M.S. ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN

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The Urban Design Program is a three-semester degree in the multidisciplinary study of cities, regions, infrastructures, and ecosystems. The program focuses on the city as an agent of resilient change and on the role of design in redefining the twenty-first century urban landscape, advancing new paradigms of research, practice, and pedagogy to meet the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization, and social inequality. Students and faculty in the MSAUD program are united in their attempt to integrate and underscore the essential links between public space, social justice, and ecological systems. The program asks the venerable and necessarily shifting question: what is “the good city?”—reframing the city not as a fixed, delimited territory but as a gradient of varied landscapes supported by networks of food, energy, resources, culture, transportation, and capital.

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Today—in full recognition of the entangled future of our cities, buildings, environments, and livelihoods—GSAPP’s commitment to engaging the crucial issues of our time across all of the scales of the ... Read More

Today—in full recognition of the entangled future of our cities, buildings, environments, and livelihoods—GSAPP’s commitment to engaging the crucial issues of our time across all of the scales of the built environment is stronger than ever. From climate change’s total recasting of the foundations of architecture to the radical transformations that data and technology are effecting across country and city, and from the alarming shortage of affordable housing to the increasing migration of people across national boundaries, the built environment sits at the heart of every challenge and opportunity facing the planet today. Read less