Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Valencia, Spain
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Barcelona is one of the most exciting cities in southern Europe – filled with music, art, festivals and food. Plazas, parks, streets and markets hum with life as the people of Barcelona exercise their penchant for community in the streets. Public spaces, formed during two millennia of creative architecture and design, are at the very soul of this Mediterranean city. There is no better place to live and study the design of vibrant urban spaces for the twenty-first century than Barcelona, Spain.
The city of Barcelona is renowned as a global leader in design, architecture and urban planning. It is recognized as one of the world’s most successful cities where city planning and urban design provide high-quality opportunities to live and work. The spirit of innovation and humanism in design continues as the city grapples with twenty-first century challenges of sustainability, tourism, gentrification, immigration and conversion to a post-industrial economy. With a creative process of community participation and cutting-edge design, Barcelona strives to enhance existing neighborhoods with new public spaces and people-friendly streets, repurpose former industrial areas as incubators for art, science and innovation and create the conditions for a robust economy and vital cultural scenes. It is an ideal laboratory to study the design, planning and historic geography of a contemporary world-class urban center.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya Autonomous Region of Spain, is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean Sea on a plain framed by the Collserola Mountains to the west, the Llobregat River to the south and the Besòs River to the north. It has Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers. The Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the medieval center of the old city, maintains the urban patterns of the Middle Ages with archaeological remnants of the ancient Roman city of Barcino. The L’Eixample (or Expansion) district, planned and designed by Ildefonse Cerda in 1856, was the first science-based city planning effort of the nineteenth century, still admired for its beauty and efficiency. Barcelona is famous for its Catalan modernist architecture, especially the work of architect Antonio Gaudí and contemporaries. Recent urban design projects such as the high-tech 22@ District and Diagonal Mar maintain Barcelona’s urban planning and design leadership. The municipality continues to invest in traditional neighborhoods to strengthen social capital by enhancing public spaces, services and regional parks. The city’s heritage of socially progressive and sustainable urban design continues into the twenty-first century as neighborhoods, parks and public spaces are redesigned or newly created with extensive community participation and management in order to satisfy emerging social and environmental goals.
Program activities will include: visits to architectural heritage sites in Barcelona; field excursions in Barcelona; visits to private practice architectural offices and public city planning agencies in Barcelona; study tours of nearby cities Girona and Valencia (two days); group meals and other organized group activities.
Valencia Study Tour
Students will participate in a two-day study tour of Valencia, Spain to explore the city's unique cultural landscapes and architectural history and the contemporary City of Arts and Sciences by native son Santiago Calatrava. During the study tour students will experience Valencia on foot, bicycle, boa and bus with the help of a local professional guide.
Barcelona Architecture Center
The Barcelona Architecture Center is an educational and research organization that was founded in 1999 and is currently chaired by Miguel Roldán. The Barcelona Architecture center will coordinate the faculty-led, Penn State Landscape Architecture Barcelona Summer Program on-site in Barcelona. The center offers custom designed programs in Barcelona to international architecture students and schools. The BAC works in collaboration with the ETSAB (Schoolof Architecture) at the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia), the UPF (Pompeu Fabra University) and the COAC (Official Institute of Catalan Architects). The BAC was created with the aim of developing academic and research collaborations with other universities and higher education institutions across the globe. The BAC is continually building an international network between universities to develop architectural research projects in common from a variety of geographical areas, including the United States, Mexico, Australia and Japan. Over the years, the BAC has reached a number of over 1,500 students, from eight different countries and more than 20 home universities.
Summer: This program will not run in summer 2021, but hopes are that program operation will resume in 2022. Contact the faculty leader or check back on this page for information about future travel on this program.
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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