Carles Crosas is a PhD Architect and Lecturer (ETSA Barcelona). He has been teaching Urbanism at the Barcelona School of Architecture since 2001 and has been invited to universities in Europe, America and Asia. Former collaborator and assistant teacher to Professor Manuel de Solà-Morales, he presented his PhD dissertation on the urban transformation of La Habana (2009) after a Pre-doctoral Fellowship UPC 2001-04. He is a researcher at the Barcelona Laboratory of Urbanism where he is coordinator and participant in various international projects dealing with ecology and metabolism, collective urban spaces and centralities, urban grid transformation and integrative teaching of architecture and urbanism. He is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning –UPC and he has also been ETSAB ViceDean for International Relations (2016-17).

Education

2009 PhD in Urbanism. Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), with the dissertation “Variations on Regularity. The El Vedado Project and the creation of the Metropolitan Habana”. Extraordinary Doctorate Prize 2012 - UPC. VII Biennial Architecture and Urbanism in Medellin. Special Mention International Research Works Award.

2000 - Architect. Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

2004 - Full Time Researcher at the Laboratory of Urbanism of Barcelona – LUB – UPC

2002 - Professor at School of Architecture in Barcelona (ETSAB). Teaching at different Studios in the courses U1 and U2 - Introduction to Urbanism, U5 - Urban transformation and U6 - Metropolitan Project. Collaboration in several master courses “Sustainable Intervention in the Built Environment”, “Urban rooms”, “The Architecture of the Territory”, “Iberoamerican Cities” and Seminar “Havana”, among others.

2001-2004 - FPI-UPC Predoctoral Fellowship (Fellow Research Training)

2001 - Professor at School of Architecture in Barcelona (ETSAB). Teaching at different Studios in the courses U1 and U2 - Introduction to Urbanism, U5 - Urban transformation and U6 - Metropolitan Project. Collaboration in several master courses “Sustainable Intervention in the Built Environment”, “Urban rooms”, “The Architecture of the Territory”, “Iberoamerican Cities” and Seminar “Havana”, among others.

Academic position & coordination

2018 - Deputy Director Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning – UPC

 

2015-2017 - Vice Dean for International Relations at Barcelona School of Architecture – UPC

 

2014-2015 - Barcelona Metropolitan Plan. Barcelona Metropolitan Area Council - AMB. Coordinator of Workshops (WS1 to WS6) and Editor of the collection Quaderns PDU (Series of Papers). Issues Q01 to Q08 and Exhibition Catalogue.

 

2012-2015 - Academic Secretary in the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning – UPC

 

2010-2014 - Co-editor of the magazine D’UR. Urbanism, Architecture and Cities Now ISSN 2014-219. [www.dur.upc.edu]  Edited by the Laboratory of Urbanism at UPC. with Maria Rubert and Josep Parcerisa, www.dur.upc.edu

 

2001 - February-June. Secretary of the Jury of European Prize for Urban Public Space 2008 (5th edition).  Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona with NAI Rotterdam,  AF London, Cité de l'Architecture París, AZW Wien and SRM Helsinki. Manuel de Solà-Morales, President.

Research - Research Visits and Funded Projects

2017 - IMPAQT - Integrative Multidisciplinary People-centred Architectural Qualification & Training. EU-Cairo Egypt. ERASMUS Project 586437-EPP-1-2017-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

2015 - Innovation and Centralities at the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. Urbanistic Metropolitan Plan. AMB

 

2015-2017 - “Integrated urban design E-studio for XXIst century sustainable metropolitan region”, national coordinator, with ULB and IUAV.  Partenariat stratégique / AEF-Europe, Ref: 15PS0004

 

2014-2017 - “Santiago 1939. La idea de “ciudad moderna” de Karl Brunner”. PUC Santiago de Chile, with José Rosas Vera (resp). Fondecyt Regular 1110000, Ministerio de Educacion, Gobierno de Chile

 

2013 - Visiting Researcher at Special Collections Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (July-August)

 

2013 - Barcelona, Links, Area Metropolitana de Barcelona.

2012-2014 - “The street as support and Byway Towards Modernity. Planimetric Mounting of Alejandro Bertrand's Street Registry”. PUC Santiago de Chile, with José Rosas Vera (resp). Fondecyt Regular 1110684, Ministerio de Educacion, Gobierno de Chile

 

2009 - Cities and Urbanism Observatory, LUB main’s supported research project. AGAUR - Generalitat de Catalunya. Period 2009-2014.

