Citylab modules

The Citylab Modules are accredited modules that will be integrated into existing curricula and which work directly in partnership with selected cities on urban problems.

Teachers from different faculties are involved and trained to implement PBL methods in their CITYLAB module. The Global Network of United Cities and Local and Regional Governments acts as a linking partner between universities and cities (guiding invitations, identifying partners if necessary etc.).

Overview of the CITYLAB modules

Discover all the citylab modules in detail below:

Universidad de Belgrano

The work is developed around Juan B. Justo Ave. corridor, which links the East with the West of Buenos Aires city. It is proposed an urban area diagnosis of high complexity, due to the privileged location, degraded mass transport infrastructures and high social impact. The study is carried out from an integral, interdisciplinary and technological innovation perspective. Urban morphology analyzes, georeferenced databases, project practices and strategies for communicating proposals and results are included. The working teams are integrated by students, who direct their own learning process to define the problem based on PBL method (Problem Based Learning). It is expected an implementation of the PBL methodology in the curriculum development of the careers which are involved, including the teacher training. To build an interdisciplinary dynamic with students and professors from the areas of Morphology and Communication, Urbanism and Planning and Final Project, the Faculty of Humanities has been incorporated with the career of Public and Institutional Relationships. The final result is oriented to a work, that combines the development of urban diagnosis, the application of new technologies, an innovative experience in the field of design and the design of communication strategies and relationships with stakeholders.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

We agree working in  one of  a subregion of the metropolitan area of Córdoba, in differents scales and  spatials cuttings,  making enfhasis in the movility and in urban transport issues.
The workshops (Architeture – Urbanism) gives the students an central rol in their own learning process. The student construct the knowledge in order to resolve a specific situation and  develope competences and  skills,  that can be  use in similars situations in the future. Critical questioning;  working in teams, colaborate learning,lseft- directly learning,  problems resolutions, capacity for thinking about and comunication.
The module  inserts completely in the curricula of the carreer. Its based on the subjets of ARCHITECTURE and URBANISM, LANDSCAPE of the precedente level,  and  deal with thematics areas of the peri-urban territories .
The territorials problems request an disciplinary crosslinking . For this we work with exprerts and professionals from local  society, in subjets like:  urban planning, biologic aspects , environment and environmetal risk , and movility and urban transport, and others. This approach through specialists conferences, worshops and the imputs of studies , reserches , and bibliography matherial.

Citylab Module - Poster presentation Lima

Citylab Module Update - Poster presentation Project team meeting Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

 

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Sustainable Ecological Environments is an undergraduate elective course that tackles urban problems with a multidisciplinary systemic approach. The course integrates the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 11: inclusivity, safety, sustainability and resilience, around the problems of the Metropolitan Area of Monterrey and the big idea of healthy cities.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad de Guanajuato

The importance of this unit of study lies on having students apply the Problem Based Learning strategy for the detection and understanding of (real) urban needs and their sustainable solutions, applying their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and the development of their values towards good professional development and social responsibility aligned with global trends and challenges.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad del Rosario

The elective course “Challenges for sustainable cities” is supported by professors from different disciplines and thematic approaches that guaranteed a multidisciplinary learning environment. One of the objectives of the course was to expand capabilities and skills in the use of new tools for assisted analysis of geographic information, taking advantage of the physical and technological infrastructure of the new urban laboratory set up at the university and equipped with the computers financed by the CityLab project.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

In order to comply with the criteria established by the Citylab project, it was decided to include the Environmental Administration and Mechanical Engineering programs ascribed to the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. A subject called “Environment and Sustainability” has been performing the PBL (Problem Based Learning) methodology, an interdisciplinary co-working among proffessors, students, reasearchers and stakeholders which aims the development of a set of innovative solutions of real problems for a specific city

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad Simón Bolívar

This course aims to develop students’ skills to approach and solve urban
conflicts, with the application of strategies of sustainability, both in
planned areas and spontaneous settlements of Caracas, considering two
fundamental goals:
• the concept of Habitat by studying architectural problems at various
scales and the programs that allow their insertion in complex urban
contexts.
• the formulation, analysis, and development of urban plans, which include
proposals for the urban intervention and renewal in a sector of the city.

Citylab Module 1 - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module 2 - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module 3 - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module 4 - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad Metropolitana

The objective of this study is to design proposals to improve the quality
of life in favor of the creation of sustainable cities, detecting the main
problems in certain communities and generating different technical and
economically feasible solution alternatives. This is how the students, in
multidisciplinary teams, replicated their knowledge and carried out projects
with proposals for social and technical improvements that were delivered
to the communities and the corresponding authorities (City Halls and
municipalities) for their execution. All this in hand, not only the teacher
guides, who facilitated the use of the student-centered learning method;
but of urban actors who accompanied the process, thus strengthening,
structurally, the relationship between university and city.

Citylab Module (es) - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module (en) - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad de Lima

2 elective courses are developed in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Lima, each focusing on a different urban environment. All the analysis and proposals of students have been under the parameters of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The design concludes in design strategies that respond to the problems and characteristics of the intervention area and have been presented for local stakeholders. 

Citylab Module - poster presentation  in Lima

Citylab Module 1 Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module 2 Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module 1 Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Citylab Module 2 Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad del Pacífico

In this module, the student will be able to assess an innovative solution
for an environmental urban problem located in a specific district in
Lima Metropolitana (Lima-Peru). For this purpose, they work in an
interdisciplinary team sharing the knowledge and skills developed in their
respective programs such as Economics, Business, Engineering and Law.
They need to get familiar with the place and understand the problem;
contact and talk with local stakeholders; promote interdisciplinary
discussions to explain the problem and provide an innovative solution.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Peri-urban landscapes present experimental possibilities for new approaches
in design and planning in a multifunctional perspective, incorporating
environmental values and local traditions. Focusing on Guaratiba
neighborhood, which is located on Rio de Janeiro’s outskirts, this module
aimed to study design alternatives for urban expansion taking into account
the neighborhood socio-environmental dynamics and its fragile landscape.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

The four modules applied a similar assignment and they have progressively
advanced from the material developed by the previous modules. The
modules departed from the requirement of protection of the water streams
within the campus, which are currently often occupied by parking spaces.
Environmental regeneration should be the teams’ goal while they reflected
about the complexity of sustainable city problems and, in that direction, the
future of a university campus. The students should play different roles in the
teams, representing different approaches to the problem and they should
preferably be from different education areas.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Politecnico di Torino

The Atelier concludes the second degree programme in Architecture for
Heritage Preservation and Enhancement. It introduces students to the
problems of economic - financial viability in the conservation of historical,
architectural, environmental heritage assets. Through a case-study students
experience the PBL approach, in which they face real problems involving
stakeholders, including the local administration that plays a key role.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

University of Antwerp

Design studio 3 is the latter phase in a cumulative process preceded by design
studio 1 and 2. The first studio focuses on the analytical skills of students
whereas the second studio focuses on visioning and design with the proposal
of an urban project as result. Design studio 3 is oriented to implementation,
feasibility and communication techniques. The initial project (the result of
design studio 1&2) is refined into a feasible project based on its financial,
political, societal, legal and technical aspects.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Lima

Citylab Module Update - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

This module is perfectly integrated into the curriculum since the content and
the subject match fully with the existing one. The methodology varies with
respect to the traditional module by actively incorporating the agents.
The objective of the students is to make a comprehensive proposal of
intervention in the municipality of study. To do this, they must make
an approximation to the real problems of the municipalities through a
participative analysis and diagnosis with the agents involved and then
make a proposal for the advancement of the general plan through a team
collaborative process.

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota

Université de Technologie Compiègne

The module was organized during two semesters. The first corresponds to
the definition of the problem and the diagnosis of the current situation of
the accessibility of land freight at the port of Callao in Peru. The first result
was a set of proposals to improve the accessibility to the port taking into
account the urban problematic and the development needs of the city of
Lima as well as the needs of development of the port.
From the proposed solutions, the National Port Authority has chosen two
solutions to develop. The second semester was dedicated to the sizing of the
railway yard at north of the port and the choice of an optimal location and
the sizing of a dry port at the east of the Lima urban area. The second result
is the design of both infrastructures at the pre-project level.

Citylab Module - poster presentation in Buenos Aires

Citylab Module Postcard - final conference in Bogota