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Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

Program Overview

Look up from your tapas and watch the flow of people—neighbors, tourists, artists, and peddlers—as they stroll down the Rambla. They disappear into the metro and resurface in a vibrant plaza or hillside neighborhood, climbing stairs to apartments that tower over this vibrant metropolis. Barcelona, celebrated for its contemporary architecture, urbanism, and landscape, is also a city with strong community identities and a long history of activism. In this class we will explore the city's urban history, housing, and grass-roots activism. With the city as our classroom, we learn through daily field trips, guest lectures, case studies, and conversations at sidewalk cafes.

Program Contacts

Program Highlights

  • Live in one of the world’s great cities and enjoy its rich history and culture.
  • Visit cutting edge projects in urban planning, community design, and housing.
  • Experience the Spanish joy of living: long lunches, late dinners, and neighborhood fiestas.
  • Stay in the bohemian neighborhood of Gràcia, in the heart of Barcelona.
  • Explore the nearby Pyrenees Mountains, the Costa Brava, or the Balaeric Islands.

What Students Are Saying

  • “The class helped me learn about things to consider in urban planning. The experience of interviewing locals really changed my design philosophy.”
  • “This provided new and informative experiences, perspectives, and opened my eyes to more problems that communities are facing and the challenges faced to overcome them.”
  • “I gained a more global view about urban planning.”

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