IP Erasmus 2013-2014

Summer Intensive School: New scenarios for the Touristic European Maritime Coast.
Case Study: Palafrugell, Costa Brava , Spain


The IP Erasmus: New scenarios for the touristic european maritime coast consist in...

THREE Objectives

The first aim of the Workshops is to create a European interdisciplinary platform for facing the new touristic modality and behaviours in order to plan the territory for integrating it into a sustainable project. After years of expansion and development of the coastline in Europe, it  seems necessary to ponder the sustainability of this overgrowth and to face a challenging change in the framework conditions: technological innovations, demographic changes, a new sensibility to sustainability issues, the emergence of new economies, and new targets for the tourism industry. The coastline have tended to be looked at primarily as an economic resource, but we can observe the emergence of dynamics, in which architecture and urbanism could reflect on a possible equilibrium between the economic and new trends of the touristic exploitation of the maritime heritage.

The second aim is to encourage both students and professors to deepen their competence in the area of mobility and multicultural work.

A third objective is to learn more about innovative educational practices which could also be used in each participating institution in the future.

THE Current situation

The mass tourism is one of the great profits of the welfare state. The international tourism increased 50 percent since the 1990s. Beside this , after 2008, tourism is experiencing change around the world as the competition for tourist intensifies. But specifically statistics record shows a high volume of tourism demand for Europe. With international travelers projected to almost double by 2020, to approximately 1.6 billion. The aforementioned situation of unregulated exploitation of natural resources, generated large economic resources, but caused such environmental impacts that ended much of their own natural resources, resources that are considered base for tourist attraction. Meanwhile, the environmental situation has deteriorated so worldwide that is causing a profound change in mentality overall. Europe is in a situation where it is necessary to assimilate as quickly as possible, both by government and by the private sector and people, although there are, for some, certain economic activities can be maintained even at the expense of the environment, in the case of tourism just the opposite occurs.

Tourism has a close relationship with the quality of the environment, so use short term mass tourism, causes the medium to long term a clear decline in demand. Those imposing new forms of tourism, both for the coast, countryside or cities. Against the traditional tourism that we analyzed before, in recent times, there are new forms of tourism, which are clearly alternatives to the traditional system based on the exploitation of the natural environment. The environment is fragile and does not support economic activities without good planning. This planning should pay particular attention to the environmental and economic long term. Do not allow any action that threatens the future of the territory and its environment in either the short or medium or long term. Institutions must carry out an effort to increase environmental education and adequate training of all persons involved in the process of development of tourism activities.

IP Participants

Seven universities are involved in this project:

A structure to manage the project has been created, featuring an Organization Committee (OC), consisting of:

ONE project coordinator Universitat de Girona (UdG), Departament de Arquitectura de la Enginyeria de la Construcció. The coordinating institutions provide two members for coordination (PhD Nadia Fava and PhD Marisa Garcia) and professors highly qualified on tourism architecture and planning. The University of Girona hosts the Excellence Research Campus e-MTA Campus (Euro_ Mediterranean Tourism and Water) and specifically our school is collaborating in the Tourism and Environmental Sustainability Lines.

FIVE partners

Partner 1: Università della Sapienza will provide two academics PhD Pisana Posocco and PhD Filippo Lambertucci. They are not only a recognized professional architects, but they can offer a wide spectrum of theoretical basis in architecture for tourism.

Partner 2: University of Split. Universitas studiorum spalatensesis is represented by Prof. Jure Margeda. He will provide his experience in the field of the environments and particularly in the field of integration of the coastal areas and river basin in the Adriatic region.

Partner 3: Aalborg University, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, with Prof. Thomas Arvid Jaeger, who will provide his know-how in international meeting in multicultural education and their knowledge in history and heritage.

