Research Line

The “Architecture and Territory” research group focuses on architecture and urbanism as complementary disciplines in the public realm that respond to contemporary issues . Architecture and planning history embodies the preferred tools to investigate  their mutual relationship in a political, socio-cultural and economic context. The group revolves around understanding the present issues in architectural discourse and their historical precedents and aims to yield knowledge that can be made explicit through multidisciplinary, comparative and interpretive study.

Landscape, tourism and gastronomy

 

Landscape, tourism and gastronomy focuses on the study of gastronomy and the significant role in the course of promoting the region and its ability to open new challenges for a resilient and sustainable development of rural areas.

 City and Retailing

 

City and Retailing focuses on interconnections between city, retailing and public markets and the mutually related city development. The research is focused on the relationship between urban processes, particularly related to food retailing, the tools of urban planning, and architecture.

 Architecture and Maritime Heritage

 

Architecture and Maritime Heritage explores, in terms of heritage, the maritime architecture, society and culture, and the territorial impact of tourism on the Mediterranean Coast and, in particular, on the Costa Brava.
Historically, if the sea and the coast were considered primarily as a source of resources or a place of reciprocal exchange, the recent emergence of new dynamics reevaluates the sea and maritime urban landscape and its infrastructure as reinvented historical heritage.

Catalan Art and Architecture

 

Catalan Art and Architecture of the Twentieth Century and its Relation with the International Context focuses on the study of 20th century art and architectural works in Catalonia, as well as theories and discourse about architectural practices and artistic thinking, taking into account their interrelation and mutual influence with the international context. In particular, it is centered on main figures, artists and architects, movements, and relationships in the Mediterranian cultural context.

 

 Architecture of Tourism

 

Architecture of Tourism focuses on research into the interaction between tourism architecture and planning and cultural, environment and heritage consumption as well as the dealings among new tourism modalities, new social and economic paradigms and an updated idea of the territory of tourism .

 

 The Urban Character of Architecture

We take into account the particular urban context in which buildings are located as well as the different perspectives taken by professional photographers in order to understand that each new perspective conveys different values and ideas. We thus transform the photographical image into a privileged tool to understand projects as well as to develop a critical vision. We also ask ourselves which are the elements that make the urban character of the buildings and how can we think, identify, name and project architectural solutions that would serve to allow the building be an active part of its context (in relationship with other buildings in the same area and also within the city).

 

 Project and visual culture. Architecture, city, landscape and their visual culture 

How can we explain architecture, city and the landscape through their images? Cinema, photos, vedutas, paintings and drawings are tools that have been vastly used by architects in history. These tools very often have their origin in critical and provocative intellectual positions that allow to produce different views, scales and distances that are able to capture from the large context of a landscape to the last very detail. The different ways in which we "use" these images allow us to build the visual narrative of the project and to explain the urban/rural landscape condition of the buildings.  Different tools (and thus views) that when matched, they force the viewer to develop a critical position and thus take side vis-à-vis what he sees. This process drives to viewer and the academic community to ask themselves new questions, the first step that allows science to advance.

Thanks to the facility with which today is it possible to have acces to a large quantity of images, it is very important to develop the hability to articulate, associate and relate them in order to know why they are useful and which values do they convey as well as to understand that the same image may have a lot of different meanings depending on the viewpoint. The process allows the communities involved to consolidate a visual culture.

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