Master in City & Technology

Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)

Program Description

Master in City & Technology

Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)

The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) is a program oriented in training Change Makers that City Government Administrations, the Industry, and Communities need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities.

From urban planning to urban management and citizen-based services, the Master in City & Technology foresees new city economy and new city management models through the creation of efficient, responsive, decentralized, productive and hyper-connected systems to be implemented in order to build the city of the future.

The program will be developed with the collaboration of companies and industry and will form new professionals interested in leading this new field of city economy that is emerging worldwide.

CONTEXT AND AGENDA

In an effort of understanding the significant role of technology for the formation of the new urban environments, the Master in City & Technology addresses the question of the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in different layers of the urban environment, continuing the urban research carried out by IAAC in the last years in fields like Internet of Things, Smart Buildings, Eco and productive neighbourhoods, Internet of Energy, Digital Fabrication, and Smart Cities.

The program aims to develop new categories of projects, technologies, and solutions that can be extended systematically to the cities of the world, thus helping them to become more efficient and more human.

Every Master Candidate will attend and develop technological seminars, city studies, cultural analysis, and pilot projects in order to have a global comprehension of the development of Smart City Projects based in real real-life environments.

Participants will be introduced to concepts such as Open Innovation and will learn the new necessary processes and tools on how cities, surrounding regions and rural areas, can evolve towards sustainable open and user-driven innovation ecosystems to boost Future Internet research and Future Internet-enabled services of public interest and citizen participation.

They will be developing research on new modes of Economic Governance based on Public-Private Partnerships and decentralized collaboration relying on the policy networks found in civil society.

Finally, Master Candidates will learn to develop and implement symbiotic systems of organization based on real-time data that can be further articulated into responsive systems and metabolic organizations, where small decisions can have a large impact at an urban scale.

They will learn how to make projects that integrate the design of public space and buildings, the infrastructures of services, the user interaction and the technologies of information, developing technical, social and economical skills. This will allow developing the new economy of city services and the new models of city management that boost the potential of the Internet of

STUDENT PROFILE

The Master is oriented to engineers, architects, designers, economists, sociologists, entrepreneurs and graduates related to the transformation and management of cities and technologies of information.

Once successfully finished the master, IAAC students will join the IAAC Alumni Community. This is today is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture, exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading award-winning practices or working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master in City & Technology is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through the researching on new categories of projects, technologies, and solutions related with information and communication technologies in urban environments.

IAAC gives students the opportunity to create individual Studio agendas, and develop Pilot Thesis Projects based on Citizen Innovation, Cities New Business Models, Urban Apps, Smart City Infrastructures, new Citizen-based Services, Open Data Development and more. In this way, IAAC puts together an experimental and learning environment for the training of professionals with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of contemporary urban environments.

Students have the opportunity to be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers, and lecturers, in which they are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialize their project ideas.

The aim of the IAAC is to form graduates who, after the completion of the program, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments, related with the transformation and management of cities and technologies of information.

Program Organisation

The Master in City and Technology comprises the following elements:

  1. Theory – TC (seminars and master classes, all terms)
  2. Strategic Planning – SP (seminars, all terms)
  3. Technology – TE (seminars, all terms)
  4. Urban Design – UD (seminars and workshops, all terms)
  5. Design Studio – ST (studios, all terms)
  6. Lecture Series – LS (all terms)
  7. Research Trip – RT

TERM 1 (26 ECTS CREDITS)

RESEARCH STUDIO AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Fall Term is a formative platform structured by a Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars anticipating ideas that will appear during the program in relation to ICTs for cities, new tools for city analysis, Open Innovation, new cities business models, design strategies, innovative forms of planning and contemporary culture. A toolbox of both, theoretical and practical skills for further research work.

TERM 1 COURSES:

  1. ST – Fab City Design Strategies (12 ECTS credits)
  2. TC – Digital City (3 ECTS credits)
  3. TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  4. TE – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  5. TE – Produino (3 ECTS credits)
  6. TE – Intro Digital Fabrication (1 ECTS credit)
  7. SP – Self Sufficient Habitat (6 ECTS credits)
  8. SP – Open Source Urbanism (2 ECTS credits)
  9. UD – Urbiotica (3 ECTS credits)

NOTE: Research Studio and Seminars of Term 1 are obligatory.

TERM 2 (26 ECTS CREDITS)

DESIGN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Winter Term is structured by two Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new categories of projects for integrating the design of public space and buildings, the infrastructures of services, the user interaction and the technologies of information.

TERM 2 COURSES:

  1. ST – Fab City Design Strategies / Pilot Project Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
  2. TC – New City Business Models (3 ECTS credits)
  3. TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  4. TE – City Data Visualisation and Interpretation (6 ECTS credits)
  5. SP – Self Sufficient Habitat (6 ECTS credits)
  6. SP – Urban Analytics (3 ECTS credits)
  7. UD – Designing With Fluxes (3 ECTS credits)
  8. UD – Responsive Cities (3 ECTS credits)

NOTE: Design Studio and Seminars of Term 2 are obligatory.

TERM 3 (23 ECTS CREDITS)

PILOT PROJECT THESIS AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Spring Term is structured by the Pilot Project Thesis as a case study and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new processes and tools on how cities can evolve towards sustainable open and user-driven innovation ecosystems to boost Future Internet research.

TERM 3 COURSES:

  1. ST – Pilot Project Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
  2. TC – Citizen Innovation (3 ECTS credits)
  3. TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  4. TE – City Data Visualisation and Interpretation (6 ECTS credits)
  5. UD – Designing With Fluxes (3 ECTS credits)
  6. UD – UD Workshop (2 ECTS credits)

NOTE: Pilot Project Thesis and Seminars of Term 3 are obligatory.

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Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)

Last updated January 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2018
Duration
Duration
9 months
Full time
Price
Price
16,000 EUR
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Deadline
Locations
Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
Start date : Oct. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date June 30, 2019
Dates
Oct. 2018
Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
Application deadline Request Info
End date June 30, 2019