Welcome to an immersive experience
In the SMART Cities Masters degree, you will focus on tomorrow’s cities from multiple viewpoints, as you will discover in the following pages. As the range of issues in architecture and planning projects increases, so does the range of professionals involved, which in turn increases the complexity of projects. Future stakeholders of city planning must first experience and practice new collaboration tools before they can successfully integrate the professional world. They need new skills, new ways of working, the ability to take into consideration other perspectives and to step out of their comfort zone. The SMART Cities Masters’ degree embodies HEI’s desire to prepare students to become open-minded and well-rounded professionals with a realistic and inspired approach to technology and its’ environmental, ethical and societal challenges.
Our modern and pragmatic study program, combining architecture and engineering, personal development, and technical expertise, trains professionals who are able to produce these collaborative results.
Several trends are emerging in the context of urban design, from ‘optimistic technological visions’ to ‘ecological resilience’. We believe that whatever the scenario, the next generation of proposals will have to address and blend together these technological and social parameters.
Learn to lead change
This master’s degree prepares students to develop urban areas by integrating energy usage and efficiency, the use of new energies and technologies, and environmental planning into their thinking. The course also enables future professionals to be involved in the conception of complex and multi-disciplinary projects.
That is why the SMART Cities program is so unique: it prepares engineers, architects, and urban planners to think of the world they are designing for, not just what they are designing.
The MSE-Smart Cities, entirely in English, equips international students with the skills and competencies needed to succeed in our changing world.
Develop analytical and planning skills within the context of an eco neighborhood.
Learn how to contribute to an urban project from an environmental point of view.
Understand the holistic approach to resource management.
Deepen your understanding of energy and the stakes involved.
Enrich the applications in buildings.
Integrate production and distribution of renewable energies.
Creativity and collaboration are your new normal
Today a single discipline cannot meet all the emerging technical, social, and economic needs of a city. Therefore, smart cities require the combination of multiple skills from a variety of stakeholders, who must learn to cooperate and work together. New collaborative and innovative working methods and spaces are employed in order to confront the reality of smart cities.
Test your abilities in context
The program includes the completion of a full-time team project and professional internships with a company or laboratory in France or abroad.
Submit real proposals from year one
Studio workshops are proposed on a real site with the associated actors (1 studio/ year). The students will propose and design eco-districts and buildings, taking into account environmental issues, integration and context (social, economic, landscape), and architectural quality in a broad sense.
Broaden your view of the world
Students will participate in an intensive international learning trip to discover innovative ecosystems in cities such as Montreal, Barcelona, Nice… From its’ ideal location at the heart of Europe, the Smart Cities Program will integrate exploration trips from Lille to other European cities.
Teaching & learning methodologies
Step into a new learning experience
Understand the sociology of urban development, protocols, and accords. Urban Planning and land use, urban projects. History of urban development, dynamic and multidisciplinary approach of eco-districts.
Understand the bioclimatic architectural design of building envelopes; develop knowledge of smart building and home automation, domotics, and the sustainable habitat. Develop skills to perform building energy audits, diagnostics, climatic engineering, and modelization, energy requirements, and building renovation.
Innovation in an urban context
Master the tools, concepts, advantages, and limits of project management and implementation, collective intelligence, collaborative projects. Project organizational dynamics. Computer-assisted decisionmaking. Building Information Modelling.
TOOls for engineering management
Innovation management, Team management, Project management, Quality management, Accounting, Marketing, Intercultural communication…
A Dedicated Studio for the Master
Within the main HEI building, our Master’s has a dedicated studio that enables learning experiences to be shared and developed collectively.
A Co-Design Center
The co-design center enables students to experience experimental and user-centric methodologies for innovation management, in the ‘Euratechnologie’ area (Lille’s official innovation and digital excellence cluster).
Yncrea’s 60 m2 Fab-lab (fabrication laboratory) offers (personal) digital fabrication. The facility is at the heart of the campus and offers a range of rapid prototyping tools (3D printer, the laser engraver, laser cutting, printed circuit board engraving machines, etc.) and a ‘tech library'.
Develop your own network
The Smart cities master has an outstanding faculty and regularly provides lectures from the best professionals in the field – as well as many opportunities to interact with important companies and be noticed by them.