MPAA —
Landscape Architecture and Planning

The GIPC delivers the Landscape Architecture and Planning specialisation as part of the Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects.

The Landscape Laboratory and Workshop are the cornerstone of this academic programme, and are supported by seminars on theoretical aspects. They lead to the Master’s Thesis, in which students address their own research topics.


Leanding professors
Juan Miguel Hernández León
Concha Lapayese
Darío Gazapo (2009-2012)

Professors
Javier Ruiz
Miguel Ángel Aníbarro
Francisco Arques

Coordinators
Lucía Jalón (2012-2014)
Rodrigo de la O (2010-2012)


Master Theses Selection TFM

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MPAA — Natalia Matesanz

The 2009-2010 academic year was the first year to offer the Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects. From the outset, the landscape discipline has emerged as a somewhat ambiguous field that revolves around the different ways in which we position ourselves and interact with complex contexts. Landscape – as an approach to and as an agency for other landscapes – can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Our definition, which we have shaped over time and confirmed over the years with the architect and lecturer Darío Gazapo, is an open-ended one:

“…landscape is a multiple corporeality that constitutes a complex field of energy…”

The Landscape Laboratory seeks to provide a mechanism for thinking. Firstly, it invites us to think about the bond or relationship as an evocative dynamic that creates unforeseen fields from a broad contemporary reading of the landscape. Secondly, it encourages the construction of specific perspectives that allow us to understand the landscape of our time, creating a shared framework in which to deconstruct and construct the border concept, from its architectural, spatial, temporal, geopolitical, economic, strategic, cultural and life dimensions.

The Landscape Workshop‘s primary objective is the practical application of the strategic approaches used in the Laboratory. It is of an eminently practical nature; a place to test out the theories and concepts taught during the Autumn term.

The Seminars provide students with a theoretical base. The main seminars delivered in the first year were:

  • Transferences: contemporary thinking and architectural project.
  • Conceptual actions on the landscape.
  • Designing the complex city: evolving urban forms and structures.
  • The discovery of the landscape.
  • Design strategies in the 20th century landscape.
  • Shifting landscapes: spaces of transition between the public and private.

 

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