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Architecture, Energy and Environment

This doctoral programme focuses on basic and specific research on various aspects of energy and the environment applied to architecture and urbanism. It covers all of the specific elements that make up the environment of architecture and cities (thermal, light and acoustic), as well as the sociopolitical dimension, which is considered an integral part of architectural and urban design. The programme is a good fit with public research policies in effect, both in the UPC context and in relation to the strategic policy of the Government of Catalonia, the Government of Spain and the European Commission. Two elements of the programme are in consonance with keys goals set out in the academic and university policy of the institutions involved. The first is the provision of training to produce experts (with scientific, technical and creative know-how) in energy-related fields as applied to architecture, building construction and the environment. This aspect of the programme is aligned with strategic objectives defined in recent years in successive framework programmes of the European Commission, in the research and innovation plans of the Government of Catalonia, and in the national plans for scientific research, development and technological innovation of the Government of Spain. In all of these plans, the following key priorities have been identified: progress in efficiency in the use of energy, resource development, support for policies related to assessment of the environmental impact of human activities, and training of experts to design evidence-based policy. The second aspect of the programme that is aligned with strategic objectives at multiple levels the interdepartmental nature of the Architecture, Energy and Environment (AIEM) research group, which leads the doctoral programme and its internationalisation. The group works with a network of researchers based at other universities in Europe and Latin America. These two key features also characterised the doctoral programmes that were the forerunners of the current programme.

COORDINATOR

Coch Roura, Helena

CONTACT

Secretary’s Office for Doctoral Programmes in Architecture

Tel: (+34) 934 011 875

E-mail: secretariadoctorat.utgab@upc.edu

Programme website

General information

Access profile

Given that the discipline is one that straddles art and science, applicants who are able to understand abstract and cross-cutting concepts are given priority for admission. Analytical and graphical representation skills, scientific rigour, and an interest in the research projects carried out within the framework of the programme are considered desirable attributes in applicants.

Ideally, applicants should have a degree in architecture and have completed the master's degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment, the specialisation in Architecture, Energy and Environment of the ETSAB master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona, or a master's degree related to the field of the doctoral programme.

In addition to a suitable academic background, it is considered important that applicants have certain personal characteristics – namely, critical thinking skills; initiative and perseverance in their academic work; the ability to work in a team; and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Output profile

Doctoral candidates who complete a doctoral degree will have acquired the following competencies, which are needed to carry out quality research (Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies):

a) A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
b) An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
c) An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
d) A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
e) An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
f) An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

The award of a doctoral degree must equip the graduate for work in a variety of settings, especially those requiring creativity and innovation. Doctoral graduates must have at least acquired the personal skills needed to:

a) Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
b) Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
c) Design, create, develop and undertake original, innovative projects in their field.
d) Work as part of a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
e) Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
f) Offer criticism on and intellectually defend solutions.

Finally, with respect to competencies, doctoral students must:

have acquired advanced knowledge at the frontier of their discipline and demonstrated, in the context of internationally recognised scientific research, a deep, detailed and well-grounded understanding of theoretical and practical issues and scientific methodology in one or more research fields;

have made an original and significant contribution to scientific research in their field of expertise that has been recognised as such by the international scientific community;

have demonstrated that they are capable of designing a research project that serves as a framework for carrying out a critical analysis and assessment of imprecise situations, in which they are able to apply their contributions, expertise and working method to synthesise new and complex ideas that yield a deeper knowledge of the research context in which they work;

have demonstrated that they are able to carry out their research activity in a socially responsible manner and with scientific integrity;

have demonstrated, within their specific scientific context, that they are able to make cultural, social or technological advances and promote innovation in all areas within a knowledge-based society;

have demonstrated that they are able to participate in scientific discussions at the international level in their field of expertise and disseminate the results of their research activity to audiences of all kinds;

have developed sufficient autonomy to set up, manage and lead innovative research teams and projects and scientific collaborations (both national and international) within their subject area, in multidisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, with a substantial element of knowledge transfer.

