La Salle-URL commitment to internationalization of its programs and new methodology Learning by Challenge

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL presents in the Catalan education fair ‘Saló de l’Ensenyament 2017’ its training offer for 2017-18, which highlights internationalization increasing its offer in studies 100% in English and the addition of two three-year new degrees in Computer Science and Multimedia.

For the academic year 2017-18 one of the most important programs is the new Degree in Computer Engineering 100% in English. This is the only degree program in Barcelona that will provide the needed knowledge and skills to cope with the new demands of the international computer industry and global economy, and will include two stages that will bring real international experience of global culture and economy. La Salle also offers the possibility of studying other programs in English, as in the case of Degrees in Architecture, Animation & VFX and Management of Business and Technology, where students can choose to study entirely in English from the beginning.

The other big news for next year is a double degree that combines the Degree in Computer Engineering -entirely in English- with the Degree in Management of Business and Technology. This will allow to get in 5.5 years both official degrees and have a global training in the two main fields of projected growth. The aim of this initiative is to provide businesses people with a unique professional profile to facilitate their rapid incorporation into the workplace. Degree in Management of Business and Technology can also be taken independently.

La Salle undergraduate range of courses that will be presented at the Education Fair ‘Saló de l’Ensenyament’ is completed with two degrees in Architecture and Construction, a Degree in Animation & VFX -which will reach its third edition the upcoming course-, as well as a total of seven engineering degrees, among them Degree in Multimedia Engineering (Videogames mention) -which celebrates 20 years since its creation-, Degree in Electronic Engineering (Robotics mention), as well as other degrees in the fields of Computer Science, Telematics, Telecommunications, ICT and Audio-visual.

A new methodology: Learning by Challenge

La Salle-URL applies an innovative new methodology, Learning by Challenge, which enables students to acquire skills and knowledge through solving real challenges posed by companies, institutions or organizations with an interdisciplinary approach, cross-cutting interlinked areas and thus facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology. The idea is that students of La Salle can be able to be innovative, creative and implement solutions to real problems.

Innovation and technology, La Salle’s DNA

Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and internationality are the basic elements that define the DNA of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL. The university trains students to lead the change in a global world. The vast majority of students now entering the university will probably work in a profession that doesn’t exist yet and for companies that have not yet been created. At La Salle their skills in these areas will be enhanced so they can take on the challenges of tomorrow with guarantees of success.

La Salle-URL makes a commitment to technology, which is present not only in the technological programs such as the ones in Management in Business or ICT, but also to all the other degrees. New technologies are the engine of change and La Salle-URL prepares students to work with the latest technologies, and to create and develop the technologies of tomorrow.

La Salle also promotes the development of innovation for the creation of new business projects through La Salle Technova Barcelona, the innovation park on campus offering start-up accelerator and incubator services whose can benefit all students. In 2016 La Salle Technova Barcelona was among the Top 10 of European accelerators by the European Accelerator Report.

 

Architecture alumni raise funds for the construction of a preschool in the most underdeveloped South Africa

A group of alumni of La Salle-URL along with other young architects are the creators of Uncedo, an NGO working in underdeveloped areas of South Africa from more than two years.

These young architects believe in architecture as a tool for social transformation and work with the most disadvantaged communities at risk of social exclusion, making efforts to promote social change and advance the management of construction quality and safety that these areas much needed.

They are currently in the process of building an elementary school in the township of Joe Slovo (South Africa). The poverty of the area and the lack of structure and means impede a universal right to children: the right to basic education. Its goal is to build a preschool with capacity for all children in the district and to provide them with health, safety and optimal study conditions.

The township of Joe Slovo is located on the outskirts of the city of Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and has an approximate population of 9,000 inhabitants. A township is an underdeveloped urban area that was created during apartheid to house and control the non-white community. This group has long been facing various social problems due to lack of resources and social exclusion.

The construction in this district is not regulated by the government, who gives the land but does not manage urban development, causing that the houses do not follow an order and that the access to basic services such as potable water, electricity or wastewater management is very limited. The child population of this community is who suffers more directly these shortcomings.