Partner 4: Yeni Yüzyil University, Department of Architecture will provide three academicians: Assoc. Prof. Fikret Evci a recognized professional architect and academic member, Ass. Prof. Gülay Yedekci Arslan, Ph.D who is not only a recognized professional architect and academic member but also an active member of the City Council of Fatih District which is the centre of historical Istanbul which covers many tourism projects. Beyond this her work covers sustainable urban and touristic development and disabled friendly cities. Ass. Prof. Melek Elif Somer, Dr.Techn. is experienced on international workshops, sustainability of urban buildings in emerging economies (investigation of social compatibility, economic efficiency, construction and environmental impacts).

Patner 5: Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias will contibute with Prof. Patricia Santos who provides her recognized expertise in theory and history of architecture and specially in the history of the tourism architecture in the sixty of the last century in Europe.


  Universitat de Girona Università della Sapienza Aalborg University Yeni Yüzyil University Universidade Lusófona

Nadia Fava
Marisa García
Manel Bosch

Pisana Posocco
Filippo Lambertucci

Thomas Arvid Jaeger

Gülay Yedekçi Arslan
Melek Elif Somer
Fikret Evci

Patricia Pedrosa
Luisa Paiva

Bernat Burés
Albert Mercader
Joan A. Peregrina
Victor Vázquez
Josep Esteve
Mireia Rull
Christian Brugada
Pola Martí
Clara Pardo

Lelio Di Loreto
Marco Di Palma
Gaia Elefante
Letizia Gorgo
Federica Montalti
Alessandro Pia
Andrea Ramaccini
Antonio Rosati
Claudia Scipioni
Livia Sismondo
Belinda Nors
Mathias Sønderskov Nielsen
Herin Rosanthan David
Ida Marissa Matthiesen
Mia Nøhr Christensen
Rebaz Aswat Mohamad
Bjarke Apollo-Andreasen
Simon Rhode Malm
Rasmus Ø. Pedersen
Marianne Kynde Hestbech
Gülistan Karakeçi
Betül Tuncer
Esra Kaçar
Merve Derya Arıbaş 
Büşra Nalbant
Elif Durmuş
Sevcan Sabancı
Melis Tustaş
Kübra Serdaroğlu
Şeyma Şimşek
Merve Korkut
Faruk Ay

Inês Faria
Diogo Bento
Pedro Cardoso
Ana Mendes
Francisco Soares
Luís Alexandre
Yolanda Costa
Poliana Leite

Workshop Schedule


The  date of the IP Erasmus is the 14th of June 2014 to the 23th of June 2014.  Ten days including weekends as working days.


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1-Saturday 14-06 all day/afternoon

Kick-off: general course outline, presentations of course
Welcome activity (Girona)

2-Sunday 15-06 9:00 - 9:30 First meeting.  Travel to Palafrugell
  11:00-18:00 Visit study area: Pals, Begur, Tamariu, Llafranc, Palamós y S'Agaró
  19:00 Calella de Palafrugell
3-Monday 16-06 09:30- 10:30  Meeting at the working lab: Museo del Suro, Palafrugell.
  11:00- 12:30 Theory session: Administration invited
  12:30- 14:00  Lunch break
  14:30-15:30 Theory session: presentation project ideas
  16:00-17:00  Groups building.
  17:00-20:00 Visit Palafrugell surroding 
4-Thuesday 17-06 08:00-11.00 Groups starts working. 
    Coaching Team (professors, architects, practitioners) attend different groups and help them to get started
  11:00- 12:30 Seminar: Case study exposition (Participants’ countries presentations)
  12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  14:30- 16:30 Groups working
  16:30-18:00  Ciclo Routes: from Palafrugell to Palamós (Little Train Route)
5-Wensday 18-06 8:00-9:30 Theory sessions: Professor Exposition 
  9:30-12:30 Groups continue working. 
    Coaching teams visit groups to give support and orientation.
  12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
  14:30-16:30 Groups prepare a first plenary presentation
  17:00-18:30 Routes: Camís de ronda 
6-Thursday 19-06 08:00-12:00 Groups continue working. 
    Small coaching teams visit groups to give support and orientation
  12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
  14:30-16:30 Groups continue working
  16:30-17:30 Theory sessions: Case study exposition
  17:30-20:00 Social activities Half way party
7-Friday 20-06 08:00-9:30 Visit Girona City- Trip by bus
  9:30-10:00 Walking tour. Administration invited
  10:30-12:00 Architectural guided tour : Josep Fuses
  12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  16:00-18:00 Individual groups: presentation of their project idea and feedback by coaching teams. First arrangements for project design
  20:00 Return to Calella
8-Saturday 21-06 08:30-12:00 Groups continue working; preparing final presentation
  12:30-14:30 Lunch break
  14:30-18:00 Cultural activity: Festa del Suro: link to the site
9-Sunday 22-06 8:30-12.00 Preparing final presentation
  12.30-14:30 Lunch break
  14:30-18:00 Presentation and evaluation session (large team of coaches)
10-Monday 23-06 9:00-12:00 Public presentation of workshop outcomes by each group: project concept and philosophy, project documentation, working model and presentation model 
  12:30-14:00 lunch break
  14:30-18:00 Social activities
  18:30-21:00 Prize award and farewell activities
11-Thursday 24-06   Return journey


