M.Sc. The Housing Laboratory of the 21ST Century

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Tuition fee:
  • € 7,100 / Year (EEA)
  • € 7,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The master's programme The Housing Laboratory of The 21st Century is a rigorously complete combination of both practise and theory. The theoretical training provides participants with the criteria for critical culture that's is based on history and methodology, taking into account the essential reality behind the evolution of large scale housing, aesthetic and anthropological interpretations, the tools used to analyse different types of housing and the technical criteria that favours sustainability. From a practical point of view, this course is based on a progressive study process starting with urban management work, general projects, as well as specialised and detailed studies of different types of contemporary housing situations: management, multifunctional models, emergency shelter housing, and restoration.

As well as balancing and involving theoretical and practical elements, this master's program focuses on the close relationships that exist between public administrations, professional schools, public universities, construction companies and promoters.

The Housing Laboratory of the 21st Century, located in the Escuela de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Barcelona School of Architecture) will become an archive and a type of documentary bank that offers criticism of a diverse array of social, economic, legal, typological and technical issues related to collective housing.


* To create a framework for research and the archiving of information about housing.
* To create a project laboratory dedicated to experimental and sustainable housing.
* To train professionals with a deep understanding of housing development and its potential.
* To establish the relationship between the legal framework and architectural outcome in order to study legislative changes.
* The relationship between urban environments and housing.
* The relationship between planning, housing and speculation.


The evolution of this course is organised around two blocks of in class credits. The first block includes modules1-2 and the second includes modules 3-4. This Master's course progressively expands students' involvement with increased theoretical study and more practical and design workshops. During the months of January and February there are no in class credits, but instead, there is constant informal contact maintained between students and professors. This break allows for consultation sessions about projects and thesis projects when students or professors see a need for them. This period without in class sessions exists because the directors of the Master's programme think that it is essential to have time for developing a thesis projects and that they should receive the special attention they deserve. This means dedicating workshops and seminars to the development of thesis projects from the beginning of the of the second module to help guide and cement the course of the research which will become the Master's thesis project.


Historia Teoria crítica

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 40 teaching hours.

This section presents a comprehensive view of housing issues, from architecture and urbanisation, to wider issues of sustainability, the global economy and demographics.

Introducción al Proyecto

Compulsory. 5 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

Reflection on the different subjects dealt with each week.

Urbanística: Formas de Nuevos Barrios y Proyectos de Vivienda en Barcelona. Cinco Recorridos

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 40 teaching hours.

Learn about the organisation of the housing market, from a legal perspective, to economic perspectives and public and private management.

Normativa y Gestión del Suelo

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 40 teaching hours.

Comparisons between regulations and results. Comparing regulations from different countries.

Laboratorio Vivienda del Siglo XXI

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

Taller de Tesinas

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

The latest technology being applied to housing and the search for new elements.

Construcción Sostenible

Compulsory. 5 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

The reflections of social and technological changes within private homes.

Seminario otras Miradas

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

Research into comparative analysis methods.

Proyectar el Conjunto

Compulsory. 5 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

Analyse and learn about unique houses that throughout the 20th century have been experimental examples and have also been spaces of experience and memory.

Proyectar el detalle criterios de sostenibilidad

Compulsory. 5 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

Designing living spaces in old buildings: rehabilitation, restoring functionality and remodelling.

Interiores Domésticos. Una Perspectiva de Género

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 32 teaching hours.

Definition of an urban design and housing on a draft scale. Experimental proposals.


Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

Demonstration of the relationship between housing and urban development.

Vivienda y Ciudad

Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 32 teaching hours.

The mechanisms for participating in the definition of programmes to create new urban areas and housing.


Compulsory. 4 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.

The latest technology being applied to housing and the search for new elements.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.


To whom it may concern

* Architects with advanced or associates degrees.
* Engineers, people with degrees in sociology, political science, law and economics.


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