Number of places

5

Duration of studies and dedication regime

Duration
The maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is three years, counted from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. The academic committee of the doctoral programme may authorise a doctoral candidate to pursue doctoral studies on a part-time basis. In this case, the maximum period of study is five years, counting from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. For calculating these periods, the date of admission is considered to be the date of the first enrolment for tutorials, and the date of submission the moment in which the Doctoral School officially deposits the doctoral thesis.

For full-time doctoral candidates, the minimum period of study is two years, counted from the date of an applicant's admission to the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited; for part-time doctoral candidates it is four years. When there are justified grounds for doing so, and the thesis supervisor and academic tutor have given their authorisation, doctoral candidates may request that the academic committee of their doctoral programme exempt them from the minimum period of study requirement.

The calculation of periods of study will not include periods of absence due to illness, pregnancy or any other reason provided for in the regulations in force. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which, where appropriate, must inform the Doctoral School. Doctoral candidates may also temporarily withdraw from the programme for up to one year, and this period may be extended for an additional year. Doctoral candidates who wish to interrupt their studies must submit a justified request to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether or not to approve the request. Each programme will establish conditions for readmission to doctoral studies.

Extension
If full-time doctoral candidates have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, the academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-year extension may be granted, subject to the conditions established by the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time doctoral candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

Dismissal from the doctoral programme
A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Department of Architectural Technology (PROMOTORA)
  • Departamento de Representación Arquitectónica
  • Department of Applied Physics
Specific URL of the doctoral program:
https://etsab.upc.edu/en/studies/doctoral-programmes

CONTACT:

Secretary’s Office for Doctoral Programmes in Architecture

Tel: (+34) 934 011 875

E-mail: secretariadoctorat.utgab@upc.edu


Agreements with other institutions

Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi), BEST Department, Science and Technology in the Built Environment

Teaching by Polimi professors as visiting professors. Exchanges of professors and doctoral students. Facilitation of research stays at the two institutions. Participation of Polimi professors on thesis examination committees. This collaboration has been ongoing for more than 20 years. Research stays have facilitated the completion of doctoral theses with European Doctorate mentions, and it is hoped that in the future they will allow students to earn International Doctorate mentions.

Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Agreement for co-supervision of doctoral theses, with recognition from both universities. Collaboration in research has led to shared publication of articles. Doctoral graduates from Rome are involved in the various stages of the doctoral thesis assessment process. This collaboration extends to teaching.


Other types of collaboration


The programme works closely with several European universities. This cooperation involves the participation of professors in teaching on the master's degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment, the completion of research stays by doctoral students, and the participation of professors from partner universities on doctoral thesis examination committees.

The same kind of collaborative relationship exists with various Latin American universities where UPC doctoral graduates who completed their theses within the framework of this programme work. The most significant of these collaborations are with Mexican, Chilean, Argentinian and Brazilian universities. The programme has an ongoing relationship with researchers at these universities. Academic staff for the doctoral programme and scholars based at these universities are in contact through international networks and participate in joint research projects. The following is a list of all the collaborations that the programme maintains on fairly regular basis.

European universities with which the programme collaborates include:

The universities mentioned above; namely:

a) Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy), BEST Department

b) University of Pau and the Adour Region, ISA-BTP (France)

c) Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering 

Other European universities with which there are frequent exchanges:

d) Roma Tre University (Italy)

The University of Rome has been collaborating with the doctoral programme for over 10 years in the assessment of thesis proposals, thesis examination committees, student exchanges for research stays, and through the participation of professors from the Italian university as visitors in doctoral programmes that have received quality awards.

e) Technical University of Dortmund (Germany)

For the last seven years, TU Dortmund has welcomed our doctoral students in its laboratories for the experimental stage of their work (in its materials laboratory and light laboratory). Research stays have facilitated the completion of doctoral theses with European Doctorate mentions.

f) Brunel University London (UK)

Exchange programme for academic staff and thesis assessment.

g) Kore University of Enna (Italy)

Thesis co-supervision agreement


Latin American universities

h) University of Sonora (Mexico)

Close collaboration to carry out research programmes involving students from our institution. Stays by academic staff from both institutions and exchanges of students for thesis work. Assessment of thesis proposals and participation on examination committee (for over 10 years now). Members of the RAB thematic network.

