Gastdozentur am U-LabIm Rahmen der Forschung des Planungslabor in Zusammenarbeit mit der Wüstenrot Stiftung zu Ephemerer Stadtentwicklung wird die spanische Architektin aus der Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona im U-Lab forschend tätig sein.
Marta Serra (1981) is a Dr. associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech, Spain. She holds a BA, Dip. Architecture (2005) and a PhD in Theory and History of Architecture. She is currently teaching at the Theory and History Department at the Valles School of Architecture. Her field of study is based on spatial artistic practices, participatory action-research, urban history and ecological urbanism theory. She’s running projects and courses dealing with different issues such as urban perception, place memory, communal experiences, self-sufficiency, community planning and participatory design.
She finished her thesis Latent spaces: contemporary practices in art towards a critical urbanism. The topic of her thesis is based on examining the field of art to reveal creative tools and methodologies that contribute critically to perception of the social transformation of urban space. The main objective is to identify an alternative urbanism based on the intervention of city-committed artistic practices, acknowledging transdisciplinary and inclusive avenues for designing public spaces. In turn these perspective from the field of art can connect to various episodes from the planning history that has sought to humanize urban space, specially the European period between 1950 and 1970.
Since 2008 she has combined research with artistic community-based projects, focusing on the impact of site-specific artistic projects on the citizens' perception of the urban landscape. Some of these projects are the International Urban Art Show since 2008 with Museu Thermalia and MiauCrew, and FesCamp as a member of CICLICA since 2014, a collaborative artistic project that joins stakeholders and artist in order to explore sustainability potentials of a residential suburb.
Marta worked as an architect from 2005 to 2008 as head of projects with Aldayjover studio, specializing in urban planning, landscape and sustainability. Today she is currently co-founder of the ecological urban planning studio CICLICA [space, community & ecology], combining teaching with professional projects, a good way to keep on learning from real projects and transfering this expertise to the University and research.