Urban Design

Universidad de Málaga

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urban Design

  • Host University

    Universidad de Málaga

  • Location

    Málaga, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Design, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview



    Approaching the idea of the city as a multilayered entity, this course will help students understand the city (its organization and design) in all its complexity. The city will be studied through various perspectives: social, cultural, economics, legislative, environmental, etc. Studying the city through a look at its many layers, students will gain a better understanding of its underlying complexity. Looking at the ways in which these layers overlap will allow for a better and more profound knowledge of the city and its needs. This understanding of the city can be used to work towards a space that is more adaptable to real needs and more comfortable for its residents.

    Students will learn about the culture of architecture and of urban traditions in order to better understand the functions and complexity of cities as they currently exist.




    Urbanization is not a blank page; social function of architects and the city


    Mapping and its scales. The drawing of a city and its territory. New techniques in graphic representation (mapping/technological tools). Geo-referencing systems.



    • The urban structure: Historic centers, expansion districts, single family homes, productive materials
    • Historic centers. Málaga, medieval city
    • Districts expanding, impossible expansion. Barcelona vs. Málaga or Ciudad Jardin
    • Howard´s model in the city of Málaga or productive materials in the city of Málaga
    • Public spaces: Streets, squares, parks, seafront promenade

         Streets: International examples

    • Alameda Principal
    • Calle Larios
    • Molina Larios
    • Calle Alcazabilla

    Squares and Parks

    • International examples and local examples


    • International examples and local examples

    Blocks and plots of land

    • Study the blocks of land in the neighborhood called Trinidad Perchel. Study its evolution.


    • Types of buildings and evolution.




    • Movability, accessibility and public transport
    • Variety of uses and intensity


    The evaluation maintains some proposed criteria in the syllabi based on continuous evaluation and group work and other methods that will adapt to the singularity of the course.



    Master the concepts


    Adequate presentation and structure

    Quality documentation

    Pondering an adequate methodology

    Adequately justifying the proposal

    Demonstrate rigor and creativity in assignments


    Final Evaluation = (30%) Final individual exam (written).

    (70%) = Completing projects and assignments.


    BiIBLIOGRAPHY and Other Resources:

    AA. VV. 2000. “La ciudad no es una hoja en blanco. Hechos del urbanismo”. Ediciones ARQ. Santiago de Chile. ISBN. 9789561406148.

    Capel Sáez, H. 2002. “La morfología de las ciudades I. Sociedad, cultura y paisaje urbano”. Ediciones Serbal. Barcelona. ISBN. 9788476283912.

    De Terán, F. 1999. “Historia del urbanismo en España III. Siglos XIX y XX”. Cátedra. Madrid. ISBN. 8437617081.

    García Vázquez, C. 2004. “Ciudad hojaldre. Visiones urbanas del siglo XXI”. GG. Barcelona. ISBN. 8425219701. Gravagnuolo, B. 1998. “Historia del urbanismo en Europa (1750-1960)”. Akal arquitectura. Barcelona. ISBN. 9788446006275.

    Harmon, K. 2009. “The map as art. Contemporary artists explore cartography”. Princeton Architectural Press. New York. ISBN. 978-1568989723.

    Jacos, J. “Muerte y Vida de las grandes ciudades” Navarra, 2001. Edición en castellano

    Machuca Santa-Cruz, L. 1987. “Málaga, ciudad abierta. Origen, cambio y permanencia de una estructura urbana”. Colegio de Arquitectos de Málaga. Málaga. ISBN. 9788492332403.

    Morris, A.E.J. 1984. “Historia de la forma urbana. Desde sus orígenes hasta la Revolución Industrial”. GG. Barcelona. ISBN. 9788425211812.

    Panerai, P.; Castex, J. y Depaulle, J. 1986. “Formas urbanas: de la manzana al bloque”. GG. Barcelona. ISBN. 9788425212918.

    Parcerisa Bundó, J. 2012. “Forma Urbis. Cinco ciudades bajo sospecha”. UPC. Laboratori d”Urbanisme. Barcelona. ISBN. 978-84-616-1141-6.

    Pöete, M. 2011. “Introducción al urbanismo. La evolución de las ciudades: la lección de la Antigüedad”. Arquia/Temas. Fundación Caja de Arquitectos. Barcelona. ISBN. 978-84-939409-3-5

    Reinoso Bellido, R. 2005. “Topografías del paraíso: la construcción de la ciudad de Málaga entre 1897 y 1959”. Colegio de Arquitectos y Aparejadores de Málaga. Málaga. ISBN. 9788487894060.

    Ruiz Povedano, J. Mª. 2000. “Málaga: de musulmana a cristiana: la transformación de la ciudad a finales de la Edad Media”. Agora, D.L. Málaga. ISBN. 84-8160-079-2.

    Solà-Morales, M. 1993. “Las formas de crecimiento urbano”. UPC. Barcelona. ISBN. 9788483011973.



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