i) Catholic University of the North (UCN, Chile)

The programme has had an ongoing relationship with UCN for over 15 years. Doctoral students have recently joined UCN’s teaching teams under an agreement for the exchange of teaching staff. The director of the School of Architecture is a graduate of the doctoral programme in Architecture, Energy and Environment, and other graduates from various European countries have joined his teaching team.

j) University of Guadalajara (Mexico)

Exchange programme for academic staff.

k) University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil)

Thesis co-supervision agreement

Research projects carried out within the framework of EU programmes facilitate contact and open up the possibility of partnerships with universities and research centres with which the programme has a relationship. Apart from the institutions mentioned above, with which the programme has an ongoing relationship, specific agreements may be entered into with:

University of La Rochelle
University College Dublin
Brunel University London
University of Florence
Polytechnic University of Turin
University of Porto
Athens University
University of Cologne

Collaborations with companies in the sector

Agreements are also entered into with various companies in specific cases, including ERCO and IGuzzini for theses related to artificial lighting.

Access, admission and registration

Access profile

Given that the discipline is one that straddles art and science, applicants who are able to understand abstract and cross-cutting concepts are given priority for admission. Analytical and graphical representation skills, scientific rigour, and an interest in the research projects carried out within the framework of the programme are considered desirable attributes in applicants.

Ideally, applicants should have a degree in architecture and have completed the master's degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment, the specialisation in Architecture, Energy and Environment of the ETSAB master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona, or a master's degree related to the field of the doctoral programme.

In addition to a suitable academic background, it is considered important that applicants have certain personal characteristics – namely, critical thinking skills; initiative and perseverance in their academic work; the ability to work in a team; and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Access requirements

Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees (Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February)

In addition, the following may apply:

  • Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes official university course regulations, who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on official university degrees, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish bachelor’s degree comprising at least 300 credits, as provided for by EU regulations. Holder of degrees of this kind must complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in question included research training credits equivalent in value to those which would be earned on a master's degree.
  • Holders of an official university qualification who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
  • Holders of a degree issued under a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. Admission on this basis does not imply homologation of the foreign degree or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.
  • Note 1: Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

    Note 2: Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)

Admission criteria and merits assessment

Specific admission requirements

Students who hold the following qualifications are eligible for admission to the programme without the requirement to complete any bridging courses:

• Master's degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment
• Master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona (MBArch), specialisation in Architecture, Energy and Environment

If students who hold degrees related to the programme (other than those indicated above) are admitted, the academic committee for the doctoral programme may require that they take specific bridging courses as a condition of admission. The courses required will be determined on a case-by-case basis, according to each applicant’s background and previous training.

The purpose of any additional training will be to ensure that students develop the competencies they will need to complete the doctoral programme.


Criteria for assessment of merits and weighting


The following documents are requested to facilitate assessment of critical thinking and synthesis skills, graphic expression skills, the ability to search for information, and oral and written communication skills:

• Brief academic and professional CV
• Covering letter
• Personal graphic portfolio
Questionnaire on specific content (basic knowledge)

The academic committee for the doctoral programme is responsible for admission of students and will make admission decisions based on the following weighted criteria:

• Suitability of the applicant’s degree, considering competencies acquired in previous training (50%)
• Brief academic and professional CV (10%)
• Covering letter (10%)
• Personal graphic portfolio (15%)
Questionnaire on specific content (basic knowledge) (15%)


The academic committee will also decide on the admission of applicants with particular characteristics.

Training complements

Students who have completed the master's degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment or the specialisation in Architecture, Energy and Environment of the master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona are not required to complete any bridging courses.

For other entrance qualifications, the academic committee for the programme may require that students pass specific bridging courses. In such cases, the committee will keep track of the bridging courses completed and establish appropriate criteria to limit their duration.

Bridging courses may provide research or cross-disciplinary training. In no case will doctoral students be required to enrol for more than 60 ECTS credits.

The academic committee for the programme reviews each applicant's previous training and, based on their entrance qualifications, determines what subjects they will be required to take from among those offered for the specialisation in Architecture, Energy and Environment of the MBArch master’s degree (listed below).