The school will consist of a space with 3 separate classrooms, a bathhouse with running water and waste management and an office where teachers will be able to prepare their classes and attend parents. They also want to provide the project with a school canteen in order to facilitate the necessary food to each of the district’s children.

They started the foundation and work on the structure last December but still lack financial resources to achieve the goal of building a proper school for children. The NGO needs 2,000 € to complete the construction and equip with school supplies and furniture.

From Uncedo they believe in the power of architecture as a tool to social improvement, and that a small gesture can achieve great goals. That’s why all the contributions from 40 € will receive a solidarity fabric bag that has been designed especially for this occasion.

If you want to participate in this project and manage to build a school where these children at risk of social exclusion have access to education, you can make your donation through this link.

Alumni Elena Gimeno Bayés has won the CSCAE logo design contest

We congratulate Elena Gimeno Bayés, a former student of Architecture at La Salle-URL, for being the winner of the CSCAE logo design contest to create the new corporate image of the Superior Council of Colleges of Architects of Spain (CSCAE).

The proposal was developed along with Enrique Pareira, graphic designer and Elena’s partner at V&BA, an architectural design and graphic communication studio. Before submitting the project they worked hard to present a flexible and adaptable proposal. Studio’s aim was to create a common space to offer sensitive and creative solutions to spatial and visual communication problematics. Their idea was to adapt to the needs of customers a clear, direct and precise language. Their first works were mainly in web and graphic communication, while currently beginning to emerge works directly related to the field of architecture.

In this profession projects presented by men are more recognized rather than the ones presented by women, and Elena Gimeno wanted to reflect on this issue. She believes the passion that women architect have about their profession should be spread, since generally the work of male architects is more recognized. Presence of women architects in the educational and professional fields has to be promoted in order to guarantee their representation in nowadays society, she said.

In her interview with the CSCAE she says that to improve the current situation architecture should be brought over society, so employment opportunities could be boosted. She believes that not only the work of the architect should be valued, but also should be communicated what is it for. We wish good luck to Elena Gimeno Bayés, a great architect involved with what she does.

La Salle-URL will pose on how Municipal Museum of Tossa should be

Last weekend students of Architecture of La Salle-URL visited the Municipal Museum of Tossa to provide ideas and solutions to the access problems of the site. Students of the Research Group in Mediterranean Architecture (IAM) are conducting a workshop to raise ideas and solutions to infrastructural problems of the museum that prevent it to be part of the official network of museums of Catalonia.

The objective of the workshop is to make architectural proposals in a high historical and patrimonial content area, with a strong identity, which has been excluded from the register of museums of the Generalitat mainly due to its lack of accessibility. In addition, the workshop also aims to work aspects such as energy efficiency, climate conditions, the tour of the museum, or the technical part of the museum, such as the file room or the workshop.

The Research Group in Mediterranean Architecture of La Salle-URL aim is research and dissemination of architecture in the Mediterranean environment, in the areas of urban planning and building, looking a cross-sectional view in the architectural project.The research group is focused on the study of the characteristic mechanisms of Mediterranean construction, from design criteria, observing for example the principles of implementation to the territory, the use of materials and constructive systems, or the repeated presence of intermediate spaces and climate protection systems.

The workshop began on 17 February in Barcelona with the presentation by teachers, and last weekend the students visited the museum. The results of this work, scheduled to be completed in late March, will be presented at the university and in Tossa.

La Salle-URL presents IOTICAT, the first European university I+D centre specializing in the Internet of the future

The morning the first stone of the new IOTICAT (Internet of Things Institute of Catalonia) facilities of the Salle-URL was laid. It is going to be the first European I+D laboratory to focus on the Internet of Things and its evolution towards the Internet of the future, and is expected to be operational by 2020. The act marked the beginning of the construction of the facilities and of the transformation of a 2.000 m ² space in the La Salle-URL Campus which has been named IOTICAT

ioticat 2xIOTICAT has been co-financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) under the framework of singular institutional projects in I+D infrastructures in the generation of excellent research, the attraction of talent and the development of knowledge transfer activities. The project was selected and granted to La Salle-URL by the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia in April 2016. The total cost of the rehabilitation is 3 million euros over a period of 3 years.