As soon as possible we will increase the information about the activities...


Project Outputs or IP resources

The IP Erasmus searches several results through different tools:

Innovative Approach and European Dimension: The method of learning is innovative in our university because of the interdisciplinary and multiculturalism. All the students and professors will: think about the differences and similarities in economical development, cultural behavior and in local / national legislation of the different countries from the same EU, learn to work in an international team and environment, look

The European dimension of this IP is:

1°) the search of differences and similarities in the local, regional and national way to face tourism

2°) the building up of a open view towards intercultural differences, useful to attract clients.

3°) the realization of the existence of historical, geographical and cultural values couched in tourism policies.

Evaluation on the IP Days: Specialists, experts and professors will evaluate the student groups during the workshops (permanent evaluation of the evolution of each individual). The coaches supervise the execution of the conference programme itself by daily meetings. The professors, the specialists, the experts and the students themselves will give an overall evaluation during the presentation of the group reports. Within a group, students will be evaluated by the other group members on their contribution to the content (group level and individual level) and on the presentation of the report.

Learning outcome: An exhibition of students' work, and publishing in a book the results will help disseminating the results and bring those to the wider use in participating universities. Publications in the specialized periodical press (interviews, overviews) are going to give a picture to the wider public in the different participating countries and their respective professional circles.

Participating Universities

1 - ESCOLA POLITÈCNICA, UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA, Girona (Spain) O_UDGis a public institution devoted to excellence in teaching and research and to participating in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, dissemination and criticism of knowledge related to the sciences, technology, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.  


2 - SAPIENZA, UNIVERSITÀ DI ROMA, Roma (Italy), founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one O_Sappienzaof the oldest universities in the world and a high performer among the largest universities in international rankings.It is in every regard a research and teaching university: Sapienza carries out outstanding scientific research in most disciplines, achieving impressive results both on a national and international level.


3 - UNIVERSITAS STUDIORUM SPALATENSESIS, UNIVERSITY of SPLIT, Split (Croatia) O_Splitwas officially established on 15 June 1974 when the units having already had an effect in their professional, scientific and teaching areas entered its structure.The focus of the research work carried out by the University is on scientific areas with reference to disciplines characterized by natural, biomedical, cultural, historical, social, economic and other features of the region as a part of the Croatian Adriatic and the Mediterranean region as a whole.


4 - AALBORG UNIVERSITY, Aalborg (Denmark)  offers education and research within the fields of naO_Aalborgtural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences. Aalborg University currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. It is characterised by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration.


5 - YENI YÜZYIL UNIVERSITY, Zeytinburnu (Turkey) University of New Century, "Homeland Health and Education FO_Yenioundation" is a foundation university in Istanbul. Countries contemporary civilization level rises above a higher education environment that aims to create the New Century University, especially the health and life sciences in the field of interdisciplinary understanding and integrated approach,       focusing on the idea that principles and reforms are linked to a higher education institution.