The first three subjects develop generic competencies in research methodology; the rest focus on the specific research areas in which doctoral students will complete their theses. Students are advised to take certain subjects according to their background and previous training. When the objective is to study a specific subject in greater depth, students may be recommended to take subjects of related master’s degrees as bridging courses.


Subjects
Architecture Environment and Technology (AEMA group): 5 ECTS
Architecture, City and Project (AEMA group): 5 ECTS credits
Architecture, Theory and Criticism (AEMA group): 5 ECTS credits
Space and Light: 5 ECTS credits
Acoustics in Architecture: 5 ECTS credits
Energy and Comfort: 5 ECTS credits
Environmental Impact of Architecture: 5 ECTS credits
Environmental Assessment: 5 ECTS credits
Project Visions: 5 ECTS credits

To view the course guides for these subjects, click on the following link:

https://www.upc.edu/ca/masters/estudis-avancats-en-arquitectura-barcelona-mbarch

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

First enrolment will take place after admission decisions are issued if this occurs after the general enrolment period has ended.

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

In the first half of October.

More information at the general registration section

Monitoring and evaluation of the doctoral student

Procedure for the preparation and defense of the research plan

Doctoral candidates must submit a research plan, which will be included in their doctoral student activity report, before the end of the first year. The plan may be improved over the course of the doctoral degree. It must be endorsed by the tutor and the supervisor, and it must include the method that is to be followed and the aims of the research.

At least one of these annual assessments will include a public presentation and defence of the research plan and work done before a committee composed of three doctoral degree holders, which will be conducted in the manner determined by each academic committee. The examination committee awards a Pass or Fail mark. A Pass mark is a prerequisite for continuing on the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates awarded a Fail mark must submit a new research plan for assessment by the academic committee of the doctoral programme within six months.

The committee assesses the research plan every year, in addition to all of the other activities in the doctoral student activity report. Doctoral candidates who are awarded two consecutive Fail marks for the research plan will be obliged to definitely withdraw from the programme.

If they change the subject of their thesis, they must submit a new research plan.

Formation activities

Activity: Research methodology (optional).
Hours: 12.

Activity: Innovation and creativity (optional).
Hours: 8.

Activity: Language and communication skills (optional).
Hours: 18.

Activity: Preparation and initial defence of research plan (compulsory).
Hours: 50

Activity: Publications (optional).
Hours: 100

Activity: Other cross-disciplinary activities (optional).
Hours: 30 


Activity: Mobility (optional).
Hours: 480.

Activity: Courses (optional).
Hours: 30.

Activity: Participation in conferences (optional).
Hours 1

Activity: Seminars (optional).

Hours: 10.

Activity: Workshops (optional).
Hours: 24.

Activity: Research stays (compulsory for International Doctorate mention).
Hours: 480.

Activity: Training in information skills (optional).

Hours: 1.5.

Procedure for assignment of tutor and thesis director

The academic committee of the doctoral programme assigns a thesis supervisor to each doctoral candidate when they are admitted or enrol for the first time, taking account of the thesis supervision commitment referred to in the admission decision.

The thesis supervisor will ensure that training activities carried out by the doctoral candidate are coherent and suitable, and that the topic of the candidate’s doctoral thesis will have an impact and make a novel contribution to knowledge in the relevant field. The thesis supervisor will also guide the doctoral candidate in planning the thesis and, if necessary, tailoring it to any other projects or activities undertaken. The thesis supervisor will generally be a UPC professor or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience. This includes PhD-holding staff at associated schools (as determined by the Governing Council) and UPC-affiliated research institutes (in accordance with corresponding collaboration and affiliation agreements). When thesis supervisors are UPC staff members, they also act as the doctoral candidate’s tutor.

PhD holders who do not meet these criteria (as a result of their contractual relationship or the nature of the institution to which they are attached) must be approved by the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee in order to participate in a doctoral programme as researchers with documented research experience.