The new space IOTICAT will foment the creation of an internal eco-system creating innovation, transfer and research in which joint collaboration projects with companies, entrepreneurs, students and campus staff can be undertaken.  All these agents will work together to develop ideas which will shape the future, in a space where talent and research come together with society and business, and where we will capitalize on the student talent from our different faculties.

IOTICAT is strongly committed to the Catalan innovation eco-system and is aligned with the RIS3CAT, the intelligent research and innovation strategy in Catalonia which aims to consolidate the region as one the European leaders in knowledge and connecting technological and creative capacities in new and emerging sectors and regions.

The laboratory of technological base IOTICAT will represent the commitment of La Salle to entrepreneurship and to innovation and will be the centre where projects will be developed on anything related to the interaction of people with social trends and surrounding technology, with a strong focus on the Internet of Things, as well as the Internet of the Future. IOTICAT is based on design, proto-typing and scaling the products and services of tomorrow to society and the business world, as well as taking students and professors to the new realities and needs of future society.

The 2.000 m ² space will be dedicated to research, innovation and the promotion of talent and entrepreneurship. The first phase of IOTICAT will house our internal researchers in specialized laboratories.

Over the past 20 years, La Salle-URL has adapted to, focused on, and strengthened its I+D+I and now has 6 research groups which together form La Salle R&R, acknowledged by the ACC10 as a Technology Centre which undertakes over 70 projects per year in which over 80 researchers participate.  These projects may be international, national or regional and be funded either publically or privately.

A unique space of 2.000 m ²

IOTICAT will be a completely unique area located on the ground floor of the Campus Residence. It has been designed by the Terradas Arquitectos studio, led by Robert Terradas, director of the La Salle-URL Architecture School. The design creates a rich creative atmosphere and is modelled on other internationally renowned research centres.

The laboratory will have 4 different areas:

– A common social meeting point where people can debate, show and even try out any idea which has been conceived during the innovation process. Ideas can later be tried out in the design and testing processes.

– Creativity Room: spaces designated to fomenting creativity and information exchanges and where challenges are born into a creative and imaginative environment. It can be used for structured activities, but also to facilitate an idea flow which can be used to set off new innovation and research processes.

– Maker Space: workspace designed to provide tools to develop projects for the group of researchers from the areas of Architecture, Management and Engineering, together with designers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The objective of this area is to promote the participative development, facilitate the interdisciplinary learning and optimize co-creation activities. In terms of design, the laboratories are completely open-plan and a space to think, try out and test ideas and prototypes.

– City Lab: Space for the assembly and testing of technologies which are developed. It is the showroom where the final products of projects are displayed. An open space where different types of projects will be displayed and rated by others.  An open space where different projects will be carried out and prototypes in a controlled setting.

A new methodology: Learning by Challenge

A multidisciplinary team with a great variety of diverse profiles will work together at IOTICAT: researchers, companies, entrepreneurs, students, professors, etc.

IOTICAT will strengthen the La Salle-URL learning style, which has advocated the Learning-by-Doing methodology for many years now, by developing a new methodology, Learning by Challenge, which promotes learning through overcoming challenges and which is now being used all over our campus. This new laboratory will enable students to go further than case-studies, using new research and transfer techniques, with systemized processes to face tomorrow’s challenges.

Transfer to the business network

La Salle-URL aims to take advantage of the fact that we have companies which are working in this area and involve them in the generation of projects and challenges at IOTICAT. One of the objectives is to facilitate the integration of the business network into our systemized process of innovation and technology transfer.  Anyone can participate, from entrepreneurs, SMBs, large companies to local, national or international research centre.

This project is the final link in the strategic process to align the I+D+i carried out by the University with the needs of the business network and aims to bridge the gap between the Company and the University, by creating the knowledge transfer flow needed to improve the quality of life of our society.