 

2008-2009 - The Potential of the unoccupied Space in the formation and planning of Metropolitan Lisbon, ETSAB- University of Lisbon, EU Program, 2008-09. Ref. HP-2007-0051 Prof. Ángel Martín and Clara Mendes

 

2008-2009 - Urban Evaluation of the 22@Development, Member of the ETSAB team, Barcelona Town Council, 2008-2009

 

2008 - Visiting Researcher at Urban Studies Centre of La Habana. CUJAE, 2007 and 2008.

2007 - Heritage Territorial Plan for the Midstream-Ter River, Generalitat de Catalunya, with Joaquim Sabaté and CCRS.

Main Publications

Books

 

  • Grulois, G., Tossi, C., Crosas, C. Designing Territorial Metabolism: Barcelona, Brussels and Venice, Jovis, Berlin, 2018

  • Crosas, C. (ed.), Parc empresarial Gavà: Nous horitzons urbans, LUB-Ajuntament de Gavà, Barcelona, 2017

  • AMB; Busquets, J.(dir); Crosas C. (ed), Metropolis Barcelona, 3 vol., Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, 2015

  • Grulois, G.; Casabella, N.; Crosas, C.; Perea, J. (ed.) Upcycle Barcelona. Cogenerative design strategies for a sustainable urban metabolism, Bruxelles & Barcelone, LoUIsE & ETSAB, Bruxelles, 2015

  • Parcerisa, J., Crosas, C. LUB (ed.). Barcelona, Links, LUB-ETSAB-COAC- AMB, Barcelona, 275 p. 2013

  • Crosas, C. (ed.) Cerdà / Eixample. Manuel de Solà-Morales, Editor and Preface. Edicions UPC-ETSAB, Barcelona, 2010

  • Eizaguirre, X.; Crosas, C.; El Vedado. La Habana, Proyecto y transformación, Ed. ETSAB, Barcelona, 2010

 

 

 

Book chapters

 

  • Crosas, C.; “Latin American Cities: Modern Grids From 1850s“ in G.Carlone, N. Martinelli, F. Rotondo (ed.) Designing Grid Cities for Optimized Urban Development and Planning, Hershey, PA, US: IGI Global. 2018, Pp.39-51. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-3613-0

  • Crosas, C. and Perea, J. “Barcelona Metropolis: Interplay between Urban Project and Urban Metabolism” in Grulois, G., Tosi, C, Crosas, C. Designing Territorial Metabolism: Barcelona, Brussels and Venice, Jovis, Berlin, 2018, pp.87-103

  • Crosas, C. Perea, J. “Context introduction” and “Post Zona Franca. Opportunities at Large” in Grulois, G. et alt (ed.) Upcycle Barcelona. Cogenerative design strategies for a sustainable urban metabolism , Bruxelles & Barcelone, LoUIsE & ETSAB, Bruxelles, 2015

  • Crosas, C.; “Horizon 01. Havana” in Roca, E.; Arquiliué, I.; Gomes, R.; Walking the City, Universitat de Barcelona + CASP, 2015

  • Crosas, C. Perea, J. Solé, J.M: “The Modern Raval: Tissues of promiscuity. Post-reflexions on depth” in Scheerlinck, K. (ed.) Streetscape Territories: Spaces of Inclusion. Public Space as a tool for Social Cohesion and Diversity: a Multiple Reading of the Raval Neighbourhood, Luca School of Arts, KU Leuven, 2014.

  • Crosas. C. “The view from the sidewalk” in Parcerisa, J., Crosas, C. LUB (ed). Barcelona, Links, LUB-ETSAB-COAC- AMB, Barcelona 2013, p. 280-289

  • Crosas. C. “Barcelona, a tradition of urban facilities” in Fayos R. et alt. Facilities: designing the whole. Barcelona: twelve examples. Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2011, p. 10-15

 

Articles

 

  • Crosas, C., Gómez, E., “In Paral.lel”, D’UR . Papers 04/2013, Barcelona, 2013, ISNN 2014-2196.

  • Crosas, C. ”Revelations about the shape of the city”, Palimpsesto. Quarterly Magazine on architectural issues n.7, Barcelona 2013, ISSN 2014-1505

  • Crosas, C., “Mixed Facilities in Barcelona: Laboratory Eixample”, D’UR. Papers 02/2011, Barcelona, 2012, ISNN 2014-2196.