The academic committee of the doctoral programme may approve the appointment of a PhD-holding expert who is not a UPC staff member as a candidate’s thesis supervisor. In such cases, the prior authorisation of the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee is required. A UPC staff member who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience must also be proposed to act as a co-supervisor, or as the doctoral candidate’s tutor if one has not been assigned.

A thesis supervisor may step down from this role if there are justified reasons (recognised as valid by the committee) for doing so. If this occurs, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will assign the doctoral candidate a new thesis supervisor.

Provided there are justified reasons for doing so, and after hearing any relevant input from the doctoral candidate, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may assign a new thesis supervisor at any time during the period of doctoral study.

If there are academic reasons for doing so (an interdisciplinary topic, joint or international programmes, etc.) and the academic committee of the programme gives its approval, an additional thesis supervisor may be assigned. Supervisors and co-supervisors have the same responsibilities and academic recognition.

The maximum number of supervisors of a doctoral thesis is two: a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

For theses carried out under a cotutelle agreement or as part of an Industrial Doctorate, if necessary and if the agreement foresees it this maximum number of supervisors may not apply. This notwithstanding, the maximum number of supervisors belonging to the UPC is two.

More information at the PhD theses section

Permanence

The academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year for full-time doctoral candidates who have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, in the terms outlined in the Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In the case of part-time candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

International Mention

The doctoral degree certificate may include International Doctorate mention. In this case, the doctoral candidate must meet the following requirements:

a) During the period of study leading to the award of the doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate must have spent at least three months at a respected higher education institution or research centre outside Spain to complete courses or do research work. The stays and activities carried out must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the programme. The candidate must provide a certifying document issued by the person responsible for the research group of the body or bodies where the stay or activity was completed. This information will be added to the doctoral student’s activity report.
b) Part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the languages commonly used for science communication in the relevant field of knowledge, which must not be an official language of Spain. This rule does not apply to stays and reports in Spanish or to experts from Spanish-speaking countries.
c) At least two PhD-holding experts belonging to a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain must have issued officially certified reports on the thesis.
d) The thesis examination committee must have included at least one PhD-holding expert from a higher education or research institution outside Spain who was not responsible for the candidate’s stay abroad (point a) above).
e) The thesis defence must have taken place on UPC premises or, in the case of joint programmes, at the location specified in the collaboration agreement.

Learning resources

The Department of Architectural Technology has a fully equipped classroom at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) for use by the doctoral programme. The main laboratory space, located on the 7th floor of the ETSAB building, is where measuring devices and other scientific resources are located. Academic staff and the research group associated with the programme are assigned to the Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV) as well as the ETSAB, so space and resources are also available at that school. Doctoral students also have access to software developed by the Architecture, Energy and Environment research group, specific IT resources related to topics covered on the master’s degree, and resources developed by other universities and business partners.