The lighting design of Architecture students from La Salle-URL at Frederic Marès Museum

The architecture students’ tandem of La Salle-URL formed by Sergi Sauras and Pau Garrofé made the proposal in light intervention for Llum Festival BCN 2017, named ‘Praise of Shadows’ which can be seen between days 10 and 12 February in the courtyard of the Frederic Marès Museum.

This festival fills with light courtyards and squares of Ciutat Vella for three days, with 24 light installations created by schools and design professionals.

Sauras and Garrofé proposal is a tribute to the eponymous work of the Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki, who claimed that beauty is not in the objects but in the game of shadows and lights that they produce. That’s why the project goes beyond a luminous object. An interactive experience in which people are the protagonists of a shadow theatre in constant motion is proposed.

To achieve this effect, they propose a simple structure of steel cord from where it will hang a semi-transparent fabric, levitating a few centimetres from the ground. The water source will become a light source, illuminating the courtyard from the centre and projecting the shadows of visitors against the stone walls. The authors agree: “In short, it is a praise to the curiosity of all those who, in front of a glowing light, have played their own shadow theatre”.

Festival Llum BCN has proposed different open routes so that public can visit various facilities around the most emblematic patios of Ciutat Vella. In this case, the courtyard of the Frederic Marès Museum where there will be the ‘Praise of Shadow’ experience is framed in the route 2 called Catedral – Mar, and it will be open on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 from 18.30 to 24h, and Sunday 12 from 18.30 to 23h.

Students of the School of Architecture of La Salle-URL also participated in the previous edition of the festival with an original project called ‘Metro and a half’ with which they won the second prize. The project merged lights and colours and was located in the Picasso Museum of Barcelona.

Clàudia Carreras, finalist in the contemporary architecture contest ‘Young Talent Architecture Award’

Clàudia Carreras has been one of 9 selected as finalists for the Young Talent Architecture Award 2016. YTAA is a contest where 211 projects of 286 students from 100 different universities in 86 countries were submitted. The contest rewards the best graduated architects’ end of career projects in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape.

Obtaining this award is a giant leap for young people selected, entering headfirst into the elite of European architecture. For them also is a covering letter to a large audience that would later require their talent for future projects.

Carreras presented a project called “Living in a culture environment” for the city of Nanjing in China. La Salle gave her the opportunity to visit this country through the fifth course of Architectural Projects of the Bachelor in Architecture. They visited China for ten days to understand first-hand the traditional and modern architecture of the country. A ‘Join Studio’ was developed along with the Southeast University (SEU) with which a comprehensive analysis of the city of Nanjing and the site where it would project a building was made.

Carreras was not indifferent after this trip, either by the ancient origins of China, for its cultural diversity or the complex coexistence between tradition and modernity. That’s why Carreras created its end of career project -with which she participated in the Young Talent Architecture Award 2016.

“Living in a cultural environment” is the project of a cultural centre and an artistic residence that aims to be a meeting point not only for the neighbourhood but for the city. The idea was to create a cultural and social space that would respect the essence of tradition.

With this project Carreras was selected as one of the 9 finalists and was invited to Venice to the awards ceremony, which took place on October 28 at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.

Currently Clàudia has already finished her studies (Bachelor in Architecture at La Salle-URL and Master International at KU Leuven, Belgium) but his passion for architecture makes her ensure that her training is going to be much longer lasting.

 

Eight schools of La Salle participate in a pioneering project of the School of Architecture of the Salle-URL

Eight Lasallian schools participate in a pioneering educational project of the School of Architecture of La Salle-URL to incorporate concepts of architecture and urbanism in elementary and high school.

The project is part of the preliminaries of Congress of Architecture in Barcelona held in the city between November 21-25 organized by the Official College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC).

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL has driven this pioneering educational project involving eight schools of La Salle (La Salle Barceloneta, Bonanova, Gràcia, Congrés, Horta, Comtal, Premia de Mar and Montcada) to promote the inclusion of different concepts related to architecture and urbanism in elementary and high school.

