing with the issues of transformation, management and maintenance.The aim is to understand the water cycle and its mechanisms, to look at hydric systems as a way to read the territory.
The studio is dedicated to the work on spaces where the land drainage has a dominant role in the shape and processes that constitute the landscape… Go to the site

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II. WATER AND TOURISM 2 ECTS

The purpose of this workshop is to present the personal vision in the landscape design of a renowned professional-professor, taught as an intensive course. It wants to connect students with different international professional contexts than the Catalan and expand local visions. The issue is subject to the proposal of the visiting professor, but related to the first major workshops, Water Systems and Tourism, as is held parallel to these subjects… Go to the site

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D. TOURISM: NEW USES FOR OLD TERRITORIES 18 ECTS

The studio deals with tourism due to its growing importance as an economic sector and to its inevitable relationship to landscape. There is no tourism, by definition, without an associated, existing or invented landscape. Tourism as a mass activity, especially the one related to seaside developments, has often been related to speculation and exploitation of natural resources; recent awareness on sustainable management as well as, the emerging sensibility towards landscape, erodes, progressively, topics on tourism, underlying the necessity to invent alternative management strategies for the landscape, by using tourism as a vehicle for the re-evaluation of deteriorated environments. The studio develops three different work and research lines that develop in parallel: knowledge on tourism as a complex phenomenon of land development and a service industry through lectures by experts, a systematic study of landscape using both conventional methods of landscape analysis and new ones, appropriate for generating new cartographies using Geographic Information Systems and, finally, explore under the prism of design new planning and management instruments, rehearsing with alternative issues and innovative tourist offer… Go to the site
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III. REMAKING LANDSCAPES 6 ECTS

Within the master’s studios, in the end of the first academic year, a 100 hours intensive workshop takes place with the aim to offer to students the experience to work intensely with recognized personalities or/and emerging figures at an international level in the field of landscape education and professional practice. Guest professors suggest their own methodologies and personal approaches as well they usually propose the studio’s theme. Contemporary landscape topics such as public space at the edge of the Mediterranean metropolis, or a combination of urban and tourist use of specific landscapes, such as the coast, are discussed under a broader perspective… Go to the site

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CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE PROJECTS CRITIQUE 8 ECTS

Critique is an important means of reflection on the products of creative processes, it trains the ability of critical thinking and transparent communication. In this course, students will be asked to choose a contemporary landscape project and write an illustrated project critique. On the basis of literature studies, lectures, field studies, drawing and writing exercises, they learn to construct a coherent and well-founded critique. Critique writing will inspire them to challenge our their opinions, to explore what is meant by a design, to explain how it should be understood, to propose potential comparisons, to show by what criteria it could be evaluated and to indicate the larger lessons one can take from this evaluation... Go to the site

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MASTER FINAL PROJECT 30 ECTS

Professional Practice: In the first part of this course, the students will undergo an immersion period of 250 hours of work experience in some international or national landscape offices where we have a collaboration agreement. A professional tutor will be assigned to each student and welcome him or her and supervise his or her progress in the workplace.

Dissertation: The students will have to produce a research project or thesis of a critical nature and showing a holistic vision concerning all the knowledge assimilated throughout the master and specifically based on the knowledge acquired during the work experience stage.
Finally, an oral presentation of their work with digital/visual supports will be evaluated in front of a panel of three or more experts… Go to the site

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La Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya es reserva el dret de modificar el contingut del programa, que pot variar per a una major adaptació als objectius del curs.essional que tinguin una formació prèvia afí.