The Master Programme Relational City. Other ways to conceive the plural city is based on the idea that the new challenges of cities, plural and intelligent, are not just working in conjunction with basic disciplinary aspects of urbanism, infrastructure, paths, patterns, but are also closely linked to energy balance criteria and thermodynamic models, theories involving dynamic urban systems, socio-cultural aspects related to the culture of networking and complex behaviours and the evidence that the town still has economic potential for develop an ecosystem-like economy.

Here you can have an overview of the content of the master:

We are receiving applications for the 2011-12 program which is organized by the ESARQ School of Architecture and the Faculty of Humanities at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Review the requirements for admission and apply online.


La ciudad ya no puede ser un lugar pensado desde las reglas, sino un espacio vivido desde los principios.

Ya han pasado muchos años desde que se ha podido constatar el fracaso de planificar las ciudades a medio y largo plazo. Quizás este sistema fuera pertinente a principios del siglo XIX donde todavía se podía planificar atendiendo a curvas de crecimientos predecibles y comportamientos sociales estables. Hoy a principios del siglo XXI está ya claro que crear regulaciones es tan absurdo como pensar que lo que hoy es válido lo será también pasado mañana. La ciudad depende en mayor medida del comportamiento y el uso del entramado urbano que de la constitución física específica de cada calle, cada acera, cada edificio. Naturalmente hay secciones de calle que restringen un comportamiento “urbano” o malbaratan una lógica de lo “común” y en cambio otros dispositivos urbanos favorecen el desarrollo de la identidad (tanto individual como compartida) o ayudan al florecimiento de acontecimientos urbanos que establecen vínculos emocionales con sus habitantes.

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City Centered Festival is a free, three-day festival of locative media and urban community in San Francisco. The event included demonstrations and installations in the Tenderloin district, a symposium in the Mission district and community training workshops, and it just took place in June 2010.

We want to make an overview on the work that the MIT SENSEable Cities presented there. You already know about our deep interest in the use of new and innovative tools to explore and research the concept of “relational city“, so let’s take a look:

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What will our world be like in 2050? ARUP’s new set of 175 cards investigates leading drivers in greater depth that have particular relevance to our on-going urban history. They include energy, waste, climate change, water, demographics, urbanisation and poverty. The cards can be used for developing business strategy, brainstorming, education and to help the reader to gain greater knowledge of the issues which are driving global change.

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