Students of all levels from the eight schools will participate in workshops, taught by students of the School of Architecture at La Salle-URL and coordinated by architect Narciso Fuentes. Issues presented will be on current debates in urban agendas: nature within the city, energy infrastructures, public space, social integration, private and public transport, agricultural production, equipment, management waste, smart cities or housing model, density and economic activities. This discussion will be materialized in a small model of the ideal city (50×50 cm), which will collect the reflections of students. In the approach of each session the elements and urban issues within specific and actual La Salle school’s environments will be taken into account.

Finally all fragments of the model of the ideal “city” will be exhibited in different emblematic spots of Barcelona and at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Catalonia.

The proliferation of neighborhood consultative processes, collective definition of urban agendas, responsible housing procurement (the most important act of consumption a person does in his lifetime) or response to climate change, will inevitably go through a deep change of habits.

The school is the right time to start ensuring this paradigm and the organization of the Congress of Architecture wants to involve educational communities in achieving these common goals.

La Salle Universities launches the 7th edition of its international competition for pre-university students 

The universities of La Salle in Europe celebrate this year the 7th edition of LSdreams, a competition geared towards pre-university students of La Salle centers between 16 and 20 years old. Its main objective is to encourage the inclusion of ethical values in the development of research projects to improve their social environment.

LSdreams seeks to convey to students a number of values inherent in La Salle such as teamwork, innovation, creativity and problem solving. At the same time, it wants to promote the creation of vocations in the areas of knowledge that projects must be developed: Engineering, Architecture, Business Management, Health and Earth and Life Sciences, an added category in the previous edition that gave a very good result.

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Students who wish to participate need to focus their project on improving their immediate environment and get organized into groups of three. Each of these groups will be supervised by a tutor from its center to guide them and help in the process.

In order to enhance the collaborative and international dimension of competition, also it is given the opportunity to participate in the form LSdreams joint project, which offers the option of cooperation between two teams from two different schools, from the same or different country. This type of collaboration will be taken into account in the final decision of the jury, where the best project in each of the five categories mentioned will be decided.

The winners in each category, along with his tutor, will present their project in the campus of UniLaSalle Beauvais, during a four-day trip to Paris-Beauvais (11, 12, 13 and May 14), in which they will also have the opportunity to visit the cultural wonders of the city. There will also be a Special LSdreams Award for the project that the jury consider the best among presented. This prize is an iPad mini for each member of the winning team and its tutor.

La Salle shows university life to youngsters during the University Demoweek, from 17 to 19 January 2017

La Salle University Demoweek is a week (January 17-19) when La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL organizes a range of workshops and free lectures for students (high school and vocational training), schools and teachers, so they can be in touch with reality of university studies and thus have tools to help them choose their pathway to university.

The workshops will be held for the following areas: Architecture, Engineering, Animation & VFX and Management, and will allow young people to have a clear idea of how they can be trained at La Salle throughout their university life. Attendees will learn these areas through workshops in the following fields: digital entrepreneurship, animation and visual effects, pet robots and artificial intelligence, how to produce a video game, Radiolab, Apps Inventor to create an application for Android, the tightrope walker robot, building a LEGO Mindstorms robot and ethical hackers. In addition, there will be specific discussions about why to study a degree in one of these four areas, and conferences to develop skills for the future on issues such as the maker movement (why to do physical things in the digital era), how to develop a business based on an idea and the new professions in which we will work in 15 years.

Looking ahead to teachers, there will be specific sessions where new methodologies applied to training will be explained. One of these will talk about gamification, and will be a workshop where resources and practical models on different innovative teaching methods that can be entered easily to increase student motivation will be provided. Another will be on STEAM classroom methodology, analyzing the difficulties encountered in schools to incorporate important advances in robotic platforms and to develop interdisciplinary projects, proposing practical solutions and seeing success stories and educational guidelines. The last workshop for teachers will focus on design thinking in education, an approach of innovation focused on the human being that will help students to think of new and different way.

You can consult all the information and register here