7 - UNIVERSIDADE LUSÓFONA de HUMANIDADES e TECNOLOGIAS, Lisbon (Portugal) O_Lussofona is the largest non-public University in Portugal. The University name comes from the word “Lusofonia” which names all the Portuguese speaking countries and their common linguistic and cultural background. The university assumes itself as the leading institution responsible for the development of this  geographical and cultural space with more than 200 million inhabitants.


Ip Venue

 museu del suro  


The "Museu del Suro de Palafrugell" is a cultural institution born in 1972 whose mission is to acquire, preserve, interpret and enhance the value of structured assets around the world cork in Catalonia, while shaping a landscape, an industry, lifestyles and a common identity.


Placeta del Museu, s/n,

17200 Palafrugell,Gerona

972 30 78 25

Web address:

www. museudelsuro.cat





Info Palafrugell


Palafrugell is a town and municipality located in the Baix Emporda. With a registered population of approximately 23,000 inhabitants is the most populated municipality of the region. The municipality borders the Mont-ras, Forallac Torrent Regencós and Begur. 

 The “little train” greenway runs for 6 km between Palamós and Palafrugell along the disused narrowgauge railway track formerly linking Palamós with Girona via La Bisbal d’Empordà. The route goes through the municipal areas of Palamós, Mont-ras and Palafrugell, with branch greenways leading off to Vall-llòbrega and Castell and La Fosca beaches.

View Route

  -Urban planning aproach

The autonomous community of Catalonia is divided in 947 regions called municipis. A municipi is a basic local entity of the
territorial organization and a primary item of the citizenship participation in public cases.
Each municipi must have an own urban plan called pla d’ordenació urbana muncipal (POUM). This is a tool of integral urban
planning of the territory.

Download the summary plan

 -Palafrugell analysis



 - The road by the sea

Environment of Tamariu, Llafranc i Calella

Download the route

Works in Progress

In this area, we will  upload bibliography related to the IP with the collaboration of IP's professors:

 -Exhibition Palafrugell study models, 2014





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-Tourism strategy of Turkey 2023 by Ass. Prof.  Ass. Prof. Melek Elif Somer

IM_our works_turkey





 -Instant City, Eivissa 1971

 Instant city_Ibiza

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Our Works

In this area, the students will upload all the projects realized in this IP Program next June 2014. An exhibition of students' work, and publishing in a book the results will help disseminating the results and bring those to the wider use in participating universities.

Publications in the specialized periodical press (interviews, overviews) are going to give a picture to the wider public in the different participating countries and their respective professional circles.

 -Workshop in Palafrugell, 2014



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Palafrugell din A1 1:25000

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Mid Term Review

Welcoming Class

Nadia Fava and Marisa Garcia


Palafrugell presentation

Architect Jordi Font from Palafrugell municipality


Review Groups







Architect Filippo Lambertucci and Pisana Posocco


Future Architecture and future Cities

Gülay Yedakçi Arslan





Interesting information related to the city of Girona :

Places to visit Girona is a small city and most of its main sights can be found within a 30 minute walking radius. The first step to discover this wonderful city is consult their Tourism Office. However we have created a list of interesting sights.


Hotels&Hostels Hostel Equity Point,Catalunya square (Girona) Hotel Peninsular, Sant Francesc avenue nº6 (Girona)

Palafrugell is a town and municipality located in the Baix Emporda. With a registered population of approximately 23,000 inhabitants is the most populated municipality of the region. The municipality borders the Mont-ras, Forallac Torrent Regencós and Begur. 
Kim's camping caravaning & bungalow park

 How to arrive from the hotel to the UdG

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Useful information:

IP's Organizer

Professor Nadia FAVA, Marisa GARCIA VERGARA

E-mail: ip.erasmus2014@gmail.com

TEL: +34 972419776