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

  • VILLANUEVA RETAMALES, LAURA ALICIA: Entendiendo los Parques Nacionales como reflejo de nuestra capacidad para vivir en un medio natural. Una mirada a través de la habitabilidad, Parque Torres del Paine
    Author: VILLANUEVA RETAMALES, LAURA ALICIA
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
    Department: Department of Architectural Technology (TA)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 07/07/2022
    Reading date: pending
    Reading time: pending
    Reading place: pending
    Thesis director: CUCHÍ BURGOS, ALBERTO
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: MARAT-MENDES, TERESA
         SECRETARI: PAGES RAMON, ANNA
         VOCAL: VÁSQUEZ FIERRO, VIRGINIA
    Thesis abstract: Since last decade, tourism in Chilean Patagonia has grown rapidly, largely promoted by State policies and encouraged by privately held companies, whose objective is to turn this region into a pole of attraction for tourist growth and the country¿s economic development.This tourist scheme is clearly based on the geographical values of the southernmost extreme of Chilean Patagonia whose natural environment is one of the most fragile in the country. With highly sensitive ecosystems to anthropic alterations, and a small population, this territory lacks legal territorial policies to protect and promote its biodiversity. These sources of interest are mainly located within the Magallanes Region, specifically located within the National System of Protected Wild Areas, and they represent 58.9% of the total regional area and 17% of the country. Hence, Torres del Paine National Park (PNTP) is the regional unit (181,229 hectares) that receives the highest number of visitors, and every ten years since 2002, it has doubled the income. Between the years 2014 and 2016, and as a consequence of this exponential growth, there was an impact on health and sanitation, congestion and waste management that has trespassed the park¿s boundaries. The "irruption of nature tourism" requires the services to meet the visitors¿ needs. However, since its origin these needs have been solved through an unsustainable path and with poor management measures of their impact. It is precisely the lack of awareness for the conservation of PNTP that gives origin to this research. Although in Chile there are still Protected Wilderness Areas located at latitudes higher than the PNTP, these have been kept away from the tourist offer for years. Difficult accessibility and the lack of facilities have prevented the tourist industry from expanding. Nevertheless, and with arguments in favour of decentralising the activity flow at PNTP, these other areas are intended to be a centre of attraction for tourism development in the near future. The nature of these other extended areas makes tourists inhabit them temporarily. At present, there are no sustainable management plans to deal with the issue of habitability through a material flow methodology. Understanding what national parks are and how we relate to them when hiking and temporarily inhabiting them, we acknowledge the bond between conservation and tourism. Therefore, this dissertation intends to tackle sustainability issues and measure how much park we need to maintain human activities in natural environments. This research analyzed the metabolic flows and material flows of four habitability models within the Paine Mountain Range circuit. The material flows estimate was measured to not only to visualize the boundaries of influence of the park, but also to assess the sustainable development of PNTP, since the current activities are habitability and meeting the visitors¿ and rangers¿ basic needs. This research concludes that it is absolutely necessary to formulate a new perspective when dealing with human activities and the conservation of natural environments. If we consider the Earth as a large habitable park, we should then look after the closing of its cycles and see the value of a sustainable model.

Last update: 24/09/2022 04:45:16.

List of lodged theses

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Last update: 24/09/2022 04:30:26.

List of defended theses by year

  • ESPINOZA CATERIANO, EDGARD EDUARDO: El recorrido en espacios de baja intensidad lumínica
    Author: ESPINOZA CATERIANO, EDGARD EDUARDO
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
    Department: Department of Architectural Technology (TA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 05/09/2022
    Thesis director: CRESPO CABILLO, ISABEL

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: ROGORA, ALESSANDRO
         SECRETARI: GARCÍA GIL, MANUEL
         VOCAL: BLANCA GIMÉNEZ, VICENTE
    Thesis abstract: The research focuses on how to illuminate low light intensity spaces. Different uses of those spaces serve as the start point for rethinking lighting design. The characteristics of light, surface and vision are essential to strengthen the link between the symbol and the object's meaning. The present study evaluates the illumination of places destined to reduce the light level without prejudice to the object's vision. Museums are one of those spaces where lighting design should lower light energy for conservation reasons. However, we observe the tendency to maintain high light levels in interior spaces where the purpose of choosing high light intensity is supposed to have a better vision. There are regulations that define the minimum and maximum light levels for workspaces, factories, offices or schools, i.e. the spaces where the requirements assume the condition of high light intensity. In low light intensity spaces, the parameters to consider in the lighting design have a different order of priority than in high light intensity spaces. Lighting intensity alterations produce vision changes and, therefore, changes in the visual perception of the scene. In scotopic vision, we have less ability to distinguish colours, and we get more peripheral vision sensitivity, contrary to photopic vision. Instead, the transition between scotopic and photopic vision, called mesopic vision, is characterized by having the advantages and disadvantages of both types of vision. The changes in the vision lead us to think about searching for different lighting design strategies depending on the light level in the environment.In situations of low light intensity in which the observer is in the scotopic or mesopic vision, the parameters to be considered in the lighting design have a different hierarchy than in high light spaces. In that case, some lighting characteristics become secondary, but the colour temperature becomes the most important component of the lighting design to separate surfaces with similar luminance. This work has analysed such specific cases to establish how much the priorities of a lighting design that develops in these conditions change. It focuses on museums or exhibitions of archaeological heritage, meditation centres, or any other place where a low level of light is required to lead us to a state of calm and concentration. In this study, we find that in mesopic and scotopic vision, when the predominant luminance values are below 10 cd/m2, the luminance contrasts have a shorter value range than in photopic vision, which ranges from 0.1 cd/m2 to 100,000cd/m2. In low light intensity spaces, the chromatic information of the surfaces decreases and the luminance values of the surfaces are very similar to each other. It is necessary to point out three effective strategies in lighting design. The first one is to use the colour temperature to differentiate luminance surfaces with a different meaning for the observer. The second one is to apply the high colour temperature to highlight elements that are foreign to the space but complement the user's visual information. The third one is to avoid light intrusion from the outside or any visual scene with luminance contrasts that exceed the ratio of 1:10. Therefore, we can conclude that in low light intensity spaces, using different light colour temperatures, if associated with different roles played by the surfaces, facilitates visual communication within the space.

Last update: 24/09/2022 05:01:10.

Theses related publications

AUTHOR:OLIVEIRA SANTANA, BRUNO
Title:Comportamiento térmico de cerramientos opacos verticales en edificios universitarios de Bahia (Brasil)
Reading date:23/11/2021
Director:COCH ROURA, HELENA
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Monitoring and calculation study in Mediterranean residential spaces: thermal performance comparison for the winter season
Santana, B. O.; Torres-Quezada, J.; Coch, H.; Isalgue, A.
Buildings, ISSN: 2075-5309 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 2.648; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 09/03/2022
Journal article

Desempeño energético de la envolvente térmica de edificaciones universitarias construidas en Bahia / Brasil
1st IDA - Sevilla
Presentation date: 11/2017
Presentation of work at congresses

Desempenho energético de edificações universitárias: estudo de caso sobre pavilhões de aulas construídos em distintas cidades da Bahia / Brasil
XXII Seminario Internacional APEC
Presentation date: 10/2017
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:LÓPEZ ORDÓÑEZ, CARLOS FERNANDO
Title:Planificación urbana en ciudades dispersas de clima desértico: la densificación vertical como estrategia para la mejora ambiental. El caso de Hermosillo (México)
Reading date:30/11/2020
Director:CRESPO CABILLO, ISABEL
Co-director:ROSET CALZADA, JAIME
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
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Publication date: 07/2017
Journal article

Reshaping the city: containing the urban sprawl and reducing solar access on the streets in a hot desert climate city
XIII Congreso Internacional Ciudad y Territorio Virtual: retos y paradigmas de la ciudad contemporánea
Presentation date: 04/10/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

How much does it cost to go off-grid with renewables? A case study of a polygeneration system for a neighbourhood in Hermosillo, Mexico
Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2019 Annual Meeting
Presentation date: 05/07/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

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START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
01/09/202131/08/2025Remansos urbanos en barrios vulnerablesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
14/05/202113/11/2022Barcelona Ciutat FràgilAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
04/05/202131/10/2021Diagnosi de la transformació de l’ús de les terrasses en espai públic. Impacte sobre la zonificació de les ordenances de taxes fiscals de les terrasses.Ajuntament de Barcelona
01/03/202028/02/2021Development of a low-cost and do-it-yourself hydrodynamic measurement device for monitoring oceanographic variables in developing countries.Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
18/02/202018/02/2020Gradación de la porosidad en la estructura de material con propiedades fotocatalíticas
21/01/202021/01/2020Dispositivo para depuracion de aire con lamas con propiedades fotocataliticas
16/12/201917/02/2020REALITZACIÓ DEL PROJECTE BÀSIC I EXECUTIU DE L’OBRA DE REFORMA INTERIOR DE LES NOVES OFICINES DE PIXIE SERVICES A BARCELONAPixie Hub SL
01/10/201930/09/2022Consulta Local para la Optimización de Políticas Territoriales sobre Energía RuralCommission of European Communities
03/07/201931/10/2019Realització del Projecte Bàsic Executiu de l'obra de reforma interior de les noves oficines de Viscaweb a BarcelonaVISCA WEB, S.L.U.
01/05/201931/01/2020DISSENY D'UN SISTEMA DE LAMEL·LES FILTRANTS I FOTOCATALÍTIQUES PEL SANEJAMENT DE L'AIRE DE VENTILACIÓ DELS EDIFICIS. SISTEMA APTE PER SER INCORPORAT EN DIVERSES CONFIGURACIONS DE FAÇANA DE DOBLE PELLAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
23/03/201930/09/2019Maqueta Museo CarnavaletEtablessiment PublicParis Musees
20/02/201916/02/2023Según Convenio Marco, establecer los honorarios relativos al asesoramiento, soporte académico y cualquier otra actividad que implique remuneración, que de común acuerdo se establecen entre el COACádizCOLEGIO OFICIAL ARQUITECTOS-CÁDIZ
01/02/201831/01/2021Sustainable Lifestyles AcceleratorKR Foundation
16/10/201731/12/2017Estudio previo para la elaboración de un plan de acción a largo plazo en el parque de edificios de EuskadiVIVIENDA Y SUELO DE EUSKADI SA-EUSK
15/10/201714/10/2020Integrative Multidisciplinary People-centered Architectural Qualification & TrainingEuropean Commission
01/10/201730/09/2019Solar Decathlon Europe 2019Energy Endevour Foundation
07/09/201707/09/2017Panel portante para cerramiento de edificios
06/06/201723/02/2021Transició energètica ciutadana. El factor humà en el consum d'energia en els edificis.AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca

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START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
01/09/202131/08/2025Remansos urbanos en barrios vulnerablesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
14/05/202113/11/2022Barcelona Ciutat FràgilAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
04/05/202131/10/2021Diagnosi de la transformació de l’ús de les terrasses en espai públic. Impacte sobre la zonificació de les ordenances de taxes fiscals de les terrasses.Ajuntament de Barcelona
01/03/202028/02/2021Development of a low-cost and do-it-yourself hydrodynamic measurement device for monitoring oceanographic variables in developing countries.Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
18/02/202018/02/2020Gradación de la porosidad en la estructura de material con propiedades fotocatalíticas
21/01/202021/01/2020Dispositivo para depuracion de aire con lamas con propiedades fotocataliticas
16/12/201917/02/2020REALITZACIÓ DEL PROJECTE BÀSIC I EXECUTIU DE L’OBRA DE REFORMA INTERIOR DE LES NOVES OFICINES DE PIXIE SERVICES A BARCELONAPixie Hub SL
01/10/201930/09/2022Consulta Local para la Optimización de Políticas Territoriales sobre Energía RuralCommission of European Communities
03/07/201931/10/2019Realització del Projecte Bàsic Executiu de l'obra de reforma interior de les noves oficines de Viscaweb a BarcelonaVISCA WEB, S.L.U.
01/05/201931/01/2020DISSENY D'UN SISTEMA DE LAMEL·LES FILTRANTS I FOTOCATALÍTIQUES PEL SANEJAMENT DE L'AIRE DE VENTILACIÓ DELS EDIFICIS. SISTEMA APTE PER SER INCORPORAT EN DIVERSES CONFIGURACIONS DE FAÇANA DE DOBLE PELLAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
23/03/201930/09/2019Maqueta Museo CarnavaletEtablessiment PublicParis Musees
20/02/201916/02/2023Según Convenio Marco, establecer los honorarios relativos al asesoramiento, soporte académico y cualquier otra actividad que implique remuneración, que de común acuerdo se establecen entre el COACádizCOLEGIO OFICIAL ARQUITECTOS-CÁDIZ
01/02/201831/01/2021Sustainable Lifestyles AcceleratorKR Foundation
16/10/201731/12/2017Estudio previo para la elaboración de un plan de acción a largo plazo en el parque de edificios de EuskadiVIVIENDA Y SUELO DE EUSKADI SA-EUSK
15/10/201714/10/2020Integrative Multidisciplinary People-centered Architectural Qualification & TrainingEuropean Commission
01/10/201730/09/2019Solar Decathlon Europe 2019Energy Endevour Foundation
07/09/201707/09/2017Panel portante para cerramiento de edificios
06/06/201723/02/2021Transició energètica ciutadana. El factor humà en el consum d'energia en els edificis.AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca

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