2014 ESARQ_UIC Free-Choice Electives

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Today we present the three electives (free-choice units) that the ESARQ is currently running.


SCENOGRAPHY AND CITIES: METROPOLIS

Start date: 22nd January 2014
Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 3.0 ECTS
Professors: Alfons Puigarnau – Consuela Dobrescu – Ignacio Infiesta – Antonio Lopez
Course Overview: This course examines the urban age now that most of the world population now lives in cities. The Greek notion of ‘metropolis’ and the (post)modern city have interestingly many characteristics in common such as structures and practices, as well as strategies and tactics, of communication within and across socially organised space. 
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We use the work of Eugène Ionesco Rhinoceros (1959) as a valid theoretical tool to analyse the following urban strategies: exclusion, totalitarism, mass culture, amongst others and identify how they materialise in physical places in the city of Barcelona, whilst dramatising them with metropolitan intentions as descripted in the Georg Simmel’s essay of 1903 The Metropolis and Mental Life

Georg Simmel

Georg Simmel

The course is divided into two key parts. First, the theoretical analysis of Ionesco’s literary texts in searching postmodern aesthetic categories like ‘Absurdism’, ‘Irrationality’, ‘Contradiction’ or ‘Anonymity’; secondly, through a series of assignments students will exercise a new approach to visualising Barcelona city sites from point of a view rooted on intensity, emotion and action. You will gain access to some useful critical intellectual tools that will enable you to comprehend the (post)modern urban life, and as citizens, as well as architecture students, you develop an informed understanding of social contexts of your urban living.

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For further information such as course structure, teaching methodology and assessment, please download the Programme Structure file from ESARQ intranet.


URBAN REPRESENTATION

Start date: 20th January 2014
Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 3.0 ECTS
Professor: Manel Arenas – Guillem Garabi
Course Overview: The tools of architecture have historically leaned on the use of two-dimensional illustrations to convey three-dimensional ideas. Good hand-drawing skills can further expand the potential of representation by enabling the drawings to imitate or broaden the potential of the physical. This course will explore the relationship between the physical and the representational through analysis of geometry and materials, textures, colours, transparencies, lights and shadows, amongst others.
Using canvasses and hand-drawing tools as a medium of representation, the course will integrate the traditionally two- dimensional tools of drawing, mapping, and painting as manipulation methods within the more artistic expression of the physicality of some of the most famous buildings in Barcelona. Students will be introduced to advanced drawing techniques and will refine their hand-drawing, painting and representation expertise.

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For further information such as course structure, teaching methodology and assessment, please download the Programme Structure file from ESARQ intranet.


CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Start date: 20th January 2014
Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 3.0 ECTS
Professor: Jordi Sutrías
Course Overview: This course defines the concepts and the processes associated with being a project manager within the construction area. It enables students to manage every aspect of the project lifecycle from inception to completion. By the end of the course, students are expected to master thetechnical issues and security involved in achieving a project’s successful execution.
For further information such as course structure, teaching methodology and assessment, please download the Programme Structure file from ESARQ intranet.

Jordi Sutrias profesor de construcción de la ESARQ-UIC

Jordi Sutrias profesor de construcción de la ESARQ-UIC

by Mia Pujol, ESARQ Publications team

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