International University of Catalonia

ESARQ School of Architecture

Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture


Alfa building - Campus Barcelona

Immaculada, 22

Barcelona, Catalonia 8017


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

There is a clear need for qualified professionals in developing countries who can develop projects and manage urban-planning processes. These countries have some of the highest urbanization rates in the world and it is here where international cooperation is most needed. However, issues related to high-speed transformation are also affecting cities in developed countries in the northern hemisphere. The impact of earthquakes, tsunamis, migration and war make the situation even more critical, with intervention required in the areas of construction, architecture and urban planning. Plans must be implemented for temporary development and settlements using quick construction processes that are efficient under extreme conditions. Existing resources have to be managed and solutions offered that can be implemented in this type of situation where work must be done under different forms of pressure. The purpose of the Masters Degree in International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture is to prepare future architects and professionals to deal with these situations and develop urban planning, housing and emergency construction projects. The professionals will be able to deal with regional planning, settlements, and emergency reconstruction. They will employ specific tools to apply appropriate strategies in order to support the development and recovery of affected communities. The programme therefore aims to establish strategies and criteria for taking action in the areas of urban planning, neighbourhood development and implementing architectural projects; while bearing in mind energy efficient systems and sustainability criterion in all areas related to materiality and local cultures. Further, the programme will train experts to provide solutions to large-scale problems generated by massive and sudden change, professionals who can study and conduct research on materials, city planning, economics, environmental and social aspects, all based on principles of sustainability. This Masters Programme forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European cooperation programme, which is considered one of the most prestigious programmes in the world. The Mundus Urbano programme is a joint European Masters degree programme offered by the following universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Université Pierre-Mendès-France Grenoble and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona. For more information and to apply, please visit our website.


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# of Credits Required: 60

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