  • Crosas, C., “Havana’s El Vedado: garden, Ensanche and Downtown”, D’UR. Papers 01/2010, Barcelona, 2010, ISNN 2014-2196.

  • Crosas, C. Perea, “El Camp”’s Crossings , AT Magazine n.19. COAC-T, 2009, ISSN 1579-6515

  • Crosas, C.,“Green City, central city. El Vedado. La Habana”. Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme, n.25, COAC, Barcelona, 2009.

  • Crosas, C. “Green grids, new nineteenth-century cities, Revista Iberoamericana de Urbanismo, n.01, 2009, ISSN 2013-6242.

  • Crosas, C. “Second-to-last lessons on “urban matters”, Biblio 3W  Vol. XVII, nº 976 (4), May 2012, ISSN: 1138-9796.

 

Exhibitions

 

  • “Metropolis Barcelona”, Management team member, AMB and Busquets, J. (curator), DHUB Barcelona, 01-04/2015

  • “Palma: centrality and density in North Eixample”, Co-curator and coord. COAIB, Palma Mallorca, 03-04/2015

  •  “Barcelona, Links / Barcelona, enlaces” Co-curator and designer (with Parcerisa, J.) Picasso Hall, COAC-Col.legi d’Arqutiectes de Catalunya , Barcelona, 10-11/2013

  • “Centro Habana: ideas and projects from Barcelona” Co-curator and designer (with Eixaguirre, X.) Picasso Hall, COAC, Barcelona, International Congress “Cuban-Catalan Architectures”, Barcelona 10/2009

  • “City’s newcomers. Manlleu 1905-2005” Co-curator and designer (with Casas, P.) Ter Industrial Legacy Museum, Museum, Manlleu (Barcelona), 11/05-06/2006

 

International workshops, seminars and conferences

 

  • Prof. Coordinator of “Architectural Innovation. Inverted Urbanism”, UPC-IIT-Chicago, ETSABSummerschool 4th to 14nd July 2017.

  • Guest Tutor: “New Urban Agenda. RIBA International Week Charrette” , Londres 3rd to 7th July 2017.

  • Guest Tutor of “Old Landscapes and New Urbanities” - International Summerschool (organized by KU Leuven, participating Universidade do Minho, Istanbul Technical University). 28/09-08/09 2016

  • Prof. Coordinator of “Bcn Architecture, Art and the City” with Peking University, ETSAB 18th to 22nd July 2016.

  • Prof. Co-cordinator of “On the Road. PhD Seminar” with KULeuven, ETSAB January 2016.

  • Hosting Partner responsible of UPCycle - Cogenerative design strategies for a sustainable urban metabolism – (in collaboration ULB Brussels, IUAV Venice and Cosmopolis VUB Brussels) Erasmus, 23rd March-4th April 2014. Intensive Programme funded by the European Commission.

  • Hosting Partner responsible of Streetscape Territories: Spaces of Inclusion. Public Space as a tool for Social Cohesion and Diversity: a Multiple Reading of the Raval Neighbourhood,  K.U.Leuven – T.U.Delft – Chalmers T.H. Göteborg – T.U.Bratislava – ESA Montpellier. 27th January-6th February.  Erasmus Intensive Programme funded by the European Commission.

  •  “MSM: cities, corners” in “Theory and Urban Projects. Honoring Manuel de Solà-Morales”, SIAMU Auditorium, Brussels, Louise (ULB) and Cosmopolis (VUB), 30th October 2013.

  • Guest Tutor of End of Line - Combining housing, facilities and transport infrastructure in Brussels - International Masterclass (in collaboration with Cosmopolis VUB Brussels), funded by the Government of Brussels-Capital Region.

  • 5th International Seminar on Urban Research Barcelona-Buenos Aires, 2013, Referee/Reader, 13th June 2013.

  • “Città latino-americana: Maglie moderne a partire dal 1850”. Giiornate Internazionali di Studio sul Murattiano, Politécnico de Bari, Regione Puglia and Comune di Bari, 22nd April 2013

  • “The nerves of the Checkercboard: grid, layout and urbanization in La Habana (1863-1925), International Seminar “Cartography, Mobility and Urban transformations…” . PUC Santiago de Chile, 15th May 2013

  • Europan Forum of Results. Invited participant-winner. Wien, 18th-20th 2012

  • 4th International Seminar on Urban Research Barcelona (papers with ISBN 978-84-615-1968-2), Referee/Reader, 11th July 2011.