UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed for 2018


Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Arrive Date: June 30, 2018    End Date: July 28, 2018

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 vibrant metropolis. Barcelona, celebrated as a model for contemporary urbanism, architecture, and landscape, is also a city with innovative housing, strong community identities and a long history of activism. For four weeks we will explore the relationship between city planning, communities, and housing—examining Barcelona’s urban history, 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

Taught In:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

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 nightlife. Stroll a mere two blocks from your dorm to the city’s marvelous beaches.
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