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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.