UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed for 2017

Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Arrive Date: June 24, 2017    End Date: July 22, 2017

Program Overview

Look up from your tapas and watch the flow of people—neighbors, tourists, artists and peddlers—stroll down the Rambla. They disappear down the metro to resurface in some vibrant plaza or hillside neighborhood, climbing stairs to high-ceilinged apartments with views over this walkable metropolis. Barcelona, celebrated as a model for contemporary urbanism, architecture, and landscape, is also a city with innovative housing models, strong community identities and a long history of activism. For four weeks we will explore the relationship between urbanism, community, and housing—examining Barcelona’s history, planning models, housing policies, and grass-roots activism. With the city as our classroom, learning happens through daily field trips, guest lectures, design projects, and conversations at sidewalk cafes, where we will learn, synthesize, and apply knowledge to actual places in this Mediterranean city.

InstructorDavid de la Peña and Robert Wiener

Taught In:  English

Max Enrollment:  32

Program Coordinator:  Greg Gundersen

Info Session Presentation


Community and Regional Development (CRD) 153BInternational Community Development: Europe (4 units)

Community and Regional Development (CRD) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP) 


Landscape Architecture (LDA) 191Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Studio (5 units)

Landscape Architecture (LDA) 198Directed Group Study (3 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Live in one of the world’s great cities, learn about its rich history and culture, explore first-hand the urban planning, community design, housing, and regeneration issues of its diverse neighborhoods.
  • Discover a region at the crossroads of Europe with easy access to France, Mediterranean Islands, evocative medieval villages, and limitless possibilities for mountaineering and beach-combing.
  • Experience the Spanish joy of living: mid-afternoon lunches, 10:00pm dinners, great food, neighborhood fiestas, and night life. Stroll a mere two blocks from your dorm to the city’s marvelous